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UofW Law Speaker Series: Linking the Product to its Origin

March 12, 2021 @ 12:00 pm 2:00 pm

Linking the Product to its Origin: Geographical Indications and the Protection of Origin Products.

Geographical Indications (GIs in short) are signs used to safeguard the existence of a link between a product and its place of origin, with a focus on quality and tradition. The strength of this link changes depending on the international treaties and the legal definitions that are taken into account. The scope of protection defined in the international treaties is quite broad, encompassing all categories of products. On the contrary, the scope of protection of the sui generis GI system of the European Union is category-based and (for the time being) limited only to certain categories of products, with the exclusion of non-agricultural ones. Starting from the analysis of the product specifications for agricultural products published on the database of the European Commission, the aim of this presentation is to show through empirical evidence how agricultural products are linked to their origin. What is the meaning of the EU PDO and PGI quality symbols? Is there a progressive loosening of the link to origin? How are EU GIs protected in Canada and internationally?

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