Commonwealth Trade Hot Topics

The Trade Hot Topics series provides concise and informative analyses of various trade and trade-related issues which are prepared both by Commonwealth Secretariat and international experts.


Geographical Indications (Should we extend ourselves further?)

The debate at the TRIPS Council on whether or not the kind of protection provided to Geographical Indications (GIs) used on wines and spirits should be extended GIs used on other products has found itself bogged down in cyclical repetition of well-established positions. This issue of Trade Hot Topics examines looks at the issues from a perspective closer to the level of the producers who will use GIs in the course of international trade than those currently being expressed at the TRIPS Council.


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