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Geographical Indications And Property Rights: Protecting Value-Added Agricultural Products, Bruce A. Babcock, Roxanne L. B. Clemens May 2004

Geographical Indications And Property Rights: Protecting Value-Added Agricultural Products, Bruce A. Babcock, Roxanne L. B. Clemens

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Since 1992, the European Union has protected high-quality agricultural products based on geographical origin using designations of geographical indications (GIs). U.S. producers and processors can obtain a type of trademark called a certification mark, which provides similar protections to that of GIs but protects products only within the United States. In the current round of the World Trade Organization (WTO) negotiations, the European Union and other countries are seeking to expand protection through GIs. If they achieve the full range of protection they are seeking, many U.S. producers and processors could no longer use many product names currently ...