The Amerikat is a little bit under the weather at the moment, so if you were visiting the blog especially to read her weekly contribution, please be patient -- it will be a little late this week. Meanwhile the IPKat Merpel and Tufty all wish her a speedy recovery.
Following last week's item on protection of the Olympic symbol ("But will they remove their rings?"), IPKat reader and artist Mark Lunt has submitted the above image, for which he is duly thanked.
"Reputation of a product is a critical component of geographical Indications under the TRIPs Agreement. The study critically examines the system and practice of protection granted in respect of Geographical Indications in various countries, citing interesting GI cases. The GI approaches in the Indian system is analyzed with reference to the GI case studies in respect of several Indian products. India as a member of WTO has successfully registered as GIs a number of products in sectors such as tea, textiles, carpets, handicrafts, horticultural products, soap and essential oil, paintings, etc. Many more products are in the process of being registered. India has enacted the Geographical Indications of Goods (Registration and Protection) Act 1999. Geographical Indications Registry at Chennai has jurisdiction in India.The study presents highlights of important GI disputes in the international arena for better appreciation of the specific interests of the concerned parties and the economic impact in the wake of such disputes. The study also discusses the present debate at the WTO in the context of extending higher levels of protection beyond wines and spirits".
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