International Trade Centre - Guide to Geographical Indications

ITC’s Guide to Geographical Indications: Linking Products and their Origins (2009, 225 pages) provides hands-on advice to developing country agri-business producer groups, who are considering the registration of Geographical Indications (GIs) for their unique products. The Guide is based on the findings and recommendations of almost 200 surveys and reports, and includes eight detailed case studies on products from developing countries.

A GI signals a link not only between a product and its specific place of origin, but also with its unique production methods and distinguishing qualities. A GI is thus a differentiator, often a key to higher and more stable export earnings. Yet, until now, very little consolidated information was available about these unique forms of intellectual and cultural property and their potential to provide a sustainable means of competitiveness even for remote regions of developing countries. ITC’s Guide now fills that gap.

The Guide explores the development potential for countries wishing to use GIs, outlines the elements of a successful GI strategy, and examines the different mechanisms available for protecting and fostering new GI products and services. As such it will primarily appeal to audiences of policymakers, producer groups, and development agencies. It will also interest researchers and academics in the international development, legal, and trade fields, as well as non-governmental organizations (NGOs).

The Guide to Geographical Indications is available here.

Source: International Trade Centre

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