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The Transformation of EU Geographical Indications Law 
The Present, Past and Future of the Origin Link

Linking traditional and local products to a specific area is increasingly felt as a necessity in a globalised market and GIs (Geographical Indications) are emerging as a multi-functional tool capable of performing this, and many other, functions. This book analyses the evolving nature of EU sui generis Geographical Indications by focusing on their key element, the origin link, and concludes that the history of the product in the broad sense has become a major factor to prove the link between a good and a specific place. 

For the first time, this area of Intellectual Property Law is investigated from three different, although interrelated, perspectives: the history and comparative assessment of the systems of protection of Indications of Geographical Origin adopted in the European jurisdictions from the beginning of the 20th century; the empirical analysis of the trends emerging from the practice of EU GIs; the policy debates surrounding them and their importance for the fulfilment of the general goals of the EU Common Agricultural Policy. The result is an innovative and rounded analysis of the very nature of the EU Law of Geographical Indications that, starting from its past, investigates the present and the likely future of this Intellectual Property Right. 

This book provides an interesting and innovative contribution to the field and will be of interest to GI scholars and Intellectual Property students, as well as anyone willing to gain a better understanding of this compelling area of law.

Best Trade Marks Law Book 2021 according to the readers of the IP Kat


Understanding the Functioning of EU Geographical Indications

South Centre, 7 March 2023

Anatomy of Traditional Specialities Guaranteed: Analysis of the Functioning, Limitations and (Possible) Future of the Forgotten EU Quality Scheme

GRUR International, 13 October 2022 (online)

EU Geographical Indications and the Protection of Producers and of their Investments

In E Bonadio & P Goold (eds), The Cambridge Handbook on Investment-Driven Intellectual Property (Cambridge University Press 2023)

Study on the Functioning of the EU GI System

Max Planck Institute Research Paper (18 March 2022) with F Guerrieri et al

Getting Article 22(1) of the Agreement on Trade Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights Right: A Commentary on the Definition of ‘Geographical Indication’ from a European Union Perspective with a Focus on Wines

(2022) 23 Journal of World Investment & Trade 179

Study on control and enforcement rules for GI protection for non-agricultural products in the EU

EU Commission (6 September 2021) 

Sui generis, bureaucratic and based on origin: a snapshot of the nature of EU Geographical Indications

In A Kamperman Sanders & A Moerland (eds), Intellectual Property as a Complex Adaptive System (Edward Elgar 2021)

The new Russian Law of Geographical Indications: a critical assessment

(2021) Journal of Intellectual Property Law & Practice, with E Mikheeva

Sui Generis Geographical Indications for the Protection of Non-Agricultural Products in the EU: Can the Quality Schemes Fulfil the Task?

(2020) 51 IIC 31

The Debate Between the European Parliament and the Commission on the Definition of Protected Designation of Origin: Why the Parliament Is Right

(2019) 50 IIC 595

The Role Played by the US Government in Protecting Geographical Indications

(2017) 98 World Development 35, with C Le Goffic

For all my conference papers, lecture notes etc visit my SSRN and ResearchGate accounts. 
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