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CTA. 2002. Name protection. Agritrade, June 2002. CTA, Wageningen, The Netherlands.
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In March 2002 the EU submitted a proposal to...
In March 2002 the EU submitted a proposal to the WTO to protect the geographical designation of origin of 570 products, including 'Proscuitto di Parma', 'Roquefort' cheese and 'Bayrisches Bier'. This proposal has been put forward to prevent what the EU sees as 'piracy' of products produced by traditional methods. According to the EU this practice results in unfair competition and a degradation of the value of the name through the production of inferior products. The proposal is put forward under the TRIPS agreement, with countries and producers having six months within which to object to the registration of these names and products. This move will effectively give geographical indicators the same status as trademarks. Comment: ACP producers should carefully scrutinise this list to see if the right to use any name in which they currently have a production interest is affected.