This work briefly analyzes the issue of (geographical indications of origin) GI protection pre- and post-TRIPs and considers whether extension of the protection set forth by TRIPs is desirable for the international community. First, the work provides a brief overview of GI, the traditional rationale for their protection, and the protection granted thereof before the adoption of TRIPs. Next, the analysis turns to a description of the status of the law under TRIPs and the failed diplomatic agenda to expand the current protection. The recent developments on the debate on GI are explored, particularly for wine and spirits, with an eye to whether the advantages of extending the current protection could outweigh the disadvantages of such an extension. Finding that enhanced GI protection in all areas could be more beneficial than detrimental for economic and agricultural development in most TRIPs countries, there should be a "reasonable" expansion of the current GI protection among member countries of TRIPs .
Expanding the Protection of Geographical Indications of Origin Under TRIPs: "Old" Debate or "New" Opportunity?,
10 Marq. Intellectual Property L. Rev. 181
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