Geographical indications (GIs) are any type of symbol, mark, etc. which is used to identify the country, region, or area from which goods originate and to which is assigned a given reputation. For example, Champagne is one of France’s most famous GIs, and goods marked as Champagne must be produced in the Champagne region and are reputed to be of high quality. Similar products not from the area must content themselves with descriptions such as “Made in Champagne-style” or “sparkling wine.” Malaysia boasts some indigenous GIs, such as Sarawak Peppers and Sabah Seaweed. In this article we’ll be looking at how you can protect your GIs in Malaysia.
Geographic Indications, or ‘GIs’ as they are generally known, are an important measure of protection for producers of distinctive, quality goods typically produced in their region and well known as being produced in that region.
These products, which draw their popularity not only from their original brand, but also the conditions, produce, and production techniques which have been associated with the region in which they are produced.
This article summarises the current state of GI protection in Vietnam, and how new GI regions can register their denominations of origin in the country.
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