South-East Asia IPR Basics Series: Geographical Indications in Thailand

shutterstock_96318524Today we’ll be looking into the protection of Geographical Indications (GIs) in Thailand.

GIs are names or signs which identify goods as having a specific geographical origin, with the implication that they possess the qualities, reputation, or characteristics for which such products from that region are well known.

Thailand has pioneered GI protection in South-East Asia, and boasts one of the most developed GI protection frameworks in the region. This article explores this framework, as well as touching on how SMEs can ensure their region’s GI is registered in Thailand and protect their rights when necessary.

As always, if you have any further questions, feel free to peruse the wealth of information available on our website, or get in touch with one of our experts for free, tailored advice.

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Guest Expert Davide Follador: GIs in China Today

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Davide Follador is one of IP Key’s long term experts based in Beijing. He is responsible for the legal component focusing on trademarks, copyright, geographical indications and IP enforcement. He served as officer in the Italian Police and subsequently obtained a Master of Laws in International Commercial Law. He is also a qualified European Trademark and Design Attorney (OHIM) and is a member of the Milan BAR. Davide has been practicing as an  IP lawyer since 2001 and specialises in cross border EU-China Intellectual Property matters, currently working with a cross-cultural and highly specialised international team based in Europe and in China, to design and develop EU-China cooperation activities in the field of intellectual property.

In recent months Davide has worked closely with both EU and domestic Chinese entities in the study of Chinese legal policy regarding GI products. He has kindly collated a wealth of information, together with his professional analysis of the current situation in China which should be of great use to any EU producers of GI products looking to export to China.

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Getting Territorial: Champagne and Geographic Indicators in China

Photo credit: Andrea Parrish-Geyer“Champagne”, “Bordeaux”, “Parma Ham”, “Parmesan”. Each of these products, associated with certain regions, are renowned and trusted for their nature, quality and authenticity. As a consumer, you are probably more familiar with “Scotch”, “Cognac” and “Bavarian beer” than unnamed brands claiming to use the same ingredients. A GI is therefore a labelling that identifies a good as originating in a specific territory, region or locality, where characteristics of the good are associated with its place of origin.[1]

GIs are protected by World Trade Organization (WTO) signatories, including all 28 European Union (EU) Member States (MS) and China – since 2001. This is designed to prevent unfair competition and to protect consumers from purchasing goods that misleadingly claim to be from a particular place.

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