By Peter Ungphakorn
POSTED MAY 5, 2018 | FIRST PUBLISHED ON UK TRADE FORUM APRIL 3, 2018 | UPDATED JANUARY 10, 2021
PART 1 BASICS
• What are geographical indications (GIs)?
• What do they apply to?
• Are they always place names?
• How do they relate to rules of origin?
• Why protect them?
• What does protection mean?
• How much protection?
PART 2 POLICY
• How are geographical indications protected?
• What does the UK face with the EU?
• What do we know about the UK’s plans?
• What does the UK face with other countries?
• What does the UK face in the WTO?
• Some GI titbits — style/method, orange, champagne, gruyère, feta
PART 3 WHAT THE WAITRESS SAID
Among the thousands of policy questions facing Britain after it leaves the EU is what its approach should be for geographical indications.
These are names — like Melton Mowbray pork pies, Rutland bitter and Bordeaux wine — that are used to identify certain products.
The UK’s policy will affect both its own and other countries’ names, and it has now taken first steps in revealing what its approach will be.
People’s views of geographical indications range from cherishing them as precious cultural heritage and commercial property, to annoyance and scorn.
What are they? And what are the decisions facing the UK? This is an attempt to explain them simply. It’s in two main parts with a small third part tacked on.Continue reading “What are geographical indications? What do they mean for post-Brexit UK?”