Research Handbooks in Intellectual Property series
Edited by Dev S. Gangjee
Chapter 1: Introduction: timeless signs or signs of the times?
After existing at the margins for over a century, Geographical Indications (GI) scholarship has come of age. Recognising and celebrating its maturity, this edited collection has two objectives: (1) to gather together the most insightful and interesting research, as a convenient and enduring point of reference; and (2) to facilitate an interdisciplinary conversation, allowing future avenues of enquiry to emerge from the themes and insights which follow. In looking back across several decades of deliberations, disagreements and experiments, the contributions in this volume offer up productive ways of looking forwards. In an increasingly globalised world, place and provenance matter as never before. Regimes regulating the use of GIs set out the conditions under which these signs signalling the provenance of products can be formally recognised and protected, the criteria to be satisfied when collectively using such signs and the extent to which these signs are protected against ‘outsiders’.