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Research Handbook on Intellectual Property and Geographical Indications

Research Handbook on Intellectual Property and Geographical Indications

Research Handbooks in Intellectual Property series

Edited by Dev S. Gangjee

Provenance matters like never before. Legal regimes regulating the use of Geographical Indications (GIs) protect commercially valuable signs on products – such as Darjeeling and Champagne – which signal the link to their regions of origin. Such regimes have been controversial for over a century. A rich, interdisciplinary work of scholarship, this Research Handbook explores the reasons for and consequences of GIs existing as a distinct category within intellectual property (IP) law. Historians, geographers, sociologists, economists and anthropologists join IP specialists to explore the distinguishing feature of GIs, that certain products are distinctively linked or anchored to specific places.

Chapter 1: Introduction: timeless signs or signs of the times?

Dev S. Gangjee

Subjects: business and management, knowledge management, innovation and technology, knowledge management, law - academic, intellectual property law


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’.