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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 3: ‘Translating terroir’ revisited: the global challenge of French AOC labeling

Elizabeth Barham

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


This chapter returns after a decade has passed to an article originally published as ‘Translating Terroir: The Global Challenge of French AOC Labeling’. I would like to thank the editor of this volume for the opportunity of reopening the arguments made in that article, after what has been a fairly tumultuous decade for origin and ‘local’ food projects of all kinds, as well as for international trade negotiations related to them. The substance of the article has held up well over the time, but a number of endnotes and references have been added pointing to publications and resources that have become available since the article was originally published. In particular, the reader may wish to refer to a collection of chapters and case studies focused primarily on the European experience with origin product labeling, with some insights on the US situation and that of developing countries, published in 2011.

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