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Zhao Xiaoping

Trademark Law, the Agriculture Law is another relevant regime for GIs and was adopted by the National People's Congress (NPC) Standing Committee. Based on this, the MOA issued Measures for the Administration of Geographical Indications of Agro-Products in December 2007 and subsequently began to accept applications as well as recognizing a number of special signs of agro-products’ GIs. The objective of this paper is to analyse how these three regimes overlap and interact, through the complex dispute surrounding the legal protection of Qinzhouhuang Millet. Extremely

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Edited by Johanna Gibson

, through the case of Qinzhouhuang Millet, the only case to have been considered by the Supreme People's Court (SPC) of China. An especially important aspect of this discussion is the way in which multiple regimes are involved in the legal rendering of geographical indications, leading to a potentially fractured and uncertain impression of the subject matter at stake. As the author explains, it is like the parable of the blind men and an elephant, where each party studies a different part of the elephant and is left with a completely different impression of what they are