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Extending the Protection of Geographical Indications
Case Studies of Agricultural Products in Africa

ISBN 9781138097384
Published May 25, 2017 by Routledge
372 Pages

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Book Description

The TRIPS Agreement (for trade-related intellectual property rights) provides for the general protection of geographical indications (GIs) of product origin, including for example the special protection of wines and spirits and for the creation of a multilateral register for wines. The African Group of countries has been in the forefront of countries agitating in the World Trade Organization TRIPS Council for the extension of this special protection and of the multilateral register to industries which are of interest to developing countries, primarily agriculture. The so-called "extension question" is the central feature of the Doha Development Agenda at both the WTO and World Intellectual Property Organization. This book provides some empirical evidence and applied legal and economic reasoning to this debate. It provides both a general review of the key issues and a series of case studies from six Anglophone and four Francophone countries in Africa. These focus on major agricultural commodities such as coffee, cotton, cocoa and tea, as well as more specific and local products such as Argan oil and Oku white honey.

Table of Contents

Foreword.  Introduction  Part 1: The Policy Context  1. Geographical Indications and TRIPS  2. Setting up of a GI: Requirements and Difficulties at the Producer Level  3. Legal Infrastructure for the Protection of GIs  4. Geographical Indications and Economic Development  5. Assessing the Economic Impact of Protecting Geographical Indications  6. Geographical Indications, Traditional Knowledge, Expressions of Culture and the Protection of Cultural Products in Africa  Part 2: Case Studies  7. Cameroon: Oku White Honey  8. Ethiopia: Coffee  9. Gabon: Okumé Wood  10. Ghana: Cocoa  11. Kenya: Tea  12. Mauritius: Sugar  13. Morocco: Argan Oil  14. Rwanda: Coffee  15. Uganda: Cotton  16. Senegal: Yett of Joal  17. South Africa: Rooibos Tea.  Index

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Michael Blakeney is Winthrop Professor of Law at the University of Western Australia and Visiting Professor in IP and Agriculture at Queen Mary, University of London. He is an arbitrator with the International Court of Arbitration, and frequently advises a range of institutions and organizations on intellectual property management. 

Thierry Coulet is Director of Euriane Consultants, Lyon and currently teaches the principles of regional integration, trade policy and competition policy at the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Lyon. He has undertaken a number of projects in the areas of trade policy and statistical information systems in Africa, South America, the Middle East and Far East Asia. 

Getachew Mengistie is an intellectual property Consultant and Former Director General of the Ethiopian IP Office. He has undertaken a number of projects with organizations such as UNECA (United Nations Economic Commission for Africa) and WIPO, most recently concerning the establishment of GIs for the cloves industry of Zanzibar and the cotton industry of Uganda. 

Marcelin Tonye Mahop is a Programme Officer and policy expert with the Congo Basin Ecosystems Conservation Support Programme of the Economic Community of Central African States, and provides technical support on genetic resources policies in the context of the GIZ-implemented Access and Benefit Sharing Initiative Programme "Implementing the Biodiversity Convention".


'The editors are to be commended for their multi-disciplinary initiative. This book will be essential reading for trade negotiators and all of those interested in the way that intellectual property tools can be used to promote economic development.' – Geoffrey Onyeama, Assistant Director General, World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)