1st Edition

The Transformation of EU Geographical Indications Law The Present, Past and Future of the Origin Link

By Andrea Zappalaglio Copyright 2021
    276 Pages
    by Routledge

    276 Pages
    by Routledge

    Linking traditional and local products to a specific area is increasingly felt as a necessity in a globalised market, and Geographical Indications (GIs) are emerging as a multifunctional tool capable of performing this and many other functions. This book analyses the evolving nature of EU sui generis GIs by focusing on their key element, the origin link, and concludes that the history of the product in the broad sense has become a major factor to prove the link between a good and a specific place.

    For the first time, this area of Intellectual Property Law is investigated from three different, although interrelated, perspectives: the history and comparative assessment of the systems of protection of Indications of Geographical Origin adopted in the European jurisdictions from the beginning of the 20th century; the empirical analysis of the trends emerging from the practice of EUGIs; and the policy debates surrounding them and their importance for the fulfilment of the general goals of the EU Common Agricultural Policy. The result is an innovative and rounded analysis of the very nature of the EU Law of GIs that, starting from its past, investigates the present and the likely future of this Intellectual Property Right.

    This book provides an interesting and innovative contribution to the field and will be of interest to GI scholars and Intellectual Property students, as well as anyone willing to gain a better understanding of this compelling area of law.



    Part I. The Origin Link: Roots, Nature And Structure

    Chapter 1. Terroir, The Early Sui Generis IGO Regimes And The Roots Of PDO

    Chapter 2. The Reputational Link and the roots of PGI

    Part II. The Origin Link in the evolution of EU GI Law and Policy

    Chapter 3. Joining Terroir and Reputation: the path to the EU sui generis GI REGIME

    Chapter 4. The evolution of the Origin Link in the EU sui generis GI regime: the centrality of the Historical Element

    Part III. The Historical Element and its role in the future of the EU sui generis GI regime

    Chapter 5. The suitability of history to constitute the basis of the origin link

    Chapter 6. Protection for non-agricultural products: the future of the EU sui generis GI Regime?


    Andrea Zappalaglio is a Lecturer in Intellectual Property Law at the University of Sheffield and an affiliated researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition.