Guide to Geographical Indications

Linking Products and their Origins

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The guide is a reference book that provides a comprehensive view of all aspects of the cotton value chain from a market perspective, and an overview of the world cotton market. It outlines factors influencing supply and demand, and market trends; considers major issues of the sector, including trade policy and WTO issues; deals with textile processing of cotton, cotton quality and its determinants, and cotton contamination; covers various aspects of cotton trading and export marketing; looks at e-commerce, the ICE Futures U.S. and other futures markets for cotton; reviews the market for different types of cotton, including organic cotton; presents market profiles of the main importing countries in Asia (Bangladesh, China, India, Indonesia, Pakistan, Thailand) and Turkey, with recommendations on how to approach their cotton-consuming textile industries. Annexes contain a list of international cotton associations, as well as lists of useful addresses and web resources.

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GI protection – different policies and approaches around the world

GIs are protectable in several different ways. These include, certification marks, denominations of origin, collective membership marks, trademarks and formal sui generis systems, as well as administrative rulings, registers, or even, under laws on unfair competition, truth in labelling or consumer protection. Different types of protection are used in different countries and may even apply differently to certain products such as wine and spirits as opposed to foods or handicrafts. Multiple forms of protection may also apply in the same country, such as trademarks and a sui generis system, thereby presenting plenty of opportunities for confusion or conflict.

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