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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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Global overview of legal protection systems for GIs

The recognition and concept of internationally protecting a GI as property goes back as far as the late 19th century, but it is only in recent decades that more regulated and active forms of protection have been developed. The laws relating to GIs have tended to evolve not in one common direction, but in distinct ways. Consequently, at the beginning of the 21st century, different countries and regions have different systems for GI protection. Our international experience in this respect is therefore still not consistent and somewhat limited, especially in comparison with other intellectual property (IP) rights such as patents and copyrights.

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