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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Practical aspects – applying for GI protection

In discussing the practical aspects of GI protection, this section will also offer insights into how a third-country applicant may be affected by each system. It addresses in particular the United States and EU approaches since these systems represent not only the largest markets for most GIs but also serve as general (though not complete) templates for the types of protection offered in other countries. Understanding these two systems therefore can serve as a foundation for understanding the premises of protection mechanisms in most other countries. The Common Law approach using trademark systems is embodied most prominently in the United States system, while the EU system is a good embodiment of the sui generis approach to protecting GIs. These two are not necessarily mutually exclusive but do represent a major divide in the conceptualization and execution of protection measures.

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