Pride and profit: Geographical indications as regional development tools in Australia

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Van Caenegem, W., Cleary, J. A., & Drahos, P. (2014). Development Tools in Australia: Geographical indications as regional development tools in Australia. Journal of Economic and Social Policy, 16(1), 90-114.

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Geographical Indications (GIs) are intellectual property rights in placenames that evoke the typical qualities of agricultural products and foodstuffs that originate in particular districts. Presently, the EU is the dominant holder of protected GIs and the EU asserts that they are used extensively and effectively in EU countries as a rural and regional development tool. To date, Australia's response to GIs has largely been driven by perceptions of their impact upon trade gains and losses. Currently, Australia only has legal protection for wine-related GI's because of an agreement with the EU.



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