E.U. Loses Battle Over Geographic Indications At WTO

Law360, New York (December 22, 2004, 12:00 AM EST) -- In a stinging blow to the E.U., the World Trade Organization has ruled for the U.S. and Australia in a bitterly fought dispute over trademarks and geographic indications for products such as champagne, parma ham, rioja wine and Budweiser beer.

On Tuesday, a WTO panel in Geneva agreed that the existing European rules on geographical indications are discriminatory, U.S. Trade Representative Robert Zoellick said in a statement.

Unlike trademarks, designations by geographic origination indefinitely protect food and drink names with links to a region of origin....
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