WTO Rules For U.S. In Dispute With E.U. Over Geographical Indications

Law360, New York (March 16, 2005, 12:00 AM EST) -- Existing European rules on geographical indications are discriminatory, the World Trade Organization has ruled in a clear-cut victory for the U.S. and Australia.

The decision, made public on Tuesday, confirms reports from December that the European Union has been dealt a stinging setback in a bitterly fought dispute over trademarks and geographic indications for products such as champagne, parma ham, rioja wine and Budweiser beer.

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

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