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276.69 sec. 1 - Protecting Products of Place (Spring 2012)

Instructor: Richard Mendelson  (view instructor's teaching evaluations | profile)
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Units: 2
Meeting Time: Th 6:25-8:15
Meeting Location: 141

Course Start: January 12, 2012
Course Control Number (1Ls): 51236 (section 2)
Course Control Number (Non-1Ls): 49939


Geographical indications (GIs) identify goods whose quality, reputation or other characteristics are essentially attributable to their geographic origin. Well-known examples in the U.S. are "FLORIDA" for oranges, "IDAHO" for potatoes, "VIDALIA" for onions and "NAPA VALLEY" for wines. This class examines GIs and the laws governing their use for wines, agricultural crops, processed foods, textiles and handicrafts. We examine the national laws on the registration and defense of GIs in the U.S., the European Union and India, including sui generis GI laws, trademark laws (common law GIs, certification marks, collective marks and trademarks) and appellations of origin. From an international perspective, we focus on the World Trade Organization's TRIPS Agreement (Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights) and the negotiations to extend the special protection for wines and spirits to other goods and services and to claw back generic terms.

NOTE: 1st class is on January 19.

Exam Notes: TH/P
Course Category: Intellectual Property and Technology Law

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