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Ambassador Eduardo Pérez Motta (Mexico)
D ISSUES RELATED TO THE EXTENSION OF THE PROTECTION OF GEOGRAPHICAL INDICATIONS PROVIDED FOR IN ARTICLE 23 TO PRODUCTS OTHER THAN WINES AND SPIRITS
172. The Chairman called Members' attention to the third basket of issues related to administrative costs and any burdens that would be associated with extended protection, especially as they impacted governments. As indicated in the Checklist, the issues that had been raised included: (1) The adaptation of legislation and institutions: for example, to what extent could existing models for wines and spirits be extended to other areas and to what extent would a thorough review of trademark and unfair competition legislation be entailed? (2) The use of procedures for acquiring protection: for example, the extent to which such use might put burdens on governments and commercial interests because of the number of likely applications, the need to deal with differences as to eligibility for protection, etc.? (3) Enforcement: Issues that could be discussed included the extent to which the burden for ensuring compliance would rest on the commercial interests concerned or governments might be required to monitor compliance and get involved in litigation at the national level and, potentially, dispute settlement proceedings at the multilateral level.
IP/C/M/38