See the responses to questions 8 and 9 above. Moreover, a given indication may not be registered, if in consequence of its use it has become a generic name.
[Answer 8: Pursuant to Article 175, the following constitute geographical indications: (1) designations of origin used to describe products: (a) originating in a specific territory, and (b) the properties of which are essentially or exclusively due to a particular geographical environment with its inherent natural and human factors, and the production or processing of which takes place in that territory, (2) names of regions used to describe products: (a) originating in a specific territory, and (b) the properties or other characteristics of which are essentially attributable to their geographical origin, that is the territory on which they are produced or processed. Geographical indications also mean designations used to describe the products produced of raw materials or intermediate products coming from a defined area larger that the production or processing area, provided that special conditions for the preparation of the raw materials or intermediate products exist and there are inspection arrangements to ensure that those conditions are adhered to. Geographical indications are also geographical designations which do not correspond to the true place, in which the product originates, or other traditional designations, if they are normally used in respect of the goods originating in a defined area.]
[Answer 9: According to Article 174 of the Industrial Property Law of 2000, geographical indications are word indications which in an explicit or implicit manner designate the name of a place, locality, region or country (territory), which identify a good as originating in that territory, where a given quality, reputation or other characteristic of the good are essentially attributable to the geographical origin of that good.]