International Journal of Business and Social Science

ISSN 2219-1933 (Print), 2219-6021 (Online) DOI: 10.30845/ijbss

The Legal Protection of China’s Geographical Indications in the Context of TRIPS Agreement
Zhu Yuanhua, Song Wei, Ghulam Nabi

The Agreement on Trade-related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rightsthe TRIPS Agreementis the most widely accepted agreement on protection of geographical indications (GIs) in the world. World Trade Organization members are required to afford them protection under the TRIPS Agreement. This study makes a comprehensive analysis of the current legal system of GIs protection in China. It has been observed that the current laws and regulations for GIs protection do not meet all the requirements of the TRIPS Agreement. The current GIs protection system in China generates various conflicts, increases cost of GIs protection and causes various issues to the consumers. This study proposes that it is necessary to abolish some regulations, amend the current Trademark Law of the People's Republic of China, draw up a special law in due time for GIs protection. In addition, this study put forward several issues that should be taken into consideration for legislation.

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