Geographical Indications and the Scramble for Africa

Getachew Mengistie, Michael Blakeney

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This article examines the role of African countries in the debates in the WTO concerning the establishment of a system for the registration of geographical indications (GIs). It notes the conflict between ‘Old World’ and ‘New World’ countries over the forms which GI protection should take and the attempt of the European countries to enlist African support for its conception of sui generis GI protection. The article notes the recruitment by the WIPO of African support for its revival of the Lisbon Agreement to protect GIs and concludes with the response of Ethiopia on the protection of its coffee brands.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)199-220
Number of pages22
JournalAfrican Journal of International and Comparative Law
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - May 2017


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