WTO: Battle lines harden in geographical indications debate
Member governments of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) have agreed to embark on two-phase talks to finalise a registration system for geographical indications of wines and spirits. The talks must meet the 2003 deadline for completing negotiations on a multilateral agreement. The WTO's TRIPS (trade related aspects of intellectual property rights) council has broadly agreed that a single draft document should be written by early next year, even if this included alternative options.
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