The European Union (EU) has released more details of its proposed global register of geographical indications for wines and spirits it wants agreed during the World Trade Organisation's (WTO) ongoing Doha Development Round.

In a paper issued to the WTO TRIPs (trade related aspects of intellectual property rights) council, the EU proposed rules that a registered term should be protected in all WTO countries except in a member country challenging it. Registration costs would be borne by the owners of the registered indications.

The EU also tabled rules for dealing with existing trademarks conflicting with proposed geographical indications, and how governments could challenge existing registrations they had not initially opposed.