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How much does it cost to obtain geographical indication protection?

How much does it cost to obtain geographical indication protection?

As the costs for filing for protection vary from country to country, it is best to contact your national (regional) IP office for details on the fee structure.

If protection abroad is sought, in addition to the ordinary filing fees, you should take into account the translation costs and the costs of using a local agent. It’s worth remembering that in order to protect a GI abroad, there may be a requirement to first protect the GI in the country of origin.

A request of protection for a geographical indication may be filed, depending on the applicable law, without assistance from an IP lawyer or specialized agent.

However, in many countries an applicant whose residence or principal place of business is outside the country where the protection is sought must be represented by a lawyer or agent admitted to practice in that country.

Information on the admitted lawyers and agents may be obtained directly from the national IP offices.


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