In the context of geographical indications, generic terms are names which, although they denote the place from where a product originates, have become the term customary for such a product.
An example of a GI that has become a generic term is Camembert for cheese. This name can now be used to designate any camembert-type cheese.
The transformation of a geographical indication into a generic term may occur in different countries and at different times. This may lead to situations where a specific indication is considered to constitute a geographical indication in some countries, whereas the same indication may be regarded as a generic term in other countries.
A geographical indication (GI) is a sign used on products that have a specific geographical origin and possess qualities or a reputation that are due to that origin. In order to function as a GI, a sign must identify a product as originating in a given place.