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What is a generic geographical indication?

What is a generic geographical indication?

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.

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