It not only stops at the simple meaning of helping consumers identify the geographical origin of the goods, geographical indications also play an important role in relation to the quality of the product, including the characteristics of the product that is acquired only by its geographical origins, such as climate, land or traditional production methods.

What does the protection of geographical indications mean?

If in Vietnam we have Phu Quoc fish sauce, Buon Ma Thuot coffee, Moc Chau green tea, when referring to the names such as Champagne, Cognac, Habanos, Havana, Porto we will refer to the products themselves high quality and popular in the world. The names mentioned above clearly carry an invisible value beyond its narrow boundaries.

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One thing that can not be denied by anyone is that registered products are often known as well-known brands and the economic value they bring is always higher than the same products. For example, Gresse chickens - protected geographical indications - of France are sold for five times more expensive than ordinary chickens, but the number of customers who come to it is constantly increasing. Therefore, protection of geographical indications also means that you will earn more profits than before.

Legally, the protection of geographical indications is especially important. First of all, it will give you the right to prohibit unauthorized use of geographical indications, or for products not originating from the geographical area in question, or exclude items locating in the same geographical area but the product does not meet the quality requirements. On the other hand, protect the geographical indications so that they do not become a common name loses its distinction with other common goods.

What conditions must be met when applying for protection of geographical indications?

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According to Article 79 of the Law Intellectual Property, geographical indications are protected if they meet the following conditions:

- The product bearing the geographical indication originates from the area, locality, territory or country corresponding to such geographical indication.

- The product bearing the geographical indication has a reputation, quality or characteristics mainly attributable to geographical conditions of the area, locality, territory or country corresponding to such geographical indication.

What documents do you need to provide to Minh Khue Law Firm?

- Letter of authority for Minh Khue Law Firm (draft);
- Documents proving that the geographical indication is protected in the country where the geographical indication is located if it is a foreign geographical indication.
- A description of the nature, quality and reputation of the product bearing the geographical indication;
- (02 copies) map of the geographical area corresponding to the geographical indication.
- A form demonstrating how the geographical indication will be used.
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>> See also:  Circular No. 213/2000/TT-BGTVT guiding the implementation of a number of articles of the Government’s Decree No. 172/1999/ND-CP detailing the implementation of the ordinance on protection of traffic works with regard to land road traffic works

For more information, please contact: MINH KHUE LAW FIRM CO., LTD

Consult and request for Intellectual Property protection service 24/7, call 1900.6162

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Intellectual Property Department - Minh Khue Law Firm