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WTO facing pressure of geographical registration of wine and spirits. (New Products).

Political pressure is rising on negotiators at the WTO tasked with striking a deal over a geographical indication register for traditionally made wines and spirits. WTO members have long debated the issue and have not bridged the gap between countries such as the United States, which want a powerless register for guidance on protected terms, and the EU and its allies, which want registration to grant compulsory worldwide protection. Talks chairperson Eui-yong Chung, of South Korea, is to release a draft proposal by the end of April, which could be debated, agreed or rejected at a special session of the WTO TRIPs (trade related aspects of intellectual property rights) council on July 2-3. The aim is to strike a deal by September's WTO summit, in Cancun, Mexico.
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Publication:Food & Drink Weekly
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Date:Apr 21, 2003
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