Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs

Study: Economic aspects of geographical indication protection at EU level for non-agricultural products

Study: Economic aspects of geographical indication protection at EU level for non-agricultural products
Published on: 14/06/2019
The objective of the study is to assess the added value of offering a specific ('sui generis') geographical indication protection to non-agricultural products when compared to trade marks, unfair competition rules and quality certificates.

In particular, the study will

  • evaluate the effectiveness of specific geographical indication (GI) protection in limiting the availability of non-authentic products
  • assess the value of this specific GI protection to consumers, and the impact on consumer search costs for authentic products with and without explicit GI protection
  • identify the value of this specific GI protection to producers of authentic geographically rooted products

The results of the study are planned for publication in 2020.