Protecting GIs in other countries

The World Trade Organization Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property (the TRIPS Agreement) provides for minimal protection for GIs. The WIPO is also working to harmonise national systems of protection for GIs.
Protection of Swiss geographical indications in other countries depends on the legislation of the country in question.
The bilateral free trade treaties concluded by Switzerland generally contain provisions giving more extensive protection to GIs than that conferred by the TRIPS Agreement. In addition, bilateral treaties concluded by Switzerland with some countries on the mutual recognition and protection of GIs protects them against any use contrary to the corresponding national legislation.

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