Geographical indications in EU-Vietnam FTA: beyond quality control

17 January 2018

Concluded at the end of 2015, the European Union-Vietnam FTA (EVFTA) has marked a successive breakthrough for the EU in exporting its long-standing sui generis protection of geographical indications (GIs). With respect to the scope of protection, the GI chapter in EVFTA has introduced a peculiar rule that arguably touches upon the quality control of GI-denominated products.