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Protection of Geographical Indications Act 2002

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Year of current version:2002
Date of entry into force of original text:September 3, 2002
Date of Text (Enacted):2002
Type of Text:Main IP Laws: enacted by the Legislature
Subject Matter:Enforcement of IP and Related Laws, Geographical Indications
Notes:
The notification by Tonga to the WTO under article 63.2 of TRIPS states:
'The protection of geographical indications plays an important role in commercial relations both at the national and international levels. Wrongful use of geographical indications is contrary to honest practices in industry and trade, is misleading for purchasers of the goods for which the indications are used and the persons who wrongfully use such indications to secure an unfair advantage over their competitors.

Geographical indications are applied to natural and agricultural products and to the products of handicraft and industry such as wood, sugar, fruit, wine, coffee, tea, tobacco, textile goods, woven goods. A geographical indication can contribute to the reputation of a product. It creates goodwill among consumers and can assist immensely in export promotion.

The Act is designed to provide for a system of protection of geographical indications that is uncomplicated and which complies with international obligations in the field of intellectual property.
Draft regulations to the Act are currently with Crown Law its status being that the regulations need to be redrafted according to drafting protocols and drafting instructions.'
Available Texts: 
English

Protection of Geographical Indications Act 2002 Protection of Geographical Indications Act 2002, Complete document (pdf) [80 KB]

Tongan

Lao Ki Hono Malu‘I ‘O E Ngaahi Faka‘Ilonga Fakasiokalafi
2002 Lao Ki Hono Malu‘I ‘O E Ngaahi Faka‘Ilonga Fakasiokalafi<br/>2002, Complete document (pdf) [72 KB]

WIPO Lex No.:TO004

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