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Five Ways Geographical Indications Can Support SMEs

Geographical indications (GIs) are intellectual property (IP) rights that serve to identify a product that originates from a specific geographical area and that has a quality, reputation, or other characteristics that are essentially attributable to its geographical origin.

Explainer video: Geographical indications and WIPO’s Lisbon System

GIs can enable SMEs to:

Enhance the reputation of their goods

Build consumer confidence

Communicate their commitment to social responsibility

Support regional economic development

Prevent fraudulent uses of IP rights