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01-11-2017 (Newsletter Issue 1/17)
New Zealand
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New GIs Law Adopted

On November 17, 2016, the Geographical Indications (Wine and Spirits) Registration Amendment Bill was adopted by the New Zealand Parliament. It amended the Geographical Indications (Wines and Spirits) Registration Act which passed in 2006, but never entered into force.

The Amendment Bill introduces a 'sui generis' system for the protection of Geographical Indications (GIs) for wines and spirits in New Zealand, opened also to foreign GIs.

The full text of the Geographical Indications Amendment Bill is available here

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