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Volume19
Year2010
TitleThe Lanham Act and Geographical Indications Used on or in Connection with Wines or Spirits
Author(s)Jeff Young
First Page95
AbstractThe Lanham Act disregards geographical indications (GIs) as a special mark category, treating them in the same manner as other "marks."
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The one exception has to do with alcohol. Lanham Act Section 2(a) declares unregistrable a mark that "[c]onsists of or comprises...a geographical indication which, when used on or in connection with wines or spirits, identifies a place other than the origin of the goods..." Where does this exceptional reference come from and how did it get there?