1919 - the law Protection of Appellations of Origin introduced
Geographical indications of the origins of products, particularly wine and spirits, are protected by the Law of 6 May 1919 Relating to the Protection of Appellations of Origin in France. Despite not being the first of its kind, it is likely the most significant because it established the renowned appellations d’origine contrôlées system. As a result, it established the framework for geographical indication protection across Europe. The French Intellectual Property Code presently contains it as Title II of Book VII, where it is regarded as a unique subset of trademark law.
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