From the islands of Indonesia, the IP Komodo prowls South East Asia and beyond looking for succulent morsels of intellectual property news with the aim of to raising awareness of South East Asia's IP issues to help people understand this diverse region's IP complexities.
One of the golden rules of geographic indications
(GI)is that the production of the
article must follow the GI's rules. A GI is a certification that the product possesses particular qualities, is made under certain (often traditional) methods, and enjoys a reputation, due to its geographical origin, Vietnam's most famous GI is Phu Quoc fish
sauce protected as a GI since2001. Phu
Quoc is the IP Komodo's favourite offshore island in southern Vietnam.
Tuoi Tre News reports that many producers have failed to
meet the GI rules because theirproduct
gets bottled in Ho Chi Minh City. Meanwhile island-bottled sauce has exceeded
standards for the maximum level of histamine permitted.They also report that overfishing of the
anchovy has led to producers acquiring some fish on the open market which have been
GIs have to be properly managed to maintain their exclusivity
and so keep their protection.It would be a
shame if one of Asia's finest ones fails.