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Basmati rice EU trademark steams up India-Pakistan rivalry

SCMP, 09 Jun 2021
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India and Pakistan’s long-simmering rivalry has spilled over into a trademark dispute over basmati rice. India has applied for protected geographical indication (PGI) status from the European Commission that would grant it sole ownership of the basmati title in the union. Pakistan immediately opposed the trademark application, which could jeopardise its growing rice exports to Europe. The two countries are tasked with negotiating a resolution by September, before the EU decides on the designation. Pakistan could appeal to the European courts, but the long review process could leave its rice industry in limbo.

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