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Indications of origin are one of the main challenges faced by the European Union for the implementation of the free movement of goods of which it is the guardian.
The regulations applicable to indications of origin are complex and few in number. This does not adequately facilitate the task for either the consumers or the producers of goods and services given the highly technical nature of the matter.
The purpose of this contribution is to establish an inventory of the rules of law applicable to indications of origin in Belgium. Certain questions will also provide an opportunity to examine several aspects of case law which illustrate the application of the substantive law by the Belgian courts.
This contribution could not have been prepared without the assistance, help and precious advice of Maître Daniel Dessard, lawyer at the Bar of Liège, whom we sincerely thank.