Dominican Republic Files WTO Case Over Australian Tobacco Packaging 18/07/2012 by Intellectual Property Watch Leave a Comment Print This Post The Dominican Republic, a strong tobacco producer, today notified the World Trade Organization that it has launched a dispute settlement case against Australia over its new law requiring tobacco to be sold in plain packaging in order to discourage its use for public health reasons. The notification to the WTO secretariat is requested with Australia “on certain measures concerning trademarks, geographical indications and other plain packaging requirements applicable to tobacco products and packaging”. The first step in a WTO case is to seek consultations between the nations. In March and April, Ukraine and Honduras requested consultations with Australia on this issue. Several other countries have requested to join the consultations, WTO said. The WTO press release is here. Related Articles: WTO Panel Established In Honduras Case Vs. Australia Tobacco Packaging Indonesia Becomes Fifth To File WTO Case Against Australia Tobacco Plain-Packaging Cuba Files WTO Dispute Against Australia Over Tobacco Plain-Packaging "Dominican Republic Files WTO Case Over Australian Tobacco Packaging" by Intellectual Property Watch is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.