Dominican Republic Files WTO Case Over Australian Tobacco PackagingPublished on 18 July 2012 @ 5:15 pm
Intellectual Property Watch
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.