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Australia - Certain Measures Concerning Trademarks, Geographical Indications and Other Plain Packaging Requirements Applicable to Tobacco Products and Packaging - Request for consultations by Indonesia
文件編號:G/L/1041, G/TBT/D/46, IP/D/34, WT/DS467/1

Australia – certain measures concerning trademarks, geographical indications and other plain packaging requirements
applicable to tobacco products and packaging


The following communication, dated 20 September 2013, from the delegation of Indonesia to the delegation of Australia and to the Chairperson of the Dispute Settlement Body, is circulated in accordance with Article 4.4 of the DSU.





        My authorities have instructed me to request consultations with the Government of Australia pursuant to Article 4 of the Understanding on Rules and Procedures Governing the Settlement of Disputes, Article 14.1 of the Agreement on Technical Barriers to Trade ("TBT Agreement"), Article 64.1 of the Agreement on Trade‑Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights ("TRIPS Agreement") and Article XXII of the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade 1994 ("GATT 1994") with respect to certain Australian laws and regulations that impose restrictions on trademarks, geographical indications, and other plain packaging requirements on tobacco products and packaging.


The challenged measures at issue are:


·           Tobacco Plain Packaging Act 2011, Act No. 148 of 2011, "An Act to discourage the use of tobacco products, and for related purposes";


·           Tobacco Plain Packaging Regulations 2011 (Select Legislative Instrument 2011, No. 263), as amended by the Tobacco Plain Packaging Amendment Regulation 2012 (No. 1) (Select Legislative Instrument 2012, No. 29);


·           Trade Marks Amendment (Tobacco Plain Packaging) Act 2011, Act No. 149 of 2011, "An Act to amend the Trade Marks Act 1995, and for related purposes"; and


·           Any related measures adopted by Australia, including measures that implement, complement or add to these laws and regulations, as well as any measures that amend or replace these laws and regulations.


        The measures apply to the retail sale of cigarettes, cigars, and other tobacco products. The measures establish comprehensive requirements regarding the appearance and form of the retail packaging of tobacco products, as well as the tobacco products themselves. The measures also establish penalties, including criminal sanctions, for the violation of these requirements. The measures require, inter alia, the following:


·           with respect to the retail packaging of tobacco products, the measures (i) regulate the appearance of trademarks and geographical indications, including by prohibiting the display of design and figurative features, including those forming part of these intellectual property rights; (ii) prescribe that the brand and variant names forming part of trademarks appear on the front face, top and bottom of the package in a uniform typeface, font, size, color, and placement[1]; (iii) prohibit the display of other words (except for basic information, including country of origin and manufacturer contact details); and (iv) mandate a matt finish and drab dark brown color (Pantone 448C) for retail packaging;

[1] The brand name and variant must displayed in Lucida Sans typeface; no larger than 14 points for the brand name and 10 points for the variant name; with only the first letter capitalized; in regular font; in the color Pantone Cool Gray 2C; and below the graphic health warning on the front surface of cigarette packs.