Geographical Indication (GI)

A Geographical Indication (GI) is a name or sign used on products which corresponds to a specific geographical location or origin (e.g. a town, region, or country). The use of a geographical indication, as a type of indication of source, acts as a certification that the product possesses certain qualities, is made according to traditional methods, or enjoys a certain reputation, due to its geographical origin.

Some of the Well Know GI’s in India:

Coorg orange  –  Darjeeling tea   –  Agra Peda

Kolhapur chappals  –  Kanchipuram Silk Sarees

Banaganapalle mangoes  –  Banaras Brocades and Sarees

Registering a GI is come’s Under Section 2(1)(e) in The Geographical Indications of Goods (Registration and Protection) Rules, 2002.

Benefits of Geographical Indication (GI) Registering

  • A registered geographic sign prohibits in any way the use of a geographical insignia which indicates in the designation or representation of goods that such goods originate in a geographic area.
  • Exclusive right to access or use G.I.’s.
  • Infringement
  • Legal protection to geographical signs, legal protection to the respective goods in domestic as well as in international markets.
  • Improves Business in the form of Exports OR It promotes the economic prosperity of producers of goods produced in that particular geographical area.
  • Registered owner can also approach for legal protection against copy or misusage of name or in any other formats.
Geographical Indications Registrations

Registration process of Geographical Indications

  • Application filing Preliminary Examination and Examination Show cause notice (any objection) Publication in Geographical Indication Journal Resist Registration Registration of Application.
  • Renewal of Application
  • Security for Notified Goods
  • Appeal

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