Who can apply for registration of the Geographical Indication?

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Generally geographical indications are registered in the name of association of persons or an organization hailing from the same geographical region can apply for registration. Statutory bodies like development boards can also apply for registration.

Can a Geographical Indication registration be transferred?

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No, Section 24 of the Geographical Indication of Goods Act, 1999 clearly says that “notwithstanding anything contained in any law for the time being in force, any right to a registered GI shall not be subject matter of assignment, transmission, licensing, pledge, mortgage or any such other arrangement.

What is the legal position relating to geographical indications of goods in India?

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Prior to the enactment of Geographical Indication of Goods (Registration and Protection) Act, 1999. There was no enactment relating to geographical indications. Prior to this enactment, a misdescription or false representation relating to a geographical indicators was considered as an act of passing off. Now after the passing of this Act, registration of a geographical… Read more »

What is a Geographical Indication?

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It is an Indication which, identifies the goods with a particular geographical location regarding the origin of the goods. It will be available to agricultural goods, natural goods or even manufacture goods. For a geographical indication to be registrable, the goods should display a unique quality, reputation or other characteristic attributable to its geographical origin,… Read more »

Who administers the registration of geographical indication?

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A statutory body called Geographical Indication Registry has been established under the Act. The Registry maintains a Register of Geographical Indications and the Register is maintained in 2 parts viz, Part-A and Part-B.   Part A contains the essential characteristics of the goods and the name of the Registered Owner.   Part B contains the… Read more »

What are the prohibitions against the registration of geographical indications?

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(a) Indications which are likely to deceive or cause confusion.   (b) Indications which would be contrary to any law.   (c) Indications which contain scandalous or obscene matter.   (d) Indications which would hurt the religious sentiments of people.   (e) Indications which are generic in character.  

What is the procedure for registration?

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Any association of persons or organization or Statutory Authority can apply for registration and the application should contain: a) A statement as to how the indication connotes specific quality, reputation or other characteristic which, are essentially due to the geographical environment, natural and human factors, special methods of production, processing or preparation, which takes place… Read more »

What happens to the application for registration in the Registry of Geographical Indications?

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The application may be accepted either absolutely or conditionally. In case of refusal or conditional acceptance of the registration, the Registrar shall record in writing the grounds for refused or conditional acceptance stating the reasons for such decisions.   After the acceptance of the application, the application will be advertised in the Geographical Indication Journal… Read more »