Can a registered geographical indication be assigned, transmitted, etc?

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No. A geographical indication is a public property belonging to the producers of the concerned goods. It shall not be the subject matter of assignment, transmission, licensing, pledge, mortgage or such other agreement However, when an authorised user dies, his right devolves on his successor in title. Intellectual property rights can be defined as the… Read more »

What is an appellation of origin and how is it different from a GI?

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An appellation of origin means the geographical name of a country, region, or locality, which serves to designate a product originating therein, the quality and characteristics of which are due exclusively or essentially to the geographical environment, including natural and human factors. All appellations of origin are geographical indications but not all geographical indications are… Read more »

What are the categories of goods that may be protected by geographical indications?

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There are 34 different classes on the basis of which the goods are classified. Geographical indications (GIs) means an indication which identifies goods as agricultural goods, natural goods or manufactured goods as originating or manufactured in the territory of a country or a region or locality in that territory where a given quality, reputation or… Read more »

Where are the offices of the Registrar of Geographical Indications located in India?

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The Registry of Geographical Indications in India is based at Chennai. Geographical indications (GIs) means an indication which identifies goods as agricultural goods, natural goods or manufactured goods as originating or manufactured in the territory of a country or a region or locality in that territory where a given quality, reputation or other characteristics of… Read more »

Can I register my geographical indication as a trademark too?

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No. The trademark law in India bars the registration of any geographical indication as a trademark. Geographical indications (GIs) means an indication which identifies goods as agricultural goods, natural goods or manufactured goods as originating or manufactured in the territory of a country or a region or locality in that territory where a given quality,… Read more »

What is the registration procedure for GI?

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The Register of Geographical Indications is divided into two parts, part A and Part B. Part ‘A’ consists of particulars relating to registered geographical indications and Part ‘B’ consists of particulars of the registered authorized users. The various steps that the rights holder should follow for the registration of their geographical indications in India are… Read more »

Who can apply for the registration of the geographical indication?

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Any association of persons or producers or any organization or authority established by or under any law for the time being in force representing the interest of the producers of the concerned goods can apply for the registration of the geographical indication in the prescribed format. What cannot be registered as a geographical indication The… Read more »

How is Geographical Indications distinct from appellation of origin?

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A geographical indication is a sign used on goods that have a specific geographical origin and possess qualities or a reputation that are due to that place of origin. Geographical indications may be not only place names but also other names and indicators used to refer to a product. On the other hand, an appellation… Read more »

What is a generic geographical indication?

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In the context of geographical indications, generic terms are names which, although they denote the place from where a product originates, have become the term customary for such a product. An example of a GI that has become a generic term is Camembert for cheese. This name can now be used to designate any camembert-type… Read more »