Geographical Indications bear the quality function of the product were as the indications of source indicates the source of products only. For example, made in India, made in France.
A geographical indication (GI) is a sign used on products that have a specific geographical origin and possess qualities or a reputation that are due to that origin.
In order to function as a GI, a sign must identify a product as originating in a given place. In addition, the qualities, characteristics or reputation of the product should be essentially due to the place of origin. Since the qualities depend on the geographical place of production, there is a clear link between the product and its original place of production.
A Geographical Indications Registry has been established in Chennai for the purpose of administering the legislation. Appeal against the Registrar’s decision would be to the Intellectual Property Appellate Board established under the Trade Marks legislation.