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Is there a penalty for falsely representing a geographical indication as registered?

Is there a penalty for falsely representing a geographical indication as registered?

Yes. Falsely representing a geographical indication as registered is an offence under the Geographical Indication of Goods (Registration and Protection) Act, 1999. Any person who commits this offence may be punished by imprisonment for a term, which may extend to three years, by a fine or by both.

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 such goods is essentially attributable to its geographical origin and in case where such goods are manufactured, goods one of the activities of either the production or of processing or preparation of the goods concerned takes place in such territory, region or locality as the case may be, place names are sometimes used to identify a product, for example: Champagne, scotch, Tequila and Roquefort Cheese.


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