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What is the benefit of registration of geographical indications?

What is the benefit of registration of geographical indications?

A geographical indication (GI) is a name or sign used on certain products which corresponds to a specific geographical location or origin (e.g. a town, region, or country). The use of a geographical indication may act 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.

Registrations for GIs are not necessary, however the organizations or companies who register their geographical indications obtain numerous benefits of the registration including:

  • Registered geographical indications have the exclusive right to exploit or use the GIs’ products in the course of trade.
  • The authorized users are allowed to issue infringements
  • It confers legal protection to Geographical Indications in India
  • Prevents unauthorized use of a Registered Geographical Indication by others
  • It provides legal protection to Indian Geographical Indications which in turn boost exports.
  • It promotes economic prosperity of producers of goods produced in a geographical territory.

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