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What is the effect if geographical indication is not renewed?

What is the effect if geographical indication is not renewed?

If a registered geographical indication is not renewed it is liable to be removed from the register. As such the product will not enjoy legal protection provided by the Act the product may loose its unique quality in the long run.

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.

The registration of a Geographical Indication shall be for a period of ten years but may be renewed from time to time for an unlimited period by payment of the renewal fees. If it is not renewed it is liable to be removed from the register.

 


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