A sentence of imprisonment for a term between 6 months to 3 years and a fine between fifty thousand rupees and two lakh rupees or stipulated in the Act. However, the court may reduce the punishment under special circumstances.
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.