The Controller General of Patents, Design and Trademarks administers patents, designs, trademarks and geographical indications, which is under the control of the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion, Ministry of Commerce and Industry, govt. of India.
The Geographical Indications (Registrations and Protection) Act Rule, 2002 has also stipulate the protection of GI. The GI Act come into force with effect from 15th September 2003.
The central govt. has established Geographical Indications Registry at Chennai, with Controller of Patents, Designs & Trade marks of the Registrar of GI where the right holders can register their respective product.
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.