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Who can apply for the registration of the geographical indication?

Who can apply for the registration of the geographical indication?

Any association of persons or producers or any organization or authority established by or under any law for the time being in force representing the interest of the producers of the concerned goods can apply for the registration of the geographical indication in the prescribed format.

What cannot be registered as a geographical indication

The following are the geographical indications that cannot be registered in India:

  • The use of which would be likely to deceive or cause confusion;
  • The use of which would be contrary to any law for the time being in force;
  • Which comprise or contain scandalous or obscene matter;
  • Which comprise or contain any matter likely to hurt the religious susceptibilities of any class or section of the citizens of India;
  • Which would otherwise be disentitled to protection in a court;
  • Which are determined to be generic names or indications of goods and are, therefore, not or ceased to be protected in their country of origin, or which have fallen into disuse in that country; or
  • Which although literally true as to the territory, region or locality in which the goods originate, but falsely represent to the persons that the goods originate in another territory, region or locality, as the case may be.

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