How is Geographical Indications distinct from appellation of origin?

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A geographical indication is a sign used on goods that have a specific geographical origin and possess qualities or a reputation that are due to that place of origin. Geographical indications may be not only place names but also other names and indicators used to refer to a product. On the other hand, an appellation… Read more »

What is a generic geographical indication?

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In the context of geographical indications, generic terms are names which, although they denote the place from where a product originates, have become the term customary for such a product. An example of a GI that has become a generic term is Camembert for cheese. This name can now be used to designate any camembert-type… Read more »

What is the difference between a geographical indication and an appellation of origin?

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Difference between a geographical indication and an appellation of origin Appellations of origin are a special kind of geographical indication (GI). GIs and appellations of origin require a qualitative link between the product to which they refer and its place of origin. Both inform consumers about a product’s geographical origin and a quality or characteristic… Read more »

What is the difference between a geographical indication and a trademark?

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Geographical indications (GIs) identify a good as originating from a particular place. By contrast, a trademark identifies a good or service as originating from a particular company. A trademark often consists of a fanciful or arbitrary sign. In contrast, the name used as a geographical indication is usually predetermined by the name of a geographical… Read more »

How are geographical indication rights enforced?

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Like all intellectual property rights, the rights to geographical indications (GI) are enforced by the application of national legislation, typically in a court of law. The right to take action could rest with a competent authority, the public prosecutor, or to any interested party, whether a natural person or a legal entity, whether public or… Read more »

How long the registration of Geographical Indication is valid?

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The registration of a geographical indication is valid for a period of 10 years. 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… Read more »

Can the entries in the register of geographical indicators be amended and corrected?

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Yes. Under section 15 of the Act provides for making corrections and amendments to the entries in the register either before or after the registration of geographical indications. 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… Read more »

What is significance of Geographical Indication Registration?

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Significance of Geographical Indication Registration Such identification enables the product to gain a reputation and goodwill all over the world, consequently resulting in premium prices in national and international markets. Recognition of a particular commodity as a Geographical Indication also confers the right to protection under the Geographical Indication Act, 1999, thereby preventing an unauthorised… Read more »

How Geographical Indications (Gis) are different from indication of source?

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Geographical Indications bear the quality function of the product were as the indications of source indicates the source of products only. For example, made in India, made in France. 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… Read more »