What is the cost of registering a GI in India?

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GI stands for Geographical Indication. There are some important fee –   On application for the registration of a geographical indication for goods included in one class – Rs.5000. On a single application for the registration of a geographical indication for goods in different classes – Rs.5000/For Each. On application for the registration of an authorized… Read more »

How can I search for geographical indications that have already been registered?

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There is no comprehensive way to search all geographical indications registered throughout the world. You can, however, contact the relevant national intellectual property office, which may or may not offer a searchable database of GIs registered in their territory. Geographical Indications – The term GI has been defined as “Geographical Indications”, in relation to goods,… Read more »

What practical steps do I have to take to obtain geographical indication protection?

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The practical steps to be taken vary depending largely on the purpose and the geographical scope of the protection you desire. In the broadest terms, if you are considering protection limited to the national level, then your first port-of-call should be your relevant intellectual property (IP) office or the national (regional) competent authority in charge… Read more »

Are there any obstacles to protecting a geographical indication?

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The following are generally excluded from geographical indication protection – signs that do not qualify as geographical indications under the applicable law. From a legal point of view, potential obstacles to successfully registering a geographical indication (GI) may include the following – Conflict with a prior mark. Generic character of the term that constitutes the… Read more »

How much does it cost to obtain geographical indication protection?

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As the costs for filing for protection vary from country to country, it is best to contact your national (regional) IP office for details on the fee structure. If protection abroad is sought, in addition to the ordinary filing fees, you should take into account the translation costs and the costs of using a local… Read more »

Do I need a lawyer to protect my geographical indications?

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A request of protection for a geographical indication may be filed, depending on the applicable law, without assistance from an IP lawyer or specialized agent. However, in many countries an applicant whose residence or principal place of business is outside the country where the protection is sought must be represented by a lawyer or agent… Read more »

What conditions must be met to obtain geographical indication protection?

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A sign must qualify as a geographical indication under the applicable law and not be subject to any obstacles to registering a geographical indication (GI). Generally, an important requirement under the definition, is that the good identified by the GI needs to have a link to the geographical origin. This link may be determined by… Read more »

Who grants protection for geographical indications?

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Protection for a geographical indication (GI) is granted by a national (regional) competent authority upon request. In some countries the function of granting GI protection is carried out by a special body responsible for GI protection. In other countries, the national intellectual property (IP) office carries out this function. The term GI has been defined… Read more »

What are homonymous geographical indications?

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Homonymous geographical indications – Homonymous geographical indications (GI) are those that are spelled or pronounced alike, but which identify products originating in different places, usually in different countries. In principle, these indications should coexist, but such coexistence may be subject to certain conditions. For example, it may be required that they be used only together… Read more »