How long does geographical indication protection last?

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In many sui generis legislations, registrations for geographical indications are not subject to a specific period of validity. This means that the protection for a registered geographical indication will remain valid unless the registration is cancelled. Geographical indications registered as collective and certification marks are generally protected for renewable ten-year periods. A geographical indication (GI)… Read more »

When is a registered Geographical Indication said to be infringed?

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When an unauthorised user uses a GI that indicates or suggests that such goods originate in a geographical area other than the true place of origin of such goods in a manner which mislead the public as to the geographical origin of such goods. When the use of geographical indication result in an unfair competition… Read more »

Who is a registered proprietor of a geographical indication?

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Registered proprietor of a geographical indication :  Any association of persons or of producers or any organisation or authority established by or under the law can be a registered proprietor. Their name should be entered in the Register of Geographical Indication as registered proprietor for the Geographical Indication applied for. Geographical Indication : A geographical… Read more »

Is a registration of a geographical indication compulsory and how does it help the applicant?

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The term GI has been defined as “Geographical Indications”, in relation to goods, means an indication which identifies such goods as agricultural goods, natural goods or manufactured goods as originating, or manufactured in the territory of a country, or a region or locality in that territory, where a given quality, reputation or other characteristics of… Read more »

How are geographical indications protected?

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There are three main ways to protect a geographical indication – so-called sui generis systems (i.e. special regimes of protection) using collective or certification marks. methods focusing on business practices, including administrative product approval schemes. These approaches involve differences with respect to important questions, such as the conditions for protection or the scope of protection…. Read more »

What rights does a geographical indication provide?

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A geographical indication right enables those who have the right to use the indication to prevent its use by a third party whose product does not conform to the applicable standards. For example, in the jurisdictions in which the Darjeeling geographical indication is protected, producers of Darjeeling tea can exclude use of the term “Darjeeling”… Read more »

What is the benefit of registration of geographical indications?

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A geographical indication (GI) is a name or sign used on certain products which corresponds to a specific geographical location or origin (e.g. a town, region, or country). The use of a geographical indication may act as a certification that the product possesses certain qualities, is made according to traditional methods, or enjoys a certain… Read more »

Whats are examples of possible Indian Geographical Indications?

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  These are the examples of possible Indian Geographical Indications –  Basmati Rice Darjeeling Tea Kanchipuram Silk Saree Alphanso Mango Nagpur Orange Kolhapuri Chappal Bikaneri Bhujia Agra Petha 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…. Read more »

What does the term GI stand for?

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“GI” stands for 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 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… Read more »

Who can apply for registration of the Geographical Indication?

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Generally geographical indications are registered in the name of association of persons or an organization hailing from the same geographical region can apply for registration. Statutory bodies like development boards can also apply for registration.