November 2, 2017
Registered Geographical Indications in India
The Indian Intellectual Property Office has recently released a list of registered GIs (Geographical Indications) in India. The list can be accessed here. According to the list there are 301 registered GIs in India. In all these years GI has emerged as an essential IP (Intellectual Property) in the Indian subcontinent.
According to TRIPS (Trade Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights) GI refers to indications which identify a good as originating in the territory of a member or a region or locality in that territory where a given quality, reputation or other characteristic of the good is attributable to its geographical origin. Under the Indian Legal framework, GI is protected under the Geographical Indications of Goods (Registration and Protection) Act, 1999. The Indian legislation also protects the agricultural and handicraft products. Some of the interesting GIs which have been accorded protection under the Indian Law are Basmati rice, Kolhapuri chappals, Darjeeling Tea and Basmati rice.