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Three farm products get GI registration

First Publication Date: 11th November 2010 Three farm products of Kerala, Wayanad Jeerakasala Rice, Wayanad Gandhakasala Rice and Central Travancore Jaggery got the IP protection under the Geographical Indication Act, 1999. This initiative was taken by the Kerala Agricultural University. Wayanad Jeerakasala Rice and Wayanad Gandhakasala Rice are popular traditional aromatic rice cultivar of Wayanad District in Kerala. Both the varieties belong to the same species bearing the botanical name Oryza sativa. They are famous for their fragrance and aroma. The Grains are of medium size and shape which is slightly elongated, with golden yellow colour and partial short awns. This rice...

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GI Applications filed in India

The image depicts a red mysore silk saree.

First Publication Date: 17th November 2009 The Geographical Indication Act, 1999 came into force on 15th September, 2003.  The first GI was filed on 27th October, 2003 by the Tea Board, West Bengal for Darjeeling Tea in class 30.  Thereafter, approximately 130 GI has been registered and Published in the GI Journal.  GI registration is accorded to products with a reputation attributable to their place of origin or the area where they are manufactured.  Filings for GI have increased with in last 2 years. It can be inferred from the below table that the southern states of India have filed more number...

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Copyrights and Entertainment Law News

Censor Board Removes Kashmir References from Mission Impossible: Fallout, IIFA Accused of Plagiarism over the Tribute Video on Sridevi, Major Record Labels file suit against Cox Communications for Piracy, Long-running Suit between Motorola and Hytera now Includes Copyright Infringement, City Merchandise Inc Sues Balenciaga for Copyright Infringement, Great Dane Graphics Settles Copyright Infringement Case, Relativity and Netflix settle long-running licensing dispute, Lionsgate And Universal Music Sign Exclusive Multi-year Agreement, Maker of craft beer Bira 91 enters merchandising. COPYRIGHT QUOTE OF THE WEEK “Copyright? Copy RIGHT: Steal ideas, steal facts, but do not steal words.” – Dan Poynter INDIAN COPYRIGHT STATISTICS There is an increase...

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National IPR Policy – Geographical Indications Related Objectives

The featured image depicts a collage with various goods in India which have been registered as geographical indications like tanjore paintings,Mysore silk sarees, Tirupathi Laddus,Pashmina Shawls. This post deals with geographical indications. To know more click here

India approved its first ever Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) policy on 13th May 2016 with a vision to stimulate creativity and innovation and to promote advancement in science and technology, art and culture, traditional knowledge and biodiversity resources. The policy lays out seven broad objectives and they are as follows: Awareness: outreach and promotion; Generation of IPRs; Legal and legislative framework; Administration and management; Commercialization of IPR; Enforcement and adjudication; and Human capital development. This article considers various provisions relating to Geographical Indications under the new IPR Policy. The policy identifies GIs as an area of strength and optimism for India. The following positive...

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Make in India and the untapped potential of Geographical Indications

The featured image is of a collage of different GIs in India. The post is about geographical indications and the make in India initiative. To read more click here.

The Make in India program was launched by Prime Minister, Mr. Narendra Modi, in September 2014 as part of a wider set of nation-building initiatives. These initiatives were aimed at encouraging multi-national, as well as national companies to manufacture their products in India. Last year in July, the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP) had come up with various strategies, keeping “Make in India” as the backdrop to encourage innovation and creativity, further boosting the intellectual property rights (IPR) regime. Some of the initiatives forming a part of this strategy were: more posts in various IP offices, online e-filing facilities, rebate on...

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Geographical Indications: Selling Genuine GI – A GoI Initiative.

The featured image shows a collage of the different kinds of GI products in India. The post is about the governments decision to market the GI products through ecommerce. To read more click here.

The boom of ecommerce has brought a major change in how commercial transactions are carried out today. Ecommerce platforms are blooming and everyone is embracing this approach because of its smart and widespread reach to consumers. The Government does not want to lag behind and in its attempt to catch up with the ongoing trend; is considering going the ecommerce way to sell authentic Geographical Indication (GI) products. GI registration gives the registered proprietor and its authorized users, the right to the exclusive use of the GI and also the right to obtain relief in case of its infringement. Exclusion of...

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India Bags the Basmati GI tag

This image shows some cooked Basmati rice. This post is about the recent GI tag that has been given to Indian Basmati Rice against Pakistan's petition. To read more click here.

This post is a follow up to our earlier posts available here and here. At last the long awaited GI tag has finally been bestowed upon the Basmati Rice grown in seven north Indian Basmati rice-producing states including Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand and parts of Uttar Pradesh and Jammu & Kashmir. The order was issued on the 5th of February 2016 by Justice K.N. Basha, Chairman, IPAB, and Sanjeev Kumar Chaswal, technical member, Trademark, IPAB. The important aspects of the order issued to Assistant Registrar of GI Registry, by the Appellate Body are: To proceed with the registration and issue the...

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The GI battle for Rasgulla

Two neighboring states - Odisha and West Bengal have entered into a sweet battle regarding the origin of the famous delicacy Rasgulla! In the month of May, this year, Odisha government planned to get a GI tag for the famous and one of its kind traditional brown 'Pahala Rasgullas' of the state. Pahala is located on National Highway No. 5 between the twin cities of Bhubaneswar and Cuttack, Odisha. Pahla has nearly more than 100 shops selling these Rasgullas. The State Ministry of micro small and medium enterprises (MSME) had asked the district industries center in Cuttack to initiate the process. Meetings...

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Geographical Indications: A Toast to Scotch Whisky

Folks, this news is sure to get you in high spirits. Scotch Whisky recently got GI registration in all the 17 countries that are members of the African Organization of Intellectual Property (OAPI), which includes Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Equatorial Guinea, Ivory Coast, Gabon, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Republic of Congo, Senegal and Togo. Scotch Whisky Association (SWA), the industry trade body, was responsible for the application. The status was officially granted during a ceremony held at the African Intellectual Property Organisation (OAPI) in Yaoundé and was presided over by the General Manager of OAPI,...

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Changalikodan banana variety gets GI Protection, Happy Onam it is!

Glad tidings to all our readers! It is a happy Onam indeed, as Kerela adds another feather to its GI hat. Besides the ‘Palakkadan matta’ rice, ‘Vazhakkulam’ pineapple, ‘Pokkali’ rice, Wayanadan’ scented rice varieties ‘Gandhakasala’ and ‘Jeerakasala’ and Central Travancore jiggery, the ‘Changalikodan’ banana variety has also found a place in the GI list.  The news of Kerela’s famous Nendran banana variety “Changalikodan” getting GI status was made official recently at a public event, by the Thrissur district panchayat president C.C. Sreekumar. Besides the official announcement Mr. Sreekumar also unveiled the GI logo for the beloved variety. The variety originates from...

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