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Geographical Indications (GI)

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GI for Tirupathi Laddu: Whose Interests are Protected?

  Original Date of Publication: March 16th, 2010 The Tirumala Tirupathi Devasthanams (TTD) trustees of world’ richest temple on Tirumala Hills secured Geographical Indication (GI) Registration for sacred Laddu Prasadam, from Indian Patent Office, Chennai, recently, raising many eyebrows. It is criticized as its latest manifestation of brazen commercialization of divine abode. Ironically, sacred Tirupathi Laddu now joins the company of goods like Darjeeling Tea, Goa Feni, and Champagne wine etc. What hurts devotees is the way Prasadam is reduced to a commercial product. What is GI? The Geographical Indication of Goods (Registration & Protection) Act, 1999 has been made to secure the...

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Public Interest or Private Monopoly- The Case of Tirupathi Laddu

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This post was first published on August 7th, 2012. In a legal tangle that finally unknotted in late July, the Geographical Indication (GI) of ‘Tirupati Laddu’ has drawn a lot of attention, regards the religious sentiment attached to it. Unlike, Madhubani paintings, Darjeeling Tea or Goa Feni which enjoy the Geographical Indication tag, the roadmap for a GI status to the Prasadam(The ‘Tirupathi Laddu’), the temple being managed by Tirupati Tirumala Devasthanam was not a sweet path to reckon with. Be it the description of J Mohanraj, the then General Secretary of Jebamani Janata Party, who within weeks of granting the GI...

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‘Darjeeling’ is Not Owned by Tea Board

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This post was first published on 19th September 2011. Tea Board, India v. I.T.C. Limited Decided by CALCUTTA HIGH COURT on 24th August, 2011 Facts The plaintiff is an autonomous, non-profit statutory body and was established by the Government of India for the purpose of controlling the Indian Tea Industry. This establishment is engaged in production, cultivation, marketing, sale and export of tea, encouraging research, and other numerous statutory duties and functions under the Tea Act. In order to preserve the integrity of tea sold under the name DARJEELING, the plaintiff has developed a distinctive DARJEELING logo, which consists of the image of a...

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Ahmedabad Shopping Festival Trademark Row, Walt Disney and Reliance Retail Merchandise Collaboration, India’s First GI Store in Goa and Other News

Indian Trademark Statistics for January (Fourth Week), National IP Awards-2019, Las Vegas Resorts Settles Trademark Dispute, Popsugar Files Trademark for Twinning, Ahmedabad Shopping Festival Trademark Row Resolved and more, brought to you by the Trademark Attorneys at BananaIP (BIP) Counsels. TRADEMARK QUOTE OF THE WEEK “Brands are avenues of value innovation in a creative engagement between companies and their customers” - Tenaya Group INDIAN TRADEMARK STATISTICS The Indian Trademark Office has had a mixed week. The total number of hearing notices issued by trademark office has increased by five hundred and seventy one percent (571%). The total number of registrations granted has increased...

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What’s in a Name Rihanna? Oyo to Expand to Philippines, ‘Puma x Maybelline’ Athleisure Makeup Collection, and Other News

Indian Trademark Statistics for January (Third Week), The Hotel Ritz Paris Wins Trademark Battle, Drake Loses Exclusive Rights Over ‘6IX’, Lindsay Lohan Discotheque, Naga Cucumber GI, and more, brought to you by the Trademark Attorneys at BananaIP (BIP) Counsels. TRADEMARK QUOTE OF THE WEEK “Branding is not just about being seen as better than the competition. It’s about being seen as the only solution to your audience’s problem” – John Morgan INDIAN TRADEMARK STATISTICS The Indian Trademark Office has picked up its pace in the past week. The total number of applications examined by trademark office has increased by ten percent (10%). The...

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The Weeknd Being Sued Over “Starboy”, Patanjali to Launch Apparels, Sojat Mehndi Filed for GI and other news

Indian Trademark Statistics for November (Third Week) 2018, Burberry Stops Infringement, Patanjali to Launch Apparels, Jimmi Choo Defends His Name and more, brought to you by the Trademark Attorneys at BananaIP (BIP) Counsels. TRADEMARK QUOTE OF THE WEEK “Products are made in the factory, but brands are created in the mind”– Walter Landor INDIAN TRADEMARK STATISTICS The Indian Trademark Office has picked up its pace in the last week. The total number of the applications disposed through show cause hearings has increased by sixty eight percent (68%). Similarly, the total number of hearing notices issued has increased by one hundred and fifty eight...

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Purple for Prince?, Delhi High Court Judgment against E-commerce Intermediary, Thugs of Hindostan in Google Maps and other news

Indian Trademark Statistics for November (First Week) 2018, ByteDance sued for Helo, P&G Loses Trademark Battle, Sangli chi Halad Obtains GI Acceptance and more, brought to you by the Trademark Attorneys at BananaIP (BIP) Counsels. TRADEMARK QUOTE OF THE WEEK “A brand is not just a logo, it’s the overall impression and experience you give to your audience and customers. Your brand expresses the value you provide. It’s you!” – Amy Locurto INDIAN TRADEMARK STATISTICS The Indian Trademark Office has been slow in the last week due to the festival season. The total number of the applications disposed through show cause hearings has decreased...

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Kylie Jenner Sued Over ‘Born to Sparkle’, Vans – NASA collaboration for Space Age Shoes, Alibaba Emerges Victorious in a Trademark Battle and other news

Indian Trademark Statistics for October (Fifth Week) 2018, Vans Wins Trademark Battle, Samsung in Trouble with Their Galaxy, Kylie Jenner Sued Over ‘Born to Sparkle’, 326 Registered GIs in India and more, brought to you by the Trademark Attorneys at BananaIP (BIP) Counsels. TRADEMARK QUOTE OF THE WEEK “Branding is not just about being seen as better than the competition. It’s about being seen as the only solution to your audience’s problem” – John Morgan INDIAN TRADEMARK STATISTICS The Indian Trademark Office has picked up its pace in the last week. The total number of the applications disposed through show cause hearings has...

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GI Applications Filed in India

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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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LOL Trademark, Nestle Starbucks Global Licensing Deal, Magic Rice GI, and other news

Indian Trademark Statistics for August (Fifth Week) 2018, Burberry Counterfeit, Anushka Sharma to Promote Instax Cameras, In-N-Out Stout Beer in Trademark Dilemma, brought to you by the Trademark Attorneys at BananaIP (BIP) Counsels. TRADEMARK QUOTE OF THE WEEK "A good trademark, whether a word or a symbol, is devoid of fashion or trend, which makes it potentially iconic if its seen for long enough in the right places"-Ivan Chermayeff INDIAN TRADEMARK STATISTICS In the last week, the Indian Trademark Office have had a comparatively slow week. The total number of the applications published in the trademark journal has decreased by 42%. Similarly, the...

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