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Intellectual Property (IP) in India: A Decade of Progress Part 12

The featured image is of the Lion Capital which consists of the Ashoka Chakra, with a horse and bull on either sides, and an hoisted Indian flag below it. The Lion Capital is the national emblem of India. The image is related to the post as it is a part of the Sinapse Series"Intellectual Property (IP) in India: A Decade of Progress". To read the post click here.

Recently, Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the first National Handloom Day in Chennai, with the aim to resolve various problems faced by weavers. He delved into the question of how to further capitalise on the commercial potential of various handloom products. Since the first Indian GI was registered in 2004, 236 GIs have been registered with the GI Registry of India. Of these, more than half (64 per cent) are handicrafts, more than one fourth (26 per cent) are agricultural products, and the remaining are food and manufacturing products. India being a treasure house of various handicrafts, textiles and handlooms, it is not...

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Changalikodan banana variety gets GI Protection

  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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Intellectual Property (IP) in India: A Decade of Progress Part 5

The featured image is of the Lion Capital which consists of the Ashoka Chakra, with a horse and bull on either sides, and an hoisted Indian flag below it. The Lion Capital is the national emblem of India. The image is related to the post as it is a part of the Sinapse Series"Intellectual Property (IP) in India: A Decade of Progress". To read the post click here.

The post below gives details about the statistics of Geographical Indications (GI) filed and registered in India in the past decade

India’s journey with Geographical Indications (GI) started almost 10 years back in 2003, when the GI Act and Rules came into force. In order to comply with India’s obligations under the TRIPS agreement, India enacted the Geographical Indication of Goods (Registration and Protection) Act, 1999 which came into force with effect from September 15, 2003.

Since 2003, with the first application for registration of ‘Darjeeling Tea’ the filings has reflected an escalating trend. From September 2003 till 31st March 201, 479 GI Applications have been received at the Indian GI Registry. From its inception to till date, a total of 236 GI Applications have been given the GI status by the Indian GI Registry. Among which Peruvian Pisco from Peru, Champagne from France & Napa Valley from USA, Scotch Whisky from UK, Prosciutto di Parma from Italy, Porto & Douro from Portugal, Tequila from Mexico are some goods from other parts of the world to get registration from the Indian GI Registry

In the year 2004-2005 only 15 registrations were filed. The next year, the number of applications rose to 27. The numbers of applications has been increasing with the years. For the first time a GI ‘authorized user’ application, was filed in the year 2009-10 and 40 GI applications were filed in the same year. The year 2011-12 witnessed a huge hike in the number of applications filed for GI registration, i.e 148. However this reduced in the following year and only 24 applications were filed. In 2013, there were 75 applications filed from all over the country for GI registration.

The filing trend shows that the southern States in India have topped the charts in obtaining GI registrations as against the rest of the States. As of March 31st, 2013, the state of Karnataka is leading the way with 32 GI registrations followed by the state of Tamil Nadu with a total number of 24 registrations. Andhra Pradesh (22) and Kerala (20) are also not far behind, falling in the third and the fourth position respectively. These four states together account for over 50 % of the total GI registrations granted in India. The top goods under which the applications were filed were handicrafts, textile, agriculture, manufactured, food stuff, natural.

According to an interesting survey, India has over 3,000 potential GIs, which need to be protected.

Below is a table, which gives the details of the GI applications filed and registered in India in the last decade:

YEARGI APPLICATIONS  FILEDGI APPLICATIONS  REGISTERED
2004-051511
2005-062719
2006-07383
2007-084261
2008-094445
2009-104014
2010-112729
2011-1214823
2012-132421
2013-147522

Kolhapur ‘Spicing’ Things Up!

Featured image is of a container full of different spices as the post is about a GI application filed for Kolhapuri Masala. To read the post click here.

In addition to Kolhapuri Chappals (registered as GI), Kolhapur is also going to be famous for its Kolhapuri Masala. Yes, you heard it right! The Karveer Adarsha Mahila Aaudyogik Sahkari Sanstha (KAMAAS), a group of women self-help organizations with the help of Agricultural Technology Management Agency (ATMA), a state-initiative of agriculture department, had applied under the application no-475 on 26th March 2014, to get the Geographical Indication (GI) status for the delectable mixture of different spices that claims to bring a distinct taste to the food. The GI recognition will prevent unauthorized use of the brand name 'Kolhapuri Masala' and will not only...

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Geographical Indication Registration of Basmati Rice

  Application No 14 for the registration of Geographical Indication (GI) of "Basmati Rice" was filed on 19th August 2004 in Class 30 by M/s Heritage, Haryana under the Geographical Indications of Goods (Registration and Protection) Act 1999. India and Pakistan had agreed to protect the GI of Basmati rice varieties covered by EC Regulation 1549/2004 as detailed in Council decisions 2004/617/EC and 2004/618/EC, when GI application was filled before the Registry. Basmati is the name given for certain varieties of rice with the unique properties that are grown exclusively in specific areas of the lndo - Gangetic plains, which previously included...

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Analysis of Costa Rica Coffee (Café de Costa Rica) as a Geographical Indication

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National Protection: Costa Rica has no registered GI for coffee but has included Geographical Indications and Denomination of Origin in the Law on Marks and other Distinctive Signs, 2000. To increase access to the international market with high quality products, iCAFE has established the program “seven regions, seven coffees”. In this program, important coffee regions with an individual profile were identified. However, it is still under discussion if a GI should be nation-wide or region-wide. But various national regulations govern the coffee sector (executive orders):  Law No. 19302-MAG (1989) forbids production of any other variety than Arabica coffee  Law No. 2762...

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Nendran Banana gets Geographical Indication Tag

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India is the largest producer of the world’s most popular fruit, the Banana, churning out over a quarter of Global production of Bananas, which brings us to the discussion at hand, i.e., Kerala’s sumptuous Nendran Banana has got Geographical Indication registrations from the Geographical Indications Registry, Chennai. Geographical Indication (GI) refers to any indication that identifies the goods as originating from a particular place, where a given quality, reputation or other characteristic of the goods is essentially attributable to its geographical origin. Geographical Indication is the best legal tool available for the protection of goods in developing countries. This would definitely help the...

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