Geographical Indications (GI)

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.

India Bags the Basmati GI tag

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…

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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…

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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…

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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.

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

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…

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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…

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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.

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

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…

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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.

Kolhapur ‘Spicing’ Things Up!

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…

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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…

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This Image depicts the close shot of dark roasted coffee beans. This Image is relevant as the article deals with the analysis of Costa Rica coffee as GI. Click on this Image for more Information.

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

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…

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This Image depicts the close shot of Nendran Bananas. This Image is relevant as the article deals with the Inclusion of Nendran Banana as Geographical Indication. Click on this Image for more Information.

Nendran Banana gets Geographical Indication Tag

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…

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