Poor man’s Intellectual Property hijacked !!!

Geographical Indications (GI) is an intellectual property right (IPR), which serves as a notice to the customer that the product comes from a particular geographical region, wherein its quality, reputation or other characteristics is essentially attributable to its geographical origin. For Example, the geographical indication Champagne is used to indicate that a special kind of sparkling wine originates in the Champagne region of France.

 According to Geographical Indication of Goods (Registration & Protection) Act in 1999, ‘Goods’ means any agricultural, natural or manufactured goods or any goods of handicraft or of industry, and includes food stuff. The legislative intent of GI statute is protecting the interest of the genuine producers from the specified geographical region. Attaching a GI tag also helps in promoting the sale of goods in the international market. In India, GI is often termed as the poor man’s IP because most of the applicants for GIs are farmers, artisans…

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