Geographical Indication (GI)

Geographical Indication (GI) – Today Current Affairs

  • A geographical indication (GI) is a sign used on products that have a specific geographical origin like region, country  and possess qualities or a reputation that are due to that origin. In order to function as a GI, a sign must identify a product as originating in a given place.
  • The use of a GI, as an indication of the product’s source, is intended as a certification that the product possesses certain qualities, is made according to original & traditional methods, or enjoys a good reputation due to its geographical origin. And also there is a clear link between the product and its original place of production.  The Hindu Analysis
  • GI Tags are used for agricultural products, handicrafts, industrial products etc.
  • GI Tag ensures that none other than those registered as authorized users are allowed to use the popular product name.
  • GI are covered as a component of Intellectual Property Rights (IPRs) under the Paris Convention for the Protection of Industrial Property and also governed by the World Trade Organisation’s (WTO’s) Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS).
  • In India, GI registration is administered by the Geographical Indications of Goods (Registration and Protection) Act, 1999 which came into force with effect from September 2003. The Hindu Analysis
  • The first product in India to be accorded with GI tag was Darjeeling tea in the year 2004-05.
  • In India this tag is issued by the Geographical Indication Registry under the Department of Industry Promotion and Internal Trade, Ministry of Commerce and Industry.
  • The GI Registry is situated at Chennai.


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