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.