List of Geographical Indications in India
A geographical indication (GI) is a name or sign used on certain products which corresponds to a specific geographical location or origin (e.g. a town, region, or country). India, as a member of the World Trade Organization (WTO), enacted the Geographical Indications of Goods (Registration and Protection) Act, 1999 has come into force with effect from 15 September 2003. GIs have been defined under Article 22(1) of the WTO Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights(TRIPS) Agreement as: "Indications which identify a good as originating in the territory of a member, or a region or a locality in that territory, where a given quality, reputation or characteristic of the good is essentially attributable to its geographic origin."
The GI tag ensures that none other than those registered as authorised users (or at least those residing inside the geographic territory) are allowed to use the popular product name. Darjeeling tea became the first GI tagged product in India, in 2004-05, since then by November 2015, 272 had been added to the list. These are listed below.
Geographical Indications in India
The famed Uttarakhand tejpatta, a popular spice used extensively in the hilly cuisine, has been awarded a geographical indication (GI) certificatemaking it the first product indigenous to the state to have made it to the GI list.
- The Venkateswara temple in Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh, scored a legal victory: the Geographical Indications Registry upheld its claim of a GI registration over the famous Tirupati laddu. The Registry's order granting the GI tag was, earlier, challenged by R S Praveen Raj, a scientist with CSIR-NIIST.The registry issued the verdict, upholding TTD's claim and fined Praveen Raj Rs 10,000.
- "Karnataka gets highest number of GI tags". Business Standard. 11 April 2008.
- "GI tag in india". Geographical Indications Registry. Intellectual Property Office, Chennai. Retrieved 28 December 2013.
- "State wise registration of GI applications" (PDF). IPC India. 18 November 2015. Retrieved 28 January 2016.
- "Kondapalli Toy gets GI registration". The Hindu. 8 February 2007.
- "Pedana Kalamkari art form gets GI tag". The Hindu. 18 August 2013.
- Maneesh Chhibber (31 July 2012). "Tirupati temple to keep laddu patent". The Financial Express. New Delhi.
- "'GI' certification for Venkatagiri sarees". The Hindu. 27 May 2011.
- "Tamil Nadu celebrates Mysore Pak day today". 20 September 2013. Retrieved 22 January 2016.
- "Bandar laddu gets GI tag". The Hindu. 29 March 2017.