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). The use of a GI may act as a certification that the product possesses certain qualities, is made according to traditional methods, or enjoys a certain reputation, due to its geographical origin.
Under Articles 1 (2) and 10 of the Paris Convention for the Protection of Industrial Property, Geographical Indications are covered as an element of Intellectual Property Rights. They are also covered under Articles 22 to 24 of the Trade Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) Agreement, which was part of the Agreements concluding the Uruguay Round of GATT negotiations. The law applicable to Geographical Indications in India is covered under The Geographical Indications of Goods (Registration & Protection) Act, 1999.,
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