Geographical Indications of Goods are defined as that aspect of Industrial Property which refer to the geographical indication referring to a country or to a place situated therein as being the country or place of origin of that product. Typically, such a name conveys an assurance of quality and distinctiveness which is essentially attributable to the fact of its origin in that defined geographical locality, region or country. Examples of Indian Geographical Indications are: Basmati Rice, Alphanso Mango, Nagpur Orange, Darjeeling Tea, Kanchipuram Silk Saree, Agra Petha, Kolhapuri Chappal.

India, as a member of the World Trade Organization (WTO), enacted the Geographical Indications of Goods (Registration & Protection)Act, 1999 has come into force with effect from 15th September 2003.


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