Study about Protection of Geographical Indication in India: Darjeeling Tea
Introduction:~ Protection of Geographical Indication (GI) has, overthe years, emerged as one of the most contentious IPR(Intellectual Property Rights)issues in the realm of the WTO’s Agreement on Trade Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights(TRIPS).TRIPS defines GI as any indication that identifies a product as originating from a particular place, where a given quality, reputation or other characteristics of the product are essentially attributable to its geographical origin. Also a geographical indication (GI) gives exclusive right to a region (town, province or country) to use a name for a product with certain characteristics that corresponds to their specific location.
Need for Legal Protection of GI:~ Given its commercial potential, legal protection of GI assumes enormous significance. Without suitable legal protection, the competitors who do not have any legitimate rights on the GI might ride free on its reputation. Such unfair business practices result in loss of revenue for the genuine right-holders of the GI and also misleads consumers. Moreover, such practices may eventually hamper the goodwill and reputation associated with the GI. Keep reading on Geographical Indication