India enacted the Geographical Indications of Goods (Registration and Protection) Act, 1999 in order to comply with the obligations to
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- Geographical Indications (GI) is one of the eight categories of intellectual property included in WTO’s TRIPs (Trade-Related Intellectual Property Rights) agreement.
- The WTO defines GI as indicators that identify a product as originating in a member’s territory, or a region or locality within that territory, where specific qualities, reputation, or other characteristics of the product are essentially linked to its geographical origin.
- To meet its TRIPS agreement obligations, India enacted the Geographical Indication of Goods (Registration and Protection) Act, 1999, which became effective on September 15, 2003.