Geographical Indication is an indication which identifies goods as agricultural goods, natural goods or manufactured goods as originating, or manufactured in the territory of country, or a region or locality in that territory, where a given quality, reputation or other characteristic of such goods is essentially attributable to its geographical origin.
In case of manufactured goods one of the activities of either the production or processing or preparation of the goods concerned takes place in such territory, region or locality, as the case may be
• Explanation clarifies that GI need not be a geographical name. Alphonso, Basmati.
• Goods include goods of handicraft or of industry and also foodstuff.
Example: Basmati rice, Darjeeling Tea, Nagpur Oranges, Kolhapuri Chappal, Thirunelveli Halwa, Kanchipuram Sarees etc.
Any association of persons or producers, or any organization/authority established by or under any law which represents the interests of the producers of the concerned goods and producer includes trader, authorized user etc
The main benefit of Geographical Indication is that it prevents unauthorized use of a registered Geographical Indication by others. It boosts exports of Indian Geographical Indications by providing legal protection. It promotes economic prosperity for producers and seeking legal protection in other WTO member countries.