Title : Handbook on the Geographical Indications (with special focus on NorthEast Region) EditorinChief: Prof. (Dr.) V.K. Ahuja, Hon’ble ViceChancellor, NLUJA, Assam Patrons: Dr. Indranoshee Das, Registrar, NLUJA, Assam Dr. Nandarani Choudhury, Asstt. Registrar (Academics), NLUJA, Assam Authors: Dr. Sankar Sundaram – DPIIT IPR Chair Professor Mrs. Sharmistha Baruah – DPIIT IPR Chair Research Assistant Ms. Nuzhat Nasreen Islam DPIIT IPR Chair Research Assistant Year of Publication: 2021 Published by: DPIITIntellectual Property Rights (IPR) Chair The National Law University and Judicial Academy Assam Hajo Road, Amingaon, District – Kamrup (Rural) Guwahati – 781 031. Printer’s details: ISBN Number: Copyright Notice: This book entitled “Handbook on the Geographical Indications (with special focus on NorthEast Region)” is free for download. The copyright of this book is vested in the National Law University and Judicial Academy Assam. This handbook is a Free Edition for the benefit of the GI stakeholders.
About the handbook Table of Abbreviations Introduction 117 1. What are Geographical Indications? 1 2. Why should Geographical Indications (GI) be protected? 5 3. Who can protect GIs? 6 4. How can GIs be protected? 6 5. What types of goods can be protected by GI? 9 6. For how long GIs can be protected?\ 10 7. Who can be an ‘Authorised User’ of GI? 10 8. Can we use the registered GI of others? 11 9. What are the rights and privileges given to Registered Proprietors and Authorised Users? 11 10. What acts constitute the infringement of a GI tag & what are the punishments? 12 11. What is the fee payable to get GI registered? 13 12. Where to apply for GI? 14 13. Whom should I contact for assistance? 14 14. Do I need to pay any fees for seeking assistance? 16 15. Is GI a collective right? 16 Success Stories of Geographical Indication Registrations 18 207
18 2. Mizo Puanchei Geographical Indication 23 3. Naga Tree Tomato Geographical Indication 30 4. Sikkim Large Cardamom Geographical Indication 37 5. Shaphee Lanphee of Manipur Geographical Indication 46 6. Tripura Queen Pineapple Geographical Indication 54 7. Khasi Mandarin of Meghalaya Geographical Indication 61 8. IduMishmi Textile of Arunachal Pradesh Geographical Indication 199 Specimen Form How to fill Application Form for getting GI 208 Registration Specimen Certificate 218 Registered Geographical Indications of North Eastern Region 219 of India Simple FAQs on Geographical Indications 236 Spatial Depiction showing the granted GIs in NER of India, as 242 of September 2021 References 244
This booklet, titled the “Handbook on the Geographical Indications (with special focus on NorthEast Region)”, has been published at the instance of the Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade Intellectual Property Rights (DPIITIPR) Chair of National Law University and Judicial Academy Assam, under the guidance of Hon’ble Vice Chancellor, Prof. Dr. V.K. Ahuja. This book is intended to guide a person to know about the Procedures involved in seeking Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) protection in the form of Geographical Indication (GI) in India. Though the primary purpose of this guide book is to cater to the public of the North East Region (NER), the procedures mentioned here apply to any citizen of India, as well. The thirty three products of NER which have been conferred the GI tag so far, falls within the category of either handloom & handicrafts or agriculture. The booklet provides specimen examples of such GI tagged products of NER. To maintain the equality of representation as much as possible, within the limited scope of this guide book, one GIregistered product from each of the North Eastern States of India, has been included as an illustrative example. A complete Specimen Application Form for the “Muga Silk of Assam” has also been included for convenience. All are welcome to contact the IPR Facilitation Cell of the National Law University and Judicial Academy, Assam, whose email address is given below, for freeconsultation on any matters relating to (1) Geographical Indication (2) Patent (3) Design (4) Trademark (5) Technology knowhow protection (6) Copyright (7) Protection of Plant Varieties or to (8) the protection of the Topography of Integrated Circuits. All suggestions and criticisms regarding this booklet may kindly be addressed to the undersigned’s email. The authors acknowledge the help of
Saurav Baishya, the DPIITIPR Chair Field Assistant and Ms. Dolly Kumar, the DPIITIPR Chair Research Assistant in the manuscript preparation work. 22nd October, 2021 National Law University and Judicial Academy Assam Guwahati781031 email@example.com
ARTFED : Assam Apex Weavers and Artisans Cooperative Federation Ltd. ASTEC : Assam Science Technology and Environment Council DoNER : Department of Development of North Eastern Region DPIIT : Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade DPIITIPR : Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade Intellectual Property Right GI : Geographical Indication ICAR : Indian Council of Agricultural Research IMCLS : Idu Mishmi Cultural and Literary Society IP : Intellectual Property IPRs : Intellectual Property Rights NERAMAC : North Eastern Regional Agricultural Marketing Corporation Limited NGO : NonGovernmental Organisation NLUJAA : National Law University and Judicial Academy Assam PIC : Patent Information Centre
: Research Institute of World's Ancient Traditions Cultures and Heritage SPRIHA : Scheme for Pedagogy & Research in IPRs for Holistic Education & Academia TSS : Total Soluble Solids UV : Ultraviolet
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