Who can apply for registration of the Geographical Indication?
Generally geographical indications are registered in the name of association of persons or an organization hailing from the same geographical region can apply for registration. Statutory bodies like development boards can also apply for registration.
What is the term of Geographical Indication Registration?
The registration of GI is valid for a period of 10 years and can be renewed for a period of 10 years, perpetually.
Can a Geographical Indication registration be transferred?
No, Section 24 of the Geographical Indication of Goods Act, 1999 clearly says that “notwithstanding anything contained in any law for the time being in force, any right to a registered GI shall not be subject matter of assignment, transmission, licensing, pledge, mortgage or any such other arrangement
What are the remedies available for infringement of Geographical Indication?
The law provides for both civil and criminal remedies against the infringement of Geographical Indications. The punishment prescribed under the Act is imprisonment or penalty or both.
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