What is Geographical Indication?
Geographical Indication is a genre of Intellectual Property.
GI tag is an insignia on products having a unique geographical origin and evolution over centuries with regards to its special quality or reputation attributes.
The status to the products marks its authenticity and ensures that registered authorised users are allowed to use the popular product name.
These could be naturally grown crops like Assam Chilies or manufactured products like Jaipur Pottery.
GI tags are given on the basis of the Geographical Indications of Goods (Registration and Protection) Act, 1999.
The registration of GI is valid for 10 years after which it needs to be renewed.
Violation of GI tags is punishable offence under law.