May 27, 2024

Chapter Seventy-One: Geographical Indications and Digital Empowerment

Did you know Darjeeling Tea, Kolhapuri Chappal and Tirupati Laddu are GI tagged? This week’s TypeRight will take a dive into GIs and how local communities can make use of the GI tags and digital tools to have better livelihoods and convert their location into a destination.

Let’s start with some basic definitions, and wikipedia isn’t too bad to start: Geographical indication, or what we use GI for short, is a form of intellectual property that identifies a product as originating from a specific place, where a given quality, reputation or some other characteristic of the product is essentially attributable to its geographical origin. Every country has different regimes of laws that identify something having a GI- for India, geographical indications are governed by the Geographical Indications of Goods (Registration and Protection) Act, 1999.

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