7 products receive Geographical Indication this fiscal year

The extremely popular and famed Banaganapalle mangoes of Andhra Pradesh and the Tulapanji Rice from West Bengal are among the seven products that have been awarded Geographical Indications this fiscal year by the Indian Patent Office.

A geographic indication (GI) is a sign used in products that have a specific geographic origin and have qualities or a reputation that are due to this origin. In order to work as a GI, a sign must identify a product as originating from a particular place or region or locality.

Among the seven, the five other products to have received the label this year include Pochampally Ikat from Telangana; Gobindobhog West Bengal Rice; Durgi Stone Carvings and Etikoppaka Toys from Andhra Pradesh; and Chakshesang Shawl of Nagaland, as published on the website of the Patent Office of India.

The award of the Geographical Indication label gives protection to the producer of these genuine products in the advantage of the initial control of prices in the national and international markets.

Once the protection of the GI is granted, no other producer may misuse the name to market similar products. It also provides comfort to customers about the authenticity of this product, that the product is produced from its original source.

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