Geographical Indication

Goa seeks GI for fenny

The Hindu Reports:

In its bid to try for a patent for Goan Cashew Fenni, a unique local brew, the State Government has set up study committees under the nodal agency — Patent Facilitation Centre — to unearth historical information on fenni to establish its Geographical Indicators (GI).
Joint Secretary and Director of Department of Science, Technology and Environment (STE) N.P.S. Varde, who heads the nodal agency, told The Hindu that the process of getting the patent is elaborate. Nevertheless, the State Government has made a beginning by forming a State-level advisory committee headed by Development Commissioner J.K. Dadu to collect information and document GI of Fenni, he said.

Fenny lovers will love this move to ensure that they get their moneys worth when they taste this powerful spirit the next time. If a link is established between Goa and Fenny and the fact that its taste derives in some way from Goa, this shouldn’t be much of a problem.

As always, the Indian media uses ‘patents’, ‘trademarks’, ‘copyrights’ and ‘GI’s’ interchangeably.

Shamnad Basheer

Shamnad Basheer

Prof. (Dr.) Shamnad Basheer founded SpicyIP in 2005. He's also the Founder of IDIA, a project to train underprivileged students for admissions to the leading law schools. He served for two years as an expert on the IP global advisory council (GAC) of the World Economic Forum (WEF). In 2015, he received the Infosys Prize in Humanities in 2015 for his work on legal education and on democratising the discourse around intellectual property law and policy. The jury was headed by Nobel laureate, Prof. Amartya Sen. Professional History: After graduating from the NLS, Bangalore Prof. Basheer joined Anand and Anand, one of India’s leading IP firms. He went on to head their telecommunication and technology practice and was rated by the IFLR as a leading technology lawyer. He left for the University of Oxford to pursue post-graduate studies, completing the BCL, MPhil and DPhil as a Wellcome Trust scholar. His first academic appointment was at the George Washington University Law School, where he served as the Frank H Marks Visiting Associate Professor of IP Law. He then relocated to India in 2008 to take up the MHRD Chaired Professorship in IP Law at WB NUJS, a leading Indian law school. Later, he was the Honorary Research Chair of IP Law at Nirma University and also a visiting professor of law at the National Law School (NLS), Bangalore. Prof. Basheer has published widely and his articles have won awards, including those instituted by ATRIP, the Stanford Technology Law Review and CREATe. He was consulted widely by the government, industry, international organisations and civil society on a variety of IP issues. He also served on several government committees.

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