SpicyIP tidbit: Weavers getting ‘G.I ‘savvy

Indicative of the growing awareness amidst the stakeholders of their respective IPR rights,the weavers of Gopalpur are seeking protection for the Tussar weave.

The Statesmen whilst promptly reporting on the proactive initiatives of the weavers, nevertheless continue to with the ‘conflation’ saga.

(We at SpicyIP did our best to correct the erroneous usage of terms during the yoga controversy)

‘The weavers of Gopalpur in Jajpur district have demanded patentry of their handloom products, made of tussar fabric.
At a workshop, jointly organized by the Institute of Socio-Economic Research and Training, Indian Merchants’ chamber, UNCTAD and the Union ministry of commerce & industry on “Strategies and preparedness for the trade and globalisation in the textile sector” the participants demanded protection of their handloom tussar products from any sort of copying or infringement by other producers or businessmen of any country.
The participants were also explained about the concept of Geographical Indications (GI) Act and its benefits to the master weavers. The Gopalpur tussar fabrics have unique qualities and a good market base across the globe as a result of which it has all the requirements to be registered under GI Act for patent, the workshop suggested.
The GI Act is the newest addition to the Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) regime aimed at preventing unauthorised exploitation.

Not sure what would end the erroneous twists to the endless trysts…where the terms Patent and G.Is are used interchangeably.’

Tch! Tch! A workshop for the media perhaps!


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8 thoughts on “SpicyIP tidbit: Weavers getting ‘G.I ‘savvy”

  1. Its funny to read such usage sometimes..patent in place of a GI and..”patentry” is superly novel usage of the word patent!

    but ..i like the idea of comparing a patent and a GI. they are very similar in some ways..I think! Except offcourse a patent is very exclusive while a GI is a community right. But the intellectual aspect and the philosophy behind protection is similar! e.g. if an alloy protected by a GI is to be made with x% of Al and y % of Fe ..at a temperature of z F, etc. then protection under GI is only to goods with actually that combination at that temperature etc.! A GI application has a specification too[;)]..and protection is limited to only what falls within the scope of such application! May be wont apply to all GI’s…but does anyone see the analogy?

    Not giving the media any benefit of doubt..they should be diligent when informing people!

    Best regards

  2. BUT what is the correct pronunciation of “PATENT” in Hindi?

    And is it REALLY any easier to pronounce “patentry” for a Hindi-speaker?

  3. I reproduce excerpts from Vinish Mehras’ letter to the media.

    ” I would like to take this opportunity to draw your attention towards something quite alarming, which is bothering me for quite some time and is detrimental our endeavour to create the much needed *IP culture* in the country.
    How often do we read and hear –

    1. Patent this brand…
    2. Copyright this idea…
    3. This patent gives ‘Ricetec’ exclusive right to use the name “Basmati”…
    4. Neem has been patented…
    5. Government of India to Protect Basmati & Darjeeling Trademark…
    And now – Patent shield soon from copycat GI Joes
    All this reveals nothing BUT the confusion prevailing apropos IPRs amongst the Indian masses; and the Indian media seems to be NO exception to this phenomenon.
    I would request you (the media) not to confuse one form of IPRs with another as each tool of IP system safeguards a separate and distinct subject matter. A Patent is not to be confused with GI; a GI is different from a Trade Mark; and so on…. need of the hour is to sensitize the masses apropos IPRs and the resulting implications; not to further confuse them.”
    Vinish Mehra

  4. Himanshu Sekhar Rout

    It is wrong to use “patent” in place of GI. GI and patent are IPRs. GI is an indication which identifies goods as agricultural, natural or manufactured goods as originating or manufactured in the territory of country or a region or locality in that territory where a given quality, reputation or other characteristic of such goods is essentially attributable to its Geographical origin.

    Reporters, please don’t pass wrong notions among the readers. Use at least correct words at appropriate place.

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