Category Archives: Geographical Indication

Geographical Indication

Why I Love My Rasogolla Without its GI Tag


As a Bengali, I can testify that there are two food items that have always ruled my plate – fish cooked in mustard oil; and fresh, hot Rasogollas. While this could appear to be a generalization of sorts, I haven’t met many Bengalis in my life with palates that are incongruous with the above. So, last week, when news of the GI tag for ‘Rasogolla’ being granted to West Bengal, spread across the country, the topic of “Geographical Indications” came…


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SpicyIP Fellowship 2017-18: Legal Ownership of ‘Khadi’ amidst the KVIC/Fabindia Dispute


We are pleased to bring to you another guest post by our Fellowship applicant Madhurima Gadre. Madhurima is a 4th year student at NLU, Jodhpur. This is her second submission for the Fellowship. Legal Ownership of ‘Khadi’ amidst the KVIC/Fabindia Dispute Madhurima Gadre The instances of fabric and apparel companies cashing in on Khadi’s reputation are not new. Read our previous post about a German company named Khadi Natureprodukte which registered the term ‘khadi’ in its trademark with the Office for…


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SpicyIP Fellowship 2017-18: Where are the Women in IPR? Still a Long Way to Go


  On the occasion of International Women’s Day, we are pleased to bring to you a guest post on gender and IP by our Fellowship applicant, Afreen Hashmi. This is her first submission for the Fellowship. Our earlier posts on this theme can be viewed here and here. Where are the Women in IPR? Still a Long Way to Go Afreen Hashmi James Watt invented steam engines, Alexander Graham Bell invented the telephone, the Wright Brothers invented aeroplane; whereas Thomas Edison…


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Rice & IP: The ongoing Basmati imbroglio, the ‘Green Rice’ mystery & the IR8 celebrations


Over the last year with the Monsanto-Nuziveedu dispute, India has witnessed one of its biggest IP disputes in the agricultural sector. The Basmati GI dispute also has huge implication but as I’m reminded, often, by several people, geographical indications (GI) do not qualify as IP. These disputes aside, we’ve also come across two other very interesting cases of green rice and IR8 celebrations. Basmati rice – When did geography become an issue? As we’ve written earlier on SpicyIP, there is…


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Geographical Indication

G.I. Joe of India’s Geographical Indications


In this post, Balu Nair, our Spicy IP Fellowship applicant profiles the winner of the National Intellectual Property Award, 2016, Ganesh Hingmire and his contributions to the field of GIs. In an earlier post, Aparajita had raised the need for India to find a saviour to protect its Geographical Indications (“GI”). Ganesh Hingmire certainly seems to be answering this call with aplomb. According to a Times of India report, Mr. Hingmire has been chosen for the National Intellectual Property Award, 2016 for…


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Scotch Whisky GI Suit Settled: The Loss of a Landmark Ruling


In this post our Spicy IP Fellowship applicant, Vasundhara Majithia discusses the recent Scotch Whisky GI decision.  This is her fourth submission for the fellowship. “Too much of anything is bad, but too much good whiskey is barely enough.”  –Mark Twain Despite approximately 260 Geographical Indications (GI) registrations, India has seen very few landmark decisions based on GIs.  We have previously blogged about one such instance, in Tea Board vs ITC Ltd. here. More recently, the Scotch Whisky Association (“SWA”)…


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Geographical Indication

Madras HC on Basmati row


I posted on the above mentioned topic here. After perusing the concerned Orders passed by the High Court, I have now decided to pen down my views.  The Orders are available here and here. Please read [this, this, this and that] for background. As to make it easy for readers, I shall reproduce some of the main points of Orders of both AR and IPAB from here. Order of AR (31 December 2013): “Popular perception” has no statutory sanction as a…


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Geographical Indication

SpicyIP Tidbit: Madras High Court on IPAB Order in Basmati row


SpicyIP has recently carried a guest post on the recent IPAB Order in Basmati row which went in favour of APEDA. As per Times of India, on a writ petition filed by Madhya Pradesh against the aforesaid IPAB Order, the Madras High Court passed the following orders: “Till a decision in the writ petition (is taken) no precipitative action will be taken by APEDA in respect of the produce (basmati rice) from Madhya Pradesh in respect of existing areas where…


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Guest Post: An insider’s account of the Basmati row


[*Long Post] I am glad to introduce you all to a post written by Rajendra Kumar, Latha Nair, Ashish Kanta Singh and R. Rajalakshmi of KNS Partners, a leading IP boutique firm in India. While Rajendra Kumar, Latha Nair and Ashish Kanta Singh are partners, R. Rajalakshmi is a senior associate at the firm. KNS Partners appeared for APEDA. Latha R. Nair had written various guest posts for us in the past. Some of them can be found here, here,…


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INTA to launch a new searchable guide on GIs, Collective and Certification Marks


Come December 2015 and INTA members will have access to a searchable guide to Geographical Indications, Collective and Certification Marks. Titled “Geographical Indications, Certification Marks, and Collective Marks: An International Guide” it was designed to offer members assistance in the above mentioned fields, particularly considering the inconsistencies and lack of uniformity in the law across jurisdictions with regards to GIs. One of the Principal Editors of the guide was Ms. Latha R. Nair (partner at K&S Partners) who in this…


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