Geographical Indication

GI certified  Madurai Malli and other traditional fresh flowers were exported to USA & Dubai from Tamil Nadu.

What is GI Tag?

  • GI or Geographical Indication is a name or a sign given to certain products that relate to a specific geographical location or origins of  specifide region, city , village of country.
  • Geographical Indications may be regarded as a certification for particular product is produced.
  • GI Tag ensures that none other than those registered as authorized users are allowed to use the popular product name. In order to function as a GI, a sign must identify a product as originating in a given place.
  • Geographical Indications are covered as a component of intellectual property rights under the Paris Convention for the Protection of Industrial Property.
  • GI is governed by the WTO Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS).


In India, Geographical Indications registration is administered by the Geographical Indications of Goods (Registration and Protection) Act, 1999 which came into force with effect from September 2003

  •  The first product in India to be accorded with GI tag was Darjeeling tea in the year 2004-05.


Geographical Indication registration confers the following benefits:

  • Legal protection to the products.
  • Prevents un-authorize  GI tag products by others.
  •  Promotes the economic prosperity of producers of GI tag goods by enhancing their demand in national and international markets


Source: AIR 


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