Introduction to Geographical Indications of Goods

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A need had arisen to protect agricultural, natural or manufactured goods, handicraft and industry goods like food stuff. The primary reasons for protection were to prevent unauthorized use of geographical indicators as well as promote goods bearing the Indian geographical indicators in the export market.

As per the TRIPS Agreement, other countries were under no obligation to extend protection unless a geographical indicator is protected in the country of its origin. But, if India imported goods from a particular country and that country provided such protection then India would be required to extend the protection to that country as well.

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