Kai chutney received the geographical identity tag: Basics Explained

The Similipal kai chutney received the geographical identity tag on January 2, 2024. The chutney is made with red weaver ants by the tribal people of Odisha’s Mayurbhanj district; is popular in the region for its healing properties and is also deemed important for the nutritional security of the tribal people. The red weaver ants are indigenous to Mayurbhanj and are found in abundance in the jungles of every block area of the district, including in the Similipal Tiger Reserve, throughout the year.

Under Articles 1 (2) and 10 of the Paris Convention for the Protection of Industrial Property, geographical indications are covered as an element of Intellectual Property Rights. They are also covered under Articles 22-24 of the Trade Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) Agreement.


GI is a sign, tag that can be issued for agricultural, natural, or manufactured goods, products that have a specific geographical origin and possess qualities or a reputation or other characteristics that are due to that origin. A GI registration gives the registered proprietor and authorized users the legal right to the exclusive use of the GI, and no unauthorized person can use the tag. 

Some of the examples of GI are Mysore Silk, Mysore Agarbathi, Kancheepuram Silk, Orissa Ikat, Channapatna Toys & Dolls, and Coimbatore Wet Grinder.

Products sold with the GI tag get premium pricing; It boosts exports; The
poor farmers/artisans from the given region have to face less competition from fake guys selling bogus products. Right is enjoyed by a community/association of producers=community rightUnder WTO–
Trade-related Intellectual property rights (TRIPS), the Member nations have to respect geographical indications.

A GI is different from Trade Mark. A Trademark generally refers
to a “brand” or “logo be obtained for a business name, distinctive catch phrases, taglines, or captions

The product comes from a particular enterprise/company, Right enjoyed by only one
person/company=individual right. Can be goods (mobile, PC etc)
or service (e.g.music, spa, etc.). a trademark can last forever, so long as the
owner continues to use the mark in commerce to indicate the source of goods and services. Identifies and distinguishes the source of the goods of one party from those of others

patent is a limited duration property right or instrument of monopoly relating to an invention, in exchange for public disclosure of the invention.  Patentable materials include machines, manufactured articles, industrial processes, and chemical compositions. A patent gave rights To Exclude Others from Practicing ones Invention; It Does Not Give The Right To Use ones Invention.

copyright protects  works of authorship; songs, books, movies, and works of art that have been tangibly expressed in a physical form.


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