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IPAB approves GI tag for Indian Basmati rice

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The Intellectual Property Appellate Board (IPAB) had approved the Geographical Indications Registry (GI) tag for . The report is given by the geographical isolation conducted by the Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA).

GI tag Key Highlights

  • Basmati rice-producing states in north Indian to get GI tag are Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand and parts of Uttar Pradesh and Jammu & Kashmir.
  • India export basmati rice to the following countries Saudi Arabia, Iran, United Arab Emirates, Iraq and Kuwait.
  • India exported 37 lakh million tons of Basmati Rice to the world worth 27,597.87 crore annually.
  • India is the world’s leading exporter of the rice in India.
  • GI tag gets premium pricing for the product.

About GI tag

  • A geographical indication (GI) is a name or sign used on certain products which corresponds to a specific geographical location or origin.
  • Only the registered or authorized person can use the GI tag which guarantees the product or the items.
  • Mysore Silk, Mysore Agarbathi, Kancheepuram Silk, Orissa Ikat, Channapatna Toys & Dolls, Coimbatore Wet Grinderare some examples of GI.
  • Primary rights under GI tag are Copyright, Patent, Trademark, Trade secret

Some of theWTO Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights are:

  1. Article 22 of the TRIPS Agreement- This includes prevention of the use of a geographical name which although literally represents the product comes from somewhere else.
  2. Article 23 of the TRIPS Agreement
  3. Article 24 of TRIPS