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Title: Pre- and Post- Geographical Indications Registration Measures for Handicrafts in India
Authors: Kulkarni, Vrunda
Konde, Viren
Keywords: Geographical indications;Handicrafts;Pre- and post-registration measures
Issue Date: Nov-2011
Publisher: NISCAIR-CSIR, India
Abstract: Over the recent past, Geographical Indications (GIs) have emerged as a significant form of intellectual property rights in the Indian context. In view of the commercial potential of handicrafts, adequate legal protection of GIs becomes necessary to prevent their unauthorized utilization. The illegitimate practice of using geographical names not only damages the reputation of the original product, but also deprives the genuine right holders of the returns on investments for developing goods and its reputation in the market. Moreover, the consumers are likely to be misled into purchasing the counterfeits. This paper provides an overview of the current status of registered GIs and their classification with respect to handicrafts and their region-wise registrations. More importantly, this paper focuses on the need to improve the existing pre-and post-registration GI measures along with its reinforcement measures as critical factors to the success of the handicrafts industry in India.
Page(s): 463-469
ISSN: 0975-1076 (Online); 0971-7544 (Print)
Appears in Collections:JIPR Vol.16(6) [November 2011]

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