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Title: Komal Chaul – A Potential Candidate for Geographical Indication
Authors: Samaddar, Shefalika Ghosh
Samaddar, Arun B
Keywords: Geographical indication
Komal Chaul
bio-cultural product
bio-cultural protocol
GI registration
Issue Date: May-2010
Publisher: CSIR
Abstract:  It is essential to protect bio-cultural products from being unduly patented and from biopiracy. Identification of a Geographical Indication (GI) itself is not a measure to stop bio-cultural biopiracy and is not an automatic protection to any bio-cultural product; it must be tested against the characteristics of GI. Identified GI must be seen through the bio-cultural protocol that makes it a ready candidate for GI application. This paper presents a step-by-step procedure for identifying and testing of a GI candidate and a walk-through GI candidature, application and registration steps. The case study taken for the purpose of identification is for ‘Komal Chaul’, a suitable candidate for GI from Assam, located in North-Eastern part of India, yet to be registered for GI. The case-study testing proves that this bio-cultural product, i.e. ‘Komal Chaul’ may be registered for GI successfully.
Page(s): 214-219
ISSN: 0975-1076 (Online); 0971-7544 (Print)
Source:JIPR Vol.15(3) [May 2010]

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