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.
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