Geographical Indications (GIs) are signs used on products that have a specific geographical origin and possess qualities, reputation or characteristics that are essentially attributable to that place of origin. GIs add value to consumers by educating them about the origin, quality, and authenticity of a product. They also help producers protect their products from imitation or misuse by others who may try to benefit from the reputation and goodwill associated with the product's geographic origin.
In India, GI law is governed by the Geographical Indications of Goods (Registration and Protection) Act, 1999. Unlike other forms of intellectual property rights, GIs are collectively owned, and the statute provides a certification regime that brings all legitimate producers of the GI who hail from the same geographical region within its fold.
At Fidus Law Chambers, we have a rich experience in the field of GIs, having represented the interests of a range of producers and associations, both domestic and foreign, seeking to register their GIs before the Indian GI Registry. Our firm has also defended the interests of legitimate GI owners before the erstwhile Intellectual Property Appellate Tribunal as well as the courts.
We have a unique distinction of representing the petitioners in the first (and so far, only) dispute in relation to the ownership of a GI for an alcoholic beverage, involving two Latin American countries.
Our team of experienced attorneys has a deep understanding of the intricacies of GI law and can help clients navigate the complexities of the certification regime. We provide legal advice and representation on GI registration, licensing, and enforcement, and help clients protect their products and ensure that they are not misrepresented.
Whether you are a producer seeking to register your GI before the Indian GI Registry, or an owner seeking to protect your GI rights, our team of experienced attorneys can provide you with the legal support and guidance you need to succeed.
At Fidus Law Chambers, we are committed to providing creative and strategic legal advice that aligns with our clients' objectives. Our goal is to help protect our clients' intellectual property rights and build strong portfolios of Trademarks, Patents, Copyrights, and Designs. We provide a full range of IP services, from filing to enforcement, and have a team of highly skilled and experienced attorneys dedicated to providing comprehensive legal services to clients worldwide. In addition to our IP services, we also offer legal expertise in Data Protection and Privacy Law, Domain Names and Internet Law, IT and E-commerce Laws. With offices in Delhi and Mumbai, Fidus Law Chambers is the go-to IP firm in India.