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Three more spices got Geographical Indication

Sikkim Large Cardamom, Mizo Chilli and  Assam Karbi Anglong Ginger got Geographical Indication from the Geographical Indication Registry of India during the year 2014-15. The complete list of spices having GI are :-

  1. Malabar Pepper
  2. Alleppey Green Cardamom
  3. Coorg Green Cardamom
  4. Naga Mircha (Chilli)
  5. Guntur Sannam Chilli
  6. Byadagi Chilli
  7. Sikkim Large Cardamom
  8. Mizo Chilli
  9. Assam Karbi Anglong Ginger

Geographical Indications of Goods are defined as that aspect of industrial property which refer to the geographical indication referring to a country or to a place situated therein as being the country or place of origin of that product. Typically, such a name conveys an assurance of quality and distinctiveness which is essentially attributable to the fact of its origin in that defined geographical locality, region or country. Under Articles 1 (2) and 10 of the Paris Convention for the Protection of Industrial Property, geographical indications are covered as an element of IPRs. They are also covered under Articles 22 to 24 of the Trade Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) Agreement, which was part of the Agreements concluding the Uruguay Round of GATT negotiations.
Geographical indications are typically used for agricultural products, foodstuffs, wine and spirit drinks, handicrafts, and industrial products.

India, as a member of the World Trade Organization (WTO), enacted the Geographical Indications of Goods (Registration & Protection)Act, 1999 has come into force with effect from 15th September 2003.