Geographical Indication (GI)

Geographical Indication (GI)

A GI or Geographical Indication is a sign or a name given to certain products that relates to a specific geographical location or origin like a country, town or region. Using GI may be regarded as a certification that the particular product has certain specific qualities, is produced as per traditional methods, or has a particular reputation because of its geographical origin.

In several countries, the legal protection accorded to GI is quite like the legal protection offered to trademarks and certification marks. GI law makes certain restrictions on the use of GI for the purpose of identifying a certain product unless it or its constituent material and/or its method of fabrication emerge from a particular region and/or satisfy certain standards.