What are GI tags and how are they given?
A geographical indication (GI) is a sign used on products to indicate that it belongs to a specific geographical origin and possess qualities or a reputation that are due to that origin.
The primary consideration to function as a GI is that the sign must identify a product as originating in a given place.
For example - Darjeeling Tea.
Geographical Indications are part of the intellectual property rights that come under the Paris Convention for the Protection of Industrial Property.
What are the benefits of the GI tag?
The tag enables those who have the right to use the indication to prevent its use by a third party whose product fails to abide by the applicable standards.
How are they given?
In India, the awarding of the GI tag is administered by the Geographical Indications of Goods (Registration and Protection) Act of 1999. The Geographical indications are usually used for agricultural products, foodstuffs, wine and spirit drinks, handicrafts, and industrial products.