The famous Banaganapalle mangoes of Andhra Pradesh and Tulaipanji rice of West Bengal are among the seven commodities that have been granted Geographical Indication (GI) this year by the Indian patent office.
A GI is primarily an agricultural, natural or a manufactured product (handicrafts and industrial goods) originating from a definite geographical territory.
Typically, such a name conveys an assurance of quality and distinctiveness, which is essentially attributable to the place of its origin.
Darjeeling tea, Tirupati laddu, Kangra paintings, Nagpur orange and Kashmir pashmina are among the registered GIs in India.
The other five products which have received the GI tag this year include Pochampally Ikat of Telangana, Gobindobhog rice of West Bengal, Durgi stone carvings and Etikoppaka toys of Andhra Pradesh, and Chakshesang shawl of Nagaland, according to the Indian patent office website.
In 2016-17, as many as 33 items got GI registration.
Experts said that this tag gave protection to the producers of these genuine products, which commanded premium pricing in the markets, both domestic and international.
“Once the GI protection is granted, no other producer can misuse the name to market similar products. It also provides comfort to customers about the authenticity of that product,” National Intellectual Property Organisation president T.C. James said.