Abstract: On 24th June 2019, the Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT) under the Ministry of Commerce and Industry released the Draft Guidelines for the use of Geographical Indications (GI) Logo and Tagline. The logo and tagline are intended to serve as a certifying mark which will enable consumers to identify all authentic and genuine Indian GI products.
By ensuring that only those permitted use the logo and tagline, consumers are expected to recognise authentic GI products. Thus, it is a significant step towards ensuring that only genuine and authorised GI products remain in the market. The objective of the guidelines is praiseworthy as one of the major problems faced by the owners and consumers of the GI is the presence of duplicate products in the market. However, the question is whether the guidelines in its present form sufficiently addresses all concerns. This article analyses and critiques the guidelines by raising fundamental concerns regarding the practical implementation of the guidelines in its present form and the possible solutions thereof.

Author:  Mr. Sulok S.K is a research scholar currently pursuing an integrated LL.M in Intellectual Property Rights and a Ph.D in Geographical Indications from Cochin University of Science and Technology (CUSAT), Kochi. He may be contacted at sk.sulok@gmail.com.
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