Geographical Indication Bill passed by Senate Committee of Pakistan

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A geological sign (GI) is a sign utilized on items that have a particular topographical inception and have characteristics or a notoriety that are because of that cause. So as to work as a GI, a sign must distinguish an item as starting in a given spot. Also, the characteristics, attributes or notoriety of the item ought to be basically because of the spot of beginning. Since the characteristics rely upon the geological spot of creation, there is an unmistakable connection between the item and its unique spot of generation.

Intellectual Property Organization Pakistan Chairman Mujeeb Ahmed Khan informed the council that delay was predominantly procedural and the work on most recent draft started in 2016. The draft was affirmed by the Cabinet in August 2019 which was in this way laid in the senate this month. Today, the  Geographical Indications Bill has been passed by the Senate Committee. The GIs recognize items with explicit topographical inception and have characteristics or notoriety inferable from that spot. These for the most part incorporate farming, conventional or made items.

A geographical indication (GI) is a sign used on products that have a specific geographical origin and possess qualities or a reputation that are due to that origin. In order to function as a GI, a sign must identify a product as originating in a given place. These are fundamental to secure indigenous items and advance them worldwide as ‘made in Pakistan’. The rundown of items distinguished in the law incorporate Peshawari Chappal, Khewra salt, basmati rice, Kohat shawl, Hunza ruby, Skardu topaz, Multan camel skin craftsmanship, Patuki gardening, Mansehra tea, Sahiwal steers, truck workmanship, Wazirabad cutlery work, Sindhi topi, Sialkot sports products, Hala hued Pottery, Kashmir pashmina, among numerous others planned GIs.

We have an exemplary case of Peshawari Chappal, which is very famous footwear in Pakistan. Before Implementation of GI Bill, the famous name “Peshawari Chappal” was also being used in India. But soon after Passing the GI Bill, the infringement of this famous brand name has been stopped.

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