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August 28, 2020

Government amends the Geographical Indications of Goods (Registration and Protection) Rules

The Central Government has amended the Geographical Indications of Goods (Registration and Protection) Rules. Some of the amendments of primary significance are:

  1. The rules now permit for an application for registration as an authorized user to be made solely by a person claiming to be the producer of the registered GI (as opposed to a joint application to be made by the producer and the registrant of the GI).
  2. The Registrar shall register the authorized user after completion of the advertisement period or dismissal of the opposition (whichever is applicable). The requirement of filing an application under Form GI-3 by an applicant for entry in the register as an authorized user and issuance of the registration certificate has been done away with.
  3. The Official Fee for application for registration of an authorized user has reduced to INR 10 (from INR 500).
  4. The Official Fee for renewal of registration of an authorized user has reduced to INR 10 (from INR 1000).

The Geographical Indications of Goods (Registration and Protection) (Amendment) Rules, 2020 can be accessed at – http://egazette.nic.in/WriteReadData/2020/221348.pdf

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