Geographical Indications (GI) Registry: ‘No illegality in granting Darjeeling Tea tag’

The Geographical Indications (GI) Registry ruled that “there is no illegality in granting the tag for the prestigious product, Darjeeling Tea,” while ignoring a correction petition attempting to get rid of the mark. The GI held in its order that “Unless a geographical indication is protected in the country of its origin, there is no obligation for other countries to extend reciprocal protection. There is no illegality in granting the GI tag for the prestigious agricultural product, Darjeeling Tea.”

  • The geographical indication for Darjeeling Tea was registered in October, 2004.
  • The GI registry has published the matter in its journal as per the procedure.
  • The present petition for rectification was filed by Rajeev Saraf of New Delhi 5 years after the registration.

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