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To streamline the registration process,
a draft rules amended in GI is published in Indian Official Gazette


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To streamline the registration process, a draft rules amended in
GI is published in Indian Official Gazette


  • The Draft amendments to the Geographical Indication Rules 2002, is published in the Gazette of India on October 20, 2023 inviting objections and suggestions from the relevant stakeholders. The draft also calls for comments from stakeholders within 30 days of its publications in the Gazette.

  • The draft rules introduce changes to the fee structure for various applications and requests under the Geographical Indications Act. It includes fees for registration, opposition, renewal, and alteration of details related to geographical indications and authorized users in India. The adjustments aim to streamline the registration process while maintaining affordability.

  • At a quick glance, the draft amendment brings significant changes in the prescribed fees under schedule of 1 of the GI Rules, 2002, which inter alia includes reducing fees for filing an application seeking registration of a GI from INR 5000 to INR 1000 and reducing the fees for filing an application for additional protection from INR 25000 to INR 12000.

  • Conclusion: The proposed amendments to the Geographical Indications of Goods (Registration and Protection) Rules, 2002, demonstrate the Indian Government’s commitment to safeguarding the integrity and heritage of geographical indications. These changes aim to simplify the registration process and enhance the protection of unique regional products. Stakeholders and the public have a valuable opportunity to voice their concerns or provide suggestions, contributing to the formulation of comprehensive and effective rules. As geographical indications continue to play a significant role in preserving cultural heritage and local economies, these proposed amendments are a vital step towards their further promotion and protection.

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