Darjeeling tea is among the 28 Indian
products registered with the Geographical Indications (GI) Registry. (Darjeeling
tea has been registered twice in the GI Registry).
The other products are: Pochampally
Ikat (Andhra Pradesh); Chanderi saree (Guna, Madhya Pradesh); Kotpad
Handloom fabric (Koraput, Orissa); Kota Doria (Kota, Rajasthan); Kancheepuram
silk (Tamil Nadu); Bhavani Jamakkalam (Erode, Tamil Nadu); Mysore
Agarbathi (Mysore, Karnataka); Aranmula Kannadi (Kerala); Salem
fabric (Tamil Nadu); Solapur terry towel (Maharashtra); Mysore
silk (Karnataka); Kullu shawl (Himachal Pradesh); Madurai Sungudi
(Tamil Nadu); Kangra tea (Himachal Pradesh); Coorg Orange
(Karnataka); Mysore betel leaf (Karnataka); Nanjanagud banana
(Karnataka); Mysore sandalwood oil (Karnataka); Mysore sandal soap
(Karnataka); Bidriware (Karnataka); Channapatna toys & dolls
(Karnataka); Coimbatore wet grinder (Tamil Nadu); Mysore rosewood
inlay (Karnataka); Kasuti embroidery (Karnataka); Mysore
traditional paintings (Karnataka) and Orissa Ikat (Orissa).
A Geographical Indications Registry with
all India jurisdiction operates in Chennai, as per the Geographical Indication
of Goods (Registration and Protection) Act 1999.
Under the Act, agricultural, natural or manufactured goods originating or
manufactured in the territory of a country, or a region or locality in that
territory, where a given quality, reputation or other characteristic of such
goods is essentially attributable to its geographical origin and in cases
where such goods are manufactured goods, one of the activities of either
production or of processing or preparation of the goods concerned takes place in
such territory, region or locality, are registrable as Geographical Indications.
Whether a particular product is registrable or not is determined by the
Registrar of Geographical Indications, on receipt of the application.
Geographical Indications registration
gives to the registered proprietor and its authorised users, the legal right to
the exclusive use of the GI and also the right to obtain relief in case of its
infringement. Exclusion of unauthorized persons from misusing GI would ensure
that genuine products of the rightful producers are marketed.