The Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (Ficci) says that most of the member countries have special protection for wines and spirits but not for agri-products. As India is a country richly endowed with GIs, it is important for it to seek an appropriate protection for such products
Ficci has pointed that most countries have laws focussing on business practices or trademark law which, while not specifically providing protection to GI, either prohibit business practices involving misuse of GIs or provides protection against the use of GIs as trademarks. GI in itself is not eligible for protection under these laws.
A geographical indication points to a specific place or region of production that determines the characteristic qualities of the products that originate therein.
GIs need protection because their false use by unauthorised parties is detrimental to consumers and legitimate producers, says Ficci.