FAQ

Geographical Indications

Geographical indications means any indications which define the goods as originating in the territory of a country or a region or locality in that territory, provided a given quality reputation or other characteristics of the product are attributable to its geographical origin. This means that the geographical indications has to indicate that a product of a particular origin has a certain quality or reputation or some other characteristics, which is essentially attributable to its geographical origin.

Other Enforcement Bodies

The Police Force;
Health Department/DGCI;
Foods & Drug Administration (FDA);

Customs Recordal

The custom authorities are empowered to seize all Intellectual Property infringing goods at the point of entry itself. Customs Act, 1962 has been designed to prohibit import of goods that infringe intellectual property. Its relevant provisions may be summarized as follows:

Section 11 of the Act empowers the Central Government, for the purposes specified in Section 11 (2), to prohibit the import or export of goods of any description by issuing a notification.

Section 11 (2) (n) read with Section 11 (1) of the act empowers the Central Government to prohibit the import or export of goods for the protection of patents, trademarks and copyrights.

Section 11 (2) (u) covers prohibition for the prevention of the contravention of any law for the time being in force.

Section 111 & 113 of the Act empowers the Customs to confiscate improperly imported & exported goods respectively.