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ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has finally notified the Geographical Indication (GI) Rules strengthening its case against India over safeguarding its claims of basmati rice and Himalayan pink salt.

The rules, prerequisite for any GI claims, will allow Pakistan to fight India in the European Union as the latter asserts that basmati rice is an Indian product. Meanwhile, Pakistan has already challenged India’s claims over the rice.

“Now as the GI Rules have been notified, Pakistan will be able to secure its export markets with legal backing,” a senior official of the Intellectual Property Organisation of Pakistan (IPO-Pakistan) told Dawn.

The formulation of GI rules have been pending in the county for almost 18 years, but the move picked pace after India submitted an application with the EU, claiming sole ownership of basmati rice.

Though the Indian claim was challenged in December 2020, there was a serious lacuna in the Pakistan argument, as the country did not have GI protection of Basmati rice inside its boundary due to its failure to notify GI rules.

“The international laws call for local protection of the product before filing for international protection of any product, but that could not be achieved because there were no rules to register basmati rice in Pakistan,” the official added.

After the formulation of the rules, the Commerce Division will now establish a GI Registry under the management and control of IPO Pakistan.

Apart from the registration of domestic products, the rules also define laws about registering foreign GI. As per the rule, a GI of a foreign country shall be registered in Pakistan as long as it is registered in accordance with the local legislation in its country of origin. The registry shall not allow the registration of a foreign GI which is not or has ceased to be protected in its country of origin or which has fallen into disuse in that country.

The rules also state that the application for registration of foreign GI will be made at the registry by its legal representative in the country and during the registration procedure, the registry may require the applicant or its legal representative to submit any information related to registration in the country of origin which may affect its registration in Pakistan.

Published in Dawn, January 13th, 2021


https://www.dawn.com/news/1601184/w...tion-rules-pakistan-can-secure-export-markets
 

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ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has finally notified the Geographical Indication (GI) Rules strengthening its case against India over safeguarding its claims of basmati rice and Himalayan pink salt.

The rules, prerequisite for any GI claims, will allow Pakistan to fight India in the European Union as the latter asserts that basmati rice is an Indian product. Meanwhile, Pakistan has already challenged India’s claims over the rice.

“Now as the GI Rules have been notified, Pakistan will be able to secure its export markets with legal backing,” a senior official of the Intellectual Property Organisation of Pakistan (IPO-Pakistan) told Dawn.

The formulation of GI rules have been pending in the county for almost 18 years, but the move picked pace after India submitted an application with the EU, claiming sole ownership of basmati rice.

Though the Indian claim was challenged in December 2020, there was a serious lacuna in the Pakistan argument, as the country did not have GI protection of Basmati rice inside its boundary due to its failure to notify GI rules.

“The international laws call for local protection of the product before filing for international protection of any product, but that could not be achieved because there were no rules to register basmati rice in Pakistan,” the official added.

After the formulation of the rules, the Commerce Division will now establish a GI Registry under the management and control of IPO Pakistan.

Apart from the registration of domestic products, the rules also define laws about registering foreign GI. As per the rule, a GI of a foreign country shall be registered in Pakistan as long as it is registered in accordance with the local legislation in its country of origin. The registry shall not allow the registration of a foreign GI which is not or has ceased to be protected in its country of origin or which has fallen into disuse in that country.

The rules also state that the application for registration of foreign GI will be made at the registry by its legal representative in the country and during the registration procedure, the registry may require the applicant or its legal representative to submit any information related to registration in the country of origin which may affect its registration in Pakistan.

Published in Dawn, January 13th, 2021


https://www.dawn.com/news/1601184/w...tion-rules-pakistan-can-secure-export-markets
Please also add sahiwal cow.
It is of Pakistan origin and india used and produce and sell its milk and still calk the breed sahiwal cow.
 

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Please also add sahiwal cow.
It is of Pakistan origin and india used and produce and sell its milk and still calk the breed sahiwal cow.
That's not how it works, brother.

Essentially this works by protecting you, so someone else cannot use the same name of your product. A product is something that is produced, a living thing is not a production item. For example, we are allowed to bring Jersey cows to Pakistan, and produce and even export milk from it. The name of the cow would remain the same, but the product name cannot be used, for instance, we would have to call it just "milk" or "milk produced from Jersey cows" but we could not call it "Jersey milk", only cows raised in Jersey region, and milk produce in that region can be called "Jersey milk".

Its the best I can explain, I hope someone else can do a better job. So, essentially it protects the product produced in a given region, so that someone cannot grow the same thing in a different region, and use the same name. Living things are not covered, because it is creation of nature/God/Allah, not produce by humans. I hope you understood.
 
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That's not how it works, brother.

Essentially this works by protecting you, so someone else cannot use the same name of your product. A product is something that is produced, a living thing is not a production item. For example, we are allowed to bring Jersey cows to Pakistan, and produce and even export milk from it. The name of the cow would remain the same, but the product name cannot be used, for instance, we would have to call it just "milk" or "milk produced from Jersey cows" but we could not call it "Jersey milk", only cows raised in Jersey region, and milk produce in that region can be called "Jersey milk".

Its the best I can explain, I hope someone else can do a batter job. So, essentially it protects the product produced in a given region, so that someone cannot grow the same thing in a different region, and use the same name. Living things are not covered, because it is creation of nature/God/Allah, not produce by humans. I hope you understood.
I understand now. Thanks so much for explaining.
You did a great job.
But there are so many products
Chitrali pakcole
Peshawari chapal
Pehalwan rewari
Multan Sohan halwa
Various regional shawls.
Sindhi ajrak
And most of all loongi round red chilli, which is produced 90 percent in pakistan
So much more. I am not name a bit.
If you go into jewellery and stuff.
 
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GI rules were started to implemented in the early '90s in the world .. India started to work on it in late 90's

Shame on our leaders for leniency and incompetency
 

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GI rules were started to implemented in the early '90s in the world .. India started to work on it in late 90's

Shame on our leaders for leniency and incompetency
It took 19 years for the law to pass. It had been sitting around for 19 years, before the current govt came and passed it.
 

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