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13 July 2020
Geographical indications (GIs) are marks, signs or symbols which indicate that the associated goods:
Many countries have adopted GI laws to protect indigenous products, including handicrafts and agricultural, natural, horticultural and industrial products originating from a specific region.
On 27 March 2020, after revisions and much deliberation, Parliament finally passed the Geographical Indications (Registration and Protection) Act 2020 in order to establish a system for the recognition, registration and protection of GI rights in Pakistan.
The act's salient features are as follows:
There are various indigenous GI products in Pakistan (eg, Peshawari chappals, Multani halwa, Ajrak print and Sindhri mangoes) and it is crucial to secure worldwide recognition of the same. When the Geographical Indications (Registration and Protection) Act 2020 is finally implemented, GI rights will be established and recognised in Pakistan. Further, the act will deter third parties from infringing GI marks not just domestically, but internationally.
For further information on this topic please contact Seema S Mansoor at Vellani & Vellani by telephone (+92 21 3580 1000) or email (firstname.lastname@example.org). The Vellani & Vellani website can be accessed at www.vellani.com.
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