Geographical Indications commonly referred as GI tag, is a sign used on products that have a specific geographical origin and possess qualities or a reputation that are due to that origin. In order to function as a GI, the sign must identify a product as originating in a given place.
GI tags are issued to a product for identifying the product with its uniqueness specific to a region or traditional method of production. The quality and characteristics of these products are essentially due to the geographical attributes of the region where they are being produced.
Likewise, how a patented invention is associated with the company or the inventor, the geographically indicated product is associated with its region.
Geographical indication protection provides the producer with legal rights to prevent anyone who does not belong to his geographical region from misusing his certification. It is the best way to prevent damages to the reputation of genuine producers and their high-quality goods.
Additionally, the GI tags also creates value for local communities through products that are deeply rooted in tradition, culture and geography.