past events/Genewa WIPO 2o15
Keeping in mind, the growing importance of Intellectual Property Rights, including Geographical Indications, and the increasing need for propagating & protecting IPR including Geographical Indications, an event was held during the 55th General Assembly of WIPO. The main elements of the event were an inaugural session on the 6th of October 2015, followed by the opening of the Exhibition of the major Geographical Indications of India.
The event was held as part of the ‘Make in India’ programme aimed at transforming India into a global manufacturing hub. Most Geographical Indications registered in India are products “Made in India” and owned by Indian communities, and showcasing them on a global platform would provide a fillip to manufacturing.
India is a land of treasure, endowed with rich natural resources, agricultural products and other goods of high economic value. Rural artisans possess unique skill and expertise, passed down over generations, to produce hand crafted products. Most of these products are a major source of livelihood and income for the rural population who represent the majority of our population. At present, 236 products ranging from widely acclaimed agricultural products (Darjeeling tea, Malabar coffee etc.) to handlooms (Kancheepuram sarees, Pashmina shawl etc.) to handicrafts (Madhubani paintings, Bastar Dhokra etc.) have been registered in the Indian IPO.
The event reiterated India’s commitment to the global audience that a well-balanced intellectual property regime forms an integral part of the “Make in India” initiative.