The Geographical Indications of Goods (Registration and Protection) Act, 1999 was brought into force on September 15, 2003. It provides for inter alia:
· Establishment of a Geographical Indications Registry.
· Registration of geographical indications of goods in specified classes.
· Registration of authorised users of registered geographical indications and right to initiate infringement action either by a registered proprietor or an authorised user.
· Prohibition of registration of geographical indications as trade marks.Maintenance of the Register of geographical indications in two parts-Part A containing all registered geographical indications and Part B containing particulars of registered users. such as ‘genetic use restriction technology’ and ‘terminator technology’.