karnataka scores once again in registration of a ‘geographical indication’
Of late Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) in
The uniqueness of the ‘Mysore Mallige’ is that it is a variety of jasmine with a unique lingering fragrance. The Hindu in a very informative article also mentioned another unique factor that is “The volatile oil (essential oil) content is comparatively lower in this variety.” (unique quality)
According to the same report “The dry sandy soil prevailing in the region around Hadagali taluk is responsible for the particular aroma of this flower, while the dry climate (low/sparse rainfall) adds to the favourable environment for the crop.” (attribution to the specific geographical region)
And to continue “The flower is in high demand in places such as Mumbai, besides the coastal region. It has an export potential as it is in demand in West Asia.” (reputation)
Since ‘Mysore Mallige’ fulfils the criteria of a GI as laid down in the Act it was granted protection. Therefore nobody outside this specific geographical region will be allowed to sell under the name. The GI status gives an exclusive cultivation rights for a period of 10 years. The Act has rather strict punishments of imprisonment along with hefty fines of upto Rs. 2 lakhs.
A fact which must get special mention is that the people of the State of
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