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RIL withdraws GI tag applications for Jamnagar, KG Gas

Last Updated: Thursday, September 10, 2009 - 20:20

New Delhi: Reliance Industries Ltd, the
nation`s most valued company, has withdrawn applications to
register the terms, `Jamnagar` and `Krishna Godavari`, as
geographical indication (GI) tags for its petro products.

The Mukesh Ambani-led RIL had sought the GI tag for five
products, four with a prefix of `Jamnagar` and one for Krishna
Godavari Gas.

The company has now `withdrawn` its applications for four
products, including Jamnagar Petrol, Jamnagar Fuel, Jamnagar
LPG and Jamnagar Diesel, while request for the registration of
Krishra Godavari Gas has been `abandoned`, a senior official
from Chennai-based Geographical Indication Registry said.

RIL, however, declined to comment on the issue.

The GI is a sign used on goods that have a specific
geographical origin and possess qualities, reputation or
characteristics that are essentially attributable to that

A GI status provides legal protection and facilitates for
action in case of infringement. Further, it promotes economic
prosperity of producers in a particular area. GIs are covered
as an element of Intellectual Property Rights.

GL Verma, Assistant Registrar of Trade Marks & GI, said
the applications of RIL for the term Jamnagar was facing
opposition and now the company had withdrawn its applications.
RIL has withdrawn its GI applications exactly after four
years of filing. The company had filed its applications for
these products on September 15, 2005, as per the details with
the office of Geographical Indications.

Controller General of Patents, Designs & Trade Marks also
confirmed the withdrawal and abandonment of applications.

Under the Geographical Indications of Goods (Registration
and Protection) Act, 1999, the GI office functions under the
Controller General of Patents, Designs, and Trade Marks.

RIL had filed applications under class 4 of Geographical
Indications of Goods (Registration and Protection) Act, 1999.
Class 4 of the Act deals with products for industrial oils and
greases, lubricants, dust absorbing, wetting and binding
compositions, fuels (including motor spirit) and illuminants,
candles and wicks.

The GI status for the products with Jamnagar prefix was
sought for the geographical areas of Gujarat, whereas the tag
for Krishna Godavari Gas was for Andhra Pradesh.

"The decision in this case is a standard practice," Rodney
D Ryder, an intellectual property law expert at Delhi-based
legal firm Kochhar & Co, said.

In past, the GI tag has been awarded to a number of
products or goods such as the famous Darjeeling Tea, Madhubani
Paintings, Kashmiri Sozani Craft and Thanjavur Painting.

Bureau Report

First Published: Thursday, September 10, 2009 - 20:20
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