Sri Lanka to amend IP law to give GI protection to tea, cinnamon

ECONOMYNEXT – The Sri Lankan government is to amend its intellectual property law to give recognition to Geographical Indicators (GI) to better protect products like Ceylon tea and Ceylon cinnamon, a spokesman said.

Mass Media Minister Gayantha Karunathilaka said GIs are names or signs associated with specific products that signify their geographical location or origin and are an asset that helps in their promotion. 

Manufacturers and exporters face difficulties as there is no domestic legal framework on the registration of geographical indices, he told a news conference.

The Cabinet of ministers has approved a proposal by Industry and Commerce Minister Rishad Bathiudeen to publish an amendment to the Intellectual Properties Act in the government gazette.

Domestic registration in the originating country is a mandatory prerequisite for international registration of GI, according to the proposal.

The amendment to the IP law will also be presented to parliament as a bill to amend the law, authorising the minister to make directions on protecting, registering and certifying any product originating from Sri Lanka, Karumathilaka said.
(COLOMBO, Oct 19, 2016)
 

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