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GI REGISTRATION FOR TIRUPATI’S LADOO: EVEN GOD’S NEED IPR PROTECTION

In a surprise move which has opened a Pandora’s Box of sorts for the Geographical Indications Registry, Tirumala-Tirupati Devasthanams, a trust that administers the Venkateswara Temple has been awarded GI registration that bars others from marketing the prassadam prepared by the trust under the same name. The move has been criticized severely as it may give the wrong impression to the general public that GIs are available for individual producers as well as opposed to certain geographical locations.

Before the dust could have settled on the issue of TTD  prassadam, it was reported that the Bambino Agro Industries which is reportedly the exclusive manufacturer of pasta with durum wheat semolinain India, has applied for a GI for Bambino vermicelli.