Vinson Kurian

Thiruvananthapuram, Oct 25

An application has been registered with the Geographical Indications (GI) Registry seeking removal of the entry pertaining to ‘Tirupati Laddu' GI.

The ‘rectification application' has been moved by Mr R.S. Praveen Raj, an IPR expert and a scientist, with the National Institute for Interdisciplinary Sciences and Technology (NIIST) here.

HIGH COURT ORDER

This follows a Madras High Court order directing a public interest writ petitioner to approach the Intellectual Property Appellate Board (IPAB) or the GI Registry for relief in the matter.

Mr Praveen Raj said he had earlier petitioned the IPAB seeking a ‘suo motu' action in the matter. However, the IPAB had replied in the negative saying it lacked ‘suo motu' powers.

He had also flagged concerns about applicability of public interest under Section 27 of Geographical Indication of Goods (Registration & Protection) Act, 1999, and Rule 65 of the Geographical Indication of Goods (Registration & Protection) Rules, 2002.

‘PERSON AGGRIEVED'

Absence of any response from IPAB in this regard was indicative of suggesting the petitioner to avail the advantage of ‘person aggrieved' or ‘person interested' to represent public interest, Mr Raj said.

He reserved the option to approach IPAB was being reserved for future, as its jurisdiction could be evoked, if required, in the form of appeal against the order of the Registrar.

(This article was published in the Business Line print edition dated October 26, 2010)
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