Assam’s Rice Wine Judima gets GI tag

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  • September 27, 2021
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Assam’s Rice Wine Judima gets GI tag

Part of: Prelims and GS III – Intellectual Property Rights

Context Judima, the wine brewed by the Dimasa community in Assam, has been awarded the geographical indication (GI) tag. 

  • This wine is made from rice and a certain herb. 
  • It is the first beverage from the north-eastern region to earn this label.
  • Judima is intrinsic to the social and cultural life of the Dimasas.
  • The GI tag for the drink came 14 years after the ginger of the adjoining Karbi Anglong district received its geographical indication.
  • A week ago, Manipur saw two of its indigenous products get the GI tag. 
    • These were the Tamenglong orange and Hathei chilli grown in the hills.

What is GI tag? 

  • It is an indication which is definite to a geographical territory.
  • It is used for agricultural, natural and manufactured goods.
  • The goods need to be produced or processed or prepared in that region. 
  • The product must have a special quality or reputation.
  • The Geographical Indications of Goods (Registration and Protection) Act, 1999 provides registration and also protection of GI goods in India.
  • The Geographical Indications Registry for India is located in Chennai.
  • A registered GI tag prohibits a third party to use such products. 
  • GI is a collective intellectual property right and is thus owned by all the producers within the defined GI territory. 
  • Patents and trademarks are owned by an individual or a business entity.

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