Geographical Indication: What and why.

The USPTO held that the term ‘basmati’ was not a geographical location but rather a descriptive term referring to the fragrant quality of the rice and as such could be used by RiceTec and it was not necessarily a geographical indication. However as geographical indications “need not necessarily indicate the place of origin, it could signify the product itself as long as it is known to possess certain qualities by the virtue of its belonging to a certain place” and also