Four additional products have been designated as Geographical Indicator (GI) products: Bogura yogurt, Tulsimala rice from Sherpur, and Ashwina and Langra mangoes from Chapainawabganj.
Md Jellur Rahman, Deputy Register (Deputy Secretary) of the Department of Patents, Designs, and Trademarks (DPDT), announced today that Bangladesh is now the sole owner of the four items.
So far, Bangladesh has acquired ownership of 15 GI items. These products are not owned by any other country or individual in the globe.
Geographical Indication (GI) is a special name or symbol for a substance that is determined by the geographical location or source of a certain object (such as a country, region, or city).
Geographically recognized materials guarantee unique quality standards, manufacturing systems, or specializations. The most significant advantage of GI products is product branding in the worldwide market, which puts GI products ahead of any other comparable product.
Under the Ministry of Industry, the DPDT recognizes and certifies GI products in compliance with the International Property Rights Organization’s (WIPO) standards.
The Geographical Indication Products (Registration and Protection) Act was passed in 2013. Following the passage of the Act, the DPDT called for the registration of GI products in 2015.
In 2016, the Jamdani saree was recognized as a GI product for the first time in Bangladesh.