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Patent rights for Naga Chilli

Naga Chilli
Correspondent KOHIMA, MAR 17 (NPN):
Published on 18 Mar. 2009 1:20 AM IST
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Nagaland government has finally won the patent rights for the Naga King Chilli and also registered as the proprietor of the chilli with the Government of India, according to the Geographical Indication Registry recently. The “Certificate of Registration of Geographical Indication” was awarded on December 2, 2008 to the Government of Nagaland, represented by Secretary, department of Horticulture and Agriculture as the registered proprietor of the Naga Mircha falling in Class 31 Chilli with effect from August 22, 2007 under Registration No.109. The Registration of Geographical Indication certificate was awarded under section 16(1) or of authorized user under section (17) (3) (e) of the Geographical Indication of goods (Registration and Protection) Act, 1999. Revealing this, Parliamentary Secretary Horticulture and Cooperation, R.Khing termed it as a milestone achievement which would pave way for the state into the global market and even export the produces of Naga King Chilli to other countries. He further revealed that following the development, the department was trying to find contacts in countries like Bangladesh, United State and also Mexico for establishing possible link for export of the famous Naga king Chilli, known for its pungency and aroma.

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