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Patent for Naga textiles under G.I.
Correspondent KOHIMA, FEB 19 (NPN)
Published on 20 Feb. 2010 12:04 AM IST
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Stating that the Naga textile was an important product which needed to be protected and promoted, state chief secretary, Lalthara stressed on the need to register the Naga textile designs and trademark it under Geographical Indication (GI) before some party infringes on the Nagas’ unique products. Addressing the inaugural programme of a sensitization workshop on Geographical Indication as the chief guest at the directorate of industries and commerce, Kohima on Friday, Lalthara said various products in the state should be identified to get registered. The chief secretary observed that Nagas could make at least 5-10 registrations in the area of textiles and handicrafts and assured that the government would pursue for more registration. However, he reminded that the first step was to strategize on how to market the product. “Even if we get registration we have to give our mind and thought on how to market the product,” he said. He lauded the department of horticulture for the initiation in registering the Naga Chilli. Delivering the keynote address, controller general of Patents, Designs, Trademarks and Geographical Indication, P.H. Kurian said that the purpose of geographical indication was to protect unique products, increase its trade and commerce and promote it. He cautioned on the dangers of infringement of trademark and asked starting enterprises to refrain from infringing trademark. Kurian informed that any association of person or producers or any organisation or authority established by or under a law, representing the interest of producers of the concerned goods could register for GI. It should be a legal entity and registration is purely voluntary, he added Additional chief secretary and development commissioner, Alemtemshi Jamir chaired the programme. The sensitization programme was attended by officials from horticulture department, industries department, bio-resource mission, bee-keeping mission, bamboo mission, handloom and handicraft corporation, law department and other NGOs. The workshop was organised by the government of Nagaland and sponsored by ministry of DoNER and CGDPT. (With DIPR inputs)

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