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Pakistan and India may get common IPR for Basmati rice
KARACHI (April 30 2006): Pakistan and India are likely to get common trademark of Basmati rice, as they have agreed to jointly file a case to claim Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) over it, world-wide, as their geographical indication.

India has formed a 'Joint Study Group' for consultation with Pakistan on joint registration of Basmati rice as a geographical indication following the discussion in detail by commerce secretaries of both countries at Islamabad during their meeting held on March 28 and 29, 2006.

In the said meeting it was agreed to jointly file for Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) over Basmati rice for which a sub-group of experts would be formed to discuss the matter and suggest the steps for protective registration of Basmati rice.

This issue had been under very active consideration both by All India Rice Exporters Association (AIREA) and Rice Exporters Association of Pakistan (REAP) as well as by the governments of Pakistan and India.

In this regard AIREA has recently written a letter to REAP for holding a joint meeting of Pakistani and Indian rice exporters to discuss the matter.

Brigadier Anil Adlakhs, Executive Director of AIREA, in his letter said that with a view to make it a synergic effort of the two governments it is proposed that trade from both countries also should join hands in this direction. He suggested to hold an early meeting for one or two days at any venue of convenience, ie either at Amritsar or Lahore.

He said that in case it is felt that obtaining the visa may delay the meeting, it may be held in Dubai. He proposed the composition of the delegation as, 3-4 representatives each from REAP and AIREA, one representative each from government of Pakistan and India as observer (if considered appropriate), Legal Advisor handling this case from Pakistan and India (if considered appropriate) and any other person deemed fit to be brought for this case. He said that Basmati rice is an exclusive heritage of Pakistan and India world-wide and it must be jointly protected by both countries.
MGR Archive 30.4.2006
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