A geographical indication (GI) is a name or sign used on certain products which corresponds to a specific geographical location or origin (Example: a town, region, or country). India, as a member of the World Trade Organization (WTO), enacted the Geographical Indications of Goods (Registration and Protection) Act, 1999 has come into force with effect from 15 September 2003.
The GI tag ensures that none other than those registered as authorized users (or at least those residing inside the geographic territory) are allowed to use the popular product name. In 2004-05,Darjeeling tea became the first GI tagged product in India.
In 2018, India unveiled a tagline and a logo for geographical indication (GI) certified products.
“Invaluable Treasures of Incredible India” is the tagline, printed below a GI logo in tricolor.