The battle for geographical indication protection of basmati rice: a view from Nepal

Pratyush Nath Upreti*

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Abstract

This article is a contribution to the debate on geographical indication (GI) protection for basmati rice, stressing its relevance to Nepal. After providing an overview of Nepal’s intellectual property regime, this article gives a detailed account of justifications for Nepal to oppose India’s European Union GI registration of basmati rice. The analysis, which highlights the connection between basmati rice and Nepalese society, focuses on the social and cultural values of basmati rice in local communities. The basmati rice controversy provides an opportunity for Nepal to brand its local product in order to penetrate both national and international markets. The GI system may be an auxiliary agent in achieving these goals.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)710-731
Number of pages22
JournalIIC International Review of Intellectual Property and Competition Law
Volume54
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 02 May 2023

Keywords

  • Basmati rice
  • Geographical indications
  • Nepal
  • Registration
  • Rural development
  • South-Asia

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