The Grant of a Geographical Indication (GI) tag to Tirupati laddu by Indian Patent Office in 2009 raised many questions, as it paves the way for enhanced commercialization of faith. Tirupathi Laddu, got its GI tag Under the class 30, with Goods description of Food stuff on 04th September, 2009.
Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam (TTD), the Applicant of the GI Product has filed a case in Madras High Court against the Ganga Sweets of Anna Nagar, for preparing, selling and making laddus available to the public in the name and style or anything deceptively similar to the Tirupati laddu.
The Madras High Court recently stated that, makers of identically named versions of the Tirupati laddu, will be subjected to prosecution if found in violation of the intellectual property right of the laddus’s Geographical Indication (GI) tag.
By Akshatha Karthik