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The weavers of Gopalpur in Jajpur district have demanded patentry of their handloom products, made of tussar fabric. At a workshop, jointly organized by the Institute of Socio-Economic Research and Training, Indian Merchants’ chamber, UNCTAD and the Union ministry of commerce & industry on “Strategies and preparedness for the trade and globalisation in the textile sector” the participants demanded protection of their handloom tussar products from any sort of copying or infringement by other producers or businessmen of any country. The participants were also explained about the concept of Geographical Indications (GI) Act and its benefits to the master weavers. The Gopalpur tussar fabrics have unique qualities and a good market base across the globe as a result of which it has all the requirements to be registered under GI Act for patent, the workshop suggested. The GI Act is the newest addition to the Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) regime aimed at preventing unauthorised exploitation. By Ms.Bobby Aanand, Metropolitan Jury.
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