: Steps would be taken to get Geographical Indication (GI) registration for some agriculture produce like seeraga samba paddy, Kumbakonam betel leaves, and medicinal herbs cultivated in the Cauvery delta districts, said P.Sanjai Gandhi, president, Intellectual Property Rights Attorney Association and Additional Government pleader, Madras High Court, here on Saturday.

Speaking at the Geographical Indications Authorised User Awareness programme here, Mr.Sanjay Gandhi said this was important to save their originality and patency.

He said the Malaysian government claimed patency for Ponni rice and USA for Basmati rice. Indian Government had to fight it out in court to prove their origin.

Recognising the Authorised Users and issuing them certificates that they are authorised users is one step towards getting the Geographical Indication registration.

Applications for getting the authorised users certificates were received from 25 artisans who make Thanjavur art plates and ten artisans who produced bronze and panchaloka icons at Swamimalai.

Steps would be taken to get Geographical Indication registration for Narasingampettai Nadaswaram, said Mr.Sanjay Gandhi.

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