Karachi, September 28, 2016 (PPI-OT): The Union of Small and Medium Enterprises (UNISAME) has urged the Secretary Ministry of Commerce (MINCOM) to without loss of time file an application for registration of Basmati trade mark (TM) on the basis of national ownership and also place the geographical indication (GI) protection law before the cabinet and thereafter the national assembly.
President UNISAME Zulfikar Thaver said lethargy in legal matters is detrimental to national interest and MINCOM needs to move fast through the Trade Development Authority of Pakistan (TDAP) and complete the process.
He said there is not an element of doubt in both the issues of GI and TM and said both are internationally acknowledged and recognized that basmati is only grown in India and Pakistan and the basmati rice grown in Pakistan definitely has all the characteristics and features of basmati rice namely the aroma, length, look, taste and cooking ability of elongating when cooked.
Thaver said now that the draft GI protection law drafted by the Intellectual Property Organization (IPO) is ready and approved by the stakeholders, efforts must be made to promptly make it a law in the best national interest.
He lamented that instead of expediting the matter some stakeholders are trying their best to seek ownership of the TM and creating hurdles. MINCOM should not allow this to happen and declare that it is our national heritage and belongs to Pakistan. No trade body, association or segment must be given the ownership.
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Union of Small and Medium Enterprises (UNISAME)
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