Tirupati Laddoo granted geographical copyright

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New Delhi, Sep 15: 'Tirupati Laddoo' offered to devotees at the Lord Venkateshwara Temple in Andhra Pradesh has been granted geographical copyright, an official said.

This right bars others from naming or marketing the sweetmeat preparation under the same name.

In Mar 2008, a trust that administers the Venkateswara Temple in the Tirumala hills, had applied for Geographical Indication (GI) with the Chennai-based Geographical Indication Registry.

"The GI certificate for Tirupati Laddoo has been granted to the trust. The Laddoo is now protected under law and nobody can copy it," G L Verma, assistant registrar of Trade Marks and GI, told to news agency from Chennai.

Under GI, the right to marketing a product is tied to a definite geographical territory and the manufactured goods should be produced or processed or prepared in that territory.

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