Topics Covered: IP related issues.
Paris Convention for the Protection of Industrial Property
What to study?
For Prelims and Mains: Paris Convention- overview, KVIC- objectives.
Context: Khadi Village Industries Corporation is eyeing international trademark for ‘khadi’ under the Paris Convention for protection of industrial property.
Why? To prevent any product from masquerading as ‘khadi’ nationally or globally.
How is it presently protected?
The Regulations issued in 2013 by the ministry of micro, small and medium enterprises, empower KVIC to grant ‘Khadi Mark’ registration and take royalties from any producer using the Khadi mark.
About Paris Convention for the Protection of Industrial Property:
It is a multilateral treaty dealing with the protection of industrial property in the widest sense.
Administered by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO).
Article 6 of the Paris Convention of 1883 protects armorial bearings, flags and other State symbols of the States part to the convention, including official signs, and hallmarks indicating control and warranty adopted by them.
As of January 2019, the Convention has 177 contracting member countries.