About Geographical Indications
A Geographical Indication (GI) is a sign used on goods that have a specific geographical origin and possess certain qualities or a reputation that are linked to that place of origin.
Most commonly, a GI consists of the name of the place of origin of the goods. Agricultural products typically have qualities that derive from their place of production and are influenced by specific local factors, such as climate and soil.
Some examples of GIs are ‘Jamaica Jerk’ and ‘Jamaica Rum’ both made exclusively in Jamaica; ‘Tequila’, which can only be made in the region of Tequila, Mexico; and ‘Havana’ for cigars from the capital of Cuba.