13 products have potential for GI registration

Nikhil Deshmukh | TNN | May 15, 2010, 02.55 AM IST

Pune: About 13 food items and utility produced in various parts of the state, known for their special taste and characteristics, are looking for financial support for securing Geographical Indication (GI) registration.

These items include Mahim Halwa, Kandi pedha from Satara, Nagpur orange and Lonavla chikki, among others. City-based Great Mission Group Consultancy (GMGC), which has already helped the Puneri Pagadi and the Mahabaleshwar Strawberry get the GI recognition, has identified these 13 items and is looking for sponsors, as the cost of one GI project is around Rs 3 lakh.

A geographical indication is a name or sign used on certain products which corresponds to a specific geographical location or origin — a town, region, or a country. The use of a GI may act as a certification that the product possesses certain qualities, or enjoys a certain reputation, due to its geographical origin.

Till date, the GMGC has completed detailed project report and research for Puneri Pagadi, Solapur’s chaddar and towel, Nashik grapes and Mahabaleshwar Strawberry, which have received GI recognition from the Chennai-based Geographical Indication registry, which is set up by the Union government.

The other products identified by GMGC for GI status include Devgad Alphonso, Lasalgaon onion, Saswad fig, Latur Kesar mango, Udgir betel-nut-cutter, Tuljapur paradi (container), Kolhapur sandals, Sawantwadi toys and Kunthalgiri pedha. The organisation has done basic research for all the 13 products, and noticed that these products have potential to get GI registration.

Speaking to TOI, Ganesh Hingmire, chairman of the GMGC, said, “Before filing an application for GI registry, you need to prepare a detailed report about the product, its distinctiveness and how deep it is rooted in the particular geographical area. The average expenditure for one project is Rs 3 lakh, for which either the state government or association of manufacturers should contribute. There has been no initiative from the state government for securing GI status while raising money from manufacturers is not easy.”

According to Hingmire, the state government has money as well as power which can be utilised in protecting intellectual property rights of these manufacturers who are solely dependent on their special products. As it is a new concept, some manufacturers are in two minds. If the state government takes initiative, manufacturers will easily accept the concept and contribute funds.

GI expert bags intellectual property award

The Times of India

TNN | Apr 21, 2016, 12.22 AM IST

Pune: His is a story of an undying spirit and a fight against all odds to achieve a weighty goalsomething you’ve set your heart on. Ganesh Hingmire has come a long way from studying under the streetlight and his stint as a paanwala to become an expert on intellectual property (IP).

On April 26, Hingmire, chairman of Great Mission Group Consultancy (GMCC) Pune, will receive the National Intellectual Property Award from the minister of commerce and industry Nirmala Sitharaman in New Delhi for his work special effort in the field of Geographical Indications (GI). He was has been selected for the award based on the for best facilitation of GI registration and promotion of registered GI in the country.

The award has made the 41-year-old reminisce his past. Having lost his father when he was only six, his mother and an uncle who owned a paan shop in Budhwar Peth became his support system. Hingmare can never forget the tough days when he would prepare for his exams while helping his uncle at the shop.

Early in his life, Hingmire had seen only adverse situations which made him the person that he is. He lost his father at the age of 6 and was supported in his studiesby his mother who made papad and an uncle who opened a paan shop in Budhwar peth. It was during these days that Hingmire studied under the street light while working at the paan shop and preparing for his exams.

As a youngster, Hingmare had decided And so it became the motto of his life to do something for people like him, to create opportunities for farmers to improve their income. With this vision, he pursued a course in law after graduation. he did BSc from Pune and then went on to complete a law degree from the prestigious ILS Law College where he met HP Deshmukh who mentored him.

“There is need for the society at large to get to know about Ganesh’s story along with his accomplishments. His story is of great undying will and of fighting against all odds to achieve something you’ve set your heart on,” says Deshmukh.

After completing the course, Hingmire went to Cardiff University to pursue an LLM in commercial law, specializing in Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) in 2001. His love for the country made him give up his job and return home. Then, he pursued an MPhil in economics. All his education has been supported by the numerous scholarships he bagged for being a brilliant student.

After that he was working there but left the job to bring the knowledge of intellectual property rights to India and also completed M.Phil in economics with 91 % score. All his education was supported by the numerous scholarships he bagged for being a brilliant student.

While Hingmire was busy getting degrees one after the other, his mother didn’t even know much about what he was studying. A class VI pass she had only one aim – to make papads and support the family.

Meanwhile, Hingmire has also undergone took training in IPR at the Indian Institue of Technology (IIT) Kanpur, Indian Institute of Foreign Trade (IIFT) Delhi, National Institute of Science Communication and Information Resources (NISCAIR) Delhi and Japan Patent Office at Tokyo.