IP Australia rejects India’s trade mark application for the word ‘Basmati’

The Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA), a part of the Indian Government’s Ministry of Commerce and Industry, has failed in its bid to register ‘Basmati’ as a certification trade mark in Australia in relation to rice.

APEDA contended that Basmati was a geographical indication in respect of rice grown in particular areas of India and Pakistan.

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