What is Geographical Sign?
A geographical sign is an indication showing the product identified with a specific characteristics, fame or other features the area, area, region or country which it originated in terms of its distinctive character, reputation or other characteristics.
Geographical signs has two registration types;
- Designation of origin
- Geographical indication
Designation of origin: These are the names defining products realized originating from a region or area having its geographical boundaries set or in exceptional circumstances from a country, having its all or essential characteristics from natural and humanitarian aspects specific to this geographical area and its production, process and all of its other processes realized within the boundaries of this geographical area.
Geographical indication: They are the names that identify products made within the boundaries of the geographical area where at least one of the production, processing and other operations originating from a specified geographical region, region or country, identified with that geographical area in terms of its distinctive character, reputation or other characteristics.
Names that are not covered by the Designation of origin or Geographical indication and which have been traditionally used for a period of at least thirty years to describe a product in the relevant market are defined as traditional product names in which case they provide at least one of the following conditions:
- Originating from traditional production or processing methods or traditional combination.
- To be produced by traditional raw materials or materials.