- What is IPR?
Intellectual Property Rights are legal rights, which result from intellectual activity in industrial, scientific, literary & artistic fields. These rights Safeguard creators and other producers of intellectual goods & services by granting them certain time-limited rights to control their use. Protected IP rights like other property can be a matter of trade, which can be owned, sold or bought.
- Lets talk about recent cases of IPR-What comes to your mind when you hear ‘Rasgulla’? Odisha? Or your favourite sweetmeat shop?
- What is Rasgulla?‘Rasgulla’ is one of the quintessential Indian sweetmeats, white in colour, spongy and soaked in sugar syrup, prepared and sold not only across the country but also in Indian restaurants around the world. Whether prepared and served in upmarket Indian restaurants in New York, London or in small sweetshops in humble Chandni Chowk or Chitranjan Park, no consumer is naïve enough to question the shopkeeper whether the Rasgulla is from Bengal or Odisha. But the origin of this delicious dish has suddenly come into limelight and is being passionately contested between the Odiyas and the Bengalis, both of who claim that it was created by members of their communities. The Odiyas reportedly claim that the dish originated from the Jagannath Temple in Puri. Whereas the Bengalis reportedly claim that it was invented by noted confectioner Nobin Chandra Das in 1868, and the debate is getting pointlessly passionate in the media.
4-West Bengal gets GI tag for Rosogulla-People of West Bengal are ecstatic after the state was awarded the Geographical Indication (GI) for “Banglar Rasogolla”. A bitter struggle regarding the origin of the sweet had been going on between West Bengal and its neighbouring state Odisha after eminent Jagannath cult scholar Asit Mohanty had submitted a 100-page report claiming that the sweet originated in Odisha. However, the Cell for IPR Promotion and Management (CIPAM), on Tuesday afternoon, under the Union Commerce and Industry Ministry, tweeted, “Banglar Rasogolla from West Bengal gets Geographical Indication (GI) tag. It is a pure white, spongy ball of “Chhana” dipped in light sugar syrup. Banglar Rasogolla is a syrupy dessert popular all over India and abroad.”