The selected firm will be engaged initially for a period of two years, reads a notice issued by the APEDA while the bids can be submitted by May 31, 2021 (5 p.m.) to APEDA.
The scope of work includes advising BEDF/APEDA on the protection of Basmati and its varietal names which have been notified from time to time under the Seeds Act -1961 vis-à-vis the entire spectrum of Intellectual Property laws and assist in registration/protection of Basmati in India and abroad.
Monitoring of the national and international registers of trademarks and geographical indications (GIs
) on third party efforts to register the Intellectual Property in Basmati and its varietal names, which have been notified from time to time under the Seeds Act -1961 and take requisite action in India and abroad.
And, action against potential threats to the name Basmati and its varietal names which have been notified from time to time under the Seeds Act -1961 in India and abroad through cease and desist notices, oppositions, cancellations, court actions or other modes of action along with representing BEDF/APEDA before the Courts of law in India and abroad, including the Geographical Indications Registry and the Trade Marks Registry and the Intellectual Property Appellate Board.
The notice says, the selection of the successful bidder shall be based on technical and financial criteria. A Committee in APEDA will carry out screening of the technical bid and will shortlist the bidders fulfilling the prescribed requirements. The shortlisted bidders will be required to make a technical presentation before the selection committee, before final selection