Thailand will soon grant a certificate of geographical indication (GI) to Vietnam’s Buon Me Thuot coffee trademark, said Jutathip Vuthiparum from the Thailand Intellectual Property Department.

The department investigated the Buon Me Thuot region in early August before granting the GI certificate for coffee to Vietnam , Jutathip told the Thanh Nien Newspaper in Bangkok recently.

A GI is a sign used on certain products which correspond to a specific geographical location or origin.

The use of a GI act as a certification that the product possesses certain qualities, is made according to traditional methods, or enjoys a certain reputation due to its geographical origin.

She said Thailand has asked to protect the GI for Thai silk in Vietnam.

Thai silk is a trademark that originates from the northeast region of Thailand , where high quality silk has been produced for hundreds of years as a cottage industry. It has been supported by Queen Sirikit since 0970.-VNA