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Saint Teresa's Blue Bordered Saree Is Now Under Intellectual Property Rights

Sep 12, 2022


				The light and  spirit of Blessed Saint  Mother  Teresa  are  still burning  brightly. On September 04,2016,she  was  canonized  and  this  also  coincided  with  the  recognition  of the  Blue  border  saree,  the apparel  worn  by  the  nuns  of  Missionaries  of  Charities,  as Intellectual  Property. Endorsing  her  spiritual  powers  is  the due  recognition given by  the Vatican  and  now  her  saree which  was  initially blessed by Father  Van  Exem  at  the Sacristy of the Convent Chapel. The distinct blue pattern of the saree cannot be imitated by anyone else.She wore the same designed saree ever after as she went out to serve the poor  and  the  destitute  on  the  streets  of  Kolkata. The  border  of  the  saree had  two  small blue  stripes  followed by  a  wider  stripe.  Blue  border  pattern  is  a  distinctive  symbolic identity of Missionaries of Charity.

Mother  Teresa  was  the  founder  of  the  Order  of  the  Missionaries  of  Charity,  a  Roman Catholic congregation of women dedicated to helping the poor. She is considered one of the  greatest  humanitarians  of  the  20th  century.  Born  in  1910,  in  Skopje,  Macedonia, Mother  Teresa  taught  in  India for  17  years. In the year 1946,she  experienced  her "call within a call" to devote herself to carefor the sick and the poor. Her order established a hospice,centers for the blinds, aged and disabled people aswell as leper colony. In 1979, she  received  the  Nobel  Peace  Prize  for  her  humanitarian  work.  She  died  in  September,1997  and  was  beatified  in October 2003.  In  December  2015,  Pope  Francis  recognized  a second  miracle  attributed  to  Mother  Teresa,  clearing  the  way  for  her  to  be  canonized  as Saint Teresa of Calcutta on September 4, 2016.

To  protect  their  identity  through  Intellectual  Property Rights, trade  mark  applications were filed on December 12, 2013 before the Trade Marks Registry after which necessary due  diligence  as  well  as necessary  procedures were  being  followed. Thereafter,  the registrations  were  granted  after  nearly  three   years.  In  order to  commemorate  the sainthood  of  Mother  Teresa,  the  Government  of  India  symbolically  granted  the  trade mark registration on September 4, 2016, despite it being a Sunday.

This information has  been  revealed  by  IP  Attorney  Biswajit  Sarkar  who  leads  an Intellectual  Property  law  firm.  He  further  added  that “The  Missionaries  of  Charity does not  believe  in  publicity  and  as  such  it  was  not  publicized,  but  since unscrupulous  and unfair  usage  of  the  design  across  the  globe is being witnessed, spreading  awareness among people about the trademark would alleviate such unfair practices.

On instruction from Missionaries of Charity, Biswajit Sarkar, Advocates - IP Attorneys, a  globally  active  law  firm has made  great in roads for  the protection  of  blue  patterned saree under Intellectual Property Rights.

May the glorified Saint and her Stripes always be protected and blessed.

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