08 November 2016
Reporter: Barney Dixon

UK signs IP agreement with India

UK and India heads of state Theresa May and Narendra Modi have witnessed the signing of a significant intellectual property agreement between the two countries.

The UK Intellectual Property Office and the Indian Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion signed the deal on 8 November, with the intent to enhance bilateral cooperation between the jurisdictions on a range of IP activities.

The deal aims to exchange the best practices between the two countries and streamline patent, trademark and design processes.

As well as this, the two dominions will run education campaigns to increase awareness and respect for IP in the general public.

Baroness Neville-Rolfe, minister of state for energy and IP, said: “I have been very impressed with the rapid progress India has made with its intellectual property regime in recent years.”

“A strong IP system is an important catalyst for running a modern innovative economy.”

She added: “It makes perfect sense for the UK and India to share best-practice and look to improve our respective IP systems as much as possible. I look forward to working closely with our India counterparts to ensure that innovative British and Indian businesses can thrive whether their operation is in Manchester or Mumbai.”

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