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Prime Minister Theresa May and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi have witnessed the signing of a major IP agreement between the UK and India.

The Memorandum of Understanding was put together by the UK Intellectual Property Office and the Indian Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion. The aim is that it will help enhance bilateral cooperation on a range of IP related activities. For example:

  • exchanges of best practice in the field of IP, for example, streamlining the processing of registrations for patents, trade marks and designs;
  • technical exchanges which can involve supporting enforcement authorities and assisting mechanisms for the judicial resolution of IP disputes;
  • outreach activities including business advice on how to value and secure IP; and
  • education campaigns to increase awareness and respect for IP for the general public.

Sir Dominic Asquith KCMG, British High Commissioner to the Republic of India, said: “The signing of a MOU on intellectual property between India and the UK is an important development that will promote innovation and creativity in both countries. It will help the UK to support India’s drive to improve ease of doing business, thereby advancing trade, investment and economic growth”. To read the Government’s press release in full, click here.