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mai 18, 2022 Euroopa kaubamärkide ja disainilahenduste võrgustik

EU and India: IP cooperation at a glance


 

The EUIPO and the Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade of India sign a bilateral agreement

In May 2022, the EUIPO and the Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), which will set the ground for future relations and cooperation between the two organisations.

The IP cooperation between the EU and India dates back to 2015 when the EU-funded cooperation project, EU-India Intellectual Property Cooperation (IPC-EUI), was launched. The project kicked off the negotiations between the EUIPO and the Indian authorities, namely the Controller General of Patents, Designs and Trade Marks (CGPDTM) and the DPIIT, and ultimately led to the signing of a bilateral agreement.

India is also already part of some of the largest and most international EUIPO online tools, such as TMview, DesignView and TMclass. More than 2 million Indian national trade marks are available on the TMview platform.

What’s the agreement about?

The MoU establishes a cooperation framework under which biennial work plans will be drawn up. These will detail the collaboration activities to be undertaken, including:

  • exchange and dissemination of best practices, as well as knowledge on IP awareness among public, businesses and educational institutions;
  • collaboration in training programs, exchange of experts, technical exchanges and outreach activities;
  • exchange of information and best practices on processes related to applications for trade marks and designs, as well as for the protection, enforcement and use of IP rights;
  • cooperation in the development of automation and modernisation projects, new documentation and information systems in IP, such as search and classification tools.

EU trade relations with India

On 8 May 2021, the EU and Indian leaders agreed to resume negotiations for a trade agreement and to launch separate negotiations on an investment protection agreement and another agreement on geographical indications.

Another strategic coordination mechanism between the EU and India is the EU-India Trade and Technology Council (TTC). The Council is set up to tackle trade, technological and security challenges, and to strengthen the partnership between the two blocks. It is also India’s first TTC and the second for the European Union, after the one set up in the US.


 
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