Intellectual property rights in India
The United Kingdom Intellectual Property Office (UK IPO) is the official government body responsible for intellectual property rights in the UK and is an executive agency of the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS).
UK IPO published the UK’s International Strategy for intellectual property in August 2011. Its overarching aim is:
An efficient, respected international intellectual property system that encourages innovation and creativity while enabling the economy and society to benefit from knowledge and ideas.
A key goal in this strategy is:
Good National Regimes: Non-discriminatory and transparent application of IP rules within national regimes enabling level playing fields for protection and enforcement of IP”.
This aim has two strands:
- pushing for more effective and consistent enforcement of IP laws; and
- providing practical support to business operating overseas.
To achieve these, the UK IPO is committed to strengthening relationships with key economies including India, and to establishing a network of IP attachés in the UK’s embassies to provide policy and business support.
Further to the strategy, UK IPO has been working in India through its local IP attaché (the Senior IP Liaison Officer based at the British High Commission in New Delhi) to promote partnership between the UK and India in intellectual property related matters, and provide practical support on IP issues to UK businesses.
The effective protection and enforcement of intellectual property rights in India is beneficial to Indian and UK companies, because it promotes creativity and innovation in India, and attracts trade and investment from the UK to India, particularly in high-technology goods and services. Through its presence in India, UK IPO aims to:
- Promote Indo-UK collaboration on intellectual property related matters.
- Provide on-the-ground assistance to UK companies in avoiding or addressing IP problems in India, in conjunction with UK Trade & Investment (UKTI).
UKTI, in conjunction with the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO), also provide advice in their Overseas Business Risk service webpages on issues, including intellectual property rights, that companies should consider when they begin to trade overseas or expand into new markets.
The UKIPO also supports IP project work in India, including thorough the Prosperity Fund.
If you are a British company and would like to discuss specific intellectual property issues in India in more detail, please contact UK IPO’s attaché in India as below:
|Claire Tynte-Irvine||Head - Prosperity, Economic and Trade Policy||+91-11-2419 2153|
|Vijay Iyer||Senior Intellectual Property Adviser||+91-22-6650 2202|