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India & Japan to Enhance Cooperation in Patent Verification

Published on March 21, 2021
Current Context: India and Japan have agreed to enhance cooperation in patent verification.
India & Japan to Enhance Cooperation in Patent Verification
  • Both the nation’s offices have agreed to act mutually as competent International Searching and International Preliminary Examining Authority (ISA/IPEA) for any international patent application filed with them.
  • The agreement for the same was signed during the 4th review meeting of the Department for promotion of industry and internal trade (DPIIT) and Japan Patent Office (JPO).
  • They have agreed on patent verification cooperation under a memorandum of cooperation on industrial property.
  • The meet was held in two phases. The first phase was co-chaired by Guruprasad Mohapatra, secretary, DPIIT and Toshihide Kasutani, commissioner, JPO. During the first phase, the pilot Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) programme was reviewed. The second phase was co-chaired by Ravinder, joint secretary, DPIIT and Kasutani.
  • All the dignitaries reviewed the work progress under the MoC on the industrial property between both nations and developed an action plan between the Controller General of Patents, Designs and Trademarks (CGPDTM) of India and the JPO based on the MoC.
  • They also acknowledged IP enforcement importance and assured to work to raise awareness for IP.


Q.1 Which nation to cooperate with India for Patent Verification?
a. Ethiopia
b. Japan
c. Russia
d. France
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