Anshika Jha

Anshika Jha

UK Intellectual Property Office’s (UK IPO) Attaché

Part of Prosperity India

17th November 2016 Delhi, India

UK and India sign MoU on Intellectual Property Cooperation

November 7, 2016 marked the cementing of bilateral cooperation between the UK and India on intellectual property (IP) matters.  The UK Intellectual Property Office (UK IPO) and India’s Department for Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) aimed at undertaking bilateral activities to enhance and strengthen our respective IP systems.  anshika-blog-2

The MoU (which will last for 4 years, extendable by further periods of 4 years automatically) provides for mechanisms for the two IP offices to share best practices relating to intellectual property outreach, administration and management.

The MoU was subsequently exchanged between Sir Dominic Asquith, British High Commissioner, India and Ramesh Abhishek,  Secretary, Department of Industrial Policy & Promotion in the presence of the Prime Ministers of the UK and India.

The two prime ministers welcomed the signing of the MoU, which will promote innovation, creativity and economic growth in both countries.  Prime Minister Theresa May mentioned the progress in IP relations between the UK and India in her speech with the words, “Here today, we have agreed a new programme of co-operation to strengthen the protection and enforcement of intellectual property rights, which provides greater certainty for business.”

The text of the MoU will be uploaded in the public domain in due course (watch this space!).  Going forward, UK IPO and the Office of the Controller General of IP in India will agree a 2-year workplan to take forward commitments under the MoU.

About Anshika Jha

Anshika Jha has been the UK Intellectual Property Office’s (UK IPO) Attaché in India, based at the British High Commission in New Delhi, since May 2012. She works to strengthen…

Anshika Jha has been the UK Intellectual Property Office’s (UK IPO) Attaché in India, based at the British High Commission in New Delhi, since May 2012. She works to strengthen the partnership between the governments of the UK and India on matters relating to intellectual property protection. A major part of her role is also providing practical, on-the-ground support and advice to UK businesses with any IP-related issues they face in India.

She is a dual qualified lawyer – being a Solicitor in England and Wales and an Advocate in India. She earned her Masters in Law from the University of Oxford; and had professional stints in PricewaterhouseCoopers, Slaughter and May (London magic circle law firm) and Remfry & Sagar (IP law firm in Delhi).

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