Shri Ajay Shankar, Secretary, Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion and Dr. Francis Gurry, Director General of World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for cooperation.
The objective of this MOU is to strengthen cooperation between the Government of India and the WIPO through a more active, systematic organization and conduct of joint activities with a view to promote the goal of using Intellectual Property (IP) for economic, social, cultural and technological development in India. The areas of cooperation envisaged include, assisting India in implementing its national IP and innovation strategy; empowering knowledge creators in the use of IP; building awareness on IP as a critical tool for promoting innovation and creativity through public outreach activities. The MOU also provides for cooperation between the WIPO Worldwide Academy (WMA) and the National Institute for Intellectual Property Management, Nagpur.
An IP Development Action Plan has been drawn up for 2010-2011 representing the activities identified as priority area for cooperation during the same period. The MOU will be reviewed and evaluated every two years after its entry into force.