Only a couple of weeks ago I was writing about our highly successful delegation to China. I am pleased to now share with you news from our second successful delegation for 2015, this time to India.
To be in New Delhi in the days leading up to the February 7 Delhi Assembly Elections was an intriguing experience. From our members to the hotel staff to our driver, the elections were the topic of conversation. We were in India to advocate for positive change on IP policy, and our spirits were high, fueled by the political fervor that everyone could feel in the air!
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has promised a decisive government, and that is precisely what we experienced in our various government meetings:
We met with Mr. Sandeep Kumar, Commissioner of Customs, who applauded INTA for our recent advocacy efforts in India, which have resulted in increased numbers of recordals with Indian Customs.
We were graciously hosted by Justice A.K. Sikri of the Supreme Court of India and Justice G.S. Sistani of the High Court of Delhi. Their hospitality was simply fabulous. We were treated to, and thoroughly enjoyed, many local dishes, including bhel puri, dosa and samosas.
Our meeting with Secretary Amitabh Kant from the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion was INTA’s highest-level meeting with the DIPP to date.
Finally, it was really informative to hear the different viewpoints of various local IP attachés on India’s intellectual property (IP) landscape and draft National IPR Policy.
The Delegation meets with Secretary Kant, DIPP
The Indian government has made clear its intentions to engage in the issue of IP and trademarks through its draft National IPR Policy and a high-level working group on IP between the United States and India. These developments are highly encouraging, and we hope to see a stronger legal framework, enforcement and public awareness in India as a result of these initiatives. The Indian government and industry should be commended on this excellent progress.
Prime Minister Modi’s policy initiative “Make in India” (a registered trademark) has had strong reverberations for IP in India. Accession to the Madrid Protocol in 2013 was a great step in the right direction for investment in India. Harmonization and efficiencies built into the Madrid System are helping those who are unfamiliar with India’s legal regime to invest in the country. And in our various government meetings, our delegation stressed the need for India to take the next step and ascend to the Singapore Treaty.
Our delegation ended with a one-day INTA conference entitled India Emerged: Protecting Your Brand in India’s Emerging Economy. I had the pleasure of participating on a panel discussing ICANN and the new gTLDs, and it was wonderful to meet and interact with many of our members and prospective members in India. I look forward to seeing everyone again at the 2015 Annual Meeting
India Reception in San Diego this coming May.
Our travels through India ended on a fun note with an excursion to Agra to see the beautiful Taj Mahal!