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News article24 May 2023European Innovation Council and SMEs Executive Agency1 min read

EC Publishes Report on Intellectual Property Rights in Third Countries: India Remains as Priority 2 Country

The Commission recently published its biennial Report on the “Protection and Enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) in third countries” which identifies so-called ‘priority countries’ in which the state of IPR protection and enforcement is a source of major concern.

In order to improve IPR protection and enforcement globally, the Commission will concentrate its efforts and resources on the particular areas of concern in these countries according to these outcomes. The report finds that China remains the top priority country for the EU, while India and Türkiye continue to be priority 2 countries.

According to the report, several improvements can be noted in India's IPR system. Stakeholders report positive efforts by the Cell for IPR Promotion and Management of the Ministry of Commerce and Industry (CIPAM), which is active, amongst others, on issues related to copyright protection and enforcement coordination. The report also indicates the concerns and areas for improvement as well as the actions regarding patent protection, trademark system copyright and related rights and IPR enforcement. Furthermore, the report highlights the challenges that trade secret holders face for the protection of their confidential information, since India does not have specific legislation protecting trade secrets.

The full report can be downloaded here:
Report on the Protection and Enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) in third countries