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8th BRICS HIPO ( Head of Intellectual Property Offices ) Meeting at, NEW DELHI 6th & 7th April, 2017.

The 8th BRICS HIPO (Head of Intellectual Property Offices) meeting was held at New Delhi under India’s Chairmanship. The meeting was chaired by Shri O.P.Gupta , Controller General of Patents , Designs and Trade Marks and GI. All Head of IP offices from the BRICS countries ledtheir delegation in this meeting. Altogether 17 participants from BRICS countries participated in the said event. Shri Rajiv Aggarwal, Joint Secretary, Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion, Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Government of Indiadelivered the keynote address.

The meetingreviewed the progress of IP cooperation between the BRICS countries in the past years and also deliberated and adopted documents within six cooperation areas based on the BRICS IPR Cooperation Roadmap programme.During the year India successfully conducted BRICS Examiners Training program and Coordinators meeting at Nagpur, besides 7th BRICS HIPO Meeting at Geneva on the sidlines meeting of WIPO General Assemblies.

During the two days meeting, the BRICS IP offices held talks on topics such as “Exceptions and Limitations” & “Markush Structure related Inventions”; “IP and Development” and also exchanged views on subjects such as joint comparative studies on specific topics of IP law and IP distance education, IP Classification,Traditional Knowledge, common views on the issues of working committee meetings at the WIPO and other international fora etc. After the two days delibrations , the BRICS IP offices unimousely adopted and signed the summary report of the meeting.

On the sidelines of this two days meeting, CGPDTM-India also conducted three bilateral meetings with Rospatent-Russian Federation, INPI-Brazil and SIPO-China respectively. The bilateral meetings were held on cooperation activities in areas of examination of IP Applications and IP training and expert exchanges in automation, data exchange protocols, ISA/IPEA, TKDL database etc.

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