Policy of encirclement

By Latha Jishnu
Published: Monday 30 November -0001

Latha Jishnu / Business Standard / New Delhi January 30, 2009

Rich nations are using every forum available to step up intellectual property curbs on developing country exports.

India needs to wake up. Pity the poor customs official. He will, in future, have to be up to date on the patents granted in his home country, in those of the countries to which shipments are being sent and be generally well up on the state of play in patent offices across the world. Apart from trademarks and copyrights, he would have to be clued in on all kinds of intellectual property (IP) rights and his scope of operations would be extensive: From import to export, transit goods and warehouses to free zones and export processing zones.

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