India approves pact on intellectual property rights with US

A man holds the flags of India and the US. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz/File Photo

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – India’s cabinet on Wednesday approved a plan to sign an initial pact on intellectual property rights with the United States, a government minister said, days ahead of a visit by US President Donald Trump.

The United States has long urged India to strengthen protection for intellectual property and that has been a cause of friction on top of trade disputes between the two countries.

Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar said approval for an MoU with the United States was secured at a cabinet meeting presided over by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

(Reporting by Sankalp Phartiyal; Writing by Sanjeev Miglani; Editing by Andrew Heavens)

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