GENEVA - India has joined three WIPO treaties designed to ease the search for trademarks and industrial designs, helping brand owners and designers in their efforts to obtain protection for their own work. The accessions underline India’s strong multilateral engagement with the World Intellectual Property Organization, WIPO Director General Francis Gurry said.

Mr. Gurry received on June 7, 2019, India’s instruments of accession to the Nice Agreement, Vienna Agreement and the Locarno Agreement from Ambassador Rajiv K. Chander, Permanent Representative of India to the United Nations and other International Organizations in Geneva. The treaties will enter into force for India on September 7, 2019, a press release by WIPO.

"We're absolutely delighted that India today has deposited its instruments of accession to three classification treaties. India has been extremely active in the field of intellectual property and in international cooperation in the field of intellectual property in recent years. This deep engagement on the part of India in the World Intellectual Property Organization and in the international intellectual property system is extremely welcome," WIPO Director General Francis Gurry said.

"This is a big event in India's intellectual property rights space. In recent years we’ve had a substantial jump in the Global Innovation Index ranking of India. And I'm sure these treaties would also be a major step in that direction of improving India's competitiveness. This also shows that our relations with WIPO are getting stronger and increasing and we are confident that this trend will continue in the coming years," Ambassador Rajiv K. Chander said.