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U.S. and India Reach Science Cooperation Agreement

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India and the United States will move forward on a scientific collaboration next month after resolving disputes over intellectual property. India's Science and Technology Minister Kapil Sibal says the countries have agreed to sign an agreement on scientific cooperation, ending 10 years of disputes and painstaking negotiations. Mr. Kapil says the agreement will enable India to expedite the process of getting the United States to cooperate in the areas of nano-technology and biotechnology. He says India could provide its fast-breeder technology, under which extra plutonium is created in the burning process. The agreement was delayed by complaints from US companies that Indian laws do not adequately protect patents and copyrights. Earlier this year, India tightened its patent laws and it plans similar reforms for data protection.
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