Managing director of Excel Soft Technologies D. Sudhanva on Tuesday said patent laws and procedures can be further strengthened so that IT companies can swiftly deal with registration and possible enforcement. Speaking on ‘Bridging the gap between IT and IPR to build global competitiveness’ at an awareness programme on “Legitimate and competitive tools for industry: information technology and intellectual property rights”, he said inventions and patents have come through where the spirit of research and industry-academia interaction is high. Mr. Sudhanva said the number of graduates, particularly in the engineering stream, is large in India.