India’s Office of the Controller General Patents, Designs and Trademarks, issued two notices to drive the disposal of IP disputes.
The first notice deals with abandoning applications where the applicant has not responded to objections lodged by the Trade Marks Registry. The office identified about 96,000 such applications. These applications will be abandoned.
The second notice deals with cases where a counter statement was filed against a notice and has been uncontested. About 92,000 uncontested applications were on the office’s books.
Given the increasing number of unprosecuted applications, the Ministry of Commerce and Industry decided to expedite their closure under section 132 of the Trade Marks Act, 1999, and rule 33(4) of the Trade Marks Rules, 2017.
In August 2022, the trademarks office encouraged parties to amicably settle their disputes and called on parties to submit settlement-related documentation.