“Hearing on the Novartis AG’s plea to exclude a Technical Member of the Intellectual Property Appellate Board (IPAB) from hearing its statutory appeals against rejection of its patent application was on Tuesday adjourned to November 6 by the Madras High Court.
The First Bench, comprising Chief Justice A.P. Shah and Justice V. Ramasubramanian, adjourned the matter after senior counsel for the Hyderabad-based Natco Pharma opposed the proposal to post the statutory appeals before the IPAB’s Bench, comprising its Chairman and Vice-Chairman, and to enable the Chairman to play the role of a Technical Member during the proceedings.
Additional Solicitor-General of India V.T. Gopalan, on his part, sought time to get instructions from the Centre. Counsel for Novartis also wanted time to respond to the objections.”