The two Indians who make it to this list of heavy weights, which includes the U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, WIPO’s Francis Gurry and CAFC’s Justice Rader, arethe Controller General of Patents, Trademarks and Designs Mr. P.H Kurian and Honourable Mr. Justice Ravindra S Bhat of the Delhi High Court.
PH Kurian, the Controller General of Patents, Designs and Trademarks, was also on last years list. MIP lists as his achievements all the new orders and regulations passed by him to stimulate India’s IP offices. For example he has passed an order hat all correspondence between a patent applicant and the Office during prosecution should be publicly available. As far as Trade Mark office is concerned, he is recruiting examiners, in preparation for India’s accession to the Madrid Protocol. His decision to move staff between the four main offices (New Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata and Chennai) of India, in order to ensure that there was a full range of expertise in every office and also to break up ‘cosy’ relationships with applicants and their advisers.
Justice Ravindra S Bhat of the Delhi High Court, a new entrant on MIP’s list, who has taken on more than his share of the most important IP cases, which has made him the most eventful judge amongst all IP judges at Delhi High Court. In the Roche v Cipla case, he ruled that public interest could be a factor when deciding not to grant an injunction for medicine. In Bayer v. Cipla, he ruled against an attempt to link the drug controller’s office with the patent office. By deciding a trademark related case between ITC and Philip Morris, Justice Bhat’s influence widened beyond patents. Further, copyright owners are waiting to know his verdict regarding IPRS v Synergy Media Entertainment which is about the rights of copyright societies to collect royalties.
We congratulate Justice Bhat, Mr. Kurian and all those who have made the list.