Given the intense debates we’ve been having on the state and status of the Patent Office staff, I thought it would be interesting to browse through the following pages from the historical, Biblical Ayyangar Committee Report on the ‘Revision of Patents Law’ submitted 51 years ago to the Central Government in the year 1959. Those of you who are aware of the Ayyangar Report will agree with my characterization of the report as ‘Biblical’. The fact that Justice Ayyangar has done such amazing research without the internet or Wikipedia is simply astounding. His report went ahead to form the basis of the Patents Act, 1970. I’ll leave it to our friends and enemies at the Patent Office to determine whether we’ve made any progress on this front in the last 51 years. The entire report is available on the SpicyIP website over here. The following images are directly from the Report and can be downloaded from the post itself and zoomed into.
About The Author
T. Prashant Reddy graduated from the National Law School of India University, Bangalore, with a B.A.LLB (Hons.) degree in 2008. He later graduated with a LLM degree (Law, Science & Technology) from the Stanford Law School in 2013. Prashant has worked with law firms in Delhi and in academia in India and Singapore. He is also co-author of the book Create, Copy, Disrupt: India's Intellectual Property Dilemmas (OUP).