The Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP) has recently posted on its website all the feedback received by it in response to its discussion paper on the ‘Review of the Organizational Structure of the Controller General of Patents, Designs, Trademarks and Geographical Indication’. The Department has received feedback from a number of organizations including INTA, INTERPAT, OPPI, IPA, FICCI etc. All the responses can be accessed over here. The most interesting submissions, in my opinion, is from the ‘Officials of the Delhi Patent Office’. Not only have these officials questioned the practice of outsourcing examinations to the CSIR, they have also criticized the quality of examinations conducted by the CSIR. These officials have also made some interesting recommendations on improving the internal systems of the patent office. Their submissions can be accessed over here.
Disappointingly, there are absolutely no representations from any of the biggest IP law firms or the major IP associations (apart from INTA). I cannot for the life of me understand what in God’s name is wrong with IP lawyers in this country. If I was practicing before the IPO and had an internal knowledge of the workings at the IPO I would have definitely pounced upon this opportunity to help fix a system which is very badly broken. When the government is trying to initiate some reforms it is incumbent upon all practicing IP lawyers to assist the government with their own ideas or at the very least criticize the reforms suggested by the government. For a bunch of lawyers entrusted with protecting creativity and innovation in this country, the Indian IP Bar suffers from a terrible lack of imagination.