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Spicy Tidbits: Novelty with respect to the administration of IPRs: New Draft Patent Rules and a New Controller General of Patents, Designs and Trademarks

spicyipWe bring to you two new tidbits about the IPR scene in India.

  1. A new set of draft rules amending the Patent Rules, 2003 have been released by the DIPP. The new draft rules are available here. It is interesting to note that there are changes in the patent working rules. Readers may remember the PIL filed on this very same issue by Prof. Basheer (see here). Mathews will bring out a detailed post on this issue. Additionally, the new draft rules (Rule 24C) provides for an expedited examination of applications on a few grounds, the most prominent of them being connected to manufacturing in India. Therefore, this appears to be in furtherance of the Govt’s Make in India campaign.
  2. Earlier this week, the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet issued a notice appointing Shri. Om Prakash Gupta as the new Controller General of Patents, Designs and Trademarks (CGPDTM) (JS Level), Mumbai for a period of five years from the date of assumption of charge of the post or until further orders, whichever is earlier vice Shri. Chaitanya Prasad. Shri. Om Prakash Gupta would be succeeding Shri. Rajiv Aggarwal who had additional charge since March 2015. Shri. Om Prakash Gupta is from the 1992 IAS Batch and was previously the General Manager, B.E.S.T, Mumbai.

L. Gopika Murthy

Gopika is a fourth year student at National Law School of India University, Bangalore. She was formerly the Chief Editor of the Indian Journal of Law and Technology. Her first exposure to Intellectual property law and SpicyIP was through the University Moot Rounds at NLSIU, Bangalore in her first year. She has been regularly following the developments in the field of IPR since then and she hopes to contribute to the reporting of such developments. Her areas of interest in IP include copyrights, open access, fair dealing and trademarks.

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