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Crowning Glory at the IPAB: Singh will be King?


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As some of you know, the IPAB has been without a chairman these past two weeks, ever since Justice Basha attained super-annuation in mid May. The Times of India reports:

“Patent and trademark disputes pending for years before the Intellectual Property Appellate Board (IPAB) will suffer some more delay, as the national body has now been reduced to a headless and a one-member institution.

Its chairman Justice K N Basha attained superannuation on May 13, and the lone technical member (trademarks) has been designated as a temporary vice-chairman. “There are more than 50,000 trademark cases and 10,000-plus patent cases pending here. And, no case can be heard by a single-member bench as per rules,” rue patent attorneys. 

The full complement of IPAB is chairman, vice-chairman, technical member (patent), technical member (trademarks) and technical member (who could sit on patent or trademark bench). After Justice Basha’s departure, technical member (trademarks) Sanjeev Kumar Chaswal has been appointed temporary vice-chairman. 

Expressing concern over the unfilled vacancies which could have an adverse impact on intellectual property-related issues, the IPR Attorney Association (IPRAA) has written to the Union ministry of commerce and industry to expedite appointments. “It is very important that IPAB remains active at all times,” said IPRAA president P Sanjai Gandhi.” 

The grapevine has it that Justice Manmohan Singh of the Delhi High Court is the prime contender for this coveted crown. And if this comes to pass, Singh will indeed be King in the IP world, in more ways than one.

For those in the know, please do keep us informed. 

ps: Image from here.

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Shamnad Basheer

Shamnad Basheer

Prof (Dr) Shamnad Basheer founded SpicyIP in 2005. He is currently the Honorary Research Chair of IP Law at Nirma University and a visiting professor of law at the National Law School (NLS), Bangalore. He is also the Founder of IDIA, a project to train underprivileged students for admissions to the leading law schools. He served for two years as an expert on the IP global advisory council (GAC) of the World Economic Forum (WEF). In 2015, he received the Infosys Prize in Humanities in 2015 for his work on legal education and on democratising the discourse around intellectual property law and policy. The jury was headed by Nobel laureate, Prof Amartya Sen. Professional History: After graduating from the NLS, Bangalore Professor Basheer joinedAnand and Anand, one of India’s leading IP firms. He went on to head their telecommunication and technology practice and was rated by the IFLR as a leading technology lawyer. He left for the University of Oxford to pursue post-graduate studies, completing the BCL, MPhil and DPhil as a Wellcome Trust scholar. His first academic appointment was at the George Washington University Law School, where he served as the Frank H Marks Visiting Associate Professor of IP Law. He then relocated to India in 2008 to take up the MHRD Chaired Professorship in IP Law at WB NUJS, a leading Indian law school. Prof Basheer has published widely and his articles have won awards, including those instituted by ATRIP and the Stanford Technology Law Review. He is consulted widely by the government, industry, international organisations and civil society on a variety of IP issues. He also serves on several government committees.

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