CANCELLATION OF HEARINGS IN PATENT, TRADEMARKS AND COPYRIGHT OFFICES – Eshwars
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CANCELLATION OF HEARINGS IN PATENT, TRADEMARKS AND COPYRIGHT OFFICES

A series of Public Notices have been issued by the Indian IP and Copyright office over the past few days in relation to cancellation of all hearings as under:

A. Notice dated March 16, 2020, of the Trade Marks Registry:

 The Indian Trade Marks Registry has notified that all trademark hearings between the period of 17th March, 2020 and 15th April, 2020, stand adjourned and that such hearings will be rescheduled in due course of time. The public notice of the Controller General of Patent, Design and Trademarks can be accessed at: http://ipindia.nic.in/writereaddata/Portal/Images/pdf/Public-Notice_adjounrment.pdf.

B. Notice dated 16th March, 2020, of the Copyright Office:

 The Registrar of Copyrights has announced that all hearings scheduled between March 17th 2020 and March 31st 2020, have been adjourned and will be rescheduled in due course of time. The public notice can be accessed at: http://copyright.gov.in/Latest_Notice39.aspx.

C. Notice dated March 19, 2020, of the Patent Office:

  • All in-person hearings before the Indian Patent and Designs Office scheduled on or before April 15, 2020, has been changed to Video Conferencing (VC) hearings. It has further been stated that in case the applicant is unable to agree for the VC hearing, the hearing shall be adjourned to a date later than 15th April, 2020. It also clarifies that, hearings post-April 15, 2020 shall remain unchanged.
  • The Indian Patent Office has further also stated that any delay in transmitting or resubmitting documents to the Patent Office will be condoned or the relevant timeline extended on a petition for such condonation of delay or extension not later than one month from the date when such Novel Corona Virus outbreak ceased to exist.

The public notice of the Controller General of Patent, Design and Trademarks can be accessed at: http://ipindia.nic.in/writereaddata/Portal/News/668_1_PUBLIC_NOTICE.pdf.

D. Updated Public Notice dated 25th March 2020, of the Patent Office:

 The Indian Patent Office has issued an updated Public Notice on the 25th March 2020 cancelling all the Video Conference hearings scheduled between 23rd March 2020 and 14th April 2020, in the wake of wide spread pandemic of Novel Corona virus and lockdown situation prevailing in the country. Further dates of rescheduled hearings will be communicated shortly.

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