Ever since its inception, the Intellectual Property Appellate Board has been a catalyst in the evolution of the patent system in the country, discuss Archana Shanker and Neeti Wilson.
The establishment of the Appellate Board in 2007 and the notification of Patent Rules in 2010 for patent matters completed the basic procedure for a smooth and effective functioning of the IPAB. Furthermore, the functional infrastructure of the patent office such as modern office buildings, training centre, support staff and most importantly, the patent Examiners and Controllers have also come a full circle with recent upgrades and appointments. The electronic filing system of the patent office has been recently upgraded in 2012 with a more transparent and user-friendly progression.
This article was published in Legal Era April 2013.