ISSUED IN PUBLIC INTEREST
Important Notice : Indian Trademark Office abandoned 1,66,771 Trademark Applications
I wish to share with you that the Indian Trademark Office has abandoned 1,66,771 Trademark Applications in which they never got a response to the Examination Report/Office Objection. It appears that they did the same for opposition matters as well where either side hadn’t responded in a while. In the meantime, I guess, all trademark applicants/associate/attorneys need to conduct an audit of their trademark files, registered, pending or opposed, just to verify that they are all alive or not. If you need any assistance from us, plz do let us know. The details of those applications.
In addition to the outrage that’s been pouring in, law firms around the country have filed writ petition against the said orders. Finally, the said Writ matter came up before the Hon’ble High Court today. Arguments were addressed and after hearing submissions, the Hon’ble High Court was pleased to stay all abandonment orders passed from March 20, 2016 and has also directed that no further abandonments shall be undertaken without following the due process provided under Sections 21, 128 and 132 of the Indian Trade Marks Act 1999. All such notices are to be served upon the effected party by Post. The matter will be listed on May 12, 2016.
I will further update you about the proceedings from time to time. Regards, Parveen Arya (Mrs.) Trademark Attorney Email : firstname.lastname@example.org