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Corona Outbreak in India: An update on the functioning of IP Offices

March 24, 2020

With the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) cases swelling up in the country, various government bodies have taken #SocialDistancing seriously. They are taking stringent steps and intensifying the fight against the virus. In light of the same, they have taken measures to minimize the COVID impact by closing down their IP offices either fully or partially.

In the table below, find the official notifications and status of working of the IP Offices across the country in light of COVID 19 advisories.

Notice Date IP Office Status of Working Link to official notification
March 16, 2020 Trademark Registry  All hearings relating to trademarks matters scheduled between March 17, 2020 to April 15, 2020 have been adjourned.

The case will be rescheduled in due course of time.

All hearings scheduled after April 15, 2020 will remain as it is.

http://www.ipindia.nic.in/newsdetail.htm?665/
March 16, 2020 Copyright Office  All hearings relating to copyright matters scheduled from March 17, 2020 to March 31, 2020 have been adjourned.

The cases will be rescheduled in due course of time.

http://copyright.gov.in/Latest_Notice39.aspx
March 17, 2020 Design Applications listed before Dr. S. K. Barik, Asst. Controller of Patents & Designs  The hearings in respect of design applications, which were listed/scheduled on March 27, 2020 are adjourned/rescheduled to April 22, 2020.

The listed application numbers can be found in the official notification

http://www.ipindia.nic.in/newsdetail.htm?667/
March 17, 2020 Design Applications listed before Sh. Arup Garu, Asst. Controller of Patents & Designs The hearings in respect of design applications, which were listed/scheduled from March 18, 2020 to April 03, 2020 are adjourned/rescheduled between April 16, 2020 to April 28, 2020.

The listed application numbers and their rescheduling date can be found in the official notification

http://www.ipindia.nic.in/newsdetail.htm?666/
March 19, 2020 Trade Marks Registry Branch, Chennai The Trademark opposition cases hearing fixed on March 12, 2020 adjourned to March 30, 2020 due to administrative reasons stands cancelled http://www.ipindia.nic.in/newsdetail.htm?669/
March 19, 2020 Head of Offices of Patent Office at Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata and Chennai and Design Wing at Kolkata All in person hearings in Patents and Designs matters scheduled on or before April 15, 2020 by the Controller should be changed to Video Conferencing (VC) hearings.

Wherever the applicant is unable to agree for the VC hearing, the Controller shall adjourn such hearing for a date later than April 15, 2020.

The hearings scheduled after April 15, 2020 will remain as it is.

Any delay in transmitting or resubmitting documents relating to various proceedings under the Patents Act and corresponding rules made thereunder to the Patent Office will be condoned/timeline be extended by the Controller on a petition for such condonation of delayIextension of time made not later than one month from the date when such COVID.19 outbreak ceased to exist.

http://www.ipindia.nic.in/newsdetail.htm?668/
March 23, 2020 Patent Office All the hearings in Patent Office through video Conferences scheduled between March 23, 2020 and March 31, 2020 stands cancelled.

Further dates of rescheduled hearings will be communicated shortly.

http://www.ipindia.nic.in/newsdetail.htm?670/

Read more legal updates about Coronavirus via clicking on our links below:

India: The Functioning of the Indian Judiciary amidst Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Outbreak

India: Hearings at the Trademark Registry adjourned till April 15, 2020

FSSAI: Imported food, poultry safe from Corona Virus in India

Coronavirus and Force Majeure Clause in Contracts

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