Thousands of appeals in limbo while leaderless Indian board remains mired in constitutional controversy 15 Dec 17
In the patent world, all eyes are on the US Supreme Court as it weighs the future of the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB). But in India, a similar body is facing a constitutional challenge of its own, fuelled over a long-running dispute over who should get to appoint its officials. Practitioners say the Intellectual Property Appellate Board has effectively ceased to function for over a year now – that means the backlog of challenges to Indian Patent Office decisions is sitting untouched as the valid term of any eventual right slowly ticks away.
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