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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