Delhi High Court has rapped Trade Marks Registry for complaints being filed against the delays caused in processing the registration applications. The court also noted that there have been several lapses in the functioning of the Registry.
While dealing with such complaints, Justice Pratibha Singh noted that there is something amiss in the functioning and procedural administration of the trade mark registration files.
She further noted that if separate departments deal with separate forms, then obviously such lapses are bound to occur and such procedure would result in enormous inefficiency in the processing of trade mark applications.
The court also noted that there's a need to streamline the processing of trade mark applications till registration and thereafter. The procedure which is currently being followed is clearly not satisfactory as it is resulting in enormous confusion.
Recognising the need to have a proper procedure for processing and registering trade mark applications, the court directed the Head of the Trade Marks Registry Office, Delhi, to file an affidavit mentioning the following:
The court also directed technical person from the National Informatics Centre and a senior officer from the Trade Mark Registry, Delhi who is familiar with the affidavit to be submitted to the Court, to remain present in Court on the next date of hearing.
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