Indian Trademark Office abandons 2,00,000 applications in one go

The Indian Trademark Office has passed an order for abandoning over two hundred thousand trademark applications for non-prosecution or for other reasons. The Government of India has been under tremendous pressure to have the backlog removed in their IPR Office, which has resulted in delays to the extent that even applications filed in 2000 or prior are yet to be registered.

The Indian Trademark Office adopted this unique method of passing abandonment order between March 29, 2016 and March 31, 2016, which has come under a lot of criticism and even the Hon'ble High Court of Delhi had to step in, questioning the intent as well as the method adopted to clear the backlog by the Patent and Trademark office in India. The Hon'ble High Court of Delhi is now examining the procedure adopted by the Registrar of Trademarks, which appears to be without application of mind and denial of natural justice to the Trademark applicants. There are several trademark applications filed way back in 2000 and in which even though the traemark applicants have taken necessary action within the time granted, however in such applications not a single order has been passed, which also raises question mark on the functioning of the Trademark Office in India.