The Office of the Controller General Patents, Designs and Trade Marks (CGPDTM), India recently released a Public Notice on February 19, 2016 wherein it states that the "Trademark Office in collaboration with Delhi State Legal Service Authority (DSLSA) has undertaken to initiate a project to liquidate such pendency through Mediation /Conciliation based on Mediation/Conciliation Rules framed under the Legal Services Authorities Act, 1987, which are available at the website of DSLSA. (www.dslsa.org)".
For the time being, it has been decided by the CGPDTM to undertake the project on pilot basis by taking up 500 pending Opposition/Rectification matters of TM Office, Delhi. In a public notice issued of late, Om Prakash Gupta, CGPDTM, said that the initiative is in view of the pendency of the Opposition/Rectification matters at Trade Mark Registry, Delhi.
The interested parties in the listed matters have to submit their consent in the "Consent Form" at the TM Office within 30 days from the date of this Notice, so that their matters may be referred to DSLSA for further action.
A new initiative taken by the Controller General Patents, Designs and Trade Marks (CGPDTM), India is a welcome step and if becomes successful will bring down pending contested trademark matters in the country. If this drive gets successful then this exercise may be taken across other Indian TM Offices which will bring down estimated 1,30,000 trademark disputes that are pending in the Indian TM Office.
Many fortune 500 companies and MNC who are contesting trademark battle to protect their well known brands from last many years will be benefited with this current drive by speedy disposal through mediation/conciliation process.