New Delhi: Justice (Retired) Manmohan Singh’s tenure as chairman of the Intellectual Property Appellate Board (IPAB) was today extended by three months by the Supreme Court.
The bench of Justices L Nageswara Rao, Hemant Gupta and S Ravindra Bhat issued the directive, while hearing pleas regarding appointments to tribunals and challenging the Tribunal Rules, 2020. Justice Singh was appointed as an Additional Judge of the High Court of Delhi on April 11, 2008 and he retired on September 21, 2016. He was first appointed as the IPAB chairman in July 2017, for a period of three years.
The IPAB was constituted by the central Government in the Ministry of Commerce and Industry in 2003 to hear appeals against the decisions of the Registrar under the Trade Marks Act, 1999 and the Geographical Indications of Goods (Registration and Protection) Act, 1999. Section 83 of the Trade Marks Act, 1999 (Act), provides for the establishment of an Appellate Board to be known as the Intellectual Property Appellate Board (IPAB) and the provisions relating to IPAB are contained in sections 83 to 100 of the above Act.
-India Legal Bureau