The Delhi High Court (vide a Public Notice dated October 8, 2021) had published the Draft Delhi High Court Intellectual Property Rights Division Rules, 2021, and invited the members of the Bar to submit comments thereto. The proposed Rules formed the latest of a series of initiatives that the Delhi High Court has taken since the promulgation of the Tribunals Reforms (Rationalization and Conditions of Service) Ordinance, 2021 by the President of India on April 4, 2021, and the subsequent Tribunal Reforms Act, 2021, which effectively abolished the functioning of the Intellectual Property Appellate Board (IPAB) and vested the power to deal with all the pending matters before the IPAB to various High Courts. Thereafter, the Delhi High Court (vide Office Order No. 667/Original Side/DHC dated July 7, 2021) created an Intellectual Property Division in respect of all matters related to Intellectual Property Rights.
Ahlawat and Associates (“A&A”) have tendered comments to the Delhi High Court on the Rules in response to the invitation for feedback.