Natco Pharma Limited
Vs. Union of India & Ors.  INSC 1681 (1 October 2008)
JURISDICTION CIVIL APPEAL NOS. 6004-6018 OF 2008 (Arising out of S.L.P.(C)
Nos.1323-1337/2008) Natco Pharma Limited ...Appellant(s) Versus Union of India
& Ors. ...Respondent(s) ORDER Leave granted.
A piquant situation
has arisen in this case on account of absence of Technical Member in the
Intellectual Property Appellant Board (IPAB) constituted under the provisions
of Section 116 of the Patents Act, 1970.
On 2nd April, 2007,
Central Government appointed S.Chandrasekaran as Technical Member (Patent) of
IPAB vide notification of even date. On 3rd April, 2007, notification was
issued notifying 2nd April, 2007 as the date for transfer of appeals pending
before any High Court to IPAB. The appeals were transferred to the IPAB by the
High Court vide its order dated 4th April, 2007.
On 16th June, 2007,
Misc. Petition Nos.1 and 2 of 2007 were filed by respondent No.4 herein before
IPAB praying for the appointment of another Technical Member in place of
S.Chandrasekaran on the ground that the said Member had earlier filed an
affidavit in the matter taking a particular position in the dispute which has a
direct bearing on the case in hand.
It is under these
peculiar facts and circumstances of the case and, 1 particularly, in view of
the fact that the controversy involved before IPAB is concerning crystal
modification of a N-Phenyl-2-Pyrimidineamine derivative and since the dispute
is regarding patentability of the process as well as the product that we are of
the view that such complicated disputes need to be resolved by IPAB which must
have a Technical Member in it.
In the above facts
and circumstances of this case only and without making our order a precedent
for future cases, we called for a panel/list of Controllers duly qualified
under Section 116 of the Patents Act, as amended by the Patents (Amendment)
From that list
submitted to us, we have opted for the name of Dr.P.C.Chakraborti, Deputy
Controller of Patents & Designs, who holds post- graduate degree of
M.Sc.(Chemistry) as well as Ph.D.
direct that all preliminaries will be completed by the parties in the month of
October, 2008 and the IPAB duly reconstituted under our orders, which would
include Dr. P.C.Chakraborti, would hear and decide the pending Appeal Nos.TA/001/2007/PT/CH
to TA/005/2007/PT/CH preferably in the month of November, 2008. We direct the
IPAB to list the above Appeals before it for directions on 3rd November, 2008.
The matter will be heard and disposed of on day- to-day basis.
As a special case,
Dr.P.C.Chakraborti will continue to be the Member of the said Board till the
hearing and final disposal of the said appeals. He will be the Member of the
IPAB only for the said Appeals. He will be paid remuneration payable to the
Technical Member of IPAB, namely, salary of Rs.86,286/- per month with other
perquisites as mentioned in the annexure to this order. This annexure has been
given to us by the Union of India. It is also made clear that
Dr.P.C.Chakraborti, who is presently Deputy Controller of Patents and Designs,
will not be entitled to draw his salary for the aforestated period as Deputy
Controller of Patents and Designs but, he would be entitled to protection of
his seniority and other incidental benefits.
We hope that the
Board would preferably dispose of the Appeals within one month, if possible,
from the date of the commencement of hearing.
Both sides have
accepted the name of Dr.P.C.Chakraborti to act as Technical Member in the above
Civil Appeals are
disposed of accordingly, with no order as to costs.
(B. SUDERSHAN REDDY)
ITEM NO.1 COURT NO.5
SECTION XII SUPREME COURT OF INDIA RECORD OF PROCEEDINGS Petition(s) for
Special Leave to Appeal (C) No(s).1323-1337/2008 (From the judgement and order
dated 13/11/2007 in WP Nos. 26676 to 26680 of 2007 & MP Nos.1 & 2 of
2007 of the HIGH COURT OF MADRAS) NATCO PHARMA LIMITED Petitioner(s) VERSUS
UNION OF INDIA & ORS. Respondent(s) (With prayer for interim relief and
office report) Date: 01/10/2008 These Petitions were called on for hearing
HON'BLE MR. JUSTICE
S.H. KAPADIA HON'BLE MR. JUSTICE B. SUDERSHAN REDDY For Petitioner(s) Ms.
Rajeshwari Hariharan, Adv.
Mr. S. Hariharan,
No.4: Mr. Shanti Bhushan, Sr.Adv.
Ms. Arpita Sawhney,
Mr. Sanjay Kumar,
Mr. Sukhdev, Adv.
Ms. Meenakshi Arora,
R.Nos.1-3: Mr. B.S.
Mrs. Anita Sahani,
Mrs. Anil Katiyar,
Mr. D.S. Mahra, Adv.
R.No.8: Ms. Rukhsana
Ms. S. Pratibha, Adv.
Ms. Sivangi Roy, Adv.
UPON hearing counsel
the Court made the following ORDER 4 Leave granted.
Civil Appeal are
disposed of with no order as to costs, in terms of the signed order.
(N. ANNAPURNA) (VIJAY
DHAWAN) COURT MASTER COURT MASTER (Signed order is placed on file) Note: Copy
of the order be given by Friday.