Although the year 2020 may not be remembered as one of remarkable innovation in patents, it will certainly be remembered for innovating new “normals” in patent litigation in India. The COVID-19 pandemic struck us with tremendous momentum, but Indian courts devised several innovative mechanisms to ensure that court business was not derailed. The biggest challenge before the courts was preventing courts from becoming “hotspots” for the spread of the coronavirus and, for this reason, physical appearances were completely prohibited. Instead, the court hearings and the filing of documents were entirely shifted to virtual platforms and, with the help of robust IT infrastructure, hearings were made possible from the comfort of home.
Chambers Global Practice Guide – Patent Litigation, India Chapter
Manisha Singh and Varun Sharma
1st published in Chambers & Partners (Trends & Development section)