The SIPP scheme launched in 2016 promotes and mentors innovative and emerging technologies among startups and assist startups in protecting and commercializing it. It gives them access to high-quality IP services by appointing facilitators. The office of CGPDTM shall reimburse professional charges for startups.
The scheme stands extended up to March 2023 vide public notice dated 30th April 2020 and eventually certain aspects of the scheme have been amended. Particularly, if a startup files a complaint against a facilitator refusing to provide any services to the startup or in case of any other professional misconduct, the CGPDTM can remove the facilitator from the panel without serving notice.
The inclusion of the terms “without notice” has a reason. The public notice dated 17.03.2017 provides instances where the registered facilitators have been ignoring facilitation. It warned the facilitators that any act of denial of facilitation shall be considered as an act of misconduct and it shall lead to removal of their name from the list of facilitators and subsequently, action for removal of their name from the registered list of patent/trademark agent.
- How lawful is to remove facilitators “without notice” under the present scheme, as amended, based on the experience gained from the misconduct of some facilitators since 2016?
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