The two companies first locked horns when Reliance filed a revocation of patent application before the Intellectual Property Appellate Board (IPAB) arguing that the patent granted to Cobarr (formerly known as Sinco Ricerche SPA) was a prior art, not an invention, and needed to be removed from the Patent Registry. Subsequently, hearing on the matter was held with both parties submitting their affidavits.
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When the case came up for further hearing before the IPAB on Thursday, the counsel for Cobarr, Archana Shanker, pleaded that the company would want the miscellaneous petitions (MPs) heard first before the patent tribunal bench, before going into the merits of the original revocation case. According to her, the points raised in MPs would be enough to nullify the revocation petition. However, the counsel for Reliance, Prashanth Patankar, submitted that they had been provided the copy of MPs on the eleventh hour only and, hence, needed time to file counter.
Agreeing to the submission by the counsel of Reliance, the IPAB bench of Justice KN Basha, chairman and DPS Parmar, technical member-patents, adjourned the further hiring to December, asking the counsel to file the counter-affidavit in another eight weeks' time.