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Commercial courts could signal bright new dawn for trademark disputes

By Rachna Bakhru and Ranjan Narula

The government in India has finally given the green light to special courts for adjudicating commercial disputes, including IP disputes. While the new courts will charge higher fees, they should make it possible for cases to be heard much more swiftly

In an attempt to cut red tape and clear inefficiencies in the legal system, the government has finally given the nod to the creation of special courts for adjudicating commercial disputes up to a specified value. On October 23 2015 the president signed the Commercial Courts, Commercial Division and Commercial Appellate Division of High Courts Bill, 2015, which provides for the creation of commercial courts, a commercial division and a commercial appellate division in the high courts.

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