The Supreme Court extended the term of Justice (Retd.) Manmohan Singh as Chairman of the Intellectual Property Appellate Board (IPAB). The order was passed considering the post of the chairman had been vacant since September 21, 2019 which rendered the IPAB dysfunctional. Holding that the post cannot be left vacant as it causes hardships to all the litigants who have pending cases before the IPAB – the Court allowed Justice (Retd.) Manmohan Singh to continue as Chairman of IPAB for a period of one year after he attains the age of superannuation to ensure that there is no break in service.

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