The Mint today reported that Mr.P.H.Kurian, the Controller General of Patents, Designs and Trademarks has put in his papers and is awaiting relieving orders from the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC). Although the reasons for his resignation, with half of his term left, are not immediately clear, Mr.Kurian has reportedly said that he had to face the wrath of “many” for reduced number of patent grants.
All said and done, Mr.Kurian’s tenure, in the opinion of many, was a refreshingly transparent one which was peppered with systemic changes to streamline the functioning of the IP Office. His intuitive grasp of IP issues and the stakes involved only added to his dynamic style of functioning.
Mr.Kurian will apparently assume office as the Principal Secretary to the State Government of Kerala. We wish him all the very best in his new stint!
So who will be the next Controller General?