Intellectual Property Appellate Board (Procedure) Rules, 2003 — Rule 14
Rules of procedure, it is well settled, are handmaid of justice and are normally treated as directory and not mandatory unless legislative intent is opposite. Most of the procedural rules are enacted with the object to ensure expeditious trial and do not normally impose a prohibition and bar on the power of the court/tribunal to extend time. A prohibition or bar requires a penal consequence which should flow from non-compliance of a procedural provision.
Therefore the application for taking on record additional documents should be allowed as IPAB has powers to regulate their own procedures but Rule permits and allows IPAB to extend the time for doing any act prescribed under the Rules whether such time as specified has expired or not . HELD Respondent filed six additional affidavits by way of evidence which have not been taken on record because of the delay . Further Held that one last opportunity should be granted to the petitioner and the respondent to file documents and also file affidavit by way of evidence in support of their cases . Impugned orders liable to be set aside.