In the light of the COVID-19 pandemic situation prevailing in the country, the CGPDTM has decided to conduct show cause hearings for trademark matters pursuant to the Trademarks Rules, 2017, through video conferencing and in this regard, a public notice was issued on 26th August 2020 that has requested the Applicants and Trademark Agents/Attorneys to give their consent and confirm their participation for hearings through video conferencing. Accordingly, Applicants/Trademark Agents/Attorneys have been directed to provide their consent by sending an email to [email protected] with the subject “consent for Show-cause Hearing through Video Conference” on or before 05/09/2020. If no such consent is provided, it is to be noted that the Applications will be kept in abeyance to schedule hearing in-person as and when hearing with physical presence are commenced in the future. This is indeed a good initiative of the CGPDTM that will go a long way in reducing the backlog of the trademarks that have been pending in the examination stage since the lockdown situation in the country owing to the pandemic.