Hearing the case here, the IPAB asked Apple Inc to file an application for condoning the delay and also serve its counter argument to iVoice.

The case was posted to Nov 20.The American company had opposed iVoice's move to register its iFon trademark in 2008.

In response to that the Tamil Nadu based iVoice moved the IPAB seeking the removal of iPhone trademark from the trademark registry.

The directive was issued by IPAB here on the rectification petition filed by Erode-based iVoice, engaged in intellectual property rights and mobile applications.
    
iVoice has acquired the IP rights of a pending trademark application (TM1556676 in Class 9) from iVoice Enterprises.
    
The Board observed that the counter statement was not duly served by the respondent firm Apple Inc in compliance with the IPAB rules.
    
"The Appellate Board directed the respondent (Apple Inc) to file the application for condoning delay and serve the counter statement to the applicant (iVoice Ventures Pvt Ltd) under intimation to the Registry. The matter was posted on November 20 for reporting compliance of above direction by the respondent and for further orders", a press note issued by iVoice Ventures said.