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  1. Intellectual property
  2. Leading individuals
  3. Next generation lawyers

Leading individuals

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    • Pravin Anand - Anand and Anand
    • Mohan Dewan - R K Dewan & Co
    • Niti Dewan - R K Dewan & Co
    • Ashwin Julka - Remfry & Sagar
    • Dinesh Nair - R K Dewan & Co
    • Adheesh Nargolkar - Khaitan & Co.
    • Tarvinder Singh - Kochhar & Co.

Next generation lawyers

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    • Shailendra Bhandare - Khaitan & Co.
    • Disha Dewan - R K Dewan & Co

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Anand and Anand has a strong track record handling IP litigation, but is also active in non-contentious matters involving trade marks, patents, copyright, designs, and domain names. The team represented Merck in a dispute with Glenmark before the Delhi High Court and the Supreme Court involving issues of patent law and fast-track process. Pravin Anand, Binny Kalra, Safir Anand, Archana Shanker and Debjit Gupta are key contacts.

The practice at Kochhar & Co. advises clients on all aspects of IP law, with notable strengths in prosecution, litigation, and enforcement strategies concerning trade marks, patents and industrial designs. Clients include Nissan, Emirates, Wells Fargo and Reliance Home Finance. Practice head Tarvinder Singh advises BlackBerry on its entire trade mark portfolio in India, including infringement and enforcement issues, and New Delhi head Prabhu Tandon represents Samsung India before the Delhi High Court in a trade mark infringement and counterfeit goods matter.

FIRMS IN THE SPOTLIGHT

Krishna & Saurastri Associates LLP

Krishna & Saurastri Associates LLP is a full-service intellectual property and technology law firm focused on rendering business-friendly legal advice. The firm was formed in 1992 and merged with a law practice set up in 1956. Ever since, the firm has been navigating complex IP and techno-legal issues for its diverse client base. To keep pace with the growth of its business and be ever present for its clients, the firm employs about 150 people including 74 attorneys and ten partners who are spread across five offices in the major economic centres of Mumbai, New Delhi, Bangalore, Pune and Ahmedabad.

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The ‘internationally recognised’ team at R K Dewan & Co offers ‘consistently excellent and timely service at competitive prices’. The practice draws from firm principal Mohan Dewan’s notable experience as a litigator, and highlights included representing Cartier in a dispute with RV Enterprises involving anti-counterfeiting and passing off issues. Mohan Dewan and Niti Dewan are ‘very experienced and knowledgeable’ and ‘offer sound legal advice that recognises business realities’. M R Nair, Dinesh Nair, who is ‘experienced and efficient’, and Disha Dewan – ‘a future superstar of the Indian IP bar’ – are also noted.

IP boutique Remfry & Sagar is led by Ashwin Julka, and counts Diageo, AstraZeneca, Google and LG Display among its clients. The team has notable strengths in the pharmaceuticals sector and represented Beckman Coulter Biomedical before the Madras High Court in a dispute with the Patent Office. Other highlights include advising Costco Wholesale on a trade mark infringement claim and acting for Quixey in a domain name issue before the National Internet Exchange of India’s .in registry. Vishnumohan Rethinam, Vineet Rohilla and Samta Mehra are also recommended.

Chetan Chadha heads the department at Chadha & Chadha IP, which provides ‘professional and efficient services’ and has a particular focus on patent and trade mark prosecution. The team successfully represented Adecco in a trade mark infringement and passing off dispute before the Delhi High Court and advised Varahi on the transfer of its IP portfolio, worth over $10m, to Manjushree Technopack. Nidhi Anand, Gopal Trivedi and Tarun Gandhi are other key names.

The ‘dedicated’ and ‘client-focused’ team at Inttl Advocare is led by Hemant Singh, who stands out for his ‘excellent counsel’ and ‘deep research and fantastic presentation of arguments’, and advises on all aspects of IP litigation and prosecution. Recent highlights include acting for Nestlé on the infringement of its registered trade mark Maggi, and representing Tryton Medical in an appeal of the controller of patent’s rejection of its application before the Intellectual Property Appellate Board. Preetika Singh has ‘a deep insight into the workings of the Indian IPR registries’ and Mamta Jha is ‘known for her research and drafting capabilities’.

Led by Adheesh Nargolkar, Khaitan & Co. provides ‘good industry knowledge’ and ‘an effective and prompt service’. The team provides a full service across the life cycle of IP matters, including patents, designs, trade marks, copyrights and confidential information mattters. Counsel Shailendra Bhandare advised Novartis on customs suspension of goods proceedings concerning trade marks and associate partner Nishad Nadkarni advised L’Oréal India on matters under the Biological Diversity Act.

Saikrishna & Associates’ expertise in IP matters spans sectors such as TMT, pharmaceuticals, hospitality and automotive, and it also draws work from the firm’s strengths in competition, dispute resolution and corporate law. Managing partner Saikrishna Rajagopal is the key contact for contentious matters, and Ameet Datta and the ‘innovative’ Monica Datta are also recommended.

Sudeep Chatterjee and Bitika Sharma are the key names at Singh & Singh Law Firm LLP following the demerger of Singh & Singh Lall & Sethi. Sharma is representing Monsanto in patent proceedings before the Delhi and Karnataka High Courts and the CCI, and Chatterjee is part of a team defending Prius Auto Industries in proceedings pertaining to alleged trade mark infringement initiated by Toyota.

W.S. Kane & Co is recommended for its litigation expertise, and represented various claimants in infringement of trade mark, copyright and passing disputes before the Bombay High Court. Clients include Godrej Consumer Products, Sapat International, Hindustan Unilever, Michelin and Sun Pharmaceutical Industries. Himanshu Kane heads the team, which includes Ashutosh Kane and associate Nikhil Sharma.

AZB & Partners’ IP protection expertise ranges from trade marks, domain names and patents to trade secrets and confidential information, and includes litigation and enforcement proceedings. Nandan Pendsey conducted a due diligence exercise of IP assets, including trade marks and domain names, for DST Global.

IndusLaw’s key clients include Exotel, Amrut Distilleries, Orient Cement and Intek Digital. Suneeth Katarki advised Mahindra & Mahindra and BrainBees Solutions on consolidating their operations, which involved the transfer of rights and assets, and represented Quikr in a domain cybersquatting dispute before the World Intellectual Property Organization. V Srinivasa Raghavan is also recommended.

Khurana & Khurana, Advocates and IP Attorneys counts Fujitsu, Imerys, Daimler and Avery Dennison among its clients. Led by Vinod Khurana and Mohinder Vig, the team advised Pentair on a domain name dispute and trade mark opposition and handed patent prosecution matters for Xiaomi, Huawei and Sabic. Tarun Khurana and Meenakshi Khurana are also recommended. Nitin Sen joined from Remfry & Sagar.

Krishna & Saurastri Associates LLP is also ranked.

Lall Lahiri & Salhotra has notable experience in trade mark litigation and enforcement, and IP prosecution and strategy. The team successfully obtained a restraining order against the use of the Exon mark for Exxon Mobil Corporation and has represented Best Buy in domain name infringement proceedings. Rahul Chaudhry and litigator Anuradha Salhotra are the key names.

Luthra & Luthra Law Offices has strengths in transactional, patent infringement and litigation, trade mark licensing, and compliance matters. Nirupam Lodha advised Khazanah Nasional Berhad on its acquisition of IP assets from Fractal Analytics, and Gayatri Roy is representing Mylan and Mylan Pharmaceuticals in biosimilar litigation initiated by Roche Products India, F Hoffman La Roche, and Genentech.

Majmudar & Partners represents Woolmark Services India before the trade marks registry in a matter involving infringement of one of its trade marks and advises Lumiata on IP protection. Neerav Merchant and N Raja Sujith are the key contacts.

Gowree Gokhale heads the practice at Nishith Desai Associates, which has IP litigation, transactional, and structuring expertise with a notable focus on the pharmaceutical sector.

The practice at Obhan & Associates handles contentious and non-contentious IP matters, and counts Tata Chemicals, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, and Mastercard among its clients. Practice head Essenese Obhan is defending Nuziveedu Seeds in a patent infringement dispute filed by Monsanto Technology, and acted for G4S in opposing trade mark registrations from third parties, as well as settling disputes with multiple infringers.

S.S. Rana & Co. advises domestic and multinational corporations on the protection, enforcement, defence, and monetisation of their IP assets. Managing partner Vikrant Rana is recommended for contentious matters.

The practice at Singhania & Partners LLP advises on all aspects of IP law, with sector-specific strengths in life sciences and pharmaceutical, mechanical engineering, and IT. Practice head Dipak Rao advises eEye on trade mark protection in India, including opposing an infringing trade mark filed by Apple, and successfully represented JetSmarter in arbitration proceedings pertaining to a domain name. Principal associate Nishi Shabana is also recommended.

The ‘professional’ and ‘reactive’ team at United Overseas Trade Mark Company has ‘excellent’ advisory and litigation capabilities and provides ‘easy and effective solutions’. Recent highlights include representing Luxottica in anti-counterfeiting proceedings relating to the trade mark ‘Rayban’, and acting for the defendants in a trade mark infringement and passing off case before the Delhi High Court. Sudarshan Bansal and Shravan Bansal, who is ‘a highly effective trial lawyer’, are the key contacts.

ALMT Legal handles a comprehensive range of IP matters, including trade mark, patent and portfolio management issues, and disputes. The team advised a footwear manufacturing company on obtaining foreign trade mark registrations in several countries, and acted for Emcure Pharmaceuticals in a dispute regarding trade mark opposition in India. Hitesh Jain and Rakesh Prabhu are the key names.

At Advaita Legal, the team handles DKT’s entire trade mark portfolio in India, and Atul Dua and acted for Eduhub Education in initiating proceedings for the unauthorised use of its logos and trade mark infringement. Salman Waris has left the firm.

Ranjan Negi heads the practice at Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas, which has strengths in contentious matters, including prosecutions, and commercial IP transactions. The team advised on various matters for Kawasaki, Nintendo and Yogi Tea, including assisting with cease-and-desist letters and handling contentious proceedings before the trade marks registry, and advised Harman International Industries on a strategy for combatting counterfeit products.

The team at Gagrats advised Forbes Marshall on its technology license agreement with Arca Private and Arca Regler, and represented Rana Group and Shachihata India in proceedings initiated by Faber-Castell before the Bombay High Court. Senior partner Haseena Tapia Shahpurwalla, R Kuttyy and V N Kulkarni are the key contacts.

Jafa & Javali has strengths in contentious and non-contentious trade mark matters. Recent highlights include assisting Kimura International Development, Nova Gaming Ventures and Space Talk Designs with registering their respective trade marks in India and representing CropLife Asia in its dispute with Crop Life Science pertaining to trade mark rights infringement. Kirit S. Javali is the key contact.

K & S Partners is also ranked.

B Srinivasan heads the practice at L.R. Swami Co, which provides specialist advice on trade mark protection and enforcement. The team recently filed trade mark applications for Poorvika and handled trade mark prosecution cases for Huawei and Bentley Motors. The group also manages the trade mark portfolios of GRT Group, Raj Petro Specialities and Menaka Card in India and worldwide.

Lakshmikumaran & Sridharan specialises in contentious patent and trade secret disputes, international patent applications, and patent prosecution. Clients have included BASF, Merck & Co and Microsoft, and R Parthasarathy heads the practice.

Royzz & Co. Attorneys at Law counts Tata Starbucks, HDFC Ergo, Datamatics, GoAir and Gufic Biosciences among its clients. The team represented the defendants in copyright infringement and breach of confidentiality proceedings, and assisted with establishing BMW as a well-known mark in India in the context of a counterfeiting matter. Mahua Roy Chowdhury is the name to note.

SKS Law Associates specialises in contentious and non-contentious work involving patents, trade marks, copyright and designs, and advises on licensing and technology transfer, protection of trade secrets and biodiversity. The team has advised Rediff.com, Who, Kaaru and L’Oréal. Sunita Sreedharan is the key contact.

The practice at Samvad Partners advised Numa Bengaluru Innovations on the IP ownership aspects of a joint venture entity, and represented Travel Tours in breach of confidential information proceedings before the Madras High Court. Practice head Rohan K George is part of a team acting for Sahrudaya Healthcare in defending allegations of trade mark infringement before the Delhi High Court.

Scriboard is recommended for trade mark, design and copyright protection matters, patent prosecution issues, portfolio management, and domain name disputes, and provides data protection law and risk management advice. Clients include Rhiti Group, Havells India, Facebook and Santa Fe Group, and the team advises Amazon on trade mark infringement notices sent to the client by trade mark owners. Managing partner Rodney D Ryder is the key contact.

Daizy Chawla leads the team at Singh & Associates Founder – Manoj K Singh Advocates and Solicitors, and advises Dennemeyer on a number of IP aspects, including its patent annuity portfolio and infringement issues. Founding partner and head of litigation Manoj Singh is recommended for IP disputes, and senior principal associate Shrimant Singh joined from Remfry & Sagar.

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