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Anand and Anand provides ‘excellent client service’, and the practice encompasses various IP sub-areas including trade marks, patents, copyrights, designs and domain names. The firm is also adept at IP litigation, and frequently handles domestic and cross-border IP disputes. Pravin Anand is the key name to note, and Binny Kalra, Safir Anand, Archana Shanker and Debjit Gupta are also recommended.

Krishna & Saurastri Associates LLP’s broad range of IP services includes patent, trade mark and design-related advice and litigation. Protection and registration of plant varieties is a niche area of expertise. Sunil B Krishna has significant trade mark prosecution experience, and Manish Saurastri is also recommended.

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Chadha & Chadha IP

Chadha & Chadha IP is an ISO 9001:2008 certified intellectual property firm with its head office in New Delhi and nine branch offices across India. The practice traces its history to 1967 and has evolved for over four decades to become one of India’s most prominent IP firms. 

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The team at R K Dewan & Co has assisted clients in the software, automobile, heavy engineering and defence sectors, among others. The firm acts for domestic and international companies such as Tata Consultancy Services, Cartier, Gharda Chemicals and Mercedes-Benz. The ‘responsive’ team includes Mohan Dewan, who advises Reliance Industries on its patent strategy in India, and Niti Dewan, who heads the patents practice.

Providing ‘very good advice and quick turnaround times’, the lawyers at Remfry & Sagarwork effectively together and know their clients’ businesses well’. Highlights included representing World Trade Centers Association as plaintiff in an infringement suit against Uminexx Infra, and acting for A WI Licensing Company in a trade mark dispute before the Mumbai High Court. Managing partner Ashwin Julka is recommended along with Vishnumohan Rethinam, Vineet Rohilla and Samta Mehra, who has particular expertise in trade marks.

K & S Partners has significant patent prosecution expertise, and has also handled numerous copyright, trade secret and geographical indication matters. The firm has notable capabilities in the life sciences sector, and has also been instructed by numerous clients in the technology sphere. Rajendra Kumar and Ravi Bhola are the names to note.

The team at Khaitan & Co. provides ‘excellent advice, industry knowledge and support’. Recent highlights included drafting patent specifications for Mercedes-Benz Research and Development, Godrej Group and Maschinenfabrik Rieter, and acting for CTP Environment in an infringement suit against Sentro Technologies. Jose Madan heads the practice, where Shailendra Bhandare, Adheesh Nargolkar and Nishad Nadkarni are the other key figures.

Kochhar & Co. advises on all aspects of IP protection, providing ‘a great level of service and good value for money’. Work highlights included advising Wells Fargo on various Indian law matters. The firm also manages BlackBerry’s trade mark portfolio and assists the client with infringement and enforcement matters. Practice head and patent specialist Tarvinder Singh ‘always strives to provide an excellent level of service’, and litigator Neeraj Grover is also recommended.

Saikrishna & Associates’ expertise spans trade mark, patent and design prosecution, brand development strategy, and transactional IP. Clients include H T Media and Fox Star Studios; the firm represented the latter before the Delhi High Court, seeking an injunction against infringing content uploaded by Speed Play. Saikrishna Rajagopal and Monica Datta are the contacts for contentious and non-contentious matters, respectively.

Singh & Singh Lall & Sethi handles all facets of contentious and non-contentious IP, such as patent, copyright and design matters. The firm is also recommended for its expertise in the IT, telecoms and sports sectors. Founding partner Chander Lall is the key practitioner along with Bitika Sharma, Sudeep Chatterjee and Jyotideep Kaur. Reckitt Benckiser Healthcare is a client.

The ‘disciplined, meticulous and receptive’ team at W.S. Kane & Co has handled numerous infringement matters; highlights included acting for Hindustan Unilever in a trade mark infringement case, where an injunction was successfully obtained against the defendant. The ‘brilliant, straightforward and hardworking’ Himanshu Kane heads the practice.

AZB & Partners conducted due diligence on design, trade mark and domain name assets for clients including BIC Clichy, DST Global and Lafarge India. The group also has strong contentious capabilities. Akhilesh Rai and Nandan Pendsey are the key contacts.

Chadha & Chadha IP’s industry coverage encompasses the automotive, healthcare, software and medical device sectors, among others. The firm has a strong patent practice, and is also adept at handling trade mark, domain name and copyright issues. S.C Chadha heads the nine-partner team, where Chetan Chadha is also recommended.

D P Ahuja & Co specialises in patent and trade mark prosecution, and is also strong in all areas of IP litigation. The firm has handled patent appeals, infringement suits involving trade names, trade mark dilution and unfair advertising issues, among other matters. Notable clients include Revlon, Hitachi and Gap.

Inttl Advocare handles prosecution, enforcement, portfolio management, and patent and trade mark litigation. Founding partner Hemant Singh is highly experienced in patent-related contentious matters, and Preetika Singh is recommended for domestic and international IP prosecution.

Khurana & Khurana, Advocates and IP Attorneys has notable strength in IP prosecution and litigation. WinRAR and Optimus Pharma are clients; the firm recently represented the latter in a trade mark infringement case against a competitor. Tarun Khurana is the key practitioner, and has strong patent expertise.

Lall Lahiri & Salhotra handles a broad mix of contentious and non-contentious matters; highlights included successfully obtaining a restraining order against the use of the EXON mark on behalf of Exxon Mobil, and securing an injunction on behalf of Marico, which restrained the defendant from using trade dress similar to the ‘Parachute’ mark. Key names include managing partner Rahul Chaudhry, patent expert Ramesh Chander Dhawan and litigator Anuradha Salhotra.

Luthra & Luthra Law Offices handles contentious and non-contentious IP matters including licensing, franchising, M&A-related issues and due diligence. Mohit Saraf and Gayatri Roy recently advised Mylan on the IP aspects of its $750m acquisition of Famy Care’s spin-off business, and also represented Akuate Internet Services in an ownership dispute filed by Star India. Nirupam Lodha is the other key practitioner.

Majmudar & Partners’ recent work includes representing Woolmark Services India before the trade mark registry in an infringement matter, and acting for Wockhardt in an infringement suit brought by Centaur Pharmaceuticals. The team also has strong non-contentious expertise, and is currently advising Objective Medical Sciences on various issues surrounding IP protection. Neerav Merchant heads the practice.

At Nishith Desai Associates, Gowree Gokhale has significant experience in the pharmaceuticals and life sciences sectors, and also advises on gaming laws and franchising. The group continues to represent Eurokids International in various contentious and non-contentious matters. Other clients include Netflix, Snapdeal and Zensar Technologies.

Obhan & Associates’ ‘responsive, clear and prompt’ team focuses on patent prosecution matters, while also attracting strong copyright, trade mark and design-related mandates. Founding partner and practice head Essenese Obhan is ‘immensely knowledgeable’ and is currently representing Nuziveedu Seeds in an infringement action before the Delhi High Court.

S.S. Rana & Co. handles all elements of IP including patents, trade marks, design, copyright and domain names. Managing partner Vikrant Rana is the leading figure, and is particularly adept at handling contentious matters.

Singhania & Partners LLP’s team is ‘professional and attentive to client needs’. The all-encompassing practice handles patent, trade mark, domain name and geographical indication issues, and the group has notable experience in the life sciences, engineering and IT sectors. Highlights included acting for IEEE, Tiger Coatings and Arnold & Richter Cine Technik in various trade mark enforcement and protection matters. Dipak Rao heads the group and Shilpa Shah is the key contact for contentious matters.

Subramaniam & Associates provides advice on trade marks, patents, designs and copyright, and niche areas of expertise include geographical indication and plant variety protection. Managing partner Hari Subramaniam has a strong medical background, and trade mark attorney Shalina Ahuja is also recommended.

DSK Legal handles all aspects of IP asset protection, assisting clients with a range of matters including trade mark portfolio management, transactional negotiations, licensing and due diligence. Anand Desai is the key contact.

One of the oldest IP boutiques operating in India, De Penning & De Penning handles the full gamut of IP matters including patents, trade marks, designs and copyright issues. Ravi Aggarwal and Bharathi Viswanathan focus on patent and trade mark-related matters, respectively.

Expertise at Gagrats spans trade mark, copyright and patent matters. The firm recently advised Hinduja Group on the licensing of its hospital trade marks and logos, and acted for Thomas Cook in various disputes with WNS Global. Senior partner Rustam Gagrat is the name to note.

Gandhi & Associates assists domestic and international clients on the protection, enforcement and licensing of IP, particularly copyrights, patents, trade marks and designs. The group is notably active in the aviation, logistics and hospitality sectors. Founding partner Vishal Gandhi is the leading figure.

The team at IndusLaw provides ‘practical advice’ and ‘pragmatic solutions’ to its cross-sector client base. Suneeth Katarki recently assisted Cipla with an asset transfer transaction involving brand and trade mark rights.

Amritha Ahuja heads the practice at JBSS & Co. The firm continues to advise Flute Song Media on the IP issues related to its online streaming of content, and also assists Vinoot Herbals with its licensing and franchising agreements.

Led by Kirit Javali, the team at Jafa & Javali is noted for its expertise in non-contentious trade mark matters. The group is currently acting for Nutri Health Systems, The Beer Café and Viarra Entertainment in their applications for trade mark protection.

Jehangir Gulabbhai & Bilimoria & Daruwalla advises on contentious and non-contentious IP matters, handling patent, trade mark, copyright and industrial design-related work. Blossom Noronha is a key contact.

L.R. Swami Co’s experience spans patents, trade marks, designs and copyrights. Clients have included Magzter, Exitflex, Zoomlion and Medtech Global. B Srinivasan is the name to note.

LakshmiKumaran & Sridharan’s ‘responsive and knowledgeable’ team has significant expertise in patent-related matters; highlights included advising Rohm & Haas Company on the prosecution of a patent application. On the soft IP front, the firm represented Bioworld Merchandising India in a design and trade mark infringement suit. Other clients include Maharashtra Hybrid Seeds Company, Microsoft and BASF. Parthasarathy R heads the team.

SKS Law Associates has significant expertise in licensing, technology transfer and trade secret protection matters, and is also experienced in handling trade mark, patent and copyright-related issues. Sunita Sreedharan is well-regarded for her patent law expertise.

Rohan K George heads the department at Samvad Partners, which provides advice on all areas of IP including trade marks, copyrights and designs. The firm also has a strong litigation practice. Clients include Cigital Asia, Quixey and Sutures India.

Scriboard is recommended for trade mark-related work, an area that is complemented by the firm’s strong TMT practice. James Mukkattukavunkal and Ashwin Madhavan are the key names to note.

Salman Waris heads the practice at Seth Dua & Associates, which recently advised Jyske Bank on the IP issues related to its multi-jurisdictional business undertakings, and assisted Swatch Group with various copyright and trade mark matters. Atul Dua is the other leading practitioner.

Manoj Singh and Daizy Chawla jointly lead the group at Singh & Associates Founder – Manoj K Singh Advocates and Solicitors, which handles contentious and non-contentious trade mark, patent, copyright and design matters. The firm advised a number of Chinese law firms – including King & Bond, Shanghai Savvy IP and Beijing East IP – on a utility model application in India.

Solomon & Roy’s client base includes domestic and international companies, along with premier institutes including the Indian Institute of Technology, New York University and Rockefeller University. Core areas of expertise include anti-counterfeiting and piracy, trade marks, patents and transactional IP matters. Mahua Roy Chowdhury is the key contact.

Led by the ‘articulate, knowledgeable and persuasive’ Abhishek Malhotra, TMT Law Practice’s ‘competent and well-informed’ team ‘has an in-depth knowledge of copyright and media law’, and also advises clients on IP portfolio management, trade marks and patent-related matters. Rajesh Ramanathan is also recommended.

United Overseas Trade Mark Company’s team is ‘responsive, proactive and well versed in all aspects of IP law’. Sudarshan Bansal heads the patent practice, while Shravan Bansal handles trade mark, copyright and geographical indication matters.

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