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

Intellectual property-focused firm Anand and Anand boasts the scope to handle a full range of both contentious and non-contentious IP matters. The group advises clients on issues of commercialisation of IP assets, as well as prosecution and enforcement. Key names to note include managing partner Pravin Anand, head of trademarks, contractual and commercial IP Safir Anand, Archana Shanker (particularly for issues concerning patents and design law) and Debjit Gupta for trade marks. Binny Kalra left the practice to set up Ira Law alongside former senior associates Abhilasha Nautiyal, Aditya Gupta, Kruttika Vijay and Raunaq Kamath.

The IP group at Kochhar & Co. advises both private companies and public sector corporations on a range of contentious and non-contentious matters. It is instructed by Nissan Motor Corporation to manage its trade mark portfolio in India, as well as advise on infringement and enforcement of all IP rights. The group also represents the Khadi and Village Industries Commission in proceedings relating to infringement of the global KHADI trade mark. Other clients include BlackBerry, Emirates Airlines and Samsung India. Gurgaon-based Tarvinder Singh heads up the practice which also includes Rupali Sharma in Mumbai and Savitha Kesav Jagadeesan, who leads the South India practice from the Chennai office.

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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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Chadha & Chadha IP

Chadha & Chadha is an Intellectual Property Firm, with its head office in Gurgaon and 9 branch offices in New Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Ahmedabad, Pune and Cochin. The firm traces its history to 1967 and focuses on helping foreign and Indian companies with protection and enforcement of their Intellectual Property Rights in India and abroad.

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Boutique IP firm R.K. Dewan & Co. is instructed by both domestic and international clients to advise of the full spectrum of rights. A team led by head of litigation Mohan Dewan has represented Zensar Technologies in several trade mark infringement, copyright infringement claims in multiple judicial forums. In another work highlight, the group advised Montblanc in relation to raids, with the assistance of the police, to seize counterfeit products. The team also acted for Montblanc in several trade mark infringement and anti-counterfeiting cases for luxury brand Cartier. Niti Dewan and Disha Dewan head up the firm's patents practice, M R Nair and Dinesh Nair are key names to note for trade mark matters. The group now boasts seven offices across India, after recently opening a Bangalore office.

Known for patent and trade mark litigation, Remfry & Sagar has significant experience advising clients on the protection and development of a range of IP rights. The practice was instructed by UEFA in an infringement claim relating to its marks. The group's impressive client roster also includes Procter & Gamble, Applebee’s International and  Hallmarks Cards. Ashwin Julka heads up the team which includes head of IP litigation C A Brijesh and Devika Mehra who is recommended for trade mark matters.

Attracting praise for its 'quick, efficient and value for money service', Chadha & Chadha IP is highlighted for patent and trade mark prosecution. Led by practice head Chetan Chadha, a team acted for Teco Electric Machinery in successfully opposing an injunction against the use of the companies TECO trade mark. In another work highlight, the group represented software development company ODOO in a copyright infringement claim for use of software source code. Key names to note include Shivarpita Nailwal and Tarun Gandhi for patents and design law, and  Sonal Madan and Gopal Trivedi for trade mark and IP litigation respectively.

The 'exceptional' team at Inttl Advocare offers 'honest advice, proactive suggestions and well-thought-out strategy in relation to intellectual property prosecution and enforcement'. The 'very competitive and true value for money' practice has been praised as being 'truly a one-stop service firm'. Utilising his 'rich experience in IP rights', Hemant Singh led a team instructed by a multinational pharmaceutical company in a trade mark infringement and passing off action against Lupin before the Delhi High Court. With the ability to 'render detailed and holistic advice' Mamta Jha is another key name to note, particularly for contentious matters.

The IP team at Khaitan & Co. boasts a client roster including Amazon Group, L'Oréal, Tata Group companies and Novartis AG. The practice, led by 'strategic thinker' Adheesh Nargolkar, handles both contentious and non-contentious matters relating to a range of rights. It is instructed by Mercedes-Benz Research and Development India/Daimler AG to draft patent specifications for India and abroad. Counsel Shailendra Bhandare is another key name to note. Jose Madan departed from the practice and Samuel Niranjan left to establish S & H Partners.

The intellectual property team at Saikrishna & Associates’ leverages its significant sector expertise across TMT, pharmaceuticals, hospitality and automotive industries to handle a range of contentious and non-contentious mandates. Saikrishna Rajagopal,  Ameet Datta and Monica Datta are key names to note.

The IP practice at Singh & Singh Law Firm LLP typically handles contentious matters in the technology, media and telecoms sectors. Sudeep Chatterjee led a team which successfully represented Entertainment Network (India) in an injunction against HT Media for the use of the term 'Nasha' in the title of its radio channel. In another work highlight, the team acted for Dolby International in a patent infringement claim, which included consideration of FRAND issues. Other key names to note include head of patent litigation Saya Choudhary and Bitika Sharma, who has particular experience in the biotech and pharma sectors. The team has been bolstered by the arrival associate partner Anusuya Nigam from Karanjawala & Company.

W.S. Kane & Co's IP department is headed up Himanshu Kane and recommended for its experience across prosecution and litigation. In a recent work highlight the team successfully represented Unilever Plc and Hindustan Unilever in trade mark infringement and passing off actions for the use of the mark 'LIPTON'.

The two-partner IP practice at AZB & Partners has the capabilities to handle the full spectrum of matters, including contentious and non-contentious issues. The group was recently instructed by Torrent Pharmaceutical in a trade mark infringement, passing off and dilution of Torrent’s reputed 'CHYMORAL FORTE' mark by Wockhardt similar mark 'CHYMTRAL FORTE'. In another work highlight, the team successfully represented Skecher USA in a passing off action against Footwear (Klick) India, in relation to lookalike and replica products. The department is headed up by Delhi-based Akhilesh Rai and Nandan Pendsey in Mumbai.

Suneeth Katarki and V Srinivasa Raghavan jointly head the IP practice at IndusLaw and specialise in transactions and disputes respectively. The group recently advised ScoopWhoop Media Private (a portfolio company of Kalaari Capital) on IP considerations relating to its acquisition of Touchfone, including licensing issues associated with acquiring its video streaming software. The practice advises Supermarket Grocery Supplies Private on registrations and enforcement strategy associated with the protection of its 'BigBasket' trade mark. Changes to the team include the promotion of Namita Viswanath to the partnership.

IP boutique Khurana & Khurana, Advocates and IP Attorneys is known for patent prosecution, domain name disputes and trade mark litigation. Jointly led by Vinod Khurana and Mohinder Vig the practice boasts a client roster including Fujitsu, Daimler and Huawei.

The IP group at L&L Partners Law Offices has experience handling transactional and regulatory matters, as well as prosecution and litigation. Key names to note including Gayatri Roy and Nirupam Lodha for patent litigation and transactions respectively.

Majmudar & Partners' IP practice was instructed by Halyard Health on IP assignment issues associated with the sale of its surgical and infection prevention business to the Indian subsidiary of Owens & Minor.¬†In another work highlight Mumbai-based Neerav Merchant ‚Äď who heads the team alongside N. Raja Sujith¬†in Bangalore ‚Äď led a team which acted for Wockhardt in allegations of trade mark infringement and passing off, brought by Centaur Pharmaceuticals.

Obhan & Associates frequently advises clients on both contentious and non-contentious matters relating to patent, trade mark, copyright and design protection. The practice led by Essenese Obhan has been instructed by clients such as TATA Chemicals, Caterpillar and MasterCard.

The IP team at Singhania & Partners LLP handles contentious and non-contentious matters for clients across the life sciences, pharmaceutical and IT sectors. Dipak Rao heads up the practice and is leading teams instructed by for Sun Chemical Corporation in patent application matters as well as handling patent prosecution for Entech LLC. In another work highlight, the practice is assisting the Indian Institute of Management Calcutta Innovation Park with its start-up incubator programme, which has included advising both the institute and its incubates on a range of IP-related issues.

United Overseas Trade Mark Company is frequently instructed by well-known international brands on a range of matters from filings, prosecution, litigation and enforcement. The group boasts dedicated teams for customs enforcement, market raids and investigations relating to counterfeiting and infringing goods. Key names to note include trade mark practice head Shravan Kumar Bansal and Sudarshan Bansal, who heads up the patents department.

ALMT Legal's IP team is jointly helmed by Mumbai-based Siddhi Ghatlia and Rakesh Prabhu in Bangalore. The group's specialisms include providing strategic IP advice and is instructed by Stellapps Technologies advise on filing, prosecution and protection of patents, trade marks and copyrights. Changes to the team include the departure of Hitesh Jain to Juris Corp.

Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas' IP team represents both domestic and international clients in a range of contentious and non-contentious matters.  Ranjan Negi heads the practice which acts for Nintendo on a range of matters pertaining to the registration and protection of its trade mark portfolio. Other clients include Mulberry and Yogi Tea.

Fox Mandal's IP practice is engaged by large corporates and has with particular experience acting for clients in the technology sector with a focus on trade marks, disputes, and respective enforcement. The team is comprised of group head Birendra Kumar, as well as partners Santosh Vikram Singh and Rajesh Vellakkat.

The IP team at Gagrats advised a leading engineering company in defence of a copyright infringement claim brought by Microsoft Corporation India relating to Microsofts software. It is also instructed by an international airline on a range of matters including renewal of trade marks and advice on branding and logos.

Jafa & Javali is frequently instructed on both contentious and non-contentious IP matters. The group is experienced advising international and domestic clients on trade mark applications, prosecution, protection and litigation.

The IP-focused Krishna & Saurastri Associates LLP has five offices across India, including Mumbai, New Delhi and Bangalore.

L.R. Swami Co is recognised for its experience handling trade mark prosecution and portfolio management of reputed domestic and international brands in India. Clients include Tata Elxsi and Bharathi Cement.

Lakshmikumaran & Sridharan advises on a range of IP rights. The group handles contentious and non-contentious matters, and benefits from being able to leverage the firm's life science and engineering sector expertise.

Nishith Desai Associates' IP department is headed up by Bangalore-based Vaibhav Parikh and is instructed by clients in the TMT and pharma sectors on a full range of IP transactions, strategy and disputes. Head of the firm's TMT practice Gowree Gokhale is a key name to note.

Rahul Chaudhry and Partners (formerly Lall Lahiri & Salhotra) has the capabilities to handle prosecution, enforcement and litigation of IP rights. Key names include managing partner Rahul Chaudhry, litigator Anuradha Salhotra and Ramesh Dhawan and Veena Poolakal, for patents and trade mark matters respectively.

Royzz & Co. Attorneys at Law is recommended for handling both contentious and non-contentious IP matters for clients such as GO Airlines, Tata Starbuck and Bombay Dyeing. The group is also known for its technology sector expertise and has advised clients such as Rolta and Bahwan CyberTek.

Led by managing partner Vikrant Rana, the team at S.S. Rana & Co. is highlighted for its capability to handle the protection, enforcement and monetisation of a range of rights.

Samvad Partners' IP team is jointly led by Rohan K George and Harish B Narasappa based in Chennai and Bangalore respectively. The group is instructed by companies such as Brandis Manufacturing and Marketing and I-Human Patients to handle trade mark filings and strategy. The team is also highlighted for its expertise in copyright and licensing issues relating to software and technology. The team assisted Vinjey Software Systems with its software license agreements, services agreements and contract negotiations with major audio systems providers.

Scriboard's practice attracts praise for its 'quick turn around times' and awareness of industry trends and nuances. The group's impressive client roster includes Facebook, Levi Strauss India and General Motors India. It is also advising Amazon Seller Services Private in relation to infringement claims and take down notices on products listed on its website. Rodney Ryder heads up the practice and has significant expertise in the technology and media sectors.

Singh & Associates Founder ‚Äď Manoj K Singh Advocates and Solicitors¬†counts¬†ABG Partners and¬†ACUMASS among its clients. The team was instructed by Cooley (UK) LLP¬†to respond to objections raised to a¬†patent application in the¬†pharmaceutical sector.¬†Manoj Kumar Singh¬†and Daizy Chawla¬†handle contentious and non-contentious work respectively.

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