‘A diverse and dynamic group‘, Anand and Anand is a top flight practice that protects and enforces IP assets from filing and prosecuting patent and trade mark applications, through to IP litigation, often concerning landmark cases. The reputation of the esteemed practice head, Pravin Anand, precedes him for his mastery of all aspects of IP protection and enforcement and his contributions to policy matters. Senior partner Safir Anand heads the trade marks and broader commercial IP function and Archana Shanker is the senior partner who heads the patents and designs practice and is known for her handling of complex patent prosecution matters and is involved in a number of initiatives promoting women in IP. Vaishali Mittal is a key name for IP litigation and has notable expertise in complex contentious trade mark and SEP matters. A very substantial team includes IP litigators Dhruv Anand, Siddhant Chamola and Tusha Malhotra, and deals with high-stakes cases, often in the tech/software or pharma sectors.
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Other key lawyers:
‘A great understanding of the science and processes within the Indian Patent Office, and the opposition system. They are a diverse and dynamic group.’
‘A & A is a very professional practice firm with a huge amount of expertise in IP and copyright. They have great in depth knowledge.’
‘I consider Pravin Anand to be a god of IP and copyright. He is not just a lawyer but one with heart and understanding.’
InterDigital Technology Corporation
Tata Sons Pvt. Ltd
- Acted on India’s first Anti-Anti-suit injunction for InterDigital in a heated SEP- FRAND dispute with XIAOMI.
- Acted for Ferid Allani in a case that paves the way for software patenting in India.
- Acted for Pharmacyclics LLC regarding an order revoking Pharmacyclics’ patent for Ibrutinib which was stayed by the IPAB and later the appeal was allowed and the patent was restored.
Clients report that a hallmark of Khaitan & Co. is its attention to client care, allowing clients to feel ‘a valued customer’. A full service firm, it can provide corporate/commercial advisory, competition and disputes expertise to IP clients and more specifically, its IP expertise extends to copyrights, plant varieties, domain names, geographical indications, and trade secrets. Based primarily in Mumbai and New Delhi, the firm now also has a presence in Chennai and Singapore. It also employs a range of technologies to ensure clients’ IP assets are tracked and protected. The highly experienced Adheesh Nargolkar has extensive skills ranging from patent drafting and enforcement matters to related transactions and Nishad Nadkarni also has extensive experience across all IP assets, combined with media and entertainment and commercial litigation expertise. Other senior practitioners include Smriti Yadav (disputes/litigation) and Shailendra Bhandare (transactional and prosecution matters). Based in New Delhi, Ankur Sangal's work includes high-profile copyright disputes in the music industry. Nirupam Lodha, who joined the team in May 2021 from L&L Partners Law Offices, adds additional strength in IP disputes/litigation. All lawyers are in Mumbai unless otherwise stated.
Other key lawyers:
‘Strong and responsible and collaborative team.’
‘Knowledgeable, client service orientation, ownership mindset.’
‘Knowledge of the team members is good and they keep personal touch with the client with regular follow ups.’
‘The individual keeps personal touch with our company personnel with regular follow ups on the matter and advises us at regular intervals.’
‘The team, which provide trademark services to our organisation, is competent and very co-operative. Understanding of the client concerns and suitably modifying the services as per needs are the best part of Khaitan & co.’
‘Approachability, making you feel a valuable customer and also educating the client for the services are great with Khaitan trademark team led by Mr. Nirupam.’
Ambuja Cements Limited
TVS Motor Company
upGrad Education Pvt. Ltd
Amazon Technologies Inc.
Beam Suntory Group
Maschinenfabrik Rieter AG
Zespri International Limited
Hindustan Unilever Limited
Godrej Group Companies
Tata Group Companies
Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd
Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay
Qualcomm India Pvt Ltd
Capital Foods Pvt Ltd
Endemol India Private Limited
Playboy International, Inc.
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios, Inc.
Dr. Lal Pathlabs Limited
Standard International Management, LLC
Euro Alliance, S.A.
Shree Guru Gobind Singh Tricentenary University (SGT University)
Thapar Institute of Engineering and Technology
- Represented Saregama India Limited before the Intellectual Property Appellate Board (IPAB) in the matter of fixation of copyright royalties qua radio companies under section 31 D of the Copyright Act, 1957.
- Advised Reliance Retail Ventures Limited along with its wholly owned subsidiary (Reliance Retail and Fashion Lifestyle Limited) in acquiring for approx. US$3bn the entire retail and wholesale and logistics and warehousing business of the Future Group along with the intellectual properties involving key brands such as ‘Big Bazaar’, ‘Bare’, ‘Nigiris’, ‘Golden Harvest’ and ‘Fbb’ under a court approved scheme.
- Advised and represented Hindustan Unilever Limited from Bombay High Court until the Supreme Court and was partially successful.
At R. K. Dewan & Co. Mohan Dewan, the principal, and his teams offer a ‘a one stop solution' across IP protection and enforcement. It serves clients in an extensive range of technical and consumer sectors including electronics, telecoms, pharma and biotech and has an especially strong trade marks and anti-counterfeiting practice. It protects and enforces trade mark rights in both India and globally for multinationals and smaller concerns. It has also been successful of late in overturning Madrid Provisional Refusals. Niti Dewan heads the patents side of the firm; she is also a certified patent valuation analyst, and Disha Dewan (based in Pune), who is a registered patent attorney, handles a range of advisory and patent litigation cases; she is also considered to be the ‘next generation‘ of leaders at the firm. Litigator Nirbhay Bhardwaj heads the Delhi office and Dinesh Nair (Pune) leads the international trade marks work. Other core lawyers include Amar Prakash Singh and Rakesh Singh. All lawyers are based in Mumbai unless otherwise stated.
‘They have attorneys able to brilliantly handle even the most complicated IP problem.’
‘Disha Dewan is one of the smartest practitioners, globally, that I have had the pleasure to work with.’
‘The RK Dewan team is to me reliable and very professional in their legal practice. I had the opportunity to send them cases from several years, especially for trademark prosecution in India. I found their services of representation and legal advice of high quality. Their good reputation is well deserved. I have appreciated particularly their cooperative approach with me, as foreign associate, their attitude to dialogue, listening and understanding the client’s needs. I would recommend RK Dewan to other lawyers, if they have cases in India.’
‘Dr. Mohan Dewan is a very authorable, noble and friendly person: he has a personal attitude of listening, speaking, understanding yourself and the need of clients. This human ‘quality’, as well as his professional high reputation, is what makes him ‘special’ in comparison to other Indian lawyers.’
‘Ms. Disha Dewan is the ‘next generation’ of the Dewan family, with an excellent education and a bold, clear leadership on the staff. She is an excellent lawyer and IP attorney, in the path of the values of the Dewan family. I would also mention Mr. Dinesh Nair, the head of the trademark department of RK Dewan, with which I have been working for nearly three years. I have a good understanding and excellent cooperation with him; he is very prompt, professional and, like his principals, he shows a very nice human side.’
‘We select IP firm/counsel who has in-depth knowledge of all IP laws and their interplay with other laws such as contract act, customs act etc. We also like to work with a firm having experience in both IP applications as well as litigations. RK Dewan & Co has a practical and prompt approach in providing solutions to us in addition to their vast IP experience in India and internationally. Further Dr Dewan’s personal involvement in our matters gives a comfort and useful guidance from time to time.’
‘Some of the hallmarks about RK Dewan has been promptness, efficiency, in-depth knowledge, proactiveness and practical problem solving approach. Their principal Dr Mohan Dewan has a personal connect with his clients like us and advises usefully and practically on management of our overall IPR portfolio. It’s a one stop solution to include applications, prosecution to even advise on dispute settlement relating to our IPR.’
‘The team works very coordinated with us and provides professional and quick responses to our inquiries.’
‘The partners Mohan and Niti Dewan are extremely friendly, professional and effective in answering our questions and providing professional advice, drafting and submitting responses and presenting us in oral hearings.’
Impetus Research Pvt. Ltd. Yes
Reliance Industries Limited
Parle Products Ltd
Emerson Electric Co.
Daikin Industries Ltd
The Trade & Investment Promotion Office
Embassy of the Republic of Korea
Eduspark International Private Limited
VFS Global Services Pvt. Ltd.
Grand View Research, Inc. and Grand View
Research (India) Private Limited
International Congress of Oral Implantologists
Pacific Pharmaceuticals Pte Ltd
Carl Freudenberg KG
National Payment Corporation of India
Forbes Marshall Pvt. Ltd.
Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited
National Stock Exchange
Tata Consultancy Services & Tata Classedge
Electronica Hi-tech Machine Tools Pvt. Ltd.
- Acting for Impetus Research Pvt. Ltd. (franchisee of Gallup International, Switzerland) where the plaintiff obtained ex-parte injunction order by claiming false right over the trademark GALLUP in India.
- Advises Reliance Industries Limited and its various subsidiaries extensively on its patent strategies in India and internationally in respect of large portfolios of patents and trade marks.
- Representing Parle Products Ltd. on numerous litigations in the courts at New Delhi, Bangalore and elsewhere in defence of a trade dress infringement, trade mark and copyright infringement and passing off.
A long-established and sought-after IP firm, Remfry & Sagar is a ‘go-to' for multinationals and India-based clients. Managing partner Ashwin Julka leads a ‘flexible and agile' team that includes Devika Mehra who is a trade marks specialist assisting clients with brand protection in both India and Asia and beyond and Samta Mehra whose focus is trade mark and design prosecution. More than 55 attorneys and technical experts have backgrounds in technology, electronics, chemistry and biotech, thus providing specialised patent protection advice. The practice is noted for its deft handling of IP disputes, especially patent litigation, work which is led by CA Brijesh. Pankaj Soni is also highlighted for this work while Gaurav Mukerjee is noted for his dispute resolution skills in trade marks, copyright and unfair competition. For patent drafting and prosecution, Ritushka Neg is a specialist who often appears before the Patent Office and Intellectual Property Appellate Board on cases involving the technology, pharma or telecoms arenas. The firm is also committed to a number of initiatives to promote and educate on IP matters from its offices in Gurugram, Bengaluru and Chennai.
Other key lawyers:
‘This is very much my “go to” firm to use for IP in India – they are very responsive and conscientious.’
‘Ashwin Julka – very personable.’
‘Samta Mehra – very helpful.‘
‘Dishani Garg – very helpful and responsive.’
‘Very nice people, very responsive, excellent quality, reasonable billing.’
‘Samta Mehra: very good straightforward advice, very experienced, very friendly.’
‘Kanika Bisht: excellent trademark lawyer, always successful in proceedings before Indian Office.’
‘Remfry has a strong patent litigation team. They have the capability to clearly lay out the case strategy and then methodically implement. Along the way, they are very attentive to clients’ needs and provide updated strategies. It is definitely a top-notch IP practice group.’
‘I have worked with Pankaj Soni and Vineet Rohilla and their team on a patent infringement case for our Chinese client. They have proivded very pragmatic and efficient strategies and then implemented as planned. I found it the most important value of their service that they can understand well the business needs and devise ways to most effectively carry out the client’s needs.’
‘In IP litigation including lawsuit, Remfry & Sagar is reliable and strong in the points of collecting evidence, litigation strategy, oral hearing and winning suits.’
‘Mr. Gaurav Mukerjee of Remfry & Sagar is competent in making litigation strategy, production of documents and presentation in court.’
‘Quick and professional advice, overall strategy and creativity, and most importantly achieved the required results for the client.’
‘They know their clients and their business, but they stay in their place. They invest in researching information about the business and keep it so that they don’t have to ask clients again. They always propose solutions by making the client take reasoned risks, which is highly appreciated by our company. They work as a team with a leader, which facilitates our relationship. The invoicing is done regularly and each year they build with us the budgets related to the ongoing litigation. They are flexible, agile and go beyond what we ask of them. ’
‘I particularly like the team I work with. Nipun Sangra is a partner I met in India when we were acquiring a portfolio of brands. He has been with me analysing all the documents, asking questions and negotiating the contracts. Rashmi Singh in opposition proceedings helped me a lot recently when we sold a portfolio of trademarks. While I was in France, she and Nipun made themselves available to talk to us through Zoom and prepare our responses to the buyer in meetings. It’s like they are part of our company. That’s really the kind of relationship we’re looking for with our law firms: that they understand what we want and that they’re there for us. Finally, when it comes to litigation, V Mohini and her team are second to none: they act efficiently and don’t push us to act absolutely. They know our priorities because they know our company and its products.’
- Acted for Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Corporation in the High Court of Bombay in connection with a defendant who had admitted to selling counterfeit iron pipes by awarding record costs of INR50m (approx. US$716,000).
- Acted for Consorzio Di Tutela Della Denominazione Di Origine Controllate Prosecco against De Bortoli Wines & Anr in geographica indication litigation, which is an emerging field in India.
- Acted for Acko General Insurance Ltd. & Ors. & Coverfox Broking Insurance Pvt. Ltd. in the Delhi High Court in actions brought by Policybazaar Insurance Web Aggregator & Anr.
AZB & Partners is cited for its ‘modern‘ approach and for being ‘creative and coming up with business-oriented solutions‘. It combines expertise in the protection and exploitation of IP assets, especially trade marks, with expertise in comparative advertising, data protection and parallel imports. As a full service firm, it also advises on licensing, co-branding, franchising and technology transfer agreements in the context of transactions such as acquisitions or mergers. On the contentious side, its expertise extends to obtaining injunctions and Anton Pillar orders and cases up to the Supreme Court. Akhilesh Kumar Rai (Delhi) and Nandan Pendsey (Mumbai) co-head the practice and offer experience in diverse sectors including pharmaceuticals, consumer goods and financial services.
‘We have used the firm for about 4 years for our trademark work (both prosecution and enforcement). The firm is very knowledgeable, but at the same time pragmatic, highly responsive, clear and concise communication style (rather than lengthy boilerplate language that we were used to before). They are creative and come up with business-oriented solutions. The fact that they are a general law firm is an advantage when we run into regulatory issues in India. They are able to translate the Indian legal peculiarities (for example in opposition proceedings) so they make sense to a foreigner. The move to this firm from a rather traditional Indian trademark prosecution firm was a massive improvement.’
‘Akhilesh Kumar Rai is the leading IP partner of the firm. Extremely knowledgeable, very easy to work with.‘
‘AZB provide us with expert trade mark counsel and prosecution services in India. They are true specialists with a wealth of experience to call on and we would not hesitate to recommend them to other counsel. They have a pragmatic and commercial approach to matters and provide a very high standard of service.’
‘This team is the most responsive team I’ve worked with. They not only respond in a timely manner, but always provide more information that requested which is so greatly appreciated.’
‘The team is responsive and knowledgeable. ’
‘Akhilesh Kumar Rai – commercially sound and provides practical advice.’
‘A modern commercial IP firm operating in India. Client focused; practical approach; strong team that work well together. ’
‘Akhilesh Kumar Rai has a strong team around him. Modern approach – if he is not around someone else steps up. Consistently high performance across whole team.’
‘Nandan Pendsey is a true specialist with a wealth of experience to call on and we would not hesitate to recommend him to other counsel. He has a pragmatic and commercial approach to matters and provides a very high standard of service.’
Sachin Tendulkar / SRT Sports Management
Philip Morris Products S.A.
- Advised the Carlyle Group extensively on a US$490m investment in the Piramal Group.
- Acting for Wrangler Apparel Corp, during the nationwide lockdown during the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020, obtaining a permanent injunction from the District Court in Delhi.
- Advised Schneider Electric on its acquisition of the electrical and automation business of Larsen & Toubro Ltd for US$1.9bn.
Long-standing clients cite Chadha & Chadha IP for offering ‘top notch responsiveness and customer service'. From its head office in Gurugram and nine offices across India, it also offers dedicated desks for numerous Asian jurisdictions. It serves clients, many of which are global, household names, in areas ranging from biopharma and technology to luxury goods in the domestic and global protection of their IP assets. It has an exceptional trade marks service combined with patent and design protection and related transactional matters. It also provides notable pro bono initiatives; it is a listed facilitator for IP for start-ups and is associated with Wheelchairs Of Hope, which designs and manufactures wheelchairs for children. Trade mark specialists Chetan Chadha and Tarun Gandhi (who heads the patents prosecution practice) are acknowledged for being able to ‘solve any prosecution matter referred to them' and providing ‘a great return of investment for clients’ while Sonal Madan is noted as an ‘exceptional lawyer' for trade mark protection and related corporate transactions. Shivarpita Nailwal heads the patents/life sciences practice and Nidhi Anand is a patents specialist with a focus on biotech and life sciences. Gopal Trivedi is a litigator across all types of IP and includes a specialism in electronics patents.
Other key lawyers:
‘Everything: the people, billing, collaboration and responsiveness.’
‘Sonal Madan is an exceptional lawyer.’
‘Chetan Chadha and Tarun solved any prosecution matter referred to them. Great return of investment for our client.‘
‘They are very responsive and knowledgeable about Indian practice and procedure. They give thoughtful, reliable answers to complicated questions.’
‘Accessibility to attorneys.’
‘I have used this practice for many years. It offers consistency and quality of service. ’
‘I think Swati Bhanot is a great operator. Rohit Bhalla also gives great service. ’
‘Chetan Chadha – very experienced and client oriented specialist’
‘Top notch responsiveness and customer service. Very knowledgeable.’
‘Friendly, professional, and courteous. Tarun Gandhi is particularly knowledgeable, helpful, and responsive.’
JFE STEEL CORPORATION
Amazon Technologies, Inc
Ikea Supply AG
Great Wall Motor Co.
Vivo Mobile Communication Co. Ltd
Futbol Club Barcelona
Automobili Lamborghini S.P.A;
Tencent Holdings Ltd.
MASSACHUSETTS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
BYD COMPANY LIMITED
China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation
CHINA SOUTHERN AIR HOLDING COMPANY
A Parent Media Co. Inc.
CHINA UNIONPAY CO., LTD.
Tetra Laval Group / TETRA PAK
Delivery Hero SA
Limited Liability Company “RDIF Asset management’
SHAREit (HK) Technology Limited
- Represented Cremo S.A., the leading Swiss dairy company, in a suit for passing off, unfair competition and dilution of trade mark.
- Assisted the gaming industry giant Innersloth LLC in protection of its trademarks in several countries including India.
- Successfully handled several patent applications for Japanese client JFE STEEL.
Based in Noida, Inttl Advocare is noted for being an ‘innovative’ practice when it comes to the prosecution and protection of novel trade marks, the filing, prosecution and enforcement of patent rights and anti-counterfeiting. It is also highlighted for its adept and efficient handing of large-scale filing programmes in India and other jurisdictions for major corporates. Its contentious work includes overcoming examiner objections, infringement actions including injunctions, passing off and unfair competition. Practice leads Hemant Singh and Mamta Jha (who is ‘an outstanding IP litigator’) have considerable experience on both contentious and advisory work.
‘Inttl Advocare is an incredible, innovative firm which tailors solutions to the specific needs of your company and works towards a practical solution which fits your needs and budget.’
‘Mamta Rani Jha is the head of litigation. She is an outstanding IP litigator. She brings fresh perspectives and enthusiasm to all of her assignments. She is passionate about IP and her clients. Mamta is quite capable and willing to handle challenging and complex legal issues and to lead the change needed to protect IP rights and her clients.’
Eaton Intelligent Power Ltd
LG Electronics Inc. (Korea)
Société des Produits Nestlé S.A.
DABUR INDIA LIMITED
Dart Industries (Tupperware)
KIA MOTORS CORPORATION
NAIL ALLIANCE, LLC
PERNOD RICARD INDIA PRIVATE LIMITED
Pernod Ricard India Private Limited
- Filed close to 100 patent applications for Eaton Intelligent Power Limited in India and successfully secured about 50 foreign filing licences for the client.
- Drafted and filed about 125 patent applications for LG Electronics Inc.
- Filed close to 75 national phase applications for Société des Produits Nestlé S.A. in India.
Kochhar & Co.
The team at Kochhar & Co. is described as ‘responsive, thorough, but also practical and approachable’ in its handling of the prosecution and protection of IP assets: trade marks, patents, industrial designs, geographical indications and copyrights. It also provides expertise on the law of unfair competition, domain name issues, and IP issues that arise from e-commerce and advertising. It is also home to experienced investigators and litigators in order to track infringement activities and provided a pan-Indian Covid-19 legal risk assessment practice desk. Patent expert Tarvinder Singh in Gurgaon heads the firm’s IP practice while Savitha Kesav Jagadeesan heads the Chennai IP group providing a blend of prosecution and litigation expertise. Daksh Kuma leads the IP practice in Delhi; his broad practice includes anti-counterfeiting and data protection with a focus on information technology and media laws. Considered ‘a stand out‘ Lynn Lazaro, who heads the IP group in Bengalore, is a registered trade mark attorney who also handles transactional matters for Indian and international clients in the context of mergers and acquisitions.
Other key lawyers:
‘Have worked with Savitha and her team on IP. The talent pool she has is good. The turnaround time for any queries is quick and precise. Savitha is available and our collaboration in the last 2 years has been extremely smooth.’
‘Kochhar & CO., IP team providing the excellent service viz., from IP related discussion, all filings and obtaining the registration seamlessly both domestic and overseas IP matters.’
‘Ms. Savitha and her team providing qualitative and timely information before the target date, event based follow-up on all IP matters both domestic and overseas IP matters.’
‘Great customer service.’
‘The team’s key strengths are: – absolute fee transparency, – immediate/short reaction time, – clear explanation of the status and legal situation in any matter.’
‘Kocchar & Co are unique because they ensure that their legal advice is user friendly and in-house counsel friendly. As an in-house counsel, we have to align with business teams while keeping the legal parameters in mind. I have noticed that the partners and associates at Kocchars provide commercially sound advice.’
‘Stephen Mathias and Lynn Lazaro at their Bangalore office stand out, especially in TMT space. Stephen has depth when he opines as he could be considered as first tech lawyer in India, and Lynn with her in-house stint makes her understand the nuances of in-house requirements.’
‘I’ve engaged Kochhar to help us with Indian IP issues in the context of an M&A transaction. Kochhar was great – very responsive, thorough, but also practical and approachable. They were also very flexible for call times, despite the international time difference. I really enjoyed working with them and would do so again.’
‘In particular, Lynn Lazaro was excellent. She is very knowledgeable about Indian IP law issues and was super responsive and offered concise, practical advice. I would work with Lynn again in a heartbeat.’
Nissan Motor Corporation
Uniclo Inc, Japan
ONGC Corporation of India
Samsung Electronics India
TVS Srichakra Limited
National Presto Inc.
Cinepolis India Private Limited
Amara Raja Batteries Limited
Aristocrat Technologies India Private
CHT Switzerland AG
Haribo / Rigo Trading S.A.
ISNTREE CO. LTD.
Legero Schuhfabrik GmbH
- Act as preferred counsel for Emirates Airlines in India and has been providing legal and IP advisory services to the client for the last 15 years.
- Managing the entire trademark portfolio for Koch Industries and advising them on various IP issues including intellectual property infringement and enforcement.
- Advises the Lockheed Martin Corporation on trade mark as well as patent issues.
Mehta & Mehta Associates (MehtaIP), which is highlighted by clients for its ‘capacity to handle complicated cases', offers a comprehensive range of IP expertise across trade marks, designs, patents and copyrights. It acts for household name brand and patent owners through to start-ups, government and educational organisations. The team includes technical experts across sciences, electronics, telecoms, engineering, AI, and biotech and is skilled in drafting through to litigation. Based in Gurgaon, the esteemed Ramesh Kr. Mehta and the ‘excellent’ Ankush Mehta are sought out for their skills in non-contentious and contentious IP matters and Abhilasha Niroola is noted for assisting clients, especially in the media and entertainment industries for both patent and trade mark prosecutions and related regulatory issues. Akshay Mehta advises on IP in the context of corporate/M&A transactions.
‘We are happy with the work done for us and for our clients. We have always received useful comments and advice from this IP law firm that is very proactive and can contact quickly efficiently the Indian Patent Office in patent prosecution cases and patent oppositions.’
‘Mehta & Mehta Associates is a very reliable, efficient, and oriented to tech law firm, with the capacity to handle complicated cases and apply a very fresh perspective.’
‘We have been working on patent and trademark matters with Mehta & Mehta Associates for more than a decade. We have been in contact particularly with Dr. Ramesh Kr. Mehta and Ankush Mehta. These attorneys are fully committed to rendering an excellent service.’
‘Teamwork, collaboration and technology ’
‘A highly responsive team. Assistance and advice given is timely and helpful. Knowledge of Indian patent law and practice is outstanding.‘
‘Ankush Mehta in particular is highly client focused. His insights into local practice are outstanding.’
Mehta & Mehta is a a high level Indian IP firm with an outstanding price/quality ratio and a great responsiveness.’
‘Mr Ramesh Mehta: great availability and attention to details.’
‘I work with Mehta & Mehta in the patent field. Everything seems so clear and easy to understand working with them.’
‘I work with Dr Ramesh Kr. Mehta and Ankush Mehta. They are well trained having impressive knowledge in various field of technology. They always provide quick and clear responses.’
‘Ankush Mehta is an excellent lawyer who is very intellectual and a deep thinker.’
Dorf Ketal Chemicals (India) Private Limited
Dorf Ketal Speciality Catalysts, LLC
Jawaharlal Nehru University
International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology
Adani Wilmar Limited
Dorf Ketal Chemicals FZE
DCM Shriram Ltd.
National Agri-Food Biotechnology Institute (NABI)
Center of Innovative and Applied Bioprocessing (CIAB)
Essenese Obhan, who is the managing partner of Obhan & Associates, is a also a patent attorney with a mechanical engineering degree. He has particular expertise in the areas of technology, software, telecoms, agriculture/plant varieties, and pharmaceuticals. His work ranges from patent prosecution to disputes and litigation in a range of tribunals and courts. Aparna Kareer heads the patent filing and prosecution work and has a focus on biotechnology, pharmaceuticals and nanotechnology, and patent attorney Charul Yadav's expertise includes life sciences and biodiversity; she routinely assists clients with the protection of their global patent portfolios. Taarika Pillai has broad trade mark experience ranging from trade mark portfolio management to infringement and passing off actions, often part of the team acting for well-known brand owners. The firm is notable for being made up of 50% or more women and on corporate responsibility; it provides a range of pro bono advice, promotes local artists and donates computers to assist underprivileged children to take online classes.
AGFA Group of Companies
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries
Steer Group of Companies
Aditya Birla Group of companies
G4S Plc. And G4S Security Solutions (India) Pvt. Ltd.
The Doon School
OnePlus Technology (Shenzhen) Co. Ltd.
- Representing Pine Labs in a patent infringement suit in the FinTech space before the Bangalore High Court and was able to successfully modify an ex-parte ad-interim injunction in the matter.
- Representing G4S Plc., a leading security services company, before the High Court of Delhi in various disputes with third party infringers.
- Advised TechSmith Corporation in challenging the infringement claims and validity of Mr. Srikrishna Talluri’s patent but also filed a counterclaim in the matter seeking revocation of Mr. Talluri’s patent.
Based in New Delhi, the Singh & Singh Law Firm LLP practice combines its IP expertise with media and telecommunications, competition and drugs regulatory laws. It also provides a start-up hub to assist India’s growing start-up community. Sudeep Chatterjee‘s wide-ranging expertise encompasses infringement actions relating to copyright, trade marks and domain-name issues and anti-counterfeiting, often involving high-profile clients. Bitika Sharma has extensive experience handling complex patent litigation, particularly in the bio-tech, pharma and chemicals sectors, including those concerning biologics/bio-similars. With a background in physics, Saya Choudhary focuses on patent litigation and is also experienced in negotiating and executing FRAND licensing deals. Meanwhile, Tejveer Singh Bhatia‘s focus is litigation in the telecoms and broadcasting arenas, including regulatory aspects and also handles civil and criminal raids relating to anti-counterfeiting.
‘The team is very good in terms of research, case laws, briefing to the counsels.’
‘Tejveer Singh Bhatia, partner has very good understanding of jurisprudence in IPR, thought process, hand-holding, articulation.’
Dish TV India Ltd.
Havells India Limited
Ajanta India Ltd.
Entertainment Network (India) Ltd.
S C Johnson Products Private Limited
Independent News Service Private Limited
Creative Travel Private Limited
Gulati Restaurant and Foods Private Limited
Pari Agro Exports
Burn Gym & Spa Private Limited
Info Edge (India) Limited
Jaipuria Edutech Foundation
MPS Interactive Systems Limited
Freecharge Payment Technologies Private Limited
Teamwork Arts Private Limited
Sona BLW Precision Forgings Limited
Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft
Opus Indigo Designs Private Limited
Singrimari Tea Estate Private Limited
Foster and Forge Foundation
Eros International Media Limited
K.K Lighting Pvt. Ltd
Snapdeal Pvt Ltd
Unicommerce Solutions Pvt. Ltd.
ANI Technologies Pvt.
Wipro HR Services India Pvt. Ltd.
Girnar Software Private Limited
Gaadi Web Private Limited
GirnarSoft Automobiles Private Limited
Mr. H.S. Sahni
KS Group LLC
Aaryavrat Products India Private Limited
SKODA AUTO a.s.
Zydus Healthcare Ltd
Alkem Laboratories Ltd
Intas Pharmaceuticals Ltd
Cadila Healthcare Ltd
Minda Corporation Limited
Triumphant Institute of Management Education Pvt. Ltd.
Shri Prem Dhawan
Sona Comstar Pvt. Ltd.
Dish TV India Ltd
Gaama Gaana Ltd.
Culinary Culture India Pvt. Ltd.
N. Ranga Rao Private Ltd.
Rado uhren AG
KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.
DOLBY INTERNATIONAL AB & DOLBY LABORATORIES INC.
ALEMBIC PHARMACEUTICALS LIMITED
DALAS BIOTECH LIMITED
J MITRA & CO.PVT.LTD
PIRAMAL ENTERPRISES LIMITED
- Represented Havells India Limited in the matter of obtaining an injunction restraining infringement of design, passing off/violation of trade-dress for the plaintiff’s ceiling fans series by the defendant.
- Acted for Havells India Limited in a suit for a permanent injunction restraining infringement of trademark, passing off, infringement of copyright, trade dress, rendition of accounts, misrepresentation, fraud, damages etc.
- Acted for FMC Corporation in a patent infringement action, obtaining a restraining order against a party infringing the valid and subsisting patents of the company, along with other pleading cases for other nuanced areas of law, such as mis-branding under insecticides Act.
United Overseas Trade Mark Company
United Overseas Trade Mark Company is going from strength to strength; the team is expanding and attracting new clients, including being appointed to the panel of a number of significant companies. This expansion is being overseen by the founding partner, K.G. Bansal. The firm offers an extensive range of expertise; Shravan Kumar Bansal heads the trade marks (including geographical indications) and IP litigation practice while Rishi Bansal focuses on IP advisory and contracts. Pooja Sood spearheads the patent work; she has a background in food technology and considerable experience of patent drafting and prosecution, including in pharma, and chemicals relating to consumer products. Other key lawyers include Gaurav Gogia who specialises in copyright and design matters and customs enforcements. Managing associate Harshita Bansal handles IP infringements with a focus on those relating to e-commerce and digital frauds.
Indian Space Research Organization
Carlsberg Breweries AG
Brandzstorm India Marketing Pvt. Ltd.
Takeda Pharmaceutical Co. Ltd.
Toyota Motor Corporation
Supple Tek Industries Pvt. Ltd.
Artsana India Pvt. Ltd.
Wella International Operations Switzerland SARL
Casio Computer Co. Ltd., Japan
Levi Strauss & Co.
Herbalife International India Pvt. Ltd.
Procter & Gamble Home Products Private Limited
GM Modular Pvt. Ltd.
Shubham Goldiee Masale Pvt. Ltd.
Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessey Group
Luxottica Group S.p.A NoRSPL Group
Under Armour, Inc.
Giorgio Armani SPA
Swatch Group (India) Pvt. Ltd
The Delhi Public School Society
Charles & Keith Group
Honda Motor Co. Ltd.
MediaMonks Multimedia Holding B.V.
Tenax Pidilite India Private Limited
Audemars Piguet (Marketing) SA
Coty Beauty Germany GmbH
Hugo Boss Trade Mark Management GmbH & Co. KG
Polo Ralph Lauren Corporation
Monster Energy Company
WD – 40 Manufacturing Company
- Represented plaintiff Herbalife International Inc in securing an injunction against the defendant, Herballife Healthcare Pvt. Ltd. for adopting the mark/label “Herballife Healthcare” in relation to its products such as dietary supplements and ayurvedic creams.
- Represented the plaintiff Swatch AG in a suit for infringement of registered trademark and transfer of domain in the Saket District Court, New Delhi.
- Represented the plaintiff, Goldmedal Electricals Pvt. Ltd., in a suit for infringement of registered trademark, copyright and passing off.
Beruar & Beruar has an established track record in the media/publishing sectors, especially in respect of copyright infringements. It also assists clients in areas such as healthcare, the automotive industry and consumer goods. It provides domestic and international clients with assistance on contentious and non-contentious issues relating to trade marks, designs and patents in addition to its expertise in media, entertainment, sports and general commercial laws. Based in New Delhi, Nidhi Jain and managing partner and co-founder of the firm Rahul Beruar co-head the team; the latter has experience of the protection of all types of IP and is well-known for his copyright expertise.
Living Media India Limited
T.V. Today India Limited
CBRE Group Inc.
KIPS Learning Pvt Ltd
Springer Nature Ltd.
Cengage Learning India Pvt Ltd.
Pearson Education Inc.
Novo Nordisk A/S
- Advising on the entire IP portfolio for the media conglomerate India Today Group (ITG), comprising 16 group companies.
- Handling the entire patent and design portfolio in India for Kohler, an international leading manufacturer of kitchen and bath fittings.
A relatively young firm, Ediplis Counsels is spearheaded by the seasoned Nishant Kewalramani who is valued for ‘brainstorming IP strategy' with clients. A patent and trade mark attorney, his experience also extends to media law. The team assists clients on patent and trade mark protection – this includes freedom to operate searches and comparative advertising matters. Also a founding partner, Ashima Chalia leads on IP transactions and strategic alliances; she is also focused on pro bono work for female entrepreneurs. Senior partner and a ‘top choice‘ for IP, Aditi Verma Thakur joined the team from IndusLaw in June 2021. She has a broad practice that spans IP due diligence and audits, acquisitions, joint ventures and licensing transactions, in addition to data privacy cases. Senior associates in the team include patents expert Neha Balekundri and Rohini Kumar, an IP litigator. Lawyers are based primarily in Bangalore with an office in Mumbai.
‘I have worked with this team since 2018 on a variety of cases – IP filing has been the bulk, but we have gotten legal opinions from them on other healthcare laws as well. They have always given genuine advice, done the detailed homework, put competent people on the job, and have been upfront with their pricing – which has always been reasonable. They have also collaborated with my Singapore-based IP lawyers in one instance. Overall I find the team a pleasure to work with.’
‘I really like working with Nishanth K. and Neha B. I typically work with Nishanth, the senior partner, only during the brainstorming IP strategy or at the beginning of filing patent applications. He always comes across as knowledgeable and thorough.’
‘Most of my IP-related work is handled by Neha who is very methodical and detail-oriented. She stays on top of the casework and makes sure that all aspects are given due importance, and makes sure I do not miss any deadlines! ’
‘The team at Ediplis puts effort in understanding the assignment and has a thorough knowledge of the subject including latest case updates. Firm was quick in response and accommodating in terms of time for calls as well as billing.’
‘I was working on an assignment with the partner Nishant Kewalramani. He was very patient during briefing session… had very pin pointed questions to understand assignment in detail, delivered assignment despite short timelines given to him, came up with good research and provided unique view on legal point which turned out to be very helpful in the case. He was also flexible with the fee structure. Though I used partner conference calls for duration more than agreed time, there was no additional billings. He accommodated odd hour calls and was responsive at all times.’
‘I have recently started working with the Ediplis team for patent related requirements. The team is very good and we are very happy with the strategy and guidance offered to us. We are happy with their services and pricing. We have collaborated with them and have even referred startups looking for patent related services to the Ediplis team as well.‘
‘We have been working with Ms. Aditi extensively on our branding strategy and enforcement since her Indus days. When it comes to IP, there are very few entities out there that we can count on as professional, and Ms. Aditi is one of them. The level of professionalism, transparency and responsiveness she has extended towards our business ventures has quickly made her one of my top choice among all the IP lawyers I have worked with in the past. Besides Ms. Aditi, we have interacted with Mr. Nishant regarding patent-related tasks. He is quite knowledgeable and offers strong business-centric and well-balanced perspectives.‘
Seshaasai Business Forms
Magma HDI General Insurance
Koo App (Bombinate Technologies)
Unacademy (Sorting Hat Technologies)
Tricog Health Pte. Ltd. Singapore
IESA (Indian Electronics & Semiconductor Association)
Moonwalkr (21G Designs)
Navi General Insurance
Macleods Pharmaceuticals Limited
- Represented Macleods Pharmaceuticals in a trademark infringement litigation against Micro Labs.
- Advised Koo microblogging platform regarding copyright and patent protection of their multilingual microblogging feature.
- Currently advising and representing 21G Designs (owner of the sports brand Moonwalkr) in a series of trademark oppositions against Triumph International Inc (the estate of Michael Jackson’s merchandise licence company).
Fox Mandal & Associates is home to ‘agile experts’ who provide a full range of IP maintenance and exploitation services, with an emphasis on the IP aspects of transactions such as acquisitions together with patents cases in the electronics and IT sectors. Santosh Vikram Singh‘s skills range from corporate advisory matters and portfolio management to enforcement and disputes. He is also known for his handling of sports, media and entertainment law matters such as the production, acquisition and distribution of media contents. Rajesh Vellakkat also covers a broad range of IP matters, especially in the IT/tech sectors, data privacy and e-commerce. Sripirya Padmanaban, who heads the Bengaluru office, is highlighted by clients for her IP expertise combined with broader commercial work.
Other key lawyers:
‘They provide in-depth analysis of provisional refusal instructions referred and sound advice.’
‘We work with Sripriya Padmanaban (associate) and Santosh Vikram Singh (partner). Both lawyers are well versed in the IP field and their turnaround time to respond to our queries have been good.’
Reyocto Agrimation Private Limited
Global Consumer Products
- Assisted Matrimonial Platform, one of India’s leading matrimonial platforms, in IP advisory, protection and enforcement.
- Assisting Healthcare Devices Company in protecting their IP, including patents and designs for their various healthcare devices in India and abroad.
- Assisting one of the world’s largest providers of food and beverage services for travellers in managing their entire IP portfolio in India.
IndusLaw provides comprehensive expertise across trade marks, copyright and patents in conjunction with commercial advice which provides ‘unique business perspectives’ to clients. Suneeth Katarki is advising clients on acquisitions and investments, including multinational and Indian brand owners and online marketplace and e-commerce companies. Partner Bharadwaj Jaishankar (who joined the team in June 2021 from Diageo) has rich experience in the protection and enforcement of IP assets combined with the management or commercialisation of IP assets in the context of corporate/commercial transactions, while Lomesh Kiran Nidumuri and Amit Jajoo (Mumbai) focus on disputes. On the corporate responsibility front, the firm has been involved in the mass vaccination drive by the Max Hospital and the Covid taskforce group to help provide hospitals with oxygen cylinders and medicines. Aditi Verma Thakur departed the firm in May 2021 to join Ediplis Counsels. All lawyers are based in Bengaluru unless otherwise stated.
‘We believe their focus on their trademark, copyright and commercial practices covering IP and technology subjects is quite strong and niche. Their unique business perspectives bring a lot of practical nuances when they apply legal principles to any client requirements.’
CTR Manufacturing Industries
JSC Remco, Russia
Prince Pipes And Fittings
Mandom Corporation (Japanese Parent entity) and Mandom Corporation (India) Pvt. Ltd. (its Indian subsidiary)
Ujjivan Small Finance Bank
- Advising and successfully enforced the trademark and trade name rights of Prince Pipes And Fittings Limited in a trademark infringement and passing off dispute against Prince Platinum Pipes and Fittings (A Division of Vigor Plast India Pvt Ltd).
- Advising and representing Arvind Retail Group on the enforcement actions against counterfeit products and fakes of ‘F2000 by Flying Machine’ branded products.
- Advised on intricate IP aspects of Juniten Pte Ltd, Singapore’s joint venture with Hyundai for manufacturing lithium-ion batteries, electric vehicles, and energy storage systems, in India, Republic of Korea, and Oman.
‘High standards and exceptional responsiveness' is a hallmark of the K&S Partners teams. Very substantial teams are located in offices in Gurgaon, Bangalore, Mumbai, Chennai, Hyderabad and Delhi; throughout 2020/21 the firm recruited ten associates and senior associate Saksham Garg. Its expertise spans trade marks, copyrights, geographical indications and related contractual/commercial work, and it has a highly rated patents offering. It handles a large quantity of patent applications, objections and disputes/litigation in the pharma, biosciences, chemical and tech/software sectors and its technical expertise extends to areas such as stem cell therapy and AI. Jyoti Sagar is the seasoned managing partner; Rajendra Kumar chairs the trade marks practice and Ravi Bhola (Bengaluru) chairs the patents practice. All are based in Gurgaon unless otherwise stated.
‘Customer service important to firm. They visit our company about once a year and provide legal updates – they will modify their practice to meet client needs – they will strive to work out the best way to proceed – very detailed and clear with their legal analysis to get good input upfront.’
‘A great team who offer a reliable and helpful service. High standards and exceptional responsiveness have been maintained despite the challenges of the last 12 months.’
Srihari SK – very knowledgeable partner in field of computer inventions; always gives practical advice to navigate the specifics of Indian practice.’
‘K&S Partners is full service law firm, and has helped us proactively in understanding our requirements and addressing them. We are quite impressed with the quality of collaboration, especially when it comes to keeping us updated, and passing on the latest updates through knowledge sharing sessions.’
‘We have a monthly connect which helps in improving the trust level and get to know each other better through quick feedback. The partners are competent in their respective domains, and we never had any quality issues over past several years.’
‘K&S has a very well trained team for patent prosecution. They keep up with the changes in Indian patent law and practice and are also good at negotiating favourable outcomes at the Indian patent office.’
‘In addition to their patent practice strengths, the team has a good system to train themselves on latest technology trends, so that they can argue technical differences with the patent examiners.‘
Lakshmikumaran & Sridharan offers dedicated IP and technology law teams that secure and enforce patent rights for both global and Indian businesses and this includes areas such as plant variety protection, licensing and valuations. It is especially skilled in drafting patent specifications including for international, US and EU applications that can be filed directly. Malathi Lakshmikumaran has decades of experience in the field of biochemistry and molecular biology with an expertise in plant genomics, DNA fingerprinting and genetic transformation and heads the life science group. Konpal Rae heads the IP group in Bangalore and focuses on patent and design protection for multinational, domestic and start-up clients. Other partners, including Prashant Phillips and Srinivasan T, provide deep experience in areas such as organic and inorganic chemistry, pharmaceuticals and engineering while other partners including Sudarshan Singh Shekhawat have a focus on patent and trade marks litigation in a variety of tribunals and courts including the Supreme Court of India.
Other key lawyers:
‘IP is a complex field on its own and having a good team of experts who can help navigate through this minefield is important. Lakshmikumaran & Sridharan don’t just have the extensive experience and knowledge of the IP law, but also the ability to provide the same level of professionalism as their MNC clients compared to a startup or single investor. Even their fee structure is very much tailored around the clients’ needs than thousands of other IP law firms around the world who are very rigid when it comes to fee structure. I have already recommended Lakshmikumaran & Sridharan to various people and companies that I know and will continue to whole heartedly recommended them even in the future.’
‘Dr Gaurav Gupta, who heads up the IP team in New Delhi is a stellar professional and a very humble person. He had always gone above and beyond the call of duty when necessary and making sure the clients needs are fully understood and the services are professionally delivered, and continuing to maintain their outstanding track record.’
RNA Technology and IP Attorneys is acknowledged by clients for combining ‘great client service' with ‘practical, commercial advice'. It has a track record for the protection and commercialisation of trade marks, and through a network of associates, it does so in some 47 countries. Its skills cover IP audits, negotiating licensing and franchising agreements for domestic and global companies and the team includes investigators and researchers. ‘Smart and proactive' Ranjan Narula, who founded the firm, has extensive experience of IP protection matters including litigation and Rachna Bakhru, who heads the dispute resolution team, combines IP litigation with advisory work. Rahul Sethi is experienced in investigations and anti-counterfeiting work for brand owners while Rajiv Suri heads the prosecution practice which he combines with transactional work. Senior associate Swati Dalal is noted for her trade mark prosecution work.
Other key lawyers:
‘Sound, practical, commercial advice. Great client service. They look round the corners and anticipate issues. They communicate in excellent English and see things from a western perspective. They know their stuff. They are friendly, approachable and sufficiently laid back. Nothing is ever too much trouble. They respond quickly.’
‘RNA team is responsive, comprehensive in all information they provide. They provide IP services to us not only in India, but also in Pakistan and Maldives.’
‘RNA is extremely responsive to my emails and provides excellent legal advice. They achieve good outcomes for our client, which are always appreciated.’
‘I work with Ranjan Narula who does an excellent job with trademark prosecution, dispute work, clearance and the like. He always has a good team of people.’
‘This practice is proactive; knows the client’s business and provides thoughtful and advice that is truly relevant to the client’s business needs and objectives. They get tough things taken care of.’
‘Ranjan Narula – smart, proactive, really knows the client’s business and what needs to be done, and gets us there. Rachna Bakhru – understands the issues, provides thoughtful and highly relevant advice. Rajiv Suri, heads up the trademark prosecution work, and ensures thoughtful and coordinated advice across multiple issues.’
‘Swati Dalal is a senior associate who provides excellent thoughtful, succinct comments for office actions and other matters that reflect an understanding of the client’s business, trademark law and how to bring home a successful argument.’
- Acted for Intel Corporation against Maple Cybertech Informatics Pvt. Ltd.
- Filed numerous suits on behalf of Dr. Reddys Laboratories.
- Acted for Yonex Kabushiki Kaisha v Registrar of Trade Marks, Mumba in obtaining a favourable order in the appeal against the decision of Trademarks office rejecting application for YONEX as a well-known mark in India.
Royzz & Co. Attorneys at Law's roots are in TMT where it assists an array of IT and technology clients with transactions and dispute resolution. In this context, it has developed a robust trade mark and copyright practice. It advises on the life cycle of trade marks, from searches/watch services and filings through to litigation, as well as transactional work such as licensing and assignments. It has an extensive copyright practice including litigation and other disputes and advisory matters such as celebrity endorsement agreements. The ‘brilliant’ Mahua Roy Chowdhury advises Indian and international clients on all aspects of brand protection including disputes relating to software. Other senior leaders of the practice include Muthu Pandi and Manjari Mukherjee. Managing associate Leena Desai brings considerable experience of trade mark and copyright registration and enforcement – she joined the team in 2021, while Vidit Desai assists with contentious trade mark cases in the computer science arena. All mentioned lawyers are based in Mumbai.
‘We have been working for so many years, they have a deep knowledge of IP, are reliable, very client oriented and responsive.’
‘Mahua Royzz. The quality of her advice always exceeds expectations. She is a brilliant and responsive attorney, who is intuitive and strategic.’
Dev Robinson heads a team at Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co which provides a range of IP protection assistance combined with corporate work and transactions such as technology transfers and licensing. Example work includes acting for Vodafone Idea Limited on the launch of its new brand identity and the application for registration of a motion trade mark. Other key team members include JV Abhay, Rosalyn Malik and Paazal Arora.
‘They work hard to maintain communication.’
‘They have a way of imbuing me with confidence that they are being vigilant in protecting me and my company.’
Dipak Rao and Sonil Singhania in New Delhi head the team at Singhania & Partners LLP. Rao has deep experience of IP management in addition to expertise in the related area of food laws. Singhania’s skills range across all types of IP assets from registrations to oppositions and infringements. Bhawna Sharma, who heads the patents and design work, is skilled in areas including bio-medical devices, bio-chemicals, life sciences, and clean energy innovations. Junior team member Sana Singh assists in advising domestic and international businesses on a range of IP matters including matters before the IP Office Appellate Board.
‘I found them knowledgeable, flexible, and easy to work with.’
‘I have a single point of contact and streamlined communication channel. There is a high degree of trust and accountability. I am sure that the task is in safe hands and I get regular updates of progress or transparent information when there is any challenge.’
Liberty Shoes Limited
ZenOnco.io & Love Heals Cancer
Tupperware India Private Limited
Van Norman Machines India Private Limited
Dispensing Technologies B. V.
Laltitude Limited Liability Company California
Tiger Coatings GmbH & Co. KG
The Institut national de l’origine et de la qualité
Arnold & Richter Cine Technik (ARRI)
- Advising and representing Liberty group for securing and protecting design and trademark portfolios and representing the client in contentious matters before the Indian IP Office.
- Acting on behalf of Arnold & Richter Cine Technik Gmbh & Co. Betriebs (ARRI Group), the 100-year-old leader in the motion picture media industry, for filing of oppositions against the trademarks filed in India like that of the ARRI Group’s.
- Assisted Nanobrid Innovations in handling their trademark and patent portfolio in India related to the products manufactured by them using nanoparticles.
TMT Law Practice
TMT Law Practice combines a range of IP expertise with its established reputation in the TMT sector and has an outstanding reputation for its copyright work in the broadcasting and music industries. Abhishek Malhotra (New Delhi), the founding and managing partner, has an extensive practice across IP and TMT, commercial transactions and disputes with a strong connection to the media and music industries. Sapna Chaurasia also has a broad practice involving IP, media and entertainment, with an emphasis on copyright cases. Other partners with this breadth of expertise include Meghana Chandorkar who joined from Viacom in 2021 while Aahna Mehrotra focuses on sports law. This substantial team has been enlarged with a number of new hires during 2021 including associate partner Labanyendu Das who joined from Disney.
Ticktok Skill Games Private Limited
Sony Pictures Networks India Private Limited
Yash Raj Films Private Limited
Viacom 18 Media Private Limited
Singro Media Innovations Private Limited
DHUN, a partnership firm
Association of Radio Operators of India
DB Corp Limited
NoReliance Broadcast Network Limited
Ushodaya Enterprises Private Limited
K.P.H. Dream Cricket Private Limited
Sun TV Network Limited
Sri Krishna Talluri
Accrue Labs Private Limited
Hunger Inc. Hospitality Private Limited
- Advising Tictok Skill Games Private Limited on licensing and exploitation of games and intellectual property contained therein, including for commissioning of new games.
- Advising Viacom 18 Media Private Limited on music licensing issue between client and British music copyright society, PRS for Music.
- Advising Singro Media Innovations Private Limited, a production company, in relation to production of a legal-drama web-series for one of the largest OTT platforms which included without limitation negotiation of agreements and advice on script to mitigate post-release claims and litigation.
W.S. Kane & Co
W.S. Kane & Co provides clients with ‘an end to end solution’ across all types of IP assets, ranging from the filing and prosecution of trade marks and patents to copyright disputes and wider litigation including passing off. It also provides corporate assistance, particularly regarding assignments and licensing of IP. It manages foreign filings though an extensive network of associates. Managing partner Himanshu Kane is a seasoned practitioner and has handled IP disputes up to the Supreme Court of India. Ashutosh Kane‘s broad expertise covers trade mark prosecution, copyright protection and IP litigation while Rahul Kadam brings 25 years of experience of trade mark, copyright and design advisory and contentious cases; principal associate Akshata Kamat is a qualified patent attorney who assists with trade mark, copyright, patent and design cases. All lawyers are based in Mumbai.
Other key lawyers:
‘W.S. Kane & Co. are leading lawyers in the area of intellectual property. They are able to provide end to end solutions in this area from advising on IPR issues, filing TM applications to oppositions and litigation.’
‘Mr. Himanshu Kane is an expert in the field of IPR and we are able to benefit from the wealth of his experience. His sons Ashutosh and Manavendra are also coming up the curve and are proving to be worthy successors.’
Godrej Consumer Products Limited
Jyothy Labs Limited
Board of Control for Cricket In India
Hindustan Unilever Limited
Tilaknagar Industries Limited
Biostadt India Limited
Sun Pharmaceutical Industries Limited
Ajanta Pharma Limited
Prism Johnson Limited
Shapporji Pallonji & Company Private Limited
Speciality Restaurants Limited
Serum Institute of India Private Limited
Godrej Properties Limited
S.H. Kelkar & Company Limited
Keva Fragrances Pvt. Ltd.
UltraTech Cement Ltd.
Nilon’s Enterprises Pvt. Ltd
Kotak Mahindra Bank Ltd.
Endurance Technologies Ltd.
- Filed trade mark and/or copyright infringement and passing off suits for Godrej Consumer Products Limited before the Hon’ble High Court, Bombay.
- Filed trade mark and copyright infringement and passing off suit on behalf of Jyothy Labs Limitedbefore the Hon’ble high Court, Bombay.
- Filed trade mark and copyright infringement and passing off suit on behalf of Shapoorji Pallonji and Co. Pvt. Ltd. before the Hon’ble High Court, Bombay.
ALMT Legal has a strong track record in the prosecution and protection of trade marks, patents, copyrights and designs. Statira Ranina (Mumbai) has considerable expertise across numerous industries in respect of trade mark and copyright protection which ranges from the structuring of IP portfolios, acquisitions, licensing and assignments. Rakesh Prabhu heads the Bangalore office and has built a team that handles patent, trade marks and copyright protection, from the drafting and application stages to prosecution matters and disputes. He is a registered patent agent who assists start-ups in developing their IP portfolios. Siddhi Ghatlia (Mumbai) has a background in pharmaceuticals and assists clients on patent and trade marks protection and commercialisation.
‘The team headed by Mr. Arun, senior partner and Mr. Rakesh Prabhu, partner have vast experience in the filed of IPR including successfully conducting litigation.’
‘Mr. Rakesh Prabhu, partner has successfully handled all our trade marks matters from registration to defence and litigation. His young and vibrant team has coordinated well in ensuring timely completion of assigned tasks.’
Asiaville Interactive Private Limited
August Jewellery Private Limited
Delightful Gourmet Private Limited
Eternal Robotics Private Limited
JSS Science and Technology University
Learning Through Fun Pvt. Ltd.
Mystifly Consulting India Private Limited
NWDCo Software Solutions LLP
Sanghvi Beauty & Technologies Private Limited
Stellapps Technologies Private Limited
Strata Geosystems (India) Private Limited
Super-Wave Technology Private Limited
The National Institute of Engineering
University of Mysore
- Advised Sanghvi Beauty & Technologies Private Limited on the acquisition of trademarks (registered and unregistered) and domain names in India and United Kingdom, from Luxeva Limited, a UK based company.
- Advising M/s. Stellapps Technologies Private Limited on registrability and registration strategy for filing multiple applications for trademarks and copyrights in India for various marks and also advising on protecting and defending registration of trademarks against third parties.
- Advised the client on open source software and third party licences and analysed and advised whether software developed by using such OSS components and third party licences would likely receive any objections from the copyright office.
Kaushik Moitra heads the IP team at Bharucha & Partners which offers a broad range of expertise, particularly in the areas of trade marks, copyright and trade secrets. Its skills cover prosecution work, transactions and litigation including interim injunctions, Anton Pillar orders and the more rare John Doe orders in connection with pursuing infringements. Its media-related work extends to breach of privacy or personality rights and defamation. It also supports a number of non-profit organisations and small businesses on a pro bono basis. Karnika Vallabh works in tandem with Moitra on the gamut of advisory work and infringement cases.
Other key lawyers:
Samsung India Electronics Private Limited
Vodafone Idea Limited
Sony Pictures Network India Private Limited
CVC Capital Partners Finance Limited
Singapore Technologies Telemedia Pvt Ltd
Kahaaniwaaley Media and Entertainment Ventures Private Limited
Netprophets Cyberworks Private Limited
Alchem International Private Limited
SARA Research and Development Centre
Flipkart Internet Private Limited
Morepen Laboratories Limited
Eleeanora Images Private Limited
One97 Communication Limited (Paytm)
Flipkart India Pvt. Ltd.
Instakart Services Private Limited
Norme Cosmetics Private Limited
Minnow Films Limited
Ashish Kaul (Folklore Entertainment)
- Advising and representing Sony in multiple intellectual property law matters, including a suit against Sai-Sapru Creations in relation to the release of the popular TV series ‘Mere Dad Ki Dulhan’.
- Advising and representing Vodafone Idea Limited in multiple intellectual property law matters, including a matter in which it played the role of an internet service provider in an infringement suit.
- Advising and representing Alchem in multiple intellectual property law matters, including a trademark infringement suit against Alkem Laboratories before the Delhi High Court.
Fidus Law is acknowledged as ‘a young team led by extremely intelligent and qualified managing partner’ Shwetasree Majumder. Her highly rated practice focuses on litigation, including trade mark and copyright infringement actions, in addition to advisory work in connection with trade secrets and advertising issues, often in the realm of e-commerce. Diva Arora Menon also has far-reaching expertise on all facets of IP protection, strategy and enforcement. Other core team members include IP litigators Tanya Varma and Prithvi Singh, who can provide a range of enforcement strategies to their technology, healthcare and luxury goods clients. Also a key member is principal associate Astha Negi whose focus is trade mark portfolio management, prosecution matters, oppositions and cancellation actions before the Indian Trademark Office. The team is based in Noida.
‘Exceptional knowledge and expertise in the IP domain – Young team led by extremely intelligent and qualified managing partner – Client friendly solutions – Practical approach towards the business problems.’
‘Shwetasree Majumder is one of the best in IP law in India – Ably supported by a team of partners and associates like Prithvi Singh, Saurabh Nandrekar, Shreya Ganguli etc.’
‘Shwetasree is very strategic and commercial in her advice.‘
M/s Inter Ikea Systems BV
Realogy Holdings Corp.
USV Private Limited
Signify N.V. (Formerly known as Philips Lighting)
Association of Producers of Pisco, Chile
21st Century Fox and group companies
WhiteHat Education Technology Pvt Ltd
Maschinenfabrik Rieter AG and Rieter Holding Limited
- Advised Sporta Technologies Pvt Ltd d/b/a Dream11 (a unicorn fantasy sports platform) on its broadcasting rights being infringed.
- Acted for Phillips 66 Company in challenging an order of anti-suit injunction granted against ongoing proceedings before the United States District Court at Southern District of Texas.
- Successfully defended a comparative advertising case against a major FMCG conglomerate on behalf of USV up to the Supreme Court.
Krishna & Saurastri Associates LLP acts for an impressive range of well-known domestic and international clients in the protection of their IP assets. The lead partners; Sunil B. Krishna, Manish Saurastri and Anshul Sunil Saurastri in Mumbai and Richa Pandey in Delhi head a substantial practice with expertise in the drafting, filing, prosecution and enforcement of all types of IP; it handles and coordinates a large number of patent, trade mark and design application filings and enforcement actions across Europe and Asia. Its disputes work extends from actions at the IPO to High Court litigation and includes anti-piracy actions.
Sunil B. Krishna; Manish Saurastri; Anshul Sunil Saurastri; Richa Pandey
Majmudar & Partners provides trade mark and patent filing and prosecution services including oppositions and renewal matters. It undertakes some infringement work and on the transactional front assists clients with areas such as assignments and licences. The team is headed by N. Raja Sujith and Neerav Merchant.
Technicolor Trademark Management
University of Illinois (USA)
H&R Block (India) Pvt. Ltd.
Foodcare Sp. Z o.o.
- Assisted Technicolor Trademark Management in trademark renewal and change of proprietor address of Technicolor Trademark Management.
- Assisted University of Illinois (USA) in filing of a patent in India.
- Provided legal advice and assisted Foodcare Sp. Z o.o. in issuing a cease and desist legal notice on a Delhi-based distributor, seeking to refrain them from passing-off their product under an unregistered trademark.
Mason & Associates
Mason & Associates has a growing reputation for dealing with infringements and other contentious matters, especially in the uncertain area of e-commerce. Neel Mason is cited as an ‘exceptional lawyer’ who handles a range of trade mark and copyright litigation, including up to the Supreme Court of India. He and the team also act for a range of clients in the media sector, an example being acting for a major music label in relation to fixed royalty rates under the Copyright Act relating to the use of recordings over the radio. The team also takes on related data privacy and protection cases as to the limits of the downloading and use of sensitive personal information.
Other key lawyers:
‘Neel Mason is an exceptional lawyer: very well informed, pragmatic and always pleasant to deal with. He has a number of very talented individuals working with him.’
‘Neel Mason is always calm and collected, and willing to help on any matter whatsoever. Uday Chopra has also been working with us for many years now and always goes above and beyond the call of duty, to help on even the most challenging of issues.’
Super Cassettes Industries Private Limited
Snapdeal Private Limited
Everest Industries Limited.
Eros International Media Limited
- Acted for Super Cassettes Industries Private Limited before the Intellectual Property Appellate Board wherein the Board considered fixed royalty rates for the first time under Section 31D of the Copyright Act, 1957 for broadcasting of sound recording and underlying literary and musical works over radio.
- Acted for Google LLC in a case where whether providing a trademark of an owner as a keyword to a third party shall amount to trademark infringement.
- Successfully represented Snapdeal Private Limited in a case against Twitter International, claiming that its IP rights, trade marks and copyright were being violated on the Twitter platform.
Based in Chennai, Rohan George heads the team at Samvad Partners which has a highly rated TMT practice, especially in the IT and media arenas. It is practised in negotiating content in the media/streaming space, together with connected litigation. In addition to handling a range of work in these areas, such as technology licensing and copyright infringement, it also has a strong patents practice; it assists clients in areas including pharmaceuticals and chemicals. Its trade marks practice extends from filing and prosecution work to assignments, licences and disputes.
Brandis Manufacturing and Marketing Pvt. Ltd.
Dr. Agarwal’s Healthcare Limited
Grameen Foundation India Pvt Ltd
Healthium Medtech Pvt Ltd (formerly Sutures India Pvt Ltd)
Hoslab Engineering Pvt. Ltd.
Khodays India Ltd
Knolskape Solutions Pte Ltd
Mahavadi Management and Technology Services GmBH
Red Brick Lane Marketing Solutions Private Limited (Zapr Media Labs)
RV Forms and Gears LLP
- Assisted Healthium Medtech Private Limited with reviewing, redrafting and negotiating patent licensing and product supply agreements for products relating to anti-microbial technology.
- Acted for Trojan Horse Media in matters relating to media and entertainment law including on an interim injunction hearings initiated by a contractor against over moral rights to credits a television programme; settlement negotiations regarding the matter resulting in a successful settlement of the matter in the client’s favour.
- Acted for Ms. Alexandra Elbakyan (founder and owner of Sci-hub.com) as a defendant in a suit for copyright infringement initiated by publishers Elsevier Ltd., Wiley India Pvt. Ltd.
Rodney D Ryder and Ravi Goyal (senior associate), who are based in New Delhi, are the well-rated heads of the Scriboard practice which focuses on a blend of technology, new media and intellectual property laws. It is especially active in disputes concerning the appropriation of domain names and the infringement of brand names or copyright online. It also manages IP portfolios. Ryder is the author of a number of trusted publications on the subject of data protection, e-commerce and IP while Goyal also has a track record in these areas.
‘Scriboard has been a go-to name for IP matters in India for several years now. The managing partner of the firm, Mr Rodney Ryder, is very well-known in this field and is considered as one of the top experts in IP law. ’
‘Attributes such as attention to detail, quick deliverables and domain-specific knowledge of Rodney (Ryder) and Ravi (Goyal) are certain qualities which make them stand out amongst their peers. ’
Amazon Seller Services Private Limited
Nippon Life India Asset Management Limited
Cepheid India Private Limited
Nike India Private Limited
Hindustan Unilever Limited
Hike Private Limited
Havells India Limited
Godrej Consumer Products Limited
Aon Consulting Private Limited
E-Meditek Insurance TPA Limited
Tata Power Delhi Distribution Limited
IndianOil Corporation Limited
Livonics Infotech Private Limited
Bio-Med Healthcare Private Limited
The Comedy App Limited
- Represented Nippon Life India Asset Management Limited before the World Intellectual Property Organisation and the National Internet Exchange of India and successfully recovered 16 different domain names which were confusingly similar to the client’s brand name.
- Represented Nippon Life India Asset Management Limited in several litigation matters across India relating to intellectual property infringement.
- Regularly advise Amazon Seller Services Private Limited on matters related to brand impersonation, brand abuse and cyber fraud on the internet.
A substantial team at S&A Law Offices provides a complete range of patent, trade mark, copyright, design and domain name and geographical indications expertise. Its focus is on searches, applications, prosecution and renewal matters together with transactions such as licensing, assignments and franchising agreements. Its client roster includes US clients requiring trade mark or patent protection in India, often in the fields of chemistry and pharmaceuticals. Managing partner Daizy Chawla also heads the the corporate and tax teams; her extensive practice includes assisting start-ups under the government scheme aimed at assisting new businesses with trade mark protection. Shrimant Singh leads on much of the patent and design work; he has a background in electronics and communications while founding partner Manoj Kumar Singh continues to spearhead the litigation side of the practice.
‘Just perfect for handling maintenance fees. Excellent communication. Very reactive.’
‘Super reactive, rigorous, professional. Very accurate, inform us about the law changes at once. Extremely quick answers.’
‘Singh and Associates is very supportive and quick to respond the technical help required for the submission. Very prompt and clarity on all professional assistance required.’
‘We interact with 2-3 individuals from the team and they are professionally very clear and always ready to resolve the issues. Shrimant Singh and Daizy are forthright and open to discuss all issues and resolve them so that all requirements for filing IPR are fulfilled and queries from the controller of patents are answered satisfactorily.’
Dennemeyer and Associates (complete group)
Allen, Dyer, Doppelt, Milbrath & Gilchrist, P.A
Foley & Lardner LLP
Graham Patent law
Johnson Intellectual Property Agency
JWP Patent & Trademark Attorneys
Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren P.C.
Small Patent Law Group LLC
Sunland Law Firm
Legal Max Law LLC
EURO-APEX B.V (APEX GROUP)
Allen, Dyer, Doppelt + Gilchrist, PA
Hamrick & Evans LLP
JINDAL SAW LIMITED
HEUSSEN Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH
InsideOut Technologies Private Limited
AIPT Patent, Trademark & Law Office
Thomson Reuters Foundation (Trust Law)
Artfirst Enterprises Pvt. Ltd.
Galadari Advocates & Legal Consultants One Person Company LLC
Balram Verma [Kundan Trading Company]
- Acts for EURO-APEX B.V (APEX GROUP) in the maintenance of trademark matters and handling opposition matters under the Apex Banner in India.
- Handles maintenance of trademark matters and handling opposition matters for Allen, Dyer, Doppelt + Gilchrist, PA.
- Filed the replies to the provisional refusal for two IR applications in the matter of the well-renowned trademarks under the “STAN LEE” banner for Hamrick & Evans LLP.
Solomon & Co. Advocates & Solicitors in Mumbai provides solid services in the filing, prosecution, registration and enforcement of IP rights, particularly relating to protection of brand names and get-ups. It also covers transactional matter such as acquisitions, joint ventures/collaborations, licensing and technology transfers. It has an established focus on the aspects of media and entertainment law and broadcasting rights. Komal Solomon's roster of clients includes film festivals, production companies, entertainment channels and advertising agencies, while Germaine Pereira specialises in biotechnology and marine sciences but advises clients on IP protection in numerous other sectors. Senior associate Jinisha Shah is a registered patent and trademark attorney with a science background whose experience includes international IP protection.
Spice Route Legal is a relatively new firm with an initial focus on corporate and technology law but with an increasingly strong practice relating to IP transactions and disputes expertise. It also works with two external patent consultants (engineers). Its work typically relates to licensing, acquisitions and sponsorship deals and protecting brand names; it has undertaken high-profile cases concerning the misuse of IP assets online – acting for a number of leading social media platforms and technology corporates, work that includes disputes regarding adwords. It also has expertise in areas such as healthcare and advanced tech/fintech, for example the use of drones and AI. Mathew Chacko is the highly rated head of the practice.
Quintype (client for 3 years)
Testing & Verification Solutions
Milaap Inc. (client for 4 years)
Neogen Chemicals (client for 4 years)
IBBIC Pvt. Ltd. (formerly known as Blockchain India Consortium)
Miner’s Inc. (client for 3 years)
Impelsys Inc. (client for 4 years)
- Representing Milaap Inc. in a landmark dispute with Google over trade mark infringement via Google Adwords.
- Acting for India-based Neogen Chemicals in a cross-border trade mark dispute with US-based Neogen Corporation over the ownership of the Neogen name.
- Navigating a complex advisory between Ad-tech and intellectual property, the team recently advised Disney+ Hotstar on the licensing and effective platform structuring for the use of Ad-tech tools.