Next Generation Partners

Intellectual property in Sri Lanka


Ali Tyebkhan leads the ‘outstanding’ IP team at LegalBase, which fields expertise in handling brand protection matters, regulatory IP issues and the IP aspects of NFTs and Metaverse-focused mandates. The caseload often involves multi-jurisdictional IP matters. Sudath Perera stands out for his abilities in advising on piracy, anti-counterfeiting, and brand protection matters. Natasha Burhan is a key figure to note in the team.

Practice head(s):

Ali Tyebkhan

Other key lawyers:

Sudath Perera; Natasha Burhan


‘LegalBase are excellent. Their cutting-edge technology is market-leading and they keep enhancing and upgrading their tech to keep ahead of new developments. The team are very sharp, proactive and have deep domain knowledge and experience.’

‘They are particular strong and effective at handling complex and sophisticated matters. This is coupled with the practical and commercial forward-thinking solutions they come up with to any issues we have to deal with.’

‘The team led by Ali Tyebkhan has highly skilled professionals with deep experience. Ali is outstanding. We really value the client service, billing transparency and value and their ability to partner with us rather than operate as an external adviser.’

Key clients

Edible Arrangements

M Advocates

Al Dahbashi Gray

Symons IP

The Smarty Train Limited

Marvel Limited

Role Models


K10 Apprenticeships Limited

Broker Back Office Limited

Eswaran Brothers

Mithril Asset Management

George Petch International UK


Work highlights

  • Acted for Plasseraud IP in trade mark infringement matters in the sports and food and beverage sectors.
  • Advising Hemaya on online IP protection and reputation management in the Middle East.
  • Acts as longstanding intellectual property counsel to Smarty Train.

Sudath Perera Associates

At Sudath Perera Associates, firm managing partner and IP practice co-head Sudath Perera garners praise for his ‘good sense of the market’. Practice co-head Himani Perera is very experienced in advising prominent international clients on a plethora of IP issues, for example Apple Inc. and Puma. Key areas of instruction include advising on counterfeiting matters and infringement claims. Deshan Hewavithana and Manoj Bandara are key practitioners, and Chathurika R. Soyza, who heads up the trade marks division of the department, frequently assists with portfolio matters.

Practice head(s):

Sudath Perera; Himani Perera

Other key lawyers:

Manoj Bandara; Deshan Hewavithana; Chathurika R. Soyza


‘An easily accessible practice.’

‘Sudath Perera is good at client outreach.’

‘The team has been phenomenal and is able to provide exceptional service and advice in a timely manner.’

‘Sudath always understands cases from a client’s perspective.’

Key clients

Victoria’s Secret Stores Brand Management LLC


D. Samson & Sons (Pvt) Ltd

Ralph Martindale & Company and The Chillington Tool Company

Apple Inc.

LEGO Juris A/S

AerCap Holdings N.V.

Work highlights

  • Acted for Ralph Martindale & Company and The Chillington Tool Company in a case involving the infringement of the ‘Chillington’ trade marks by a local counterfeiter.
  • Assisted D. Samson & Sons Ltd (DSI) with a brand infringement matter.
  • Acted for the Ralph Lauren Corporation in an infringement case, involving the seizure of counterfeit clothing.

D. L. & F. De Saram

The IP group at D. L. & F. De Saram advises across the gamut of IP matters, with a particular focus on the registration of trademarks and patents on imports into Sri Lanka, industrial designs and product liability matters. The team has experienced IP specialist Prabash De Saram and Hasanthie Manukulasooriya at the helm. Associate Ziyani Marikar left the firm in May 2023.

Practice head(s):

Prabash De Saram; Hasanthie Manukulasooriya

Other key lawyers:

Sanuji Munasinghe


‘The team is prompt, always up-to-date and responsive.’

‘Very courteous and responsive.’

‘They have impressive collaboration in the team.’

‘They provide advice in a timely manner.’

‘Hasanthie is a standout partner.’

‘The team comes with an abundance of knowledge in all areas and is well-informed. Where required, they coordinate with overseas parties very well when needed.’

‘The partners and associates are very resourceful and come with a diverse range of knowledge, which is not limited to their area of expertise.’

‘An excellent team of individuals.’

Key clients

ExpoLanka Holdings PLC

Go Bungy International Pte Ltd

CMC Engineering Export GmbH

Sena Mills Refineries Exports (Pvt) Ltd

The Swadeshi Industrial Works PLC

Asia Pacific Institute of Information Technology Lanka (Pvt) Ltd

AVS Cargo International (Pvt) Ltd

Natural Wonders (Pvt) Ltd

Perera and Sons Bakers (Pvt) Ltd

Quickee Delivery Solutions (Pvt) Limited

Riococo Lanka Pvt Ltd

Blue Diamonds Jewellery Worldwide PLC

Kalbe International Pte Ltd

Panasonic Ecology Systems Co., Ltd

Melchers Lanka (Private) Limited

Printcare PLC

JF &I Pckaging (Pvt) Ltd

Work highlights

  • Handles the entire trade mark portfolio for Swadeshi Industrial Works PLC, as well as assisting the client with various IP-related matters.
  • Assisting Expo Lanka Holdings PLC and its subsidiaries with trade mark searches and registrations.
  • Assisting Perera and Sons Bakers (Pvt) Ltd with the registration of its trade marks relating to the food industry in Sri Lanka.

Neelakandan & Neelakandan (formerly Murugesu & Neelakandan)

The IP practice at Neelakandan & Neelakandan (formerly Murugesu & Neelakandan) is jointly led by Pranavan Neelakandan and Sivananthavalli ThuraRaja, and is well-known for its strength in advising a solid client base of prominent entities on high-profile contentious matters involving alleged infringements of trade marks. The team is equally adept at advising on IP protection matters, and the general management of key portfolios.

Practice head(s):

Pranavan Neelakandan; Sivananthavalli ThuraRaja

Other key lawyers:

Nivedhaa Hariharan

Key clients

Rolls-Royce PLC

Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Limited


Audi AG

Volkswagen AG


Bugatti International SA

Ferrari SPA

Automobili Lamborghini S.p.A

Honda Motor Company

Yamaha Corporation

Suzuki Corporation

Kawasaki Corporation

Nissan Corporation


Kia Motor Corporation

Hyundai Motor Company

Toyota Financial Services Corporation

Kubota Corporation

JCB Corporation

Caterpillar Inc

Konecranes Global Corporation


Research in Motion

Panasonic Corporation

Mitsubishi Electric Corporation

Samsung Electronics

LG Electronics

Canon Corporation

Nikon Corporation

Fujifilm Corporation


Marriott Worldwide Corporation

Sheraton International IP LLC

Hilton Worldwide

Ritz Carlton Hotel Company

Steigenberger Hotels AG

Hard Rock Cafe

Movenpick Holdings AG

Virgin Enterprises Limited


Standard Chartered Bank

DBS Bank

Deutsche Bank AG

Deutsche Telekom

Cargill Incorporated

Nando’s Limited

Kraft Food

Sunkist Growers Inc

Tramontina SA

Visa International

American Express

Emirates Airlines

Qantas Airways

Air China

Akzo Noble Coatings International BV

Asian Paints

Hafele GmbH


Basf SE


Hermes International

NGB Corporation

NSK Limited

YKK Group

Philip Morris Products SA

Staedtler GmbH

Monami Co. Ltd

Grunenthal GmbH

Daiichi Sankyo Company Limited

Sun Pharmaceutical

USV Pharmaceutical



Schneider Electric



HEAD Technology GmbH

Tesco Store Limited

United Biscuits (UK) Limited



Levi Strauss

Giorgio Armani S.p.A.

Abercrombie & Fitch Europe SA

Asos PLC

Geox SPA

Klipsch Group Inc

Seagate Technology LLC

St. Gobain Abrasives Limited

CIMA – Chartered Institute of Management Accountants

Singer (Sri Lanka) PLC

Ceylon Biscuits

Finlays Colombo Limited

Himalaya Herbals

United Breweries

TNT Express

Armani Exchange

VFS Global Services

Macmillan Publishers

University of Cambridge


Bremont Watches

Shinsegae International

Yupo Coporation

China Central Television

Pigeon Corporation


Wacoal Corp

Next Holdings Limited

Fulgar S.p.A

Alfa Parf Group S.p.A

British Medical Association

OTR Wheel Engineering Inc

Denk Pharama GmbH & Co

Makita Corporation

Work highlights

  • Challenging various alleged trademark infringements for BMW.
  • Acts as longstanding IP counsel to Marriott Hotels.
  • Acting for Cargill Inc against Cargills Ceylon in IP litigation.

Nithya Partners

Chamindi Ekanayake heads up the IP practice at Nithya Partners. The department has strong abilities in advising a wide range of clients on a broad array of IP matters, including trade mark registrations, the drafting of patents, and management of portfolios. The team is also well equipped to handle contentious mandates in the intellectual property space.

Practice head(s):

Chamindi Ekanayake


‘We are quite impressed with the firm’s impeccable work ethic and dedication to providing legal advice.’

‘Chamindi treats even the smallest question with a lot of precision in a timely fashion.’

‘Chamindi is an extremely competent and dedicated lawyer. Our organization is very lucky to have found a legal counsel of her calibre to assist us with our trademark matters.’

Key clients

Maliban Biscuit Manufactories (Pvt) Ltd

Citizens Development Business Finance PLC

Renuka Group

Anverally and Sons (Pvt) Ltd

Hatton Plantations PLC

Ceylon Fresh Teas (Pvt) Ltd


Gets Pharma International FZ LLC

CCL Pharmaceuticals

Barista Coffee Lanka (Pvt) Ltd

Little Lion Associates (Pvt) Ltd

KIK Lanka (Pvt) Ltd

Work highlights

  • Assisted the client with registration at the National Intellectual Property Office.
  • Successfully defended a healthcare client against a refusal by the NIPO to register trade marks.
  • Acted for Maliban Biscuit Manufactories (Pvt) Ltd in a case involving the NIPO’s initial refusal of the client’s trade marks, which were later successfully accepted for publication.


The IP practice at Varners is noted for its strength in representing clients before the NIPO, and is equally adept at advising on patent rights and regulatory issues. The client base includes aviation, technology, energy, telecoms and fashion industry names. Mahinda Haradasa specialises in advising on the IP aspects of corporate work, and leads the practice alongside Surani Wickramaratna. Senior associate Trehani Wickramaratne is a key individual in the department.

Practice head(s):

Mahinda Haradasa; Surani Wickramaratna

Other key lawyers:

Achala Jayawardena; Trehani Wickramaratne; Sahan Perera


‘Throughout our collaboration, Varners has demonstrated a level of professionalism, expertise, and dedication. Their team of experts possesses a deep understanding of challenges and complexities, and they go above and beyond to ensure client satisfaction.’

‘Surani Wickramaratna is not only knowledgeable and skilled in the field of IP but also possesses the unique ability to adapt and thrive in various challenging situations.’

‘A well-experienced and dynamic team that you can place trust in!’

‘Sahan Perera is a dedicated professional who is very dependable.’

‘The team at Varners is very capable of handling every kind of trademark query from complex transactions to simple ones. Their advice is always comprehensive and complete and the turnaround time for the response to any query is also very quick. It’s a pleasure working with them.’

‘Surani is a delight to work with. Her advice on any matter is always complete and up-to-date with the current practice. She is prompt with her replies.’

‘Sahan is very diligent with his advice and it has been a pleasure working with him.’

‘The team is very accessible and knowledgeable with regard to registration of trademarks.’

Key clients

Crocodile International

Alkem Laboratories Limited

The Proctor & Gamble Company

Colombo Port City Economic Commission

Abans Group of Companies

Volvo Trademark Holding AB

Federal Oats Mills SDN. Berhad

Merck Sharp & Dohme LLC

ICC Business Corporation FZ LLC

TVS Group of Companies

Alfa Laval Corporate AB

F. J. & G. De Saram

F. J. & G. De Saram‘s team of ‘highly skilled, experienced and professional’ practitioners is well versed in handling a wide scope of IP matters. The group's workload includes advising on alleged trade mark infringements, patent and design registrations and trade mark renewals. Shehara Varia specialises in IP protection matters, particularly in the corporate space, while Upekha Senaratne and Jayathri Kulatilleke both have expertise in registration and renewal work; the trio co-head the cohort.

Practice head(s):

Shehara Varia; Upekha Senaratne; Jayathri Kulatilake

Other key lawyers:

Shevanthi Perera


‘The team members are highly skilled, experienced, and professional.’

‘Jayathri’s communications are clear and comprehensive.’

Key clients


Atmosphere Hotels & Resorts

Wyndham Hotels & Resorts Inc,

Bayer Intellectual Property GmbH

Sunshine Holdings PLC

Spa Ceylon

Hayleys Adventis Limited

CBL Group


Jetwing Hotels Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised the client on a trade mark opposition case, involving a a conflicting trade mark application.

Julius & Creasy

The IP offering at Julius & Creasy is led by Anomi Wanigasekera, who is very experienced in advising on enforcement, management and transactional IP-related matters. The department is noted for its strength in representing clients before the National Intellectual Property Office in cases involving infringements, injunctions, and search and seizure order cases.

Practice head(s):

Anomi Wanigasekera

Key clients

Honda Motor Company

Suzuki Motor Corporation

Bajaj Auto Ltd

Unilever PLC

Takeda Vaccines Incl

Victoria’s Secret Stores Brand Management Inc

Japan Tobacco Inc

Axiata Group Berhad

Apple Inc

Abbott Laboratories

Work highlights

  • Advised International Cricket Council on IP rights-related matters.
  • Assisted Apple Inc with trademark opposition matters.
  • Acted for Hayleys PLC on contentious IP matters.

Tiruchelvam Associates

The IP team at Tiruchelvam Associates is experienced in handling trade mark and patent design filings, and assists with managing IP portfolios. The group is also strong in contentious IP matters, often appearing before the NIPO in enforcement cases. Managing partner Ramani Muttettuwegama, senior associate Michael Paiva and associate Adheeba Ilyas are at the practice’s helm. Associate Thuwaraka Ganeshan left for an in-house role in December 2022.

Practice head(s):

Ramani Muttettuwegama; Michael Paiva; Adheeba Ilyas


‘Usually when we choose to cooperate with an IP company, we will consider the price, responsiveness and professionalism. They are positive in all three areas.’

‘The team responds quickly to our queries.’

Key clients

Unitalen Attorneys at Law

Shailendra Thatte & Associates

SCG Legal Counsel Ltd

FarmaPatent IP

Withers KhattarWong LLP

Remfry & Sagar

Guangzhou ZhuanLi IP Law Firm

Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP

C. S. TANG & CO. Advocates & Solicitors

JK Marcam LLP

Mohamed Idris & Bros

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius

Studio Bonini srl

APIA Proprietate Industriala

Anuation Research and Consulting LLP

Anakamus Manufacturing


ATMD Bird & Bird LLP

Nanaviti Associates

Maha Chemicals (Asia) Pte Ltd


Saint Gobain

Shanghai Zenorr


Sarvodaya Seeds Limited

CDM International (Private) Limited

Sarvasaara Agro Research and Technology Center Limited

EMIRATES PATENT & Trade Mark Attorneys & Legal Consultants


Sun Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd

Jin Wang Cheng International Intellectual Property (Beijing) Co., Ltd.



Dhairya Shah & Associates (DSA)