Firm Profile > RNA Technology and IP Attorneys > Gurgaon, India
RNA Technology and IP Attorneys Offices
401-402, 4th Floor, Suncity Success Tower, Sector - 65, Golf Course Extension Road, Gurgaon - 122 005, National Capital Region (Haryana), India
RNA Technology and IP Attorneys > The Legal 500 Rankings
Intellectual property Tier 3
Contentious IP matters at RNA Technology and IP Attorneys are spearheaded by Rachna Bakhru and Ranjan Narula, who field expertise in trade mark, copyright and design infringement and passing-off litigation before the courts and tribunals. The team is predominantly engaged by hi-tech clients in the IT, software, pharmaceuticals and electronics sectors. Filing, prosecution and commercial IP services are provided by co-head Rajiv Suri. The firm also provides a dedicated investigations team headed by Rahul Sethi which is applied to customs, anti-counterfeiting and enforcement strategies for global brand owners.
RNA Technology and IP Attorneys > Firm Profile
RNA’s business had its roots in trademarks before it branched into other forms of Intellectual Property. We are now known as one stop shop for IP which has been accredited with several independent recognition, positive reviews by clients and peers for the quality of services and advice. RNA team comprises trademark attorneys, researchers, patent agents, paralegals and IP investigators working seamlessly as a coordinated team. We provide our clients a complete picture of the pros and cons in pursuing a course of action along with varied alternatives related to any strategic decision that needs to be taken by them in pursuing a remedy.
We provide a complete range of IP services to a number of Fortune 500 companies, start-ups, research institutes, NGOs and government entities in India and South Asian countries including Bangladesh, Pakistan, Nepal, Bhutan, Sri Lanka and Maldives. We also manage IP portfolio of a number of Indian corporations assisting them to protect and enforce their rights globally in more than 47 countries (through our network of associates) covering North America, Canada, Latin America, South America, Europe, South East Asia, Middle East etc. We manage substantial enforcement and IP filing and prosecution work not only in India but also in Bangladesh, Pakistan, Nepal, Bhutan, Sri Lanka and Maldives. Our extensive IP experience, ever evolving IP knowledge and close relationships with local lawyers and investigators enables us to take effective actions in these jurisdictions.
In 2019-20 we filed over 600 applications before the Trademarks, Patent, Copyright, Designs office. Additionally, we instituted 100 litigation cases and 200+ opposition, cancellation matters for a diverse range of clients. We also manage a portfolio of over 1200 Patents.
IP practice specialisation
RNA provides complete range of IP services, from clearance searches to filing and prosecution of trademark application in India, India sub-continent, Trademark Transnational work, Trademark enforcement, oppositions and rectifications and IP strategy.
Our prosecution team provides full range of trade mark management services, from, strategizing, trade mark clearance to advertising and label/packaging clearance, registration through to managing renewals, assignments, licensing, general maintenance.
Our trademark services cover complete transnational work from conducting due diligence’s in mergers & acquisitions and IP audits to drafting and negotiating licensing and franchising agreements. We have developed expertise in filing and prosecuting international applications through the Madrid protocol for our local as well as global clients.
Our enforcement team comprises lawyers, researchers, and investigators that have both in-house and private practice experience. Our team is trained to devise strategies to find business solutions to IP legal issues. In the last 10 years, our team has handled over 600 civil actions and more than 1000 criminal actions working with local police. Our team is experienced in handling one-off infringements and devising a comprehensive enforcement campaign to create impact at both the manufacturing and distribution end. We work closely with businesses in understanding their priorities, distribution network, trade channels, and factors that affect their trade to devise enforcement campaigns that address both online and brick and mortar sales. We regularly advise clients on the most germane court for filing legal action and whether or not a civil or criminal option would be a viable option alongside provide individualised case management services at all stages of litigation. Additionally, we have worked on numerous online infringement issues and have several on-going cases on digital issues and specific to e-commerce portals.
RNA has developed a software (which we call Brand Protection Cop) to check e-commerce portals for identifying parties selling fake/counterfeit products. The cases instituted by us have a success rate of 90% in interim injunctions and final judgements.
The team at RNA worked closely with brand owners even during the lock down due to Covid 19 pandemic and handled interesting pharmaceutical court cases during this phase obtaining injunction orders and conducted successful raid actions resulting in seizure of huge quantity of infringing goods.
Clients at RNA
Our clientele covers the entire spectrum from multi-national IP owners and users to start-up businesses and individuals. The key clients of the firm are engaged in Pharmaceutical, Software, Information Technology, Electronics, Consumer and Luxury goods, Petrochemicals, Apparels, Hospitality, Sports and Fashion industry. Our services are fully supported by technology required to provide a smooth service experience to our clients. We have fully automated docketing system to keep track of deadlines and provide bespoke reports to our clients on a regular basis.
RNA derives its core value in the concept of building relationships. Our clients, teams and partners have been with us throughout our journey following this ideology and hence, we continue to nurture it with care and affection. We believe and sustain work life balance and provide a stimulating environment to our teammates for professional growth – both among lawyers and our support staff. The culture is furthered by complete transparency at work, systems and procedures. We work in an open office plan with senior team members always available and easily approachable by staff for brainstorming ideas and take collective responsibility in providing professional service experience to our clients.
International presence and alliances
We are active in Asia in organisations such as the:
- International Trademark Association (INTA),
- Asian Patent Attorneys Association (APAA),
- ASEAN IP Association, Intellectual property Owners Association (IPO),
- American Intellectual Property Association (AIPLA),
- World Customs Organisation
We regularly write for numerous IP-focused publications such as Lexology, Managing Intellectual Property, World Trademark Law Report, World Trademark Review etc.
- Timely response with pragmatic, efficient and cost effective solutions
- Clients at the heart of our services. We focus on getting to know our clients well and working collaboratively with them. One stop shop for clients spanning clearance Prosecution, Enforcement, strategy, transactions, Litigation of IP
- In-house Investigation Team ensuring quick turnaround time and protection of sensitive information.
- Professional and friendly; recognising the need to be flexible, open-minded and creative in all areas of business.
- Effective use of technology to provide client’s superior means of access to information through online databases and bespoke reports.
- Cross industry experience with international outlook and local expertise
- We care passionately about the communities in which we operate. Our teams are involved in several initiatives to improve the lives of others and undertake Pro Bono legal projects
- Awarded Enforcement Firm of the Year, Licensing & Franchising Firm of the Year, Technology, Media & Telecoms Firm of the Year in 2020 India IP Awards by Asia IP
- RNA Technology and IP Attorneys ranked in Tier 2 for Trademark contentious work and in Tier 3 for Trademark prosecution in 2020 by Managing IP
- ALB IP Rankings 2020 – RNA Technology and IP Attorneys ranked in Tier 2 in Trademarks/copyright and Patents
- RNA Technology and IP Attorneys ranked in the Silver band – recommended for enforcement and litigation in 2019 edition of the WTR 1000
- Puma Award for Best Trademark Firm in 2019;
- Intel Award for Outstanding Achievement and Service, 2019
- Awarded Trademark firm of the year 2018 by Asia IP
- RNA Technology and IP Attorneys – Notable IP firm by Asia IP
- Ranjan Narula – Trademark Star (MIP), 2020
- Rachna Bakhru – Patent Star (MIP), 2020
- Rajiv Suri – adjudged amongst WTR 1000 – World’s Leading Trademarks professionals by World Trademarks Review for 2020. Also adjudged as Recommended Prosecution Lawyer by Managing IPin 2019 and amongst “Recommended” lawyers in the Leaders League Intelligence Report and Directory Series for the years 2017 and 2018.
- Ranjan Narula WIPR Leader 2019
- Rachna Bakhru – recognized as ‘Women Star in IP’ by Legal Era (2019)
- Rachna Bakhru – Amongst Top 250 Women in Intellectual Property by Managing IP
- RNA, IP Attorneys – Trade mark contentious (MIP) 2018
- Ranjan Narula – Trademark Star (MIP), 2018
|Dispute resolution, IP management and Advisory||Ranjan Narulaemail@example.com||9810089304|
|Enforcement, Investigation and Custom recordal||Rahul Sethifirstname.lastname@example.org||9810144294|
|Patent, Trade secrets and ADR||Rachna Bakhruemail@example.com||9818345046|
|Transactions, IP Clearance and Prosecution||Rajiv Surifirstname.lastname@example.org||9910245046|
|Oppositions, Cancellation and Trademark enforcement||Abhishek Nangiaemail@example.com||9810955645|
Staff FiguresLawyers : 25 Paralegal : 7 Researchers : 7 Investigators : 6
LanguagesEnglish (fluent) Hindi and other Indian languages Tamil and other local languages
MembershipsInternational Trade Mark Association (INTA) Asian Patent Attorney Association (APPA) Intellectual Property Owners (IPO) ASEAN Intellectual Property Association (AIPA) American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA)
Legal Developments20th January 2021 As we begin a new year, there is optimism and hope given the unprecedented challenges businesses and consumers faced during 2020. Our post provides a round-up of key developments in legislative, regulatory, and judicial arena that highlight the Indian IP environment remains vibrant.
11th January 2021
In an interesting case, District Consumer Redressal Forum in Kerala (CC 345/12) recently passed an order penalizing the Malayalam movie actor Anoop Menon https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anoop_Menon and the manufacturers of Dhathri Hair Cream https://www.dhathri.com/hair-protector/p/15327821 for making false claims in an advertisement issued in 2012. The movie star and Dhathri were ordered to pay compensation to the complainant and a fine imposed on the medical store that sold the hair cream. The case was based on the old Consumer Protection Act, which has been revised to make celebrities responsible while taking up brand endorsements. Interestingly, the new Consumer Protection Act of 2019, which came into force on July 20, 2020, has express provisions for fixing liability on the endorsers. It also provides for imposing fine which may extend to ten lakh rupees (approx. USD 14,000) and up to fifty lakh rupees (approx. USD 70,000) for every subsequent contravention. The Authority may further prohibit the endorser of a false or misleading advertisement from making endorsement of any product or service
11th November 2020 Questsfor personal gains have become so intense that those involved in litigation donot hesitate to take shelter of falsehood and misrepresent and suppress factsin the court proceedings. Materialism, opportunism and malicious intent haveovershadowed the old ethos of litigative values for small gains.
26th October 2020 Working Statement required to be filed by patentees every year continues to be a controversial subject. The frequent change in forms and differing stand of the Patent Office has added to the confusion.
21st October 2020 As Covid19 has created business uncertainty, the M&A activity, in general, has slowed down but still there are companies/businesses that are tapping crisis opportunity to make strategic acquisitions. We outline a few commonly asked questions from IP perspective in a transaction involving transfer of IP assets.
24th May 2020 ISPs and Direct Selling Entities at loggerheads over US$ 1.7 billion opportunity The Direct Selling Entities ("DSEs") Amway, Oriflame and Modicare that have a specific business model are embroiled in dispute with leading e-tailers, Amzon, Snapdeal, Cloudtail alleging the sale of their products on e-commerce platforms are unauthorized and without their consent. The Single Judge found in favour of DSEs and passed a common order in interlocutory applications restraining Amazon, Cloudtail and Snapdeal from selling the goods of the DSEs. The said order was challenged by way of six appeals (to the Division Bench), which were heard together as they involved a common question of law. The post briefly summarizes the Single Judge order and focuses on Appellate Bench order that took a completely different view on Direct Selling Guidelines ("DSGs") and ISP liabilities. Indian direct selling industry accounts for INR 13,000 crore (approx. US$ 1.7 billion) business and directly or indirectly employs around 5.7 million people as of the FY 2018-19. Thus the ruling has legal and economic ramifications.
21st April 2020 FAQ's on Well-Known Trade Marks 1) Are well known marks protected in India? Yes, well known marks are protected in India. There are specific provisions under the Trade Marks Act, 1999 and procedure to record well known trade marks in India is provided under the Trademarks Rules, 2017 enacted under the Act, 1999. Prior to March 2017 there was no procedure in place to record well known marks in India though they were protected under specific provision (Section 11(6)) of the Trade Marks Act.
31st March 2020 Will difference in pronunciation in certain parts of the country leading to phonetic similarity be sufficient to grant an order of injunction? This is the crux of the issue in the instant appeal before the Division Bench (two judge bench) of the High Court of Rajasthan. The Plaintiff, Deepak Vegpro Private Limited (Deepak) filed the suit before the Commercial Court no.1, Jaipur, alleging trademark infringement and passing off to restrain the Defendant, Ritika Vegetable Oil Private Limited (Ritika) from using the mark NIRAB in relation to same products. The district court granted an injunction and aggrieved by the injunction order, Ritika has filed the appeal before the DB of the High Court which is under consideration.