Firm Profile > Remfry & Sagar > Gurgaon, India

Remfry & Sagar
GURGAON - 122 009

Intellectual property Tier 1

Full-service IP boutique Remfry & Sagar has robust, dedicated teams covering the breadth of soft and hard IP services. On top of Pankaj Soni’s patent infringement litigation successes for chemicals clients and the high rate of complex patent prosecutions for hi-tech clients led by managing partner Ashwin Julka, the team also handles extensive patent transactions and commercialisation projects. The trade mark, copyright and geographical indications team, which includes Devika Mehra, Samta Mehra and Vishnumohan Rethinam, conducts global filings, oppositions, enforcements and commercialisation projects. Furthermore, the team is leading the market in the emerging field of litigation concerning geographical indicators. C. A. Brijesh is a go-to name for domain name disputes, Ranjna Mehta-Dutt has a focus on the life sciences sector and Gaurav Mukerjee provides expert advice on anti-counterfeiting strategy.

The firm:

Established in 1827, Remfry & Sagar has pioneered IP law in India. The firm’s depth of experience is hard to match and its ability for fresh thinking in changing scenarios is self-evident. Offering services across the spectrum of intellectual property law, its dynamic team of over 110 lawyers and 160 professional staff has equal competence in both IP prosecution and litigation. A group of corporate law experts also advises on wide ranging commercial matters. More than 8,000 clients across diverse industries in over 70 countries are testimony to the firm’s leading capabilities.

Remfry & Sagar’s expertise is particularly strong in the Indian subcontinent – it assists clients by offering a complete range of IP services in neighbouring jurisdictions including, Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Myanmar and the Maldives. However, its long history has fostered close associations across more distant geographies as well, facilitating easy fulfilment of a client’s global IP needs. The firm’s efforts towards crafting seamless IP solutions include extensive participation in global IP fora including the INTA, ECTA, AIPLA, AIPPI, APAA, FICPI, ITMA, LES and PTMG platforms as well close involvement with domestic industry forums such as the FICCI (Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry) and CII (Confederation of Indian Industry). This lends it a broad world view with deep insight into the demands of modern business. Remfry & Sagar also continually engages with policy makers thus contributing towards a larger change in India’s IP milieu.

Areas of practice: Patents, designs and plant varieties: expertise in all spheres of technology, including chemistry, biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, food and related fields, telecommunications, software, electrical and electronics; search and watch services; due diligence; freedom to operate and invalidity opinions; drafting patent specifications; filing and prosecution of patents, designs and plant varieties applications; opposition and revocation/cancellation matters before the Patent Office and the Intellectual Property Appellate Board (IPAB); maintenance of granted patents and registered designs and filing of annual working statements for patents; assignment and licensing advisory as well as effecting seamless recordals; filing and prosecuting Applications under the Biological Diversity Act.

Trade mark, copyright and geographical indications: search and watch services; due diligence; investigations, market surveys; negotiations for co-existence agreements, buy-outs; filing and prosecution of applications (including Madrid applications), oppositions and cancellation actions; post registration maintenance including renewal and restoration; assignment, licensing and franchising; registration and maintenance of domain names; representation before the IP offices and IPAB.

Litigation: enforcement of trademarks, patents, copyright, designs and geographical indications encompassing suits for infringement, passing off, unfair competition, appeals, writ petitions, special revocation petitions, counter claims, etc before various courts/tribunals; criminal enforcement actions including those pertaining to anti-piracy/counterfeiting; alternative dispute resolution; commercial litigation; domain name complaints before WIPO/National Arbitration Forum and .INRegistry/NIXI; border control measures including filing of custom watch notices.

Corporate and commercial: legal advice relating to foreign investment, joint ventures, company formation/ management, competition law, labour laws, food laws, packaging and labeling regulations, etc; legal due diligence; representation before the Foreign Investment Promotion Board, the Reserve Bank of India, the Office/s of the Registrar of Companies, etc; obtaining all kinds of commercial/statutory registrations; advising on and drafting agreements pertaining to trade secret and data protection.

Department Name Email Telephone
Ashwin Julka, Managing Partner +91-124-280-6100/ 465-6100
Photo Name Position Profile
 Ashwin Julka photo Ashwin Julka Managing Partner
Number of lawyers : 110+
at this office : 100+
International Trade Mark Association (INTA)
ECTA (European Communities Trade Mark Association)
American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA)
AIPPI (The International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property)
Asian Patent Attorneys Association (APAA)
Fédération Internationale des Conseils en Propriété Intellectuelle (FICPI)
Chartered Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys (CITMA)
LES (Licensing Executives Society)
Pharmaceutical Trademarks Group (PTMG)
International AntiCounterfeiting Coalition (IACC)
Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO)
ABA (American Bar Association)
The Association of European Trade Mark Owners (MARQUES)

Consumer Rights Gain Stronger Footing

With the Consumer Protection Act, 2019 (‘CPA’) taking effect in July 2020, India has updated its consumer protection laws. The CPA replaces a 1986 legislation that was increasingly inadequate in coping with the legal challenges posed by changing market realities, most particularly, the rapidly growing shift towards e-commerce. Also, on July 23, 2020, the government notified the Consumer Protection (E-Commerce) Rules, 2020, which complement the CPA in making online retailers more accountable and their businesses more transparent. Read more here...#remfry #consumerprotection #ecommerce


Despite the disruption created by the lockdown, Remfry & Sagar has been providing real-time updates on IP matters to clients. In an article featured in the India Business Law Journal, Ashwin Julka (Managing Partner) speaks of the preparedness of the Firm heading into the lockdown, how it is looking to support clients in times of operational and financial challenge and the need for a collaborative, creative and flexible approach going forward.  See the full piece by clicking here...

Trademark Hearings via Video-Conferencing

In a much awaited development, the Indian IP Office has announced the procedure for conducting hearings via video-conferencing for trademark matters.

TRADEMARK OPPOSITION Timelines: A Liberal Interpretation

In a case argued by Remfry & Sagar - ‘Pioneer Electronic Corporation vs. M/S. Suse Electronics and Anr.’ - the Intellectual Property Appellate Board (‘IPAB’) has had the opportunity to adjudicate a critical question of law connected with trademark opposition proceedings - whether or not (erstwhile) Rule 51 of the Trade Mark Rules, 2002 (‘Rules’), which permitted a mere one month extension of time for filing evidence, is mandatory in nature. In a judgment expected to usher in a synchronised approach on this issue across the 5 offices of the Indian Trade Marks Registry, the IPAB stated that upon a harmonious reading of the Trade Marks Act, 2002 and Rules the restriction under Rule 51 is directory and not mandatory; thus, an appellant can seek a further extension of time for filing evidence. pdf Read more...

PROSECCO – Cheers to a win(e)!

Remfry & Sagar has been successful in enforcing the Prosecco #GI in India. Prosecco, a sparkling white wine produced in Northeast Italy, is a protected Geographical Indication (GI) in several countries, including India. It is a popular wine and the organisation managing the protection of the Prosecco GI - Consorzio Di Tutela Della Denominazione Di Origine Controllate Prosecco – claims use of the GI since the 17th century and has had to deal with numerous challenges on account of misuse of the term.