Firm Profile > Obhan & Associates > New Delhi, India

Obhan & Associates
N-94, Second Floor
Panchshila Park

Intellectual property Tier 2

Essenese Obhan leads on the full range of IP matters at Obhan & Associates with significant recent instructions involving international infringement arbitration, patent and trade mark dilution litigation and other enforcement actions before the tribunals and registries across India. Routine non-contentious matters include handling global portfolios, patent acquisition and transfer exercises and prosecution services. Key sectors include the complex fields of biotechnology, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, life sciences, nanotechnology and agribusiness.

Practice head(s):

Essenese Obhan

Key clients

Steer Engineering Pvt. Ltd.

Aditya Birla Science and Technology

G4S Security

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries

TATA Chemicals

Agfa Group of Companies

Nuziveedu Seeds

Obhan & Associates (O&A) was conceived in 2007 to meet the growing demand from Indian and international clients for a dedicated, responsive and strategic approach in securing and enforcing intellectual property in India. In particular, the Firm was conceived to address the critical requirement of a specialized patent team that intimately understands the working of the Indian legal system and is technically qualified and competent in understanding and appreciating our clients’ inventions. O&A has since then expanded and now offers end-to-end services in IP and corporate law with the goal of aiding and assisting its clients at every stage and is recognised as one of India’s leading law firms.

The firm prides itself on the diversity in its workplace and is committed to building a happy, balanced and supportive work environment. The firm has been ranked as the Best Law firm for Women in India (Vahura Best Law Firms to Work Rankings, 2018).

O&A has regularly been recognised as a leading practice in India by a number of international legal publications, including Chambers Asia Pacific, Managing Intellectual Property, Asialaw Profiles and Legal 500. Our Managing Partner, Essenese Obhan, has been ranked by Chambers Asia as Asia’s Leading Lawyer for Business, 2018. The India Business Law Journal in its definitive list of the country’s top 100 private practice lawyers for the year 2018 has ranked Ashima Obhan, the head of the Firm’s corporate law and M&A practice, as one of the top 100 lawyers in India.

The firm has a well-balanced domestic and international clientele and represents a cross-section of industries, including fast-moving consumer goods, mechanical engineering, hardware and electronics, pharmaceuticals, software, apparel, packaging and retail, process engineering, fashion brands, automobiles and parts, paints and chemicals, magazines and publications and textiles. Our varied client base includes individual inventors, universities and national and international corporations. O&A represents some of India’s leading business houses.

IP Practice

O&A comprises professionals from diverse backgrounds, all of whom combine excellence in their areas of specialisation with a strong understanding of the Indian IP system. O&A’s IP team has skilled professionals experienced in prosecution and contentious proceedings before the various registries under the Intellectual Property Office, the Intellectual Property Appellate Board and courts all across the country. The IP team is qualified and has experience in the following technologies: mechanical, industrial, chemical, nanotechnology, biotech, electrical, electronics, software, telecoms and packaging. The IP team represents both domestic and international clients before the Trademark Office, the registrar of copyrights, the controller of designs, the Intellectual Property Appellate Board and the various courts in India.

Corporate Law and M&A Practice

O&A’s highly experienced corporate team provides a broad range of transactional and advisory services and prides itself on building personal relationships with its clients and providing a responsive, tailored service that will meet the specific needs of each of its clients.

The Firm offers legal services at all phases of a business cycle, right from the inception of an entity to general corporate mattes. The Firm provides its clients with end to end solutions and support on drafting contracts, addressing employment issues, advising on funding and investors, or tackling regulatory and compliance issues. Its advice covers all kinds of commercial contracts, exclusivity negotiations, joint ventures and partnership dealings, strategic alliances and franchise arrangements. The Firm’s Mergers and Acquisitions team has experience and expertise in acting on complex, high-value, cross-border work as well as a range of smaller transactions. The Firm advises on the full range of deal structures from public takeovers/ offers through to divestments, private transactions and demergers. We advise on structuring of investments, formation of Indian entities, joint ventures, asset purchases, acquisitions and divestments, due diligence and related regulatory approvals. The team is recognized for delivering excellent legal strategies and commercially viable advice within prescribed timelines.

The Firm represents its clients before various regulatory authorities such as the Foreign Investment Facilitation Portal (FIFP), National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT), Reserve Bank of India (RBI), Registrar of Companies (ROC), Directorate General of Foreign Trade (DGFT), Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP), Securities & Exchange Board of India (SEBI) and other regulatory bodies.

The Firm has been ranked as one of the 50 Rising Stars of India’s legal profession by the India Business Law Journal, where the Firm’s services and work in the publishing industry were recognized ( The Firm has been advising leading publishing houses in India on issues that are intrinsic to this sector.

Department Name Email Telephone
Intellectual Property Essenese Obhan +91 11 40200200
Corporate Law Ashima Obhan +91 11 40200200
Litigation Ashima Obhan +91 11 40200200
Licensing Matters Ashima Obhan +91 11 40200200
Photo Name Position Profile
Adv Aparna Kareer QC photo Adv Aparna Kareer QC Partner
Adv Ashima Obhan QC photo Adv Ashima Obhan QC Partner
Adv Essenese Obhan QC photo Adv Essenese Obhan QC Managing Partner
Adv Taarika Pillai  photo Adv Taarika Pillai Senior Associate
Adv Charul Yadav QC photo Adv Charul Yadav QC Associate Partner
Fédération Internationale des Conseils en Propriété Intellectuelle (FICPI)
Asian Patent Attorneys Association (APAA)
International Trademarks Association (INTA)
German Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (GRUR)
Association Internationale pour la Protection de la Propriété Intellectuelle (AIPPI)