29 Oct

How India is helping brands combat counterfeiting

India is removing policy barriers to attract investment, while policy initiatives designed to improve IP rights enforcement look set to yield results. However, the availability of infringing, counterfeit and lookalike products is also on the rise.

Ranjan Narula

Ranjan Narula founded the specialist IP law firm RNA in 2004 and is now managing partner. Mr Narula has a degree in industrial chemistry and is a registered patent agent. Mr Narula has been practising as an advocate and patent attorney since 1991. He has 27 years’ post-qualification experience working on contentious and non-contentious IP issues. Mr Narula is also a member of the INTA Board of Directors. He has been a speaker at both international and national events, and has worked in-house and in private practice, including a stint with an international IP practice. Mr Narula handles a wide range of IP, IT and technology matters, including IP management issues, strategic advice on IP clearance, acquisition and enforcement. He regularly advises clients in various industries, including pharmaceuticals, information technology, telecoms, apparel, fast-moving consumer goods, confectionery, beverages and finance.

Mohandas Konnanath

Mohandas Konnanath is a managing associate at RNA IP Attorneys. He joined the bar in 1995. Mr Konnanath is a dual-qualified lawyer in India and England and Wales. He obtained his master’s in IP law from Bournemouth University in 2006. He heads the Chennai operations of the firm and handles litigation, opposition and prosecution matters; he also attends hearings before the Trademark Registry and IP Appellate Board. In his current role, he advises a wide range of clients on contentious and non-contentious IP matters. He also regularly writes and lectures on IP issues.