India

Following amendments to the Trademark Rules, which came into force in 2017, the Indian Trademark Registry has made substantial progress in clearing its application backlog. Equally positive, India has risen five places to 52nd in the WIPO Global Innovation Index and local IP practitioners report that punitive damages are being awarded more frequently in trademark infringement cases, particularly against habitual offenders. The country is also moving towards greater alignment with the global trademark system, with plans in place to accede to the Nice, Vienna and Locarno Agreements. However, much remains to be done. The Indian market is losing nearly $14 billion a year to counterfeits, especially in the pharmaceutical industry, according to the Authentication Solutions Providers’ Association, while a recent study found that IP awareness among academics is still surprisingly low.

Firms: enforcement and litigation

Firms: prosecution and strategy

Ajay Sahni & Associates 

Established in 1983, Ajay Sahni & Associates makes its debut in the WTR 1000 on the back of effusive feedback. “The team works sincerely and dedicatedly in our matters, always providing outstanding support. The practitioners do not treat our work as a client’s work, but rather as their own. Their advice is honest and balanced, with detailed explanations of all the pros and cons; we have never been given incorrect advice.” “They are of the highest calibre and an absolute joy to work with, offering expert analysis and incredibly thoughtful recommendations on various trademark prosecution and litigation matters.” One foreign associate adds: “They are the only associates in India that we trust – their service is practical and reliable, and they are serious, quick and creative. They absolutely meet clients’ needs as excellent advisers for very reasonable prices.” On entering a strategic partnership with iDefendo, the corporate law boutique became the first firm in India to offer blockchain-enabled IP protection services. “A very respected senior in the trademark fraternity,” founder Ajay Sahni is lauded as “one of the most knowledgeable legal professional I have had the pleasure of working with”. Among his achievements, he recently successfully defended Aditya Birla Fashion and Retail Limited – India’s largest fashion and lifestyle company – in an infringement matter relating to its well-known mark PETER ENGLAND. Colleagues Kritika Sahni and Ankit Sahni also deserve a mention: “Kritika is a highly dependable lawyer; her vast litigation experience as a government counsel gives her with an edge over peers, as she can think on her feet and render quick and effective strategic advice in court.” “Ankit takes a hands-on approach to provide creative and business-friendly solutions from an all-encompassing perspective.”

ALG India Law Offices

Another newcomer to the rankings this year, “reliable IP boutique” ALG India Law Offices comes highly recommended among its cohorts in India and overseas. Characterised by an international outlook, the set is particularly active in filing trademarks, with “extremely responsive and pragmatic” managing partner Sheja Ehtesham and IP transactions expert Aparna Sreedhar as key contacts.

Anand and Anand 

Fully endorsed by peers, Anand and Anand is the only group to top both the prosecution and enforcement tables in the India chapter. The most well-known law firm in the country is not only one of the oldest and most-established practices, it is also sufficiently “resourceful and well staffed” to take on the full spectrum of trademark matters, thereby maintaining long-term client relationships. Formidable duo Pravin Anand and Safir Anand take charge of the litigation and prosecution practices, respectively. Pravin commands the stage in court effortlessly, having recently emerged victorious from the Delhi High Court in an infringement battle on behalf of Whatman International Limited and obtaining substantial punitive damages ranging from Rs1 million to Rs10 million. Head of trademarks Safir manages portfolios for multinationals with flair.

Archer & Angel

Archer & Angel is a full-service law firm with a fully formed IP offering and an “extremely responsive and thoughtful trademark team” gaining ground with counterparts around the world. One foreign associate proclaims: “It is above and beyond the most responsive firm that I have ever worked with and provides sound advice while being cost-effective. It stands above the competition. I have tried nearly 15 different firms in India and I will not look any further since working with Archer & Angel.” Another chimes in: “It is by far the best trademark support that we have had in India.” Central to the praise, Srijoy Das is “a joy to work with”, while Sanjay Chhabra prosecutes trademarks for famous global brands such as Kentucky Fried Chicken International Holdings LLC, Taco Bell Corp and 7-Eleven.

AZB & Partners

With a trademark offering that impresses both blue-chip clients and foreign associates, commercial law firm AZB & Partners and its partners have climbed the ranks in the WTR 1000 to take the gold spot in the prosecution and strategy table. Described as the “go-to firm in India” and “the only one that fulfils three important criteria of being prompt, cost-effective and commercially minded”, Fortune 500 companies that have made the move to AZB & Partners have noticed the difference. “The correspondence we get now is much clearer, concise and focused, and the whole attitude is less bureaucratic.” An all-purpose outside trademark counsel for India and Pakistan, the highly responsive side serves a host of famous brands, including Philip Morris, Bayer AG and MasterCard Incorporated, across the complete set of trademark issues. Clients can expect all kinds of legal support backed by “vast knowledge and experience” with the “flexibility and assurance that any issue will be dealt with in an utmost professional manner”. Commercial lawyer Nandan Pendsey takes a remarkable approach to resolving IP issues for an enviable clientele. He recently represented Skechers in a trade dress infringement and passing-off suit before the Delhi High Court, in which the shoe designer was awarded costs amounting to $118,000. Meanwhile, “unfailingly prompt and commercially minded” Akhilesh Rai is “responsive, reliable and creative”. “I always receive thorough and well-considered advice from him,” states one happy patron. “Akhilesh works miracles with the trademark office – he got it to record a complicated series of assignments in a matter that made our previous counsel give up.”

Chadha & Chadha Intellectual Property Law Firm 

Headquartered in New Delhi, Chadha & Chadha Intellectual Property Law Firm is an “esteemed and respected boutique” that excels in prosecuting and enforcing trademarks for an impressive list of foreign clients across industries. “Efficient in dealing with the challenges of trademark prosecution” and taking “an international approach to business”, the likes of LG Corporation and Prada have no qualms entrusting the side with their trademark registration and opposition matters. Indeed, the “patient and understanding” team ensures that brands are protected not only in India but in neighbouring countries as well. At the helm of the international practice, Chetan Chadha recently obtained an injunction for Ruptech Educational India on first hearing in a trademark infringement case. Besides overseeing the Mumbai office, Gopal Trivedi enforces trademarks for numerous clients, including cancelling infringing marks on behalf of Fiera Milano SpA. With her “flexibility and ability to adapt to out-of-the-box solutions and changing demands”, Sonal Madan is a familiar sight in court, where she represents both foreign and domestic companies in various disputes. Besides having “a wider grasp on international IP issues”, she “expresses her legal knowledge in a clear and detailed way, that is also easy to understand for non-local clients”. Aaina Sethi also deserves a mention for being “excellent – highly responsive, pragmatic and good value for money”.

Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas

At four years’ old, Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas is a relatively young IP practice taking its first bow in the WTR 1000 this year. Thanks to its pan-India presence in six cities, the full-service firm easily prosecutes trademarks for a predominantly foreign clientele, including the BMW Group and Nintendo, through foreign associates, who are praised for being “very responsive, organised, clear and concise” as well as providing quality legal strategy and advice. The group also represents multinationals in trademark infringement and passing-off suits at the high courts. While Rekha Dabas leads the trademarks and designs prosecution practice, Ranjan Negi is involved in massive IP transactions – most notably, Kraft Heinz’s sale of Heinz India Private Limited, which was valued at approximately $625 million.

De Penning & De Penning

A pioneer in Indian IP law, De Penning & De Penning has been engaged in all sorts of trademark matters for over 160 years. Ensuring that it keeps up with the latest trends, the firm is well supported by information technology and a comprehensive in-house database operated by a large team of IP professionals. Senior litigator Malavika Vikram is a dependable partner in all things contentious.

Fidus Law Chambers

Newly minted in the gold tier of the enforcement table and a newcomer to the prosecution table, Fidus Law Chambers enjoys a stellar reputation among its enviable clientele of Fortune 500 companies. Doubling in size in 2018, the 40-strong IP boutique continuously “goes above and beyond” to provide practical advice through an “experienced litigation group that supports the general prosecution practice”. One satisfied client reports: “I have had the opportunity to work with over 100 firms across the globe and I can truly say that Fidus is among the best value.” Star litigator Shwetasree Majumder commandeers the courtroom with her sharp wit. Actively involved in high-profile disputes for A-list clients, she has won injunctions for the likes of Xerox Corporation, Glaxo Group and SanDisk. “Majumuder is an exemplary lawyer who provides practical and creative solutions to business problems. She knows the law cold, is not afraid to be aggressive when needed, and her client-service skills are unmatched. I can call her anytime with a problem and be assured that she will have the best solution to execute timely and professionally.” Tanya Varma supports Majumder in dispute resolution while representing Merck in a multi-jurisdictional trademark conflict. On the prosecution front, Astha Negi offers “top-notch legal services”, acting as “a true partner and our local eyes and ears by always looking out for our company’s interests”.

Groverlaw

Joining the WTR 1000 this year is IP boutique Groverlaw. Established in 2013, the firm draws on its deep knowledge of the trademark field to take a “modern approach” and produce great work for a mix of local and foreign businesses. Admitted in England and Wales, founder Vikram Grover is a dual-qualified lawyer. “The best Indian attorney I have worked with for many years,” he is a favourite among foreign associates, not least because of his “commercial outlook and practical advice”. “We give him our most demanding cases because you just have a feeling that he knows what he is doing and everything will be fine.” Thorough, proactive, approachable and friendly, “Vikram provides clearly thought-out advice”. “He is our favourite counsel in India by far!”

IndusLaw

General law firm IndusLaw debuts in the WTR 1000 this year for its diverse trademark work in the prosecution space. Since establishing its IP practice in 2008, the budding Bangalore-based team has offered a host of specialties, making it a one-stop shop for a largely domestic clientele. Among the range of trademark matters that it handles in the Indian subcontinent, it has prosecuted trademarks for the Camlin Group and advised ASM Technologies on rebranding strategies, as well as carrying out advisory work in dispute resolution. Within her broad IP remit, Aditi Verma Thakur runs the prosecution team.

Inttl Advocare 

Founded in 1991 by star litigator Hemant Singh, Inttl Advocare emerges in the gold tier of the enforcement and litigation table thanks to its strong command of the high courts and team of 25 dispute resolution specialists. Besides representing some of the biggest brands across industries, the IP boutique is growing its prosecution practice at its clients’ behest. A sweeping wave of enthusiastic peer feedback propels the “brilliant” Singh to the gold spot in the enforcement and litigation table. “A very prominent counsel” with “a strong base in IP and vast experience”, the managing partner takes centerstage in disputes, representing high-profile clients such as adidas, the Absolut Company Aktiebolag and Bennett, Coleman & Company Limited in trademark infringement matters. Head of litigation Mamta Rani Jha joins him in both the Delhi High Court and the enforcement table, having obtained an ex parte injunction for ZEE Entertainment Enterprises in a well-known trademark infringement suit. “Very responsive with confident and definitive advice,” WTR 1000 debutant Preetika Singh helms the trademark prosecution department after managing Unilever India’s regional legal team.

Ira Law

New kid on the block Ira Law was founded in mid-2018 by four former Anand and Anand alumni, including well-known IP practitioner Binny Kalra. Specialising in civil and commercial matters in the IP space, the lean but “erudite and experienced” team of seven equity partners and two IP professionals offers “clear, crisp and practical advice” at “comparatively economical” rates with an “impressive” turnaround time. Given its transparent approach, not to mention two-thirds female majority, famous brands and Indian start-ups are already entrusting IP and corporate matters to the “responsible, dedicated, meticulous, result-oriented and effective” set. Previously active in resolving IP disputes, Kalra is “a very reliable professional with a high level of competence” who now takes a constructive approach and an advisory role in crafting IP strategies. What is more, she has a personal inclination to avoid taking instructions from the tobacco industry. With a finger on the pulse and merits of IP disputes, Krutikka Vijay is the go-to lawyer for contentious matters. “Assiduous, expedient and very committed, Krutikka is intelligent and well versed in the tenets of IP law.”

K&S Partners

Topping the prosecution and strategy table, K&S Partners draws on three decades of experience in the trademark field to offer a full spectrum of IP services. With a comprehensive in-house database collecting digitised copies of all registered trademarks in India, as well as an excellent system in place, the outfit is “a good and reliable partner” for foreign associates and multinationals. Not only does it protect trademarks for famous brands such as Pepsico, Caterpillar and General Electric Company, it also prosecutes marks relating to basmati rice for the Indian government’s Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority. The set’s “attentive and fantastic service” has impressed clients, alongside its success in carving out a niche in geographical indications (GIs). Excelling in this field is gold-rated IP strategist Rajendra Kumar. The chair of the trademark practice works on intermediary liability matters, while maintaining a firm grasp on GI issues with Latha Nair, who takes an “ethical approach” with “high integrity” in any prosecution matter. Not to be outdone in the enforcement and litigation space, the firm has also been involved in multiple raids and anti-counterfeiting activities for well-known global brands. A pragmatic IP professional who is equally competent in contentious and non-contentious matters, Ashish Marbaniang “does all he can to succeed and achieve even in desperate situations” – as does Priya Rao in enforcing trademarks before various courts.

Khaitan & Co

“Value for money with a good balance of discussion followed by action,” Khaitan & Co is one of the oldest law firms in India, drawing on its strengths in a range of practice areas to provide holistic IP advice to well-known multinationals. “Meticulous, responsive and proactive,” the ensemble offers “vastly superior service” in domestic and international trademark portfolio management for the likes of Novartis AG and Tata Group Companies, and handles trademark disputes and enforcement actions before the high courts for the likes of Amazon Technologies and Honda Scooters. It is also one of the few firms to have a strong presence in the transactional IP space, where Khaitan’s “no nonsense, practical and client-centric advice” is greatly appreciated. With 20 years’ IP experience and a dual-qualification, Adheesh Nargolkar captains the IP department, advising Zydus Wellness Limited and Cadila Healthcare Limited on the IP aspects of their acquisition by Heinz India. Newly promoted partner Shailendra Bhandare is heavily involved in supporting licensing and transactions on behalf of domestic companies.

Khurana & Khurana, Advocates and IP Attorneys

Debuting in the WTR 1000 this year, Khurana & Khurana, Advocates and IP Attorneys has grown rapidly in terms of both headcount and referrals. With 35 attorneys in the trademark team, the firm represents big names such as Panasonic and Mastercard in trademark prosecution matters and conducting raids to seize counterfeit goods. Head of litigation Vinod Khurana and head of trademark prosecution Mohinder Vig are names to note.

Krishna & Saurastri Associates LLP

A full-service IP boutique staffed by more than 150 practitioners in five key commercial centers, Krishna & Saurastri Associates LLP is a regional firm with a greater profile in the Mumbai area. In prosecution and enforcement matters respectively, Sunil Krishna acts with “business acumen”, while Manish Saurastri protects brands in court.

Lakshmikumaran & Sridharan 

Full-service outfit Lakshmikumaran & Sridharan brings its strength in the patent field to trademarks, calling on multidisciplinary expertise to protect IP rights and devise IP strategies for businesses of all sizes. With 11 offices throughout India, lawyers can quickly appear in any and all major courts and tribunals to defend their clients’ rights. IP head Parthasarathy R is a vital name for the address book.

Lall & Sethi

Lall & Sethi earns itself a spot in the WTR 1000 on the back of fervent endorsement from its peers. Founded by Chander Lall and Sandeep Sethi – well-renowned IP practitioners who have since been elevated to senior advocates – the IP boutique serves a largely international clientele and provides “cost-effective and practical advice” on all sorts of trademark matters. “Responsive, informed, proactive and good to deal with,” the 20-strong trademark team is led by three partners whose youth brings new energy to the field. Managing partner Raghav Malik is “well versed in advising clients on IP protection and litigation strategies”, often appearing in the high court on behalf of multinationals. With 12 years of experience behind her, Jyoti Kaur takes care of IP issues across the board.

LexOrbis 

“LexOrbis matches everything that we want – quality and cost. It is well structured and we always get prompt replies and instructions.” As an IP boutique that “goes the extra mile to help”, it boasts a list of largely foreign companies among its clients. “Prompt, helpful and effective” are hallmarks of the service, which 22 trademark lawyers in industry-specific teams uphold with pride. On the contentious front, 12 litigators and enforcement lawyers ensure that their clients’ brands are protected from infringement. New faces in the WTR 1000 Manisha Singh, Abhai Pandey and Omesh Puri are seasoned IP practitioners. “A brave adviser,” Singh is lauded for her “excellent communication skills” and “confidence in approaching opposition and enforcement”, while Pandey has more than 25 years of experience in resolving IP disputes in court. Of late, Puri has been concentrating his considerable skills on transactional matters.

Rahul Chaudhry & Partners 

Since gold-rated Rahul Chaudhry took over Lall Lahiri & Salhotra and changed the firm’s name in 2018, Rahul Chaudhry & Partners has not only continued to operate smoothly but has even expanded – extending its legal services to non-IP areas and civil as well as commercial litigation. Specialising in trademark matters, 42 attorneys carry out a range of IP work, including customs border enforcement in India and neighbouring countries for a growing number of Chinese clients. Chaudhry – “a prominent litigator and legal adviser, who is well regarded for his legal expertise and business acumen” – has been busy representing Exxon Mobil Corporation before the Delhi High Court in multiple trademark infringement suits and obtained ex-parte ad-interim injunctions. Founding partner Anuradha Salhotra, is a respected figure in the local trademark community and enjoys an outstanding reputation for her sharpshooting skills in the courtroom, while Veena Poolakal captains the trademark prosecution team.

Remfry & Sagar

Known for its prosecution prowess, full-service outfit Remfry & Sagar rises to the top of the prosecution and strategy table this year. More than 40 attorneys handle a huge volume of trademark filings – at 1,200 applications, they enjoy almost 15% of all inbound work in India – as well as multi-jurisdictional portfolios extending to the Indian subcontinent. Arguably the second oldest IP practice in the world, the firm has generated “enormous goodwill over the years for providing excellent services” to predominantly foreign clients, including Fortune 500 companies and associates abroad. A standout for its reliability and quality, it takes a “proactive and customer-centric approach” to offer “business-oriented and practical legal advice” that espouses “in-depth legal knowledge and thorough understanding of Indian IP law”. Given its excellent local reputation, the firm is deeply involved in developing Indian IP policy and works closely with the government to encourage start-up activity and innovation. Not only does it assist domestic companies in formulating brand protection strategies, it also sets precedents in court, including representing Carlsberg Breweries in a passing-off suit that constituted a five-judge bench for the first time in an IP case at the Delhi High Court. The illustrious set also obtained record punitive damages of $716,000 for Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Corporation against a counterfeiter. Clients particularly appreciate the strong corporate practice, which renders “tailor-made solutions” for all things commercial, including trademark licence agreements between local and foreign entities. Over two decades of experience puts managing partner Ashwin Julka at the top of the heap for resolving complex prosecution issues with iron-clad IP strategies. An excellent practitioner, Samta Mehra has been gaining ground with clients and peers for her shining reputation in India; chair of INTA’s India Trademark Office Practices Committee, she also leads the firm’s industrial design practice. GI specialist Devika Mehra helps clients to acquire and manage trademark portfolios. On the contentious front, CA Brijesh captains the litigation practice, while Gaurav Mukerjee dispenses sage advice on anti-counterfeiting. V Mohini is also noted for her professionalism and dedication to clients, as well as her comprehensive advice and attention to detail.

RK Dewan & Co 

“Sincerity, security and service with a smile – RK Dewan & Co works ethically and only in the interest of its clients. It has branches in major Indian metros to take care of clients across the country, and a good network for trademark registration outside India.” Having recently obtained ISO 9001:2015 standard certification, the Pune-based IP boutique has made a point of keeping up with best practices throughout its 75 years of history. It excels in the domestic space, with a team of 30 trademark attorneys prosecuting marks and handling portfolios in more than 75 countries for a host of well-known companies, including Tata Consultancy Services, Hyundai Motor Company and Kate Spade. It also defends brands before the high courts in trademark infringement matters. An IP practice veteran of more than 45 years, “down-to-earth” Mohan Dewan remains personally involved in every trademark matter and “in touch with each and every client, whether an individual or a corporate giant”. Disha Dewan makes her sophomore appearance in the WTR 1000 this year, having managed large portfolios for the National Stock Exchange of India and Bennett & Coleman.

RNA Technology and IP Attorneys 

Established in 2004, RNA Technology and IP Attorneys focuses exclusively on IP matters for an impressive roster of US and EU companies. The one-stop shop is extending its practice into technology and the cyber industry – specifically, data privacy, licensing and trade secrets – while remaining actively involved in pro bono activities as a member of the Thomson Reuters TrustLaw programme. Current chair of the INTA India Committee of Trademark Office Practices, founder Ranjan Narula brings over two decades of experience in the IP field to the table, including in-house experience at BP. Among the 750 civil and criminal matters that he has worked on, he recently closed a decade-old passing-off suit for Mars, Inc and obtained a permanent injunction alongside $1,500 punitive damages for the Ritz Hotel Limited. For his involvement in multiple trademark assignments and filings, captain of the trademark prosecution team Rajiv Suri joins the prosecution and transactions tables this year.

Saikrishna & Associates 

Saikrishna & Associates is an undisputed enforcement and litigation powerhouse in India. Ploughing effortlessly through contentious IP matters in court, more than 20 lawyers in the IP team “deliver positive results in a cost-efficient and extremely responsive manner”. Backed by a strong and loyal following, managing partner Saikrishna Rajagopal is well versed in all types of IP matter – especially copyright – as is Ameet Datta, a specialist in technology, media and data privacy.

Sim & San, Attorneys At Law 

Making its sophomore appearance in the WTR 1000, Sim & San is a compact, family-oriented law firm that has been straddling the contentious/non-contentious divide for 13 years. A 30-strong trademark team based in Delhi prosecutes and enforces trademarks for domestic and foreign clients, supported by an international office in Dubai. Under founding and managing partner Sangeeta Goel’s leadership, the firm has expanded from its IP focus into a full-service practice. With more than three decades of experience, Sangeeta has worked with famous brands on trademark prosecution matters, while Mohit Goel is the one to call for dispute resolution.

Singh and Singh Law Firm LLP 

A highly respected litigation practice thanks to its founding partners’ reputation in the legal industry, Singh and Singh is often found defending multinationals in the high courts. While 15 professionals are hard at work prosecuting trademarks at a fair price, the remaining “attentive and patient team” accommodates client requests with a willingness “to learn and question conventions”. “We have not had any regrets working with them – we’ve seen them grow over the years without losing their humble roots.” Trademark guru Sudeep Chatterjee takes his first bow in the WTR 1000. Besides obtaining an ex-parte ad-interim injunction against trademark infringers for Samsung India Electronics Company Limited, he represented ITC Limited in multiple anti-counterfeiting and infringement matters before the Delhi High Court.

SS Rana & Co 

Celebrating its 30th anniversary in September 2019, SS Rana & Co is a prolific trademark filer with more than 1,000 applications around the world, as well as more than 400 opposition proceedings. On the enforcement front, it has carried out more than 57 raids in 2019 alone. As a popular choice among foreign associates, it receives high praise from all directions: “It is our go-to firm in India – it takes a courteous and proactive approach at a very fair cost and deals with every issue quickly, providing an initial opinion with rounded, well-researched advice. We are confident that the firm will provide the support we need and act in our clients’ best interests.” “Its service is immaculate, with clear, precise and very speedy responses.” “They are the best experience we’ve had working with trademark attorneys in India – a prompt and extremely helpful service that often exceeds expectations. Their communications are clear and well thought out, and the firm’s ISO accreditation makes it effective and efficient.” A familiar sight at conferences, founding partner Vikrant Rana is not only “very personable and professional”, he is even considered a friend by clients: “I feel secure about how his firm handles trademark work; if anything goes wrong, I am certain he will resolve it.”

WS Kane & Co

WS Kane makes light of complex IP litigation cases under the strong guidance of star litigator Himanshu Kane. Propelled to the top of the enforcement and litigation table by overwhelmingly positive feedback, Kane is a common sight in the Bombay High Court and “very well respected in Mumbai circles”.

ZeusIP Advocates

“More modern than a typical Indian IP firm,” ZeusIP Advocates wins over companies of all sizes and industries with its “superb service”. With a litigation practice that has expanded from being solely IP-focused to encompassing every area of law, around 30 professionals continue to prosecute trademarks worldwide for foreign and domestic companies alike, including Hexaware Technologies Limited and Vivo Mobile Communication Co, Ltd. Moreover, it recently defended Red Bull in a trademark infringement matter, in which the brand’s marks were declared well known in India. Working “fast and efficiently”, the IP boutique is worth the high price tag, as one client states: “I can trust the lawyers’ work – they have solved many tough assignment matters.” “Easygoing, responsive and thorough,” managing partner Gunjan Paharia possesses great expertise in Indian trademark law and oversees prosecution strategy.

Other recommended experts

At the helm of Mason & Associates, Neel Mason takes charge of an “experienced team with in-depth knowledge”, while his litigation practice expands into the copyright space. Amarjit Singh Monga of the eponymous Amarjit & Associates is an “excellent litigator with deep trademark knowledge”. “The leading copyright and entertainment lawyer in India,” can be found at Neolegal Associates in the form of Xerxes Ranina – who is “very clever and shows a lot of commercial sense”. Raja Selvam, founder of South India-based Selvam and Selvam, is “responsive and helpful in filing and prosecuting trademark applications in India”. Sushant Singh makes every effort to protect his clients’ brands in court, firmly putting his name above the door at Sushant M Singh & Associates.

Individuals: enforcement and litigation

  • Pravin Anand - Anand and Anand 
  • Himanshu Kane - WS Kane & Co
  • Shwetasree Majumder - Fidus Law Chambers
  • Saikrishna Rajagopal - Saikrishna & Associates
  • Hemant Singh - Inttl Advocare
  • Sudeep Chatterjee - Singh and Singh Law Firm LLP
  • Mohan Dewan - RK Dewan & Co
  • Ranjan Narula - RNA Technology and IP Attorneys
  • Akhilesh Rai - AZB & Partners
  • Ajay Sahni - Ajay Sahni & Associates
  • Anuradha Salhotra - Rahul Chaudhry & Partners
  • Amarjit Singh Monga - Amarjit & Associates
  • CA Brijesh - Remfry & Sagar
  • Ameet Datta - Saikrishna & Associates
  • Mohit Goel - Sim & San, Attorneys At Law
  • Vikram Grover - Groverlaw
  • Sonal Madan - Chadha & Chadha Intellectual Property Law Firm
  • Raghav Malik - Lall & Sethi
  • Ashish Marbaniang - K&S Partners
  • Neel Mason - Mason & Associates
  • Gaurav Mukerjee - Remfry & Sagar
  • Abhai Pandey - LexOrbis 
  • Nandan Pendsey - AZB & Partners
  • Vikrant Rana - SS Rana & Co 
  • Mamta Rani Jha - Inttl Advocare
  • Priya Rao - K&S Partners
  • Manish Saurastri - Krishna & Saurastri Associates LLP
  • Manisha Singh - LexOrbis 
  • Sushant Singh - Sushant M Singh & Associates
  • Gopal Trivedi - Chadha & Chadha Intellectual Property Law Firm
  • Tanya Varma - Fidus Law Chambers

Individuals: prosecution and strategy

  • Safir Anand - Anand and Anand 
  • Rahul Chaudhry - Rahul Chaudhry & Partners
  • Mohan Dewan - RK Dewan & Co
  • Ashwin Julka - Remfry & Sagar
  • Rajendra Kumar - K&S Partners
  • Sanjay Chhabra - Archer & Angel
  • Vikram Grover - Groverlaw
  • Binny Kalra - Ira Law
  • Sonal Madan - Chadha & Chadha Intellectual Property Law Firm
  • Ashish Marbaniang - K&S Partners
  • Samta Mehra - Remfry & Sagar
  • Latha Nair - K&S Partners
  • Ranjan Narula - RNA Technology and IP Attorneys
  • Gunjan Paharia - ZeusIP Advocates
  • Akhilesh Rai - AZB & Partners
  • Vikrant Rana - SS Rana & Co 
  • Manisha Singh - LexOrbis 
  • Shailendra Bhandare - Khaitan & Co
  • Chetan Chadha - Chadha & Chadha Intellectual Property Law Firm
  • Rekha Dabas - Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas
  • Srijoy Das - Archer & Angel
  • Disha Dewan - RK Dewan & Co
  • Sangeeta Goel - Sim & San, Attorneys At Law
  • Jyoti Kaur - Lall & Sethi
  • Sunil B Krishna - Krishna & Saurastri Associates LLP
  • Devika Mehra - Remfry & Sagar
  • Adheesh Nargolkar - Khaitan & Co
  • Astha Negi - Fidus Law Chambers
  • Ranjan Negi - Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas
  • Nandan Pendsey - AZB & Partners
  • Veena Poolakal - Rahul Chaudhry & Partners
  • Xerxes Ranina - Neolegal Associates
  • Raja Selvam - Selvam and Selvam
  • Preetika Singh - Inttl Advocare
  • Rajiv Suri - RNA Technology and IP Attorneys
  • Aditi Verma Thakur - IndusLaw
  • Malavika Vikram - De Penning & De Penning

Individuals: transactions

  • Shailendra Bhandare - Khaitan & Co
  • Sanjay Chhabra - Archer & Angel
  • Ranjan Negi - Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas
  • Nandan Pendsey - AZB & Partners
  • Omesh Puri - LexOrbis 
  • Akhilesh Rai - AZB & Partners
  • Rajiv Suri - RNA Technology and IP Attorneys