ALG India Law Offices LLP

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The WTR 1000 focuses exclusively on trademark practice and has firmly established itself as the definitive 'go-to' resource for those seeking world-class legal trademark expertise.

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Making its sophomore appearance in the WTR 1000 is ALG India Law Offices, a boutique firm with a reputation that outweighs its size. Major clients that entrust ALG with their India trademark portfolios include Whirlpool Corporation, Wyndham Hotels & Resorts and Paramount Pictures Corporation, attracted by its “professionalism, responsiveness, quality of work and transparency”. It impresses with its “ability to consistently recruit and retain top talent” while the team demonstrates “drive and determination”. “The lawyers are all personable, capable and creative. They do not only convey information, but always provide an opinion on next steps that is well thought-through and strategic while keeping the client’s best interest in mind.” Managing partner Sheja Ehtesham is a powerhouse who commands respect from peers and foreign associates alike. “I am impressed with ALG’s leadership and presence among IP firms in India and the strong role taken by Sheja. She is dynamic, personable and most importantly, an excellent attorney whose counsel inspires trust.” “Responsive and thoughtful,” Aparna Sreedhar focuses on transactional and enforcement matters.

Firm Profile

ALG is a dynamic IP law firm with offices in New Delhi and Hyderabad whose practice spans the full range of intellectual property – namely, trademarks, copyright, designs, patents, plant varieties, information technology, cyber law and trade secrets. The firm counts in its ranks leading attorneys, particularly managing partner Sheja Ehtesham for trademarks, partner Ashwani Balayan for patents, partner Sakthiya Dakshi R for plant variety protection, partner Aparna Sreedhar for copyright and partner Abhimanyu Kumar for corporate commercial intellectual property. The firm takes pride in all its skilled and experienced professionals who enable the firm to provide sophisticated and personalised legal services in a timely and effective manner.

The firm has an international outlook and has earned the reputation of being a go-to firm in India for clients, both domestic and international, that seek quality legal advice, responsiveness and representation. ALG has come to be particularly recognised for its understanding of the industries it serves, and for its highly personalised services and strategic insights as a consequence.

ALG boasts a robust IP practice, and advises on all aspects of intellectual property, including searches and clearance, prosecution, oppositions and cancellations, enforcement, litigation, regulatory, licensing and franchising, and transactions.

The firm actively deals with issues relating to retail, pharmaceutical, luxury, media and entertainment intellectual property, and IP policy and frameworks. The firm is particularly known for its IT law practice and its cyber law practice. It has the expertise to handle civil remedies for IP enforcement, as well as criminal prosecution and defences for IP offences. ALG has represented several domestic and international clients in domain name administrative proceedings under the ‘.in’ Dispute Resolution Policy and UDRP. The firm has a high success rate in obtaining compliance from infringers without resorting to litigation, through carefully designed multi-pronged enforcement strategies pursued in different fora including oppositions and cancellations before IP offices and company name change proceedings before the Ministry of Corporate Affairs.

ALG attorneys combine chamber practice with court practice. Over the years the firm has successfully assisted its clients in conducting searches, seizures, raids and obtaining injunctions and orders in cases of counterfeit goods, piracy, trademark infringement and passing off suits.

ALG has prosecuted thousands of trademark applications for its clients, successfully obtaining registration for an overwhelming majority. This is in large part attributable to comprehensively considered clearances and filing strategies, high-quality representations before the IP registries, and proactive and comprehensive opposition and cancellation strategies that are detail-oriented and dovetail the clients’ larger-level strategic objectives.

The firm takes seriously its commitment to have its attorneys specialise in practice areas and fosters a firm-wide culture of legal scholarship and learning. ALG promotes inclusivity and diversity, taking special pride in the fact that over 50% of ALG’s members are women. This percentage is reflected not only among administrators and attorneys, but also among the firm’s partners. More than 15 languages are covered between the firm’s attorneys.

ALG takes pride in its sophisticated virtual office infrastructure, actively deploying technology for unleashing efficiencies. Having elected to go paperless several years ago, ALG maintains files and systems in a fully digitised format. The firm’s in-house proprietary software platform for docketing, work allocation, tracking and communication enables working from home or any location. These flexibilities enable superior work-life integration, efficiency and team satisfaction. The firm’s partners and other attorneys are based out of diverse locations within the country, and it is through them that the firm has local strength at such locations and a pan-India presence.

ALG and its attorneys do not take out or subscribe to paid rankings, paid listings, paid endorsements or paid advertisements.

ALG believes in making legal services available to all who need them, and ALG lawyers are involved in a range of pro bono work on behalf of various individuals and organisations. All ALG lawyers are required to take up a minimum number of pro bono court cases every year.

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