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Recognised for its patent practice, Lakshmikumaran & Sridharan offers a comprehensive range of legal services, including in the area of trademarks. Supported by wide multidisciplinary expertise, the team offers effective IP protection for a diverse clientele. With attorneys spread across its 11 offices throughout India, they represent clients in all major courts and tribunals in the country. Parthasarathy R heads the IP practice.
Lakshmikumaran & Sridharan (L&S) is a full-service Indian law firm with 410 lawyers and 292 support staff. Founded by V Lakshmikumaran and V Sridharan in 1985, the firm has offices in 14 locations across India – Ahmedabad, Allahabad, Bangalore, Chandigarh, Chennai, Gurgaon, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Kochi, Kolkata, Mumbai, Nagpur, New Delhi and Pune. L&S provides advisory and litigation services in IP, tax, corporate, environmental and trade remedy law.
L&S has an established top-tier IP practice in India. The IP team has expertise in all areas of IP law, including patents, designs, trademarks, copyright, geographical indications and plant variety protection. The team consists of technology experts with advanced degrees in engineering and life sciences and experienced attorneys who work closely with clients in litigation, preparation, prosecution and opposition, licensing, valuation and IP management. The team has handled several high-profile patent litigations and provides filing and prosecution services to some of the world’s leading companies.
In the areas of copyright and trademarks, L&S has handled numerous infringement and passing off litigations. The firm has extensive experience in filing applications under the Patent Act, the Copyright Act, the Trademark Act, the Design Act and the Plant Variety Protection Act. The firm is well known for its high ethical standards, superior work quality and transparency in all business dealings, while giving top priority to maintaining the confidentiality of client information.
Trademark expertise and services
L&S believes that a trademark is worth a thousand words and is an organisation’s best salesperson, and that a strong trademark is invaluable as competition intensifies with each passing day. The firm has a strong team of highly qualified attorneys with varying levels of seniority and experience, as well as extensively trained paralegals. It advises and assists a wide spectrum of clients – including domestic companies, Fortune 500 companies, research institutes, universities, government organisations and individuals across diverse sectors – in protecting their trademarks in India and abroad. The firm has sophisticated software for docketing and managing timelines.
L&S is a one-stop shop for the management of some prestigious clients’ entire trademark portfolios. Besides litigation, the firm provides the full gamut of trademark prosecution services, including:
- local and international due diligence through trademark searches;
- filing and prosecution of trademark applications in India and various other jurisdictions and under the Madrid Protocol;
- oppositions and rectifications before the Trademarks Registry;
- rectifications and appeals before the Intellectual Property Appellate Board;
- investigations and market surveys before taking civil or criminal action;
- infringement, passing off, trade dress and unfair competition suits;
- anti-counterfeiting actions;
- compromise and out-of-court settlements;
- domain name registration and disputes before the World Intellectual Property Organisation and the ‘.IN’ Registry;
- post-registration services, including trademark watching and renewal;
- assignments, licensing, franchising and portfolio management; and
- registration and border enforcement of trademarks with the customs authorities.
The trademark team offers stellar-quality services because L&S has developed an extensive IT infrastructure that forms the backbone of its automated processes and – coupled with the in-house database – ensures that human error is totally obviated, deadlines are met, costs are reduced and client confidentiality is protected.
The trademark attorneys at L&S help to spread awareness of trademark protection by speaking at industry forums and writing articles in national and international journals and newsletters.
L&S’s clientele comprises both international and domestic corporations from all commercial and business sectors, including several large technology companies, international and domestic clothing and fashion houses, retailers, automobile companies, global software giants, fast-moving consumer goods companies, educational institutes, international and domestic publishers and media houses, infrastructure companies and pharmaceutical companies.