Saikrishna & Associates

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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.

Gold - Firms: enforcement and litigation

A copyright powerhouse with more than 100 lawyers dedicated to technology, media and telecoms and IP law, Saikrishna & Associates is equally capable of offering top-notch trademark services to a diverse array of Indian and international clients. Over recent years, managing partner and founder Saikrishna Rajagopal has been associated with some of the country’s most important IP decisions and is widely recognised for his litigious dexterity. Working alongside him is partner Ameet Datta, who currently leads the firm’s technology, media and telecoms practice. With more than 20 years as a lawyer, he is a formidable IP litigator specialising in copyright, trademark litigation and regulatory compliance.

Firm Profile

Saikrishna & Associates is a highly ranked full-service firm that focuses on intellectual property, telecommunications, media and technology, corporate law and competition law. The firm’s 19 partners and associate partners, as well as more than 110 lawyers, deliver top-notch, dedicated services to a diverse array of Indian and international clients.

Saikrishna & Associates’ dispute resolution, prosecution and enforcement teams join with the commercial, IP, telecommunications, media and technology, corporate law and competition law teams to provide innovative solutions catering to clients’ business and IP objectives. The firm’s active and strategic litigation, IP asset protection and prosecution, commercial transactions and policy development services are staffed by competent counsel, including counsel who have been recognised for their expertise by peers and industry publications.

As a firm, Saikrishna & Associates is highly ranked for its industry knowledge and the domain-specific expertise of its industry teams and practice groups, which span the media and entertainment, telecommunications and electronics, pharmaceuticals and life sciences, software and artificial intelligence, automotive, fast-moving consumer goods and retail, print-publishing, real estate and energy sectors. Each practice at the firm has been at the forefront of leading cases and transactions, which is a reflection of the firm’s deep understanding of specific industry sectors.

Saikrishna & Associates’ dispute resolution group has consistently been rated as one of the best in India relating to intellectual property. The practice comprises the IP litigation, general and commercial litigation, alternate dispute resolution and competition law teams. In 2014 the firm was voted Firm of the Year – India for contentious practice by Managing Intellectual Property magazine and has consistently maintained its Tier-1/Gold Band Firm ranking.

Saikrishna & Associates’ active commercial IP and transactions team servicing the film, music, television and over-the-top (OTT)/digital sectors is unique in the country in the context of IP-centred law firms. The practice assists clients with intellectual property and related transactional issues, such as film production and distribution, script/content clearance, due diligence and audits, asset management, securitisation, franchising, merchandising, content acquisition, technology transfers, assignments and licensing. The team has a strong presence across the film, music, television and OTT/digital space having advised some of the largest, best-known companies, studios and OTT platfroms in the media space across multi-film/series deals ,as well with the acquisition of major film catalogues.

Saikrishna & Associates’ experienced trademark, copyright and design prosecution team, comprising more than 20 lawyers, advises clients from small and medium-sized enterprises to international clients across a diverse array of industries on strategic brand and trademark protection and enforcement. The team prides itself on offering clients commercially relevant and practical yet innovative solutions to suit their requirements. The trademark service line includes cross-jurisdiction brand clearance, filing and prosecution and contentious and advisory services.

Saikrishna & Associates’ patent procurement practice is well placed to assist Indian and overseas clients to protect, manage and maximise their patent portfolios in multiple technical domains. The firm’s highly trained patent team consists of accredited patent agents and attorneys who are specialists in the fields of pharmaceuticals, life sciences, electronics, wireless and telecommunications, biotechnology, software, and electrical and mechanical engineering.

Saikrishna & Associates’ telecommunications, media and technology practice retains industry experts, which allows the firm to draw on substantial domain expertise. This ability is coupled with the firm’s cutting-edge litigation, transactional, prosecution and policy development expertise, offering clients practical and innovative solutions. The firm’s expertise spans a wide array of sectors such as films, music, broadcast radio, television, print and e-publishing, gaming (including augmented reality and virtual reality), digital media, online intermediaries, live entertainment, websites, web TV, mobile TV, advertising, online payment regulations and sports rights.

The enforcement practice at Saikrishna & Associates has conducted more than 500 criminal and civil actions for clients spanning diverse industries and sectors during the past three years. The team encompasses wide-ranging experience in IP enforcement and anti-counterfeiting across a broad spectrum of products and services, including apparel and garments, luxury goods, pharmaceuticals, consumer durables, books, films and music.


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