Abhai Pandey

Partner at LexOrbis
Ranked in India
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Bronze - Individuals: enforcement and litigation

With more than 90 fee earners dedicating themselves to intellectual property, fast-growing IP boutique LexOrbis adroitly fulfils all the trademark needs of clients across the globe. “LexOrbis is nothing short of outstanding and always top of the game when it comes to client service. They are my go-to firm in India.” Of particular note is its overarching technical expertise spanning media and entertainment, food and beverages, fashion, sport and publishing, automotive, aerospace, biotechnology, consumer products, electrical and electronics, oil and gas, pharmaceuticals and IT. Combining its extensive industry knowledge with sharp legal acumen, the trademark team, led by managing partner Manisha Singh, is always available and ready to resolve complex IP issues. For the past two decades, she has played a crucial role in advising Indian lawmakers on global IP administrative and enforcement development. Working alongside her are Abhai Pandey and Omesh Puri. Her client-orientated approach is particularly well received among patrons: “Her knowledge, good judgement and experience make her second to none. She is extremely responsive and offers sound and reasonable advice to ensure the best outcomes for clients.” Seasoned litigator Pandey is an essential alley on the contentious front. Head of trademark, design and copyright Puri undertakes a wide array of trademark prosecution matters and regularly advises on complex commercial and IP transactions.

Abhai Pandey's Profile

Abhai Pandey is a partner and heads the litigation and enforcement team at LexOrbis. He focuses on IP litigations, criminal enforcement and contested proceedings at the Trademark and Patent Offices. He also advises clients on brand protection strategies for social media, internet and advertisements and has been successfully running several anti-counterfeiting campaigns in India for a variety of clients ranging from Fortune 500 companies to individual entrepreneurs. He has resolved numerous cases in favour of his clients and represented them at multiple forums, including several district and high courts, the erstwhile Intellectual Property Appellate Board and the Trademark and Patent Offices. He represents a broad range of businesses and industries, including fashion, media and entertainment, publishing, fast-moving consumer goods, pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, electronics, automobile and information and communication technologies.

Mr Pandey has run a pan-India anti-piracy campaign for the global publishing industry in India resulting in criminal raid actions of over 500 pirate businesses. This was the first-ever anti-piracy campaign initiated by the Global Publishing Industry Association on behalf of its member companies. The campaign trained the enforcement agencies on multiple aspects of copyright laws and enforcement in India.

Mr Pandey has also led anti-counterfeiting campaigns for luxury goods brands and organised raid actions across India against leading importers, stockists and online sellers. The campaigns involved legal actions against the counterfeit sellers at the first-generation e-market in the early 2000s, which opened the debate about the platform’s liabilities.

In addition, Mr Pandey has also led and devised strategies for a group of automobile component companies to stop counterfeiting of their products in north India, particularly in semi-urban and rural markets.

Mr Pandey is actively involved with many IP organisations, including INTA, the International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property and the Asian Patent Attorneys Association. He currently serves on INTA’s Enforcement Committee.

Firm Profile

LexOrbis is a premier full-service IP law firm with more than 240 personnel including 120+ attorneys at its three offices in India at New Delhi, Bengaluru and Mumbai. The firm provides business oriented and cost-effective solutions for protection, enforcement, transaction and commercialisation of all forms of intellectual property in India and globally. The firm has been consistently ranked among the top five IP firms in India over the past decade and is well-known for managing global patent, designs and trademark portfolios of many technology companies and brand owners. The firm has dedicated teams to cater to IP life cycle including attorneys, engineers, scientists and specialists to deal with patent, trademark and copyright filing, research, portfolio building and management, enforcement, protection, spotting, transacting, procurement and consultation.

The firm has built a culture of providing impeccable service by working with clients as a team, right from the initiation of a project to its completion. Excellence, solution-orientated approach and responsiveness are the core values on which the firm operates. The prolific experience of our attorneys and their passion for intellectual property has been expressed at various speaking engagements and through research articles on issues related to all forms of IP law in India.

As an equal opportunity employer, LexOrbis supports diversity and inclusion and has set policies in place to support different needs of different working groups, such as working-from-home facilities, six months of maternity leave, sabbaticals, crèche facilities, flexible working hours and a safe environment – all aimed at providing a healthy work-life balance. Women comprise 70% of the firm’s staff, out of which a substantial percentage of women are operating at the top level as partners and team leads. The firm is regularly involved in promoting diversity and inclusion and employs an array of talent belonging to different age groups, background, ethnicity, physical abilities, political and religious beliefs, sex, gender and other attributes. Members as young as 21 and as seasoned as 60 are a part of team LexOrbis.

Some of the latest awards and recognitions include:

  • CMO Asia: Asia’s Outsourcing Excellence Awards 2021 – IP Services Award (winner);
  • ASSOCHAM IP Excellence Awards 2021: Full-service IP Firm of the Year (winner) and the International Firm of the Year (winner).
  • Patent Lawyer Magazine: top 10 most well-respected law firms in 2021, India;
  • Asialaw 2022: recommended firm;
  • India Legal Awards 2021: Best IP Firm 2021, India;
  • Trademark Lawyer Magazine Rankings 2021: Award-winning Law Firm, Asia Pacific;
  • IAM Patent 1000: recommended firm, patent prosecution, 2021;
  • Legal Era Awards 2021: Patent Law Firm of the Year and Most Promising Law Firm – Law Firm of the Year, Bengaluru;
  • Business Fame Magazine 2021: Most Recommended Law Firms to Watch, 2021;
  • India Business Law Journal: Indian Law Firm Award 2021, IP protection (winner); and
  • MIP IP Stars 2021: Tier 2, trademark prosecution.

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