Akhilesh Rai

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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

Silver - Individuals: prosecution and strategy

Silver - Individuals: enforcement and litigation

Recommended - Individuals: transactions

An all-encompassing one-stop shop rarely found among full-service firms, the IP department at AZB & Partners offers trademark support of all stripes, which has been characterised by one patron as “concise and focused, and the whole attitude is less bureaucratic”. By drawing on the firm’s experience across all legal practice areas, AZB has maintained a close relationship with leading domestic and international clients in sectors such as pharmaceuticals, fast-moving consumer goods, fashion and financial services and boasted a collaborative approach to transactional IP practice. The “full of praise” IP team is spearheaded by senior partner Akhilesh Rai. A widely respected figure in the Indian IP scene, particularly for his unfathomable depth of experience in IP enforcement and licensing, Rai has been involved in helping to formulate action plans for lobbying with the government on various IP policies. “Akhilesh is very reliable and responsive, business minded and creative and has a wealth of experience. I can recommend him without restrictions or reservations.” Mumbai-based Nandan Pendsey co-heads the IP practice with Rai. Specialising in IP litigation, enforcement and licensing, he is a trusted IP contentious counsel for the likes of Philip Morris, Shoptify and ICICI Bank, among others.

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