Intellectual Property Law

As the global economy shrinks and cross-border trade barriers get reduced, protection of IP has assumed significant proportions. Our IP team is fully equipped in dealing with all kinds of issues, whether its traditional activity involving simple registrations of any IP under the various IP legislations, conducting litigations to contest infringements or passing-off or any violations, or drafting complex agreements for use of trade marks in order to protect the proprietary rights of our clients or providing opinion on any cutting-edge IP issue. Additionally, the collective experience of our team enables us to advise clients on the nature and extent of enforcement of licenses and the rights and remedies available under the license and leading-edge advise in creation, protection and management of IP. We help clients in preparing IP profiles, IP identification & protection programme, IP awareness modules, drafting IP policy for companies and conducting IP audits. We also negotiate and draft agreements involving the sale of goods and services where manufacture, distribution, marketing and sale are protected by IP laws. The team routinely counsels clients on joint ownership of IP in joint development with partners or government agencies, issues related to assignment and licensing of IP and matters arising out of IP Rights (Imported Goods) Enforcement Rules.

Our lawyers experience includes:

  • Applying for and dealing with challenges while securing trade mark, copyright and patent registrations.
  • Devising and successfully implementing anti-piracy strategies for clients;
  • Representations of internet based companies in domain name disputes
  • Advising a multi-national company on the specific rights of an inventor, the regulations related to the R&D activities and ways to secure the best interest of the company
  • Advising one of India's leading media groups on copyright issues arising out of internet transmission of music and sound recordings
  • Representing one of India's leading newspaper groups in cyber-squatting of its internet domain name, and, in this context, initiated and successfully concluded proceedings before the World Intellectual Property Organization Arbitration and Mediation Center, Geneva and evicted the US-based cyber-squatter from the site within a short span of six weeks
  • Advising a leading international publisher on all compliance-related issues involving publication of periodicals; drafted and negotiated the journal publication agreement with the copyright owner
  • Representing Indian publishing companies before various regulatory authorities including the Registrar of Newspapers, the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting, the Delhi Police Licensing Branch, and the Foreign Investment Promotion Board
  • Successfully devising and implementing a leading international publisher's action plan to curb piracy; got raids conducted in various cities all over the country resulting in the arrest of many copyright infringers and seizure of large stocks of pirated books
  • Representing and advising clients involving wrongful registration of corporate name by other corporations
  • Drafting trade mark user agreements and copyright licence agreements for a number of Indian and foreign companies.
  • Counseling clients on best practices for protection of trade secrets