Lakshmikumaran & Sridharan

Lakshmikumaran & Sridharan (L&S) is a full-service Indian law firm specialising in IP, tax, corporate, commercial, competition, environmental and international trade law. Over its 35-year history, the firm has grown globally through its 51 partners and more than 400 professionals across 14 offices in India and abroad. The firm is well known for its high ethical standards, the quality of its work and its transparency in all business dealings.

Recent accolades

  • Chambers & Partners Asia Pacific, Band 1, Life Sciences (2017-2019)
  • Chambers & Partners Asia Pacific, Band 2, Intellectual Property (2018-2021)
  • Chambers & Partners Global, Band 1, Life Sciences (2018-2019)
  • Asia Law, Recommended law firm for Intellectual Property Rights (2018-2020)
  • Asia Law, Distinguished Practitioner (IPR), Malathi Lakshmikumaran (2020)
  • IP Stars, Tier 2 for Patent Prosecution and Contention (2016-2019)
  • IP Stars, Patent Star (Patent office proceedings, Patent filing and prosecution, Patent strategy and counselling), Dr Malathi Lakshmikumaran (2016-2020)
  • IP Stars, Patent Star, Mr Prashant Phillips (2018-2019)
  • Legal Era, Best Patent Law Firm of the Year (2019)
  • Asian Legal Business, Tier 1 for Patent (2020)

IP practice

L&S stands for knowledge, integrity and passion, and the firm’s IP team reflects the same ethos.

L&S has a total team strength of 170 IP professionals (including 95 lawyers, engineers, scientists, etc, as well as support staff) offering clients end to end assistance in seeking, securing and enforcing IP rights in India. The core focus of the firm lies in handling all types of IP litigation, preparation and prosecution of patent, trademark, design and plant variety protection applications.

The dedicated IP team also collaborates with the firm’s other practice areas in M&A transactions, competition law matters and issues relating to taxation of intangibles.

Patent preparation and prosecution

The firm’s IP team of patent agents, technical professionals and lawyers provides a seamless service – from initial consultation and the preparation and prosecution of patent applications to enforcement. The team’s diverse industry and scientific background means that it can handle all areas of technology, including software, electronics and telecommunications, mechanical engineering, chemistry and life sciences. L&S also assists clients in the unique and challenging aspects of patent and trade secret law in India.

IP litigation

The firm’s IP litigation team has handled several high-profile patent litigations. It specialises in handling complex IP disputes that require deep knowledge of technology, or where there are simultaneous proceedings across different forums or across different jurisdictions within India, or where the disputes have a cross-border aspect.

Trademarks, domain names and unfair competition

L&S provides comprehensive, cost-effective services to protect trademark rights, with an emphasis on enforcement against infringement, passing off and unfair competition. The firm has a reputation for building and managing the trademark portfolios of several clients. The firm’s experience in preventing counterfeiting and the expertise of its professionals in IT, internet and privacy law are drawn on when protecting domain names; engaging in internet monitoring services to identify trademark infringements, cybersquatting and counterfeiting activities; and assisting with specific measures, such as issuing takedown notices.

Copyright, designs, related rights and open source

L&S offers services in the securitisation and enforcement of copyright and design protection in India. Civil and criminal enforcement for infringement – particularly in the digital context – forms the core capability of the firm’s litigation team.

The firm advises on the preparation of software and website development agreements and website hosting agreements, and consults on collectively administered rights, including through copyright societies.

The firm also specialises in assessing open-source software, advising clients on managing associated legal risks to comply with open-source-related obligations.

Plant variety protection

L&S has unparalleled technical and legal expertise in the protection and enforcement of plant variety protection rights in India. With years of experience working with clients that are active in the crops, seed and horticultural fields, the firm’s team handles the preparation and prosecution of plant variety protection applications, opposition proceedings, infringement suits and the negotiation and drafting of R&D contracts.

Regulatory law and intellectual property

L&S is unique in having the expertise and experience to ensure that the development and exploitation of intellectual property comply with various regulatory laws, including biodiversity laws, export controls and industrial licensing requirements.

Contact details

Lakshmikumaran & Sridharan
B-6/10 Safdarjung Enclave
New Delhi 110029

Professional contacts

Other offices

  • Ahmedabad
  • Allahabad
  • Bengaluru
  • Chandigarh
  • Chennai
  • Gurugram
  • Hyderabad
  • Jaipur
  • Kochi
  • Kolkata
  • Mumbai
  • Nagpur
  • Pune

Sample client list

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