RK Dewan & Co

Celebrating 75 years of excellence in 2017, RK Dewan & Co (RKD) is an Indian powerhouse that provides the full spectrum of contentious and non-contentious IP legal services. RKD serves more than 4,000 Indian and foreign clients (ranging from individuals to Fortune 500 companies) in securing and enforcing their IP rights in India and 125 countries worldwide through its reliable associate network.

Sector expertise

RKD serves clients across all technology areas, including:

  • software, information technology, electronics and telecommunications;
  • automobiles;
  • heavy engineering;
  • chemical engineering;
  • building and construction;
  • defence equipment;
  • power and alternative energy;
  • petrochemicals and specialty chemicals;
  • pharmaceuticals and biomedical devices;
  • biotechnology and biochemistry;
  • nanotechnology;
  • garments and textiles;
  • food packaging technology;
  • agriculture;
  • process equipment;
  • fast-moving consumer goods;
  • hospitality;
  • education;
  • sports, entertainment and media;
  • fashion and luxury goods; and
  • finance and banking

RKD routinely handles complex IP matters relating to inter-disciplinary subjects.

People

RKD has a first-class team of more than 130 highly trained and dedicated lawyers, patent attorneys, trademark attorneys, engineers, scientists, paralegals and administrative staff equipped to deliver promptly and efficiently. The RKD team also includes a number of senior former patent controllers and trademark examiners who offer a wealth of knowledge about the work of the Indian IP offices.

The RKD team is led by Mohan Dewan, a visionary with an extraordinary passion for intellectual property and over 40 years’ experience in prosecution and litigation. Niti Dewan is the dynamic head of patents and Disha Dewan represents the third generation in this family firm.

Values

RKD is unique for its large number of domestic clients, including top Indian companies that have thoroughly vetted us and continue to entrust us with their matters; some have been with us for decades. We believe that this is the best testament to the superlative quality of our work. Serving a large domestic clientele means that we are well versed in the nuances of Indian IP law and practice. We have a seamless infrastructure and are ISO 9001:2008 certified in our quest to ensure quality control.

We are responsive and transparent in our dealings. We are highly creative and enjoy thinking outside the box to provide innovative solutions tailored to suit specific client requirements. We are also proactive in providing clients with timely and honest advice.

Key service offerings

RKD advises clients in all verticals of intellectual property, including patents, trademarks, copyrights, designs, geographical indications, plant varieties and traditional knowledge.

On the patents side, RKD is one of the largest filers of domestic Indian patent applications and the top Patent Cooperation Treaty filer in India (Managing Intellectual Property Patent Cooperation Treaty Rankings 2016). RKD has a robust in-house patent search team that undertakes prior art, patentability, invalidation and freedom-to-operate searches for all jurisdictions, and provides comprehensive, well-presented reports accompanied by succinct legal opinion. RKD also works with clients on technology maps and white space analysis to inform the direction of R&D teams. RKD drafts over 800 new patent specifications each year covering myriad technology areas.

On the trademarks side, RKD is a pioneer of trademark anti-counterfeiting activity in India. RKD has a network of diligent investigators and local lawyers across the country to unearth counterfeiting and take timely and efficient action in any Indian court (including all 645 district courts). RKD handles a large number of Madrid Protocol provisional refusals and provides a quick turnaround time for substantive responses.

Regarding pan-India litigation, RKD consistently formulates and executes winning India-centric strategies for infringement and anti-counterfeiting actions. RKD is equipped to litigate at the Intellectual Property Appellate Board and at all tiers of the Indian judiciary.

RKD has been instrumental in assisting clients to exploit their IP assets to the maximum through IP commercialisation, including licensing, assignment, franchising and technology transfer. RKD has assisted clients with IP valuation, auditing and due diligence in order to raise funding and facilitate mergers and acquisitions or joint ventures.

RKD has been recognised as a top-tier law firm by various organisations, including Chambers & Partners – Asia and Life Sciences, Asialaw profiles, the WTR 1000 and the IAM Patent 1000.

“RKD: Maximum leverage. Minimum stress.”

Contact details

RK Dewan & Co
1147-B Mohan Villa
Shivaji Nagar
Pune 411016
India

Professional contacts

Other offices

  • Bengaluru
  • Chennai
  • Indore
  • Kolkata
  • Mumbai
  • New Delhi

Sample client list

  • Emerson
  • Gharda Chemicals
  • Kate Spade
  • Raymond
  • RIL
  • Tata Consultancy Services
  • VFS Global

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