Anand and Anand

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“Anand and Anand are absolutely outstanding. They deliver great results and are very prompt with responses. They see problems not only from a legal point of view, but also the business one as well.” Recognised as the market leader by both clients and peers, the firm is not resting on its laurels, and continues to build on its already glowing reputation. The 30-strong patent team is composed of seasoned experts from diverse technical backgrounds and achieves stellar results in both prosecution (a grant rate of over 93%) and litigation (hundreds of filed and successfully defended cases). Managing partner and litigation head Pravin Anand is an internationally respected IP visionary. Over his 40 years of experience, he has worked with marquee names on cases across fields such as biotech, pharma and telecoms, which often culminated in landmark decisions. He recently successfully represented Interdigital against Xiaomi, in India’s first-ever anti-anti-suit-injunction. “Anand and Anand has been a major player on the Indian IP landscape for decades, and it is Pravin’s ingenious approach and problem-solving analytics that make their work stand out among the rest. He is an essential pillar of the IP landscape in India. His love for IP transcends work, and he is what one may call a true IP enthusiast. It is an absolute delight and a learning experience to work with, and alongside, him.” Head of the patent department Archana Shanker aces scientifically complex prosecution matters and provides clear, practical litigation advice. Her commercial acumen, fierce determination and flexible approach have made her into a highly coveted IP ally. She recently represented Pfizer and Esco in an appeal before the Intellectual Property Appellate Board (IPAB). With ample experience as a researcher and scientist, Neeti Wilson leads the firm’s bioresources and biotechnology practice. Aside from portfolio management and IP protection, she is immensely knowledgeable on plant variety and biological diversity regulations. “Neeti has a transparent, diligent, proactive, holistic and accommodative approach towards IP matters. She has a deep knowledge of the IP lifecycle and expertise in expediting foreign prosecution, as well as an impressive success rate. Her thorough opinions on patent scope coverage, client-oriented approach, quick turnaround time and cost-saving mindset make her our go-to practitioner”, says a patron. Strategically minded litigator Vaishali Mittal has a slew of landmark matters under her belt. During her almost 20 years in intellectual property, she has assisted several Fortune 500 companies and other market leaders before courts of all levels, including the Supreme Court. Meanwhile, Dhruv Anand is highly sought after by major pharma companies seeking comprehensive IP enforcement and protection. Debuting in the IAM Patent 1000 2023 are rising contentious stars Siddhant ChamolaUdita Patro, Rohin Koolwal and Tusha Malhotra. A managing associate with over seven years of contentious experience, Chamola has worked on a slew of landmark cases, most recently the anti-suit injunction matter on behalf of Interdigital, alongside Pravin Anand. Patro has a slew of successful, often landmark, cases under her belt – many of them for high-profile patrons. Also excelling in complex IP disputes is Koolwal, who is a magnet for major pharma and technology patrons, as well as SEP giants. Fierce and proactive, Malhotra is highly sought after by big-ticket multinationals. “Tusha provides outstanding legal analysis and is very responsive.”

Firm Profile

Anand and Anand is a full-service IP law firm, providing end-to-end legal solutions covering all aspects of intellectual property and related areas. The firm is professionally managed by a partnership board comprising 31 partners supported by a chief financial officer and a chief information officer. The firm currently employs over 300 professionals, including over 100 qualified attorneys and engineers.

Anand and Anand’s expertise in addressing complex IP challenges is widely acknowledged. It services a diverse portfolio of clients in conventional IP areas such as trademarks, patents, designs, trade secrets and confidential information, as well as in expanding areas such as domain names, media and entertainment law, information technology and e-commerce, technology transfer, and internet and privacy laws. Anand and Anand specialises in copyright in media and entertainment law, representing authors, musicians, software programmers, artists, designers and many others from the fraternity of copyright owners, as well as collecting societies such as the Indian Performing Right Society.

The firm’s clients consist of several large multinational and Indian companies representing a broad spectrum of industries: including healthcare, electronics, consumer goods, industrial goods, automobiles, wind energy, technology, financial institutions, hospitality and entertainment. The firm has an extensive IP infrastructure in all aspects relating to trademark registrations, copyright registrations and IP monetisation, as well as in licensing and franchising. The firm also has an in-house anti-counterfeiting and anti-piracy team dedicated to providing clients with proactive and robust legal protection for safeguarding their brand identities in the commercial space.

The firm regularly deals with IP protection and contentious matters in different forums, including the courts at all levels, the Indian Patent Office, the Trademark Office, the Copyright Office, the Design Office, the WIPO and the National Internet Exchange of India.

The firm has a multidisciplinary practice and provides competent, personalised advice on all aspects of core conventional IP laws, as well as non-conventional IP mandates. The firm balances commercial realities with legal pragmatism and draws on its well-honed expertise and instinct in the field, coupled with a profound understanding of IP management in India. The firm has a keen interest in innovation and offers creative solutions that tackle the root – not merely the symptoms – of a problem.

The firm thrives on challenges, creative thinking and constant improvement of its legal knowledge and skills. The spirited character of the firm is the keystone of its growth and expansion into new areas of intellectual property, which are embraced with ease and zest.

Practice areas:

  • patents and designs;
  • trademark;
  • contractual and commercial intellectual property;
  • media and entertainment;
  • licensing and franchising;
  • plant varieties;
  • information technology;
  • trade secrets;
  • criminal law;
  • domain names;
  • geographical indications; and
  • data privacy.

Awards and accolades

  • Asian Legal Business India Law Awards – IP Law Firm of the Year;
  • Legal Era Indian Legal Awards – IP Law Firm of the Year;
  • ASSOCHAM IP Excellence Awards – Full Service IP Firm of the Year;
  • Asia IP India IP Awards – National Firm of the Year;
  • India Business Law Journal Indian Law Firm Awards – Firm of the Year – IP Enforcement, IP Protection, Licensing & Franchising and Pharma & Life Sciences;
  • Managing IP – Patent Contentious Firm of the Year;
  • Benchmark Litigation Asia-Pacific – Top Tier Firm IP Disputes;
  • Asia IP India IP Awards – IP Litigation Firm of the Year, IP Prosecution Firm of the Year;
  • Legal Era Indian Legal Award – Trademark Law Firm of the Year;
  • Global Law Experts Annual Awards – Advertising & Marketing Law Firm of the Year;
  • Luxury Law Firm of the Year – Independent Law Firm;
  • ASSOCHAM IP Excellence Awards – Firm of the Year Trademarks;
  • Managing IP – Trademark Contentious Firm of the Year;
  • Asia IP India IP Awards – Enforcement Firm of the Year;
  • asialaw profiles – Outstanding Firm – IP;
  • Asia IP India IP Awards – Licensing and Franchising;
  • Asia IP India IP Awards – Pharma, Biotech and Life Sciences;
  • Asia IP India IP Awards – Technology, Telecom and Media;
  • Chambers and Partners – Top Ranked Firm for Intellectual Property and Life Sciences Asia-Pacific Rankings 2023;
  • Forbes Legitquest Legal Powerlist 2021 – Top Law Firm in IP; and
  • Global IP Excellence Awards 2020 by IAM & WTR – Patent and Trademark Litigation Firm of the Year – India.

 

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