SKS Law Associates

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Since its establishment in 2007, strategically minded SKS Law Associates tackles contentious, non-contentious and licensing-related IP issues with aplomb. It is also involved in policy work, having helped draft a law on traditional knowledge protection. Before becoming CEO of the firm, Sunita Sreedharan ran the life sciences group at Anand & Anand. She previously worked at the High Court of Kerala at Ernakulam.

Firm Profile

SKS Law Associates is a professional organisation of lawyers and patent agents providing services in the area of IP law to Indian and foreign clients. We specialise in contentious and non-contentious work relating to patents, trademarks, copyright, industrial designs, geographical indications and plant variety protection.

Additionally, we provide advice on licensing and technology transfer, protection of trade secrets and biodiversity-related issues. For a select clientele, we conduct IP audits and carry out competitive intelligence.

SKS Law Associates offers services in a number of specialised fields, including pharmaceuticals, phytotherapeutics, agrichemicals, plant breeding and crop genetics, medical technologies, electronics and telecommunication, and alternate energy systems. In order to provide our clients with a single window interaction when they have overseas matters, we have associates in all major countries, including the United States, Europe, Japan, China, Canada, Australia, Brazil, Russia and South Africa to ensure smooth handling of all matters.

The SKS law team has a substantial practice in the matters pertaining to obtaining regulatory compliances under the Biological Diversity Act 2002 and the Regulations of Access and Benefit Sharing.

In its relatively brief innings, the SKS Law Associates team has worked on a number of projects, including preparing and filing patent oppositions, preparing and filing patent revocation matters at the Intellectual Property Appellate Board (IPAB), drafting and vetting assignment and licence agreements, drafting and filing patent and trademark applications in India and abroad, drafting and filing design, copyright and geographical indication applications in India, advising the Protection of Plant Varieties and Farmers’ Rights Authority, preparing documents for patent prosecution at the EPO, USPTO, IP Australia and the China Patent Office – among others – and preparing draft law for the regulatory and safety aspects of genetically engineered products. As members of a core team, we have drafted the proposed law on the protection of traditional knowledge relating to genetic resources under Section 36(5) of the Biological Diversity Act 2002, presently pending approval.

We are active in the public sphere, having worked on drafting the legal framework for the regulation of access to traditional knowledge relating to genetic resources and benefit sharing for the Ministry of Environment. Our members have prepared course work for the Master's Programme on Intellectual Property Law for the Indira Gandhi National Open University, Delhi, and are active in conducting training for the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion.

Best IP Managed Bio Start-Up sponsors 

In order to incentivise start-ups, in February 2021 SKS Law Associates sponsored two awards, with citation and cash prizes, for the best IP managed start-ups in the bio and med tech sectors, in line with the Start-Up Initiative of the government of India.

New office premises

SKS Law Associates moved to a larger and more spacious office in June 2020 to facilitate safe distancing and a secure work environment for the team members coming to office. This has proved beneficial to those who have to come to the office to maintain documents/files. The physical office is currently open twice a week (eight days a month) with the bulk of the work being done remotely. It is likely that this combination of work-from-home and occasional physical office attendance will be in place for the coming months.

Recent awards

In March 2021 Sunita K Sreedharan of SKS Law Associates received the Indian National Bar Association Award for The Phenomenal She and SKS Law Associates was listed among the Forbes Legal PowerList Top 50 Law Firms for its work in biodiversity law (environment).


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