Archana Shanker
Senior Partner & Head of Department - Patents and Designs

Practice area/industry focus

Intellectual Property, Patents and Designs – Prosecution and Contentious

Career highlights

Ms. Archana Shanker is a senior partner at Anand and Anand and heads the firm's patent practice. A graduate of the faculty of law at Delhi University, North Campus, she went on to complete her postgraduate diploma in bioinformatics and pharmaceutical regulatory affairs. She is an active contributing member of various international bodies, such as the Asian Patent Attorneys Association (APAA), Association Internationale pour la Protection de la Propriété Intellectuelle (AIPPI) and the Federation Internationale des Conseils en Propriete Industrielle (FICPI).

Archana's comprehensive repertoire enables her to not only represent clients in contentious matters in the pharmaceutical industry, but also advise on protection and prosecution across a number of business sectors including bioinformatics, pharmaceuticals, biotechnology and chemicals and cover disparate geographies ranging from India to USA, Europe, Japan and other key jurisdictions.

Her unique and innovative approach has led to her clients winning important claims of significant commercial value in the area of software, mechanics and electronics. She is leading the firm's efforts in nascent legislation of geographical indications and plant variety.

Archana handles complex patent litigation issues before various judicial and quasi-judicial forums in India, such as the High Court and IPAB, and has been involved in advising her clients on patent strategies and regulatory affairs.

Client mandates have repeatedly favored her as a counsel of choice. Her practice blends the legal acumen with business knowhow in this complex area of practice.

She is a regular speaker/panellist at various national and international forums; author of articles in various publications such as Managing Intellectual Property, Asia IP Magazine, IAM Magazine and Getting the Deal through – Patents, She also features on the editorial panel of LSIPR and her articles are regularly published in various leading industry focused specialized journals. Few of her prominent recent awards and recognitions include:

  • Managing Intellectual Property-IP stars- Top 250 Women IP professionals; 2016
  • Managing Intellectual Property-IP stars-Patents;2016
  • IAM Patent 1000 2015 & 2016 –Gold Category Lawyer: Prosecution and Strategy
  • Who's Who Legal 2015 & 2016 - Patents
  • Asialaw Leading Lawyers 2015 & 2016 - Intellectual Property
  • Asia IP Experts 2015 & 2016 – Patents
  • Expert Guides 2015 - Women in Business Law
  • Nominated in the Legal Expert Guide 2015 for Patents.



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