Gowri Tirumurti

Partner and Head of Trademarks Exports

PRACTICE AREA/INDUSTRY FOCUS

Intellectual Property, Patents and Designs – Prosecution and Contentious

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

Gowri Tirumurti completed her studies in Bachelor of Law from Madras Law College in 1988, and enrolled in the bar council in 1991.

She has vast experience in Intellectual Property Prosecution and Litigation and has been an active litigator before the Madras High Court regarding IP infringement matters; As an IP lawyer she has handled; Portfolio management, transactional and advisory work also, including brand strategies for clients, drafting Franchising agreements, conducting Trademark searches, filing and defending Oppositions, filing responses to Examination reports & compliances, drafting pleadings before IPAB, carrying out renewals, assignments, oppositions, cancellation proceedings in different countries particularly Indonesia, China, Thailand, USA, UK, EU, Japan, Taiwan, etc. and has advised clients regarding International filings and prosecutions of Trademarks as a part of her stint with an international law firm, overseas.

She has been a counsel for getting many popular Geographical Indication registered; was instrumental in obtaining Geographical Indications Registration for TEQUILA in India after sustained prosecution of the application; obtained GI for various Indian products like Textiles-Mangalagiri, Narayanpet and Dharmavaram textiles, Agricultural products like Byadgi Chillies of Dharwad region, and Guntur Sannam Chilly from Guntur, Andhra Pradesh; etc. obtained an order in Madras High Court rendering exparte interim injunction against infringement of Registered GI (Tirupati Laddu).

She has been a part of various national and international conferences including GI conference conducted by CII in Hyderabad; IP symposium conducted by CII, Chennai, IP symposium organized by CTS (Cognisant Technogy Service, Gave presentation on GI before National Bio Diversity Board, in support of a proposal to synergize the Geographical Indications Act with Bio Diversity Act and more to be quoted.

EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND

  • Bachelor of Law (Madras Law College in 1988)
  • Enrolled in Bar Council of Delhi in 1991
  • Bachelor of Arts in Sociology (Stella Maris College, Chennai in 1985)
  • Diplome de Langue Francaise (1997)
  • Completed a diploma in Commercial French in 1997

PERSONAL DETAILS

Gowri is an accomplished Indian classical dancer, and Indian National tennis Champion, having won National Junior Championships in 1982 and has represented India in French Open Juniors 1983, She has captained and led Madras University team to win All India Inter Varsity in 1985. As a spouse of Diplomat she has lived in various countries including Cairo (Egypt), Geneva (Switzerland), Washington DC (USA) and Jakarta (Indonesia).