M S Bharath Senior Partner - Practice Lead, Chennai Office
Practice area/industry focus
Bharath a Senior Partner at Anand and Anand, India leads the Chennai City Office practice.
His practice includes Intellectual Property litigation before Indian High Courts, opposition, cancellation, arbitration and other related proceedings before the Trademark Office, Intellectual Property Appellate Board (IPAB), Copyright Board and Geographical Indications Office. He has been the lead counsel in numerous appeals, rectification and original proceedings before the High Courts of New Delhi, Chennai and IPAB with several reported decisions to his credentials. Over the years he has advised clients of varied sizes including start-ups, multinationals managing their large portfolios in varied field of telecommunications, footwear, luxury products, tobacco, brewing, automobile and consumer goods.
He also counsels clients on assignments, licensing, co-existence, franchise and other transactions related to intellectual property and currently oversees franchise portfolios of clients in the fields of restaurants, salons, education. He has been a speaker at and organized various Universities, national and international forums. He was Member of the group set up by CII and Tamil Nadu Technological Development & Promotion Council (TNTDPC) to work on “Study on Mapping the IP landscape in Tamil Nadu” whose report can be found at http://www.tntdpc.com/assets/download/IPR_TNTDPCReport_8May2015.pdf
He was instrumental in successfully restraining unauthorized use of the famous Tirupati Laddu, a registered GI in India apart from prosecuting GI applications towards grant for various national and international applicants in India including those for Baidagi Chillies, Tequila and Scotch.
Bharath has repeatedly used mediation and conciliation as means of resolving large scale conflicts in IPR including one involving as many as 250 oppositions, 2 suits, 3 criminal proceedings and a few freehold properties.
Bar Council of India, Delhi High Court Bar Association & Madras Bar Association
Bharath has been endorsed by
BRIC: EXPERT GUIDES as IP Expert from India;
Asia Law for Intellectual Property identifying him as one of the leading IP counsels in India for the years 2013.
Asia IP Expert Guide 2013 recognized Bharath as a leading IP Advisor.
MEMBERSHIPS AND EMPANELMENT
International Trademark Association (INTA) since 2005
Customs Committee 2008-09
Legislative and Regulation Committee Pharma 2010-2012
Program Co-Chair INTA India Project Team, 2012-13
Parallel Imports Committee (PIC) 2012 – 2014
Legislative and Regulation Committee, 2014-2016
Anti-Counterfeiting Committee 2016-17 and 2017-18
India Global Advisory Council 2016-18
Project Team Member and Sessions Moderator, 2017 INTA India Workshop
Member INTA India Global Advisory Council 2016-17
Co-Chair, INTA India Global Advisory Council 2018-19
Asian Patent Attorneys Association (APAA) Member since 2011
Vice President India Group 2016-19
Anti-Counterfeiting Committee for 2016-18
International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (AIPPI)
Panelist, The Mediation and Conciliation Network, India as Arbitrator, Mediator & Negotiator
IPR Advisory Committee, Tamil Nadu Technology Development and Promotion Centre, CII 2015-16
IPASI: IP Association of South India, Founding member & Secretary (2011-15)