Patent jurisprudence in India is at an inflection point.
Several initiatives taken by the Government of India, including the formulation of a National IPR Policy, is reflective of the recognition of the importance of patents in building an innovation ecosystem.
A series of recent landmark decisions by the Supreme Court of India and the Delhi High Court have provided invaluable guidance to the Indian Patent Office (IPO) for assessing patent applications, especially in the Pharmaceuticals and Telecom space.
India is a signatory to the Agreement on Trade Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS), the Paris Convention and the Patent Co-operation Treaty (PCT), thereby enabling patent holders to protect their rights in multiple countries without losing priority.
There are four Patent Offices in the cities of Chennai, Delhi, Kolkata and Mumbai respectively. The Intellectual Property Appellate Board (IPAB) is the appellate authority for adjudicating appeals against the orders of the Controller of Patents & Designs and revocation petitions.
The Firm provides comprehensive Patent services including Protection, Enforcement, Commercialization and a suite of Search and Analytics services. Advanced technical qualifications, legal skills and practical business experience enable our patent team to appreciate and protect inventions across myriad technologies.
We provide services for clients from filing to grant and evaluate each patent disclosure in accordance with the Indian patent law prior to filing it at the IPO. Most of our patent agents are also lawyers and this techno-legal qualification helps in drafting high quality patents.
The patent system in India allows challengers to file invalidity proceedings at several stages before and after the grant of a patent. The processes of the IPO are in a developmental stage and Courts occasionally play an interventional role in bringing these processes in line with international standards. We specialize in strategizing for and representing clients in contentious proceedings before the IPO, the IPAB and the Courts.
In an increasingly technology driven world, tremendous wealth can be tapped by building and nurturing an effective patent portfolio. We help our clients derive value from technology through appropriate mechanisms such as licensing, technology transfer agreements, patent audits, etc. This often involves helping clients navigate through complex issues relating to SEPs (Standard Essential Patents) and FRAND (Fair Reasonable and Non Discriminatory) terms.
We conduct Freedom to Operate (FTO) searches, validity searches, white space analysis, risk analysis and feasibility opinions. We are the only Indian law firm that evaluates essentiality of a patent application with the International Patent Evaluation Consortium (IPEC).