Archana Shanker

Senior Partner and Head of Department - Patents and Designs


Intellectual Property, Patents and Designs


Archana Shanker is the senior partner and head of Anand and Anand’s Patents and Designs practice. Archana has been recognised as an institution in herself when it comes to complex patent prosecution. She is credited with shaping the patent jurisprudence of India. Archana advises the government on IP matters with same assiduity with which she has been working on progressive development of patent jurisprudence of the country.


Behind her is 29 years of dedicated practice in prosecution, litigation and opposition across industries from pharmaceuticals to life sciences, software, ICT, telecom, mechanical, electronics and biodiversity.

Speaking of Archana, IAM says, “Archana Shanker’s ability to advise on patent matters of near infinite variety sets her apart as one of the best-rounded private practitioners. She has a faculty for complex prosecution and litigation, and has cultivated strategic wisdom having handled many matters of first impression in India”.

She is a leading patent attorney for IP strategy, patents and designs prosecution and contentious. She also actively litigates in adversarial proceedings before the patent office, Intellectual Property Appellate Board and Courts.

Big-ticket domestic and international clients rely on her matchless experience and prowess with she leads her team.

She has been a lead counsel in noteworthy judgements involving Monsanto’s Supreme Court judgement, matters involving PREVNAR, Pioneer overseas Corporation (case which paved the way for DNA fingerprinting in case of disputed IPR in plant varieties), Novo Nordisk, Roche, Merck, Sterlite and many more.


Drawing in her rich experience, Archana is a regular speaker/ panellist at national and international forums including LES, GIPC and many other prestigious forums; and is a contributor to India chapter of leading publications such as to Halsbury’s Laws of India, Getting the Deal Through; Patents and Lifesciences, Law Business Research-Life sciences Law Review, BNA’S- Finnegan- Global Patent Litigation Guide and more.

She also features on the editorial panel of LSIPR and her articles are regularly published in various leading industry focused specialized journals including such as Managing Intellectual Property, World Intellectual Property Review, Asia IP Magazine, IAM Magazine and others to be quoted. She is also the editor in chief for our in-house compilation ‘Patents Rewind’ and the blog.


Archana is the first woman president of the Federation Internationale des Conseils en Propriete Industrielle (FICPI) – India Section. She is also Vice-President, North India for Licensing Executives Society International.

She is a part of the advisory board for IAM’s first ever Women in Patents event.

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).

  • Asia Women In Business Law Award for 2019 – Euromoney Legal Media Group
  • Women in Business Law (patents) – 2016,2017, 2018 and 2019 (Expert Guides)
  • Top 250 Women IP Professionals, 2016,2017, 2018 and 2019 (MIP)
  • IP Star (patents), 2015, 2016,2017, 2018 and 2019 (MIP)
  • Spotlight for Life Sciences, India – 2016, 2017 and 2018(Chambers and Partners – Asia Pacific)
  • Recognised for patents and Life Sciences – 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019 (Who’s Who Legal)
  • Recommended Individual (prosecution) – 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 (IAM Patent 1000)
  • Recognised for patents, 2015, 2016, 2017 (Asia IP Experts)
  • Top 100 Powerful Women in Law, 2018 (World IP Forum)
  • Legal Era 6th International IP Conclave and Awards 2019 – Women

Archana is a registered patent agent and member of Delhi High Court Bar Association and Delhi Bar Council. She studies law from Delhi University. She also holds BSc Hons; Post-graduate diploma in Bioinformatics and Post-graduate diploma in Pharmaceutical Regulatory Affairs.