Ritika Ahuja

Director

PRACTICE AREA/INDUSTRY FOCUS

Patent Prosecution, Patent Drafting and Patent Analysis in the ICT domain

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

Ritika Ahuja is a director at Anand and Anand in Noida. With an experience of 14 plus  years in IP, she specializes in patent prosecution, patent drafting and patent analysis in the ICT and medical equipment domain and provides legal opinions on various aspects such as infringement, FTO, validity and patentability.

She supervises the patent drafting team in the ICT and mechanical stream, in-house and outsourced and deals with inventors, companies and startups on routine basis. She has been regularly invited to deliver sessions/lectures before the Healthcare division of IIT Chennai, in order to encourage their Medtech startups and incubators to file more and more patents.

She regularly appears before the Indian Patent Office and the Intellectual Property Appellate Board, as a patent agent and lawyer respectively. She is adept at handling voluminous patent portfolios of top telecom giants sitting abroad. The hyperactive ICT segment keeps her engaged in practicing the firm’s unpatented but effective strategy of “smart prosecution”.

EXPERIENCE

Ritika has an overall experience of 14 years in the arena of Intellectual Property. Prior to joining the firm in 2015, she has worked for seven years in the field of patents with some prestigious law firm of Delhi/ NCR region and has also served as an academic head of an intellectual property rights Institute for two years.

THOUGHT LEADERSHIP

As an IP Enthusiast, Ritika regularly engages in IP awareness programs and pro- bono workshops organized by well recognized bodies, such as IIT Chennai and National Chemical Laboratory (NCL) and certain industry bodies, enforcement agencies and various IP stakeholders.

She also writes articles for leading IP publications like Asia IP and Legal Era.

PROFESSIONAL INVOLVEMENT

  • Member of APAA
  • Delhi Bar Council

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT

Ritika regularly makes donation towards basic amenities to the children and the elderly in Kerala.

BAR ADMISSION & EDUCATION

M. Tech in Electronics and Communication (IP University, Delhi) and Ritika studies law from CCS University, Meerut and was called to the Bar in 2017.

Gitika Suri

Director

PRACTICE AREA/INDUSTRY FOCUS

Biotechnology, Biostatistics, Bioinformatics, Microbiology and Immunology

SUMMARY

With a B.Tech degree in Biotechnology, Gitika specialized in the fields of biostatics, microbiology, plan and animal tissue cultures, immunology, and immune-diagnostics. She has behind her an experience of over 11 years and is involved in all phases of patenting from drafting of patent applications, their filing and prosecution and enforcement of patents in the fields of Biotechnology and Chemistry. She also advises clients on patentability, patent validity, enforceability, infringement and freedom to operate.

EXPERIENCE

She has extensive experience in contentious proceedings, be it pre-grant opposition proceedings before the Indian Patent Office or Revocation and appeal Proceedings before the Intellectual Property Appellate Board (IPAB). Some of the important applications /patents defended by her before the Indian Patent Office and the IPAB relate to Etanercept, Prevenar13, Nivolumab, Crizotinib, Axitinib, Tofacitnib. She has also been part of the team that successfully represented Monsanto and defended its patent for BT technology before the Supreme Court of India. She also takes a keen interest in legal research.

THOUGHT LEADERSHIP

Some of the articles co-authored by her include:

  • Agri-Patents: The Battle of Seeds – Life Sciences Intellectual Property Review (LSIPR)
  • A Patent Attack on Three Fronts – Life Sciences Intellectual Property Review (LSIPR)
  • Indian Pharmaceutical Patent Law: The Revocation of Two Path Breaking Patents – Thomson Reuters
  • Case Law Clarifies Patent Questions – Managing Intellectual Property

Gitika is also a contributor to the India chapter of the leading publication “Getting the Deal through”

PROFESSIONAL INVOLVEMENT

  • Patent Agent
  • Member of AIPLA
  • Member of APAA
  • Member of Delhi Bar Council