Anand and Anand, established in 1979, is a full-service IP law firm, providing end-to-end legal solutions covering all the cross-sections of IP domain. The firm is professionally managed by a partnership board comprising 13 partners assisted by a CEO, a CFO, chartered accountants, business consultants and IT experts. The firm’s current strength is 250, which includes 65 qualified attorneys and engineers and over 150 members in support services, including a management team, paralegals and researchers. Their lawyers are fluent in English and Hindi and are based in New Delhi, Noida, Chennai and Mumbai.
Their clients consists of several large multinational and Indian companies representing a broad spectrum of industries including health care, electronics, consumer goods, industrial goods, automobiles, wind energy, technology, financial institutions, hospitality and entertainment. The firm has an extensive intellectual infrastructure in all aspects related to trademark registrations, copyright registrations and IP monetisation, as well as licensing and franchising. The firm also has an in-house anti-counterfeiting and anti-piracy team, dedicated to providing clients with proactive and robust legal protection for safeguarding their brand identity in the commercial arena.
Anand and Anand has an industry-wide prominence in the IP field, where they are acclaimed as a leading firm. Their expertise in addressing complex IP challenges of all kinds is widely acknowledged. They have been servicing a diverse profile of clients in conventional areas of trademarks, patents, designs, trade secrets and confidential information, as well as broader areas of intellectual property such as EMRs, domain names, media and entertainment law, IT and e-commerce, technology transfer and issues relating to internet and privacy laws. Anand and Anand specialises in copyright pertaining to media and ntertainment law and represents authors, musicians, software programmers, artists, designers and many other copyright owners, as well as collecting societies such as the Indian Performing Rights Society (IPRS).
The firm has a substantial techno-legal expertise and valuable insight into strategic and procedural issues, along with a wealth of experience in patent prosecution and litigation that allows them to advise, assist and equip international and domestic clients with comprehensive and innovative intellectual property solutions in this domain. The firm’s capabilities include drafting, filing and the prosecution of patents in diverse disciplines.
To the firm’s credit, it has received many prominent accolades for 2012, such as the Managing Intellectual Property Award for IP Contentious Firm of the Year, as well as the ILO Client Choice Award. These achievements speak volumes about the meticulous legal acumen and advocacy by the litigation department in many acclaimed landmark cases throughout the Indian jurisdiction. In many novel points of law and complex contentious matters, Anand and Anand has maintained a vibrant success record.
Plot No. 17A, Sector 16A
Film City, Noida 201301 (UP)
Tel: +91 120 4059300 (100 lines),
B-41, Nizamuddin East
New Delhi 110 013
Mumbai: 57-58 Rajgir Chambers,
SBS Road, Opp. Customs House,
Fort, Mumbai 400 023
Tel: +91 22 22631488
Fax: +91 22 22631487
Chennai: Flat GA, AR Villa, New No. 31
3rd Main Road, Gandhi Nagar, Adyar Chennai 600 020
Tel: +91 44 43443777
Fax: +91 44 4350 4232
“India’s leading IP law firm” according to sources around the world, Anand & Anand continues to hold a central position in the fields of patent and trademark law in India, as well as boasting enviable expertise in IP-dependent industries such as IT and pharma. The firm has played an important role in the evolution of IP law in India: it was involved in the registration of the country’s first shape and sound marks and the registration of the first “.com” trademark, as well as one of the first file-online applications, and played a central role in defining what constitutes distinctiveness in slogan marks in the country. Expansion at both the partner and associate level over the past year has deepened the firm’s talent pool and further cemented its position “at the zenith of its chosen field” in the country.
Pravin Anand is the firm’s managing partner and “a prolific champion of IP law in India” according to sources. He is recognised in Who’s Who Legal for work in patents, life sciences, trademarks, franchise and IT matters, having been involved in several of India’s precedent-setting cases in these areas. He is the chairman of the Indian government’s IPR promotion advisory committee and past president of the Asian Patent Attorneys Association, as well as the author of an ever-expanding body of scholarly work on the subject of IP. Senior partner Safir Anand is recognised by peers around the world for his trademarks and licensing expertise, which he has undertaken on behalf of various Fortune 500 multinationals. Last year he was listed in our “40 under 45” survey of India’s leading young lawyers. Archana Shanker is also a senior partner and heads the firm’s patent practice, earning international acclaim in the area. Primarily focused on advising clients in contentious matters in the pharmaceutical industry, she also counsels on protection and prosecution across a number of related business sectors including bioinformatics, pharmaceuticals, biotechnology and chemicals.
In the past, Anand & Anand has represented Microsoft and a consortium of other software companies (the Business Software Alliance) in a series of lawsuits against the use of pirated software. Other well-known names that rely on the firm include Samsung India, Tata, Music Broadcast and SERGI. Following the amendments to the Indian Code of Civil Procedure in 2002, Anand & Anand has been involved in numerous “fast-track” cases over the past decade, including Tata Sons Ltd v Greenpeace International and Anr, Toyota Motor Corporation v Deepak Mangal, Bristol-Myers Squibb v Ramesh Adige and EI du Pont De Nemours and Company v Jagdish Jain.