Vinod Khurana (Senior Partner and Trademark Attorney)
Vinod is a Senior Partner at IIPRD and Khurana & Khurana, IP Attorneys. Vinod, along with heading the IP Litigation team, which represents some of top Indian and Global Business Brands on Passing Off, Counterfeiting, and Fraud Investigation/White-Collar Crime Issues, is also the Head of the IP Commercialization/Licensing Team and overlooks at Valuation and Negotiation of all major Out-Licensing Deals at IIPRD. Vinod has been in the field of Business Legal Finance for the last 35 years with core focus on Commercialization, Licensing, and Valuation of Intellectual Property. Vinod also specializes in all aspects of Trade Mark Law with focus on Trade Mark Litigation. Vinod represents top Indian and International Corporate Houses for Licensing their Technologies and other Intellectual Properties. Vinod has also been researching and educating on fighting thefts and frauds of Intellectual Properties and white-collar crimes, by practicing a mix of Law, Intellectual Property, Accounting, Ethics and Criminology coupled with his professional qualification being a B.Com, PGDFA, MBA, AICWA, CFA, LLB among other specialization qualifications in Investigation and Commercialization of Intellectual Property. He has an extensive experience in conducting Investigation & Litigation and has represented numerous corporates for devising their Prosecution and Litigation Strategies such as Indian Oil Corporation, ITC, Bharti, Matrix Cellular among many others. Vinod has also undertaken various dedicated Workshops and Seminars for well established corporates such as Wockhardt, IOC, ITC, TVS Group, CSIR, among others. Vinod is also a member of International Trademark Association (INTA). Department of Economic Affair, Ministry of Finance, Govt. of India has also empanelled him for appointment as Special Director on the Board of Sick Industrial Companies.
Tarun Khurana (Partner and Patent Attorney in Software/Electronics/Mechanical Group)
Tarun has over 14 years of experience in a broad range of Intellectual Property subject matters. Tarun has executed numerous assignments related to exercises of Patent Portfolio Creation, Protection, Valuation and Commercialization for corporates ranging from Small Start-ups to Fortune 500 companies. Tarun focuses on the Patent Preparation, Prosecution and Litigation Opinions for Computer Implemented, Telecommunication, Electronics and Mechanical subject matters. He has, apart from handling IP Matters over 3000 Indian and International Clients including Huawei, Xiaomi, Google, Emerson, ABB, L&T, Cadence, Daimler, SABIC, Tejas Networks, among many others worked with numerous US, European, Singapore, Israel, and Australian Patent Attorneys of leading IP Law Firms in providing Patent and IP Litigation support services including Patentability Searches, Invalidation Searches, FTO, Infringement Analysis, Patent Preparation and Preparing Responses to Office Actions. His education includes Bachelors in Computers from Pune University, Masters in Software Systems from BITS Pilani, Bachelors of Law from CCS University, an MBA from the prestigious IIM Lucknow, and is in pursuit of a PhD. He also has certifications from IIT Delhi, WIPO, Asian School of Cyber Laws, Indian Law Institute, and International Software Testing Board among others and has been a speaker at numerous Institutes and Corporates. Tarun is also a member of APAA, AIPLA, NASSCOM, INTA, AIPPI, and LES.
Meenakshi Khurana (Partner and Patent Attorney - Pharmaceutical Practice Group)
Meenakshi is a Partner and Patent Attorney at Khurana & Khurana and IIPRD with over 13 years of experience in patents. She engages herself in patent application preparation, prosecution, patent infringement and validity opinion practice, FTO, patent licensing studies, and counseling clients in devising global patent strategies. Her main areas of specialization are pharmaceutical, chemical and biotechnology arts including small molecules, new chemical entities, pharmaceutical formulations and drug delivery technologies, crystalline forms, stereoisomers, organic and inorganic chemistry, peptide chemistry, biochemistry and various biotechnology related subject matters. She began her career in patents in 2005 with Panacea Biotech Ltd. in its New Drug Discovery R&D Group and focused on handling Patent Matters ranging from Patent Drafting, Searching, Designing Around strategies, to devising strategies for Patent Filing/Prosecution. Meenakshi is a Registered Patent Agent admitted to practice before the Indian Patent Office. She has a degree of B.Sc. (Chemistry Hons.) and M.Sc. (Chemistry Hons.) from Punjab University. She holds one year Post Graduate Diploma in Patents Law from NALSAR University and a couple of IP certifications from WIPO. She is also a holder of a degree of Bachelor of Laws. Meenakshi is a member of APAA and ABLE.
Abhishek Pandurangi (Partner and Patent Attorney - Chemical Practice Group)
Abhishek is a Partner and an ardent promoter and believer of IPR, and has worked in different areas of IPR over a stretch of 7 years as an IP practitioner, entrepreneur, legal expert and a trainer. Abhishek has dealt with various types of IPR matters including Patent Searches, Patent Drafting, Patent Prosecution, Patent Commercialization, Trademark Litigation, Domain Name Dispute Resolution with UDRP, Copyright and Database Infringement Counseling. He started his stint in Intellectual Property with Evalueserve where he worked with several multinationals on their IPR projects, after which he joined Netscribes India to develop their in-house IP team. In 2010 he decided to take a plunge and started his own IPR solutions firm closer2patents, which supported over 300 clients in 16 countries having completed over 1000 IPR projects, and is now a part of Khurana & Khurana after a strategic acquisition, making Abhishek a partner and head of Mumbai office of Khurana & Khurana. He also undertakes several IP training & awareness programs at colleges, NGOS and government institutes and is a faculty for IPR at The ICS, Thane of India & MSME Institute, and in his quest to strengthen the IP ecosystem has made submissions to the Governments of India & Japan. He has the distinction of being invited consecutively for the President of India’s National awards for his patent pending inventions. In terms of qualification, he is a B.Tech-Chemical from UDCT and a practicing lawyer and a registered patent agent.
Mita Sheikh (Principal Patent Associate - Pharmaceutical-Life Sciences Practice Group)
Mita is a Principal Patent Associate at Khurana & Khurana. She has over 25 years of experience in patent matters relating to technologies in the field of chemistry and pharmaceuticals. She has expertise in all kind of patent searches, patent drafting and patent portfolio management. She has worked at in-house Patent cells of pharmaceutical companies including Reliance Life Sciences, Dr. Reddys, Ajanta Pharma, Themis, and Excel Industries. Mita also worked as a Senior Patent Associate with Krishna and Saurastri and has been actively involved in client counselling, preparing patent specification, undertaking hearing and prosecution mandates, and rendering various Patent infringement and other opinions in the field of organic chemistry, API molecules, Drug Formulations and Finished dosage forms. Prior to entering the patent field, Mita gained hands-on technical experience in synthesizing and developing various organic chemicals and pharmaceutical ingredients in the laboratory of above-mentioned companies. Mita did her Bsc in Chemistry from Mumbai University, BSc. In Botany from Mumbai University, and Masters in Plant Physiology from Mumbai University. She is a certified patent agent with Indian Patent Office and also holds PG diploma in patents law from NALSAR University of Law, Hyderabad.
Rajesh Jain (Director - Patents)
Rajesh is Director at Khurana & Khurana and IIPRD. He is a graduate in mechanical engineering from IIT Kanpur with 40 years of experience of working in Indian Ordnance Factories, wherein, his job responsibilities involved handling technology related matters like technology transfer, technology assimilation, documentation, product design and development, their trials and production-including selection of production technologies, setting up facilities culminating in production. He has worked on varied products and production technologies in the field of automobiles, bullet proof vehicles, small arms, battle tanks and infantry combat vehicles-including their engines, transmission, armour and armament, vision devices-passive as well as thermal, laser range finders, etc. Currently, at K&K, Rajesh focuses on handling Patentability, Patent invalidation, FTO studies and analyses, technology/patent landscape analysis, drafting patent applications, due diligence studies and preparing responses to office actions for a number of clients in Engineering, Automotive and allied industries.
Hardeep Sodhi (Associate Director - Patents)
Hardeep is a graduate in Electrical Engineering from Delhi College of Engineering followed by an MBA from Faculty of Management Studies, Delhi University, Diploma in International Business from AIMA and an LLB from the Law Faculty, Delhi University. He is also a registered Patent Agent. He has about thirty years of experience in domains of Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution, Clean and Renewable Energy technologies, Heating, Ventilation and Air-conditioning, Pumping systems, Automotive technologies, Building Automation Systems, Office Automation and Information Technology.His current focus is on intellectual property matters pertaining to patents such as legal opinions on patent infringement and invalidation, drafting, licensing and patent commercialization, besides various litigation matters pertaining to Consumer Act and Commercial/ Corporate Law.
Lalit Suryavansi (Principal Associate - Electronics/Telecom/Software Practice Group)
Lalit is designated as Principal Associate at K&K/IIPRD. He is registered with the Indian Patent Office as a Patent Agent [Reg No. IN/PA-2425], and his credentials include Masters in Telecom Technology, Bachelors in Electronics and Communications Engineering, and Bachelors of Law(LL.B). He has got broad experience of handling IP assignments such as e.g., Patent Application Drafting, Patent Prosecution/FER Response Drafting, Prior Art Search especially Invalidation Searches, Infringement Analysis/Evidence of Use/Claim Chart preparation, IP Due-Diligence, Patent Portfolio Management, Technology Landscaping, and Freedom to Operate(FTO) among others. He takes keen interests in handling IP assignments for advanced technologies including Robotics, Nanotechnology, Cloud Computing, Communications, Semiconductors, Medical Electronics, Electro-Mechanical Systems to name a few. On the management front, he oversees/mentors a team of associates for the swift delivery of projects at hand. Further, he likes to coordinate with Inventors/Clients to understand their IP requirements and makes sure that the clients’ expectations are fulfilled to the utmost level of quality within the stipulated timeframe.
Antony David (Principal Associate - Pharmaceutical-Life Sciences Practice Group)
Antony is a Principal Associate at Khurana & Khurana. He has over 10 years of experience in patent matters relating to technologies in the field of chemistry and pharmaceuticals. He has expertise in all kind of patent searches, patent drafting, prosecution, opposition and patent portfolio management. He has worked at inhouse Patent cells of pharmaceutical companies including Neuland Laboratories and Shasun Pharmaceuticals. Antony also worked as a Senior patent analyst with Quatrro Legal Solutions Ltd. preparing comprehensive patent landscape reports and patent analyses in the field of organic chemistry, API molecules, Drug Formulations and Finished dosage forms. Prior to entering the patent field, Antony gained hands-on technical experience in synthesizing and developing various organic chemicals and pharmaceutical ingredients in the laboratory at Orchid Chemicals. Antony post-graduated from Bharathidasan University, Tamilnadu specializing in Chemistry. He is a certified patent agent with Indian Patent Office and also holds PG diploma in patents law from NALSAR University of Law, Hyderabad.
Swapnil Sanap (Principal Associate - Software/Electronics/Mechanical Group)
Swapnil is Principal Associate at Khurana & Khurana. Swapnil is a software engineer with Bachelor of Engineering (B.E.) & Master of Engineering (M.E.) degree in Information Technology from Savitribai Phule Pune University (SPPU), formerly the University of Pune, and has over 7+ years of experience in IPR domain. Swapnil has worked for US and Indian clients for patent research, patent drafting, patent filing, office actions etc. He has worked in domains like Electronics, Semiconductor, Telecommunication, Mechanical, Software, Instrumentation, Automobile and Electrical for patent research and drafting projects. His primary responsibilities in the firm includes patent drafting, office action response drafting, prior art searches, Infringement Analysis, clearance searches, and on projects relating to sophisticated technologies ranging from electronics, computer sciences, IT, electronics and telecommunication, mechanical, biomedical devices, and business method domain. Swapnil is currently focused on product conceptualization, getting early adopters and client acquisition, Business development, building team, creating business systems / business processes, running business at best possible profitability and operations activities at Khurana and Khurana.
Paras Khurana (Senior Associate - Software/Electronics/Mechanical Group)
Paras is a IP Attorney and Senior Associate at IIPRD and Khurana & Khurana over 5 years of Experience dealing Patent and Design matters related to Software /Electronics domain. Paras handle projects involving Novelty/Patentability Studies, Freedom-to-Operate Searches, and Validity/Invalidity Searches, for both Global Corporates and International IP Law Firms. He also focuses on preparing infringement opinions and drafting responses to Office Actions. His education includes a B.tech degree in Computer Science from Lovely Professional University and a Law degree from the CCS University.
Tapan Shah (Principal Associate - Pharmaceutical-Life Sciences Practice Group)
With ~6 years of experience in providing specialized services in patents and related intellectual property rights, Tapan holds expertise in the technical domains of Organic Chemistry, Medicinal Chemistry, Pharmaceuticals, Biotechnological products and Medical Devices. He holds Masters Degree with specialization in Medicinal Chemistry from National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research (NIPER, Mohali). Prior to joining the team of Khurana & Khurana and IIPRD, Tapan has worked as Assistant Manager (Operations) at Effectual Services Pvt. Ltd. and has diverse experience of providing patent related search services to Fortune 500 Pharmaceutical and Chemical companies, US and European Law firms, independent patent attorneys and In-house patent counsels. Tapan has conducted more than 150 structure and sequence searches on STN databases and is well versed with Patentability/Novelty/Knock-out searches, FTO analysis/Clearance searches, Technology/Patent Landscape analysis, Invalidation studies, Infringement analysis, Claim chart/EOU preparation and Patent Portfolio Management.
Ankur Sehgal (Senior Associate - Licensing)
Ankur is a Senior Patent Associate at IIPRD and K&K. Ankur brings over 5 years of experience in Patent Searching, Preparation, Due-Diligence, Portfolio Management, Patent Drafting, Portfolio Analysis, Landscape Studies, and Patent Illustration experience. He handles projects involving Novelty/Patentability Studies, Freedom-to-Operate Searches, Validity/Invalidity Searches, Patent Drafting relating to Mechanical, Automotive, Sensors, Telecom, and Defence Related Technologies/Domains. He holds a Bachelor of Engineering in Industrial Engineering and Management from RV College of Engineering, VTU and a Bachelor of Laws from CCS University. Ankur is actively involved in Business Development at IIPRD where he handles multiple key accounts at the firm. He has also worked on multiple in licensing and out licensing mandates at IIPRD with universities, start up’s, individual inventors and corporates.
Mohinder Vig (Partner and Head - Trade Marks, Copyright-Media & Entertainment)
Mr. Vig is a Partner and Senior Trade Mark Attorney with over 31 years of experience. Mr. Vig specializes in all aspects of Trade Mark Law with focus on Clearance Searches, Opinions, and Prosecuting TM Applications. Mr. Vig has worked with more than 2000 Corporates in India and represented them for Litigation and Opposition cases across TM Offices. Mr. Vig has also worked extensively on advising, negotiating, drafting, vetting and structuring various agreements including media & entertainment work, handling contentious copyright issues etc. Mr. Vig along with other senior associates and associates has handled licensing, acquisition, assignment, distribution, co-production of films, music and various other agreements for media & entertainment clients (films and television). He has represented various clients in IP matters and also handles filing and pursuing applications of copyright registration. He with his rich experience is one of the most important persons in the firm for strategic advice in all legal aspects with respect to media & entertainment including overseas film distribution. Mr. Vig also works with Attorneys that form part of the Worldwide Associate Network of the firm for prosecuting TM Applications for Indian clients overseas. Mr. Vig drafts all responses to office actions and also consults Foreign Attorneys on Trade Mark issues. Mr. Vig has a B.Com from Delhi University followed by a LLB from Delhi University and practices Litigation at the Bar Council of Delhi.
Varun Khurana (Head - Valuation Group)
Varun heads the IP Valuation Team and has over 15 years of experience in dealing with IP Commercialization and Licensing Matters from the Financial Perspective. Varun is a Chartered Accountant and along with qualifications of ACA, AICWA, CISA, ISA (ICAI), LL.B, ISMS LA (ISO 27001) focuses on Conducting Valuation of Intellectual Properties. Varun has been a part of over 250 Licensing deals from Khurana & Khurana and its leading Intellectual Property Consulting Firm IIPRD and has helped clients value their Intellectual Property. Varun has also been part of the negotiations during the out-licensing and in-licensing deals and has developed an expertise in precise valuation of the IP through comprehensive analysis of the Patents/IP’s and evaluation of the market scenario. Varun works with the Patent Attorneys at Khurana & Khurana to complete the IP Commercialization process for technologies engaged by K&K for licensing.
Parvez Kudrolli (Senior Associate - Software/Electronics Practice Group)
Parvez Kudrolli is a Senior Associate at Khurana & Khurana and IIPRD. His expertise lies in consultancy, business development and client relationships relating to Patent Drafting, Searches, Analysis, Prosecution, Training and Commercialization. Parvez has been an Inventor, Patentee and Entrepreneur and has obtained patents for his inventions in India & USA. He has experience of developing & inventing software, drafting & prosecuting patents, conducting patent workshops, commercializing patent rights and managing a Software IPR related startup company. He has a degree in B.Sc. (Maths) and is a Registered Patent Agent admitted to practice before the Indian Patent Office.
Vibhor Gupta (Senior Associate - Litigation)
Mr. Vibhor Gupta is a Senior Associate at Khurana and Khurana. He is actively involved in advising clients in matters of corporate & commercial transactions, debt recoveries, recovery of money, negotiable instruments, and labour related compliance, due diligence and disputes. Over the years, Mr. Vibhor Gupta has developed keen interest and expertise in drafting, vetting and settling of commercial agreements especially relating to Banks / Financial Institutions. Having rich experience as a litigation lawyer, Mr. Vibhor Gupta is competent to draft, vet and settle pleadings of high stake civil litigations relating to corporate / commercial litigations, domestic and international arbitrations and has been regularly advising clients in chalking out future course of action and strategies to be adopted in already pending litigations & dispute resolution. Mr. Vibhor Gupta has regular appearance in Supreme Court of India, Delhi High Court, Company Law Board, DRT, District Courts, Consumer Forums, various commissions / arbitral tribunals etc.
Anuja Nair (Senior Associate – Media & Entertainment-Litigation)
Anuja is a Senior Associate at Khurana & Khurana. She has completed her B.E. in Computer Science and has worked with Infosys Technologies Ltd. as a Senior Software Engineer. She completed her LL.B. with a Gold Medal from Mumbai University and has been pursuing her LL.M. in Business Laws. She was practicing under a Senior Lawyer in the Bombay High Court and for the last two years, she has been handling matters under a Designated Senior Counsel in the Kerala High Court. She handles her own independent matters too relating to customs, co-operative societies, criminal and other such matters. She was appointed as a Commissioner at Wayanad by the High Court in one of the matters. She has also worked with Zee on a contractual basis. Her experience is in general litigation, client counselling, negotiations, media and entertainment business etc. Her focus would be business development for the firm in the media & entertainment sector and commercial litigation.
Dhakshina Moorthy C (Principal Associate - Pharmaceutical-Life Sciences Practice Group)
Dhakshina is a Principal Associate at Khurana & Khurana and IIPRD. He has over 10 years of experience in patent matters and handles patent drafting and prosecution relating to technologies in the field of chemistry, polymer, specialty chemicals, agrochemicals, personal and health care, material science, biochemistry, pharmaceuticals and bio-pharmaceuticals. He has expertise in all kind of patent searches, patent drafting, prosecution of patent applications worldwide, patentability and FTO opinions, patent due diligence and patent portfolio management. He has worked at in-house Patent cells of leading pharmaceutical companies including Orchid Pharma, Piramal and Suven Life Sciences Ltd. Prior to entering the patent field, Dhakshina gained hands-on technical experience in process research and development for active pharmaceutical ingredients and intermediates in the laboratory of Orchid Pharma. He has patent publications as an inventor and also presented poster to his credit at ACS conferences, Philadelphia. Dhakshina did his Masters in chemistry from University of Madras. He is a certified patent agent with Indian Patent Office and also holds PG diploma in patents law from NALSAR University of Law, Hyderabad.
Abhijeet Deshmukh (Associate Partner and Head- Commercial and Corporate Law Practice)
Abhijeet Deshmukh is Associate Partner with Khurana & Khurana, Advocates and IP Attorneys. He heads Commercial and Corporate law practice at the firm. He specializes in all aspects of Intellectual Property, Contractual laws, Corporate Advisory and Litigation with focus on IP and Commercial disputes; UDRP disputes; Prosecution of Trade Mark and Copyright Applications. He has worked with more than 3000 Corporates in India and represented them in Litigation and Opposition cases across TM Offices. He represented clients in disputes pertaining to IP and Commercial Law at Various Judicial and quasi-judicial Authorities across India. He has also worked extensively on advising, negotiating, drafting, vetting and structuring various Agreements related to Intellectual Property laws such as Technology Transfer Agreements, IP Assignment Agreements, Strategic Alliance Agreements, Collaborative Research Agreements, Non-Disclosure Agreements, Agreements related to Media and Entertainment Law, Commercial agreement such as Joint Venture Agreements, Franchise Agreements, Share Purchase Agreements, Contract Manufacturing agreements inter alia. Abhijeet has a LLM from Symbiosis International (Deemed University).
Pradip Kumar Roy (Principal Associate - Pharmaceutical-Life Sciences Practice Group)
Mr. Pradip Kumar Roy is a Principal Associate at Khurana & Khurana and IIPRD. He has around nine years of experience in patent matters relating to technologies in the field of chemistry and pharmaceuticals. He has expertise in all kind of patent searches, patent drafting, patentability and FTO opinions, patent due diligence and Pharmaceutical product portfolio management. He has worked in a senior position in the Global IP Department of Teva Pharmaceutical Industries, world’s largest generic pharmaceutical Company. Before entering the field of IP, Pradip gained considerable experience in the synthesis of organic molecules as a Research Fellow at a CSIR Laboratory. Pradip did his Masters in chemistry from IIT Kharagpur, and also earned his LL.B. (specializing in IP) from the Law School of the same Institute (IIT Kharagpur). He is also a Registered Patent Agent with Indian Patent Office.