Tarun has over 20 years of experience in a broad range of Intellectual Property (IP) subject matters, and is the Co-Founding Partner and Patent Attorney of Khurana & Khurana (K&K) and of its Patent Research and IP Asset Management Firm, IIPRD, both of which are among the Leading IP and Commercial Law Practices with 10 Offices in India, and over 220 Professionals. The firms also have regional offices in US, GCC/UAE, Thailand, Indonesia, Vietnam, Myanmar, Bangladesh, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, and Nepal. Tarun is ranked among the top Patent Prosecution Practitioners in India by IAM 1000 (and also by IAM 300 Strategists), and focuses on Patent Portfolio Management, Litigation, Valuation and IP Commercialization mandates for numerous Indian and International Corporates ranging from Small Start-ups to Fortune 5 companies including Reliance Jio, Sun Pharma, NATCO, Accenture, Imagination Technologies, Huawei, Indian Oil Corporation, Xiaomi, ABB, ZTE, Fujitsu, Kyocera, SABIC, Indian Institute of Technology (Delhi/Guwahati/Roorkee/Palakkad/Indore/Hyderabad), Emerson, Daimler, Cadence, Airbus, L&T, Glenmark, Simon, IISc, Marico, UPL, Avery Dennison, among many others. Tarun has a strong experience in Patent Drafting in the domain of Computer Networking and has drafted over 5000 applications in aggregate till date, a strong portion of which are based in the Semiconductor, Networking, Engineering, Database, Cloud, E-commerce, Security and Telecom domains.
Tarun focuses on Electronics, Telecom, Computer Implemented, and Mechanical subject matters, and has also worked with Corporates/Institutes across other technical and business domains as well, He has, apart from handling Indian and International Clients for filing and prosecution matters in India, also actively assisted numerous US and European Law and Licensing Firms and Corporates in providing Patent Support Services such as Conducting Patent Searches, Preparing Claim Charts, Preparing Specifications / responses to offices actions, undertaking Landscape/Analytics, E-Discovery Support among other like mandates that IIPRD focuses on. Tarun is well versed with US, EP, and Indian Patent Laws. Tarun has a Bachelors in Computer Science Engineering from Pune University, a Masters in Software Systems from BITS Pilani, Bachelors in Law, an MBA from IIM Lucknow, and is in pursuit of his PhD. He also has certifications from IIT Delhi, WIPO, Asian School of Cyber Laws, Indian Law Institute, and International Software Testing Board among many others.
Tarun is also a regular speaker at numerous Institutes and Corporates including International Conferences such as GIPC, WIPF, CII, FICCI, along with at entities such as NTPC, Indian Oil Corporation, IITs, TIFAC, DIT, CSIR, Moserbaer, IIM Lucknow, ASSOCHAM, Managing Intellectual Property (MIP), Indian Oil Corporation, NALSAR, ONGC, Delhi Technical University, and Tata Group Companies among many others.
Meenakshi is a Partner and Patent Attorney at Khurana & Khurana and IIPRD with over 18 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 is a Partner and an ardent promoter and believer of IPR, and has worked in different areas of IPR over a stretch of 15 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 Counselling. 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.
Mr. Vig is a Partner and Senior Trade Mark Attorney with over 35 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 5000 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 an LLB from Delhi University and practices Litigation at the Bar Council of Delhi.
Mr. Suman is a Partner at Khurana & Khurana and IIPRD. He practice at Khurana & Khurana focuses on all aspects of Trademark and Copyright. He specifically handles Legal Drafting in Opposition Matters, Responses to Examination Reports, Counter Statements, Evidences in TM opposition proceedings, Cease and desist notices, Contracts and agreements and conducting searches of overseas TM registers and providing use and registrability opinions. He also prepares legal responses to office actions from WIPO and USPTO. He has also handled hearing at TM registry India. He also provides Legal advice on registration and protection of trademarks in multiple jurisdictions.
Rajesh is Director at Khurana & Khurana and IIPRD. He is a graduate in mechanical engineering from IIT Kanpur with 44 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.
With 12 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 Master’s 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
Antony is a Partner at Khurana & Khurana. He has over 18 years of experience in patent matters relating to technologies in the field of Chemistry and Pharmaceuticals. He has expertise in all kinds of Patent Searches, Patent Drafting, Prosecution, Opposition, and Patent Portfolio Management. He has worked at In-house Patent counsel 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, Tamil Nadu specializing in Chemistry. He is a certified Patent Agent with Indian Patent Office and also holds a PG diploma in patent law from NALSAR University of Law, Hyderabad.
Swapnil is a Partner at Khurana & Khurana and IIPRD. Swapnil is a software engineer with Bachelor of Engineering (B.E.) degree & Master of Engineering (M.E.) degree in Information Technology from Savitribai Phule Pune University (SPPU), formerly the University of Pune, and has over 11+ years of experience in IPR domain. Swapnil has worked for Indian, US, Chinese, Australian, German & Canadian clients for projects such as but not limited to patent research, patent drafting, preparing response to office actions etc. He has worked in domains like Electronics, Telecommunication, Software, Mechanical, Instrumentation, Automobile, Semiconductor, and Electrical for patent research, drafting of patent applications and office action 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 in firm, client acquisition, Business development, building team, creating business systems / business processes and facilitating start-up in Maharashtra, Gujarat & Goa Jurisdictions for motivating and assisting them in filing of various IPR’s in best of their interest. Swapnil has written several articles, has several publications, as IEEE research papers in the domain of network security, to his credit in leading journals and conferences with ISBN and ISSN numbers. He has also been speaker in more than 10 national conferences, academic institutions and corporate, such as but not limited to, YMCA University of Science & Technology – Department of Electronics and Information Technology (DeitY), Ministry of Communication and Information Technology, Government Of India, Amity Innovation Facilitation Centre- Amity University – National Research Development Corporation (NRDC), K studio Solutions Private Limited, Dr. D.Y. Patil College of Engineering (DYPIE) & Sinhgad Technical Education Society., getting early adopters infirm, client acquisition, Business development, building team, creating business systems/business processes, and facilitating start-up in Maharashtra, Gujarat & Goa Jurisdictions for motivating and assisting them in the filing of various IPR’s in best of their interest.
Abhijeet Deshmukh is a Partner with Khurana & Khurana. 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 an LLM from Symbiosis International (Deemed University).
Anubhav heads the Tax practice at Khurana & Khurana and has over 8 years of core experience in handling taxation advisory & litigation matters (both Direct & Indirect Taxation) with a key focus on Goods & Service Tax (GST).
Anubhav specializes in streamlining complex and multilayered transactions and has successfully advised many clients, ranging from Fortune 500 Companies to MSMEs, Startups, High Net-worth Individuals, etc. to achieve a tax efficient and compliant position for their high value transactions. Anubhav has extensive experience in conducting tax due diligence and tax reviews under the GST Law and under the erstwhile Excise, Service Tax & VAT Laws.
Anubhav regularly assists his clients during their routine assessment proceedings and subsequent appellate proceedings, filing of refund claims, etc. He also assists his clients during various audits and reviews conducted by Indirect Tax Authorities such as Service Tax Audit, Tran-1 Verification, GST Audit, Verification of Input Tax Credit, etc. Anubhav also assists and represents his clients during investigation proceedings conducted by Tax Authorities like Directorate General of GST Intelligence and Anti Evasion Wing of GST. Further, he has assisted multiple clients during proceedings initiated under the Prohibition of Benami Property Transactions Act, 1988.
Anubhav has in depth sectoral experience w.r.t. Real Estate, EPC & Construction, AlcoBev, IT, Auto Components, Energy, Metals & Minerals, Pharma, FMCG, etc and is well versed with the various tax issues and recent developments for such sectors. Anubhav also helps Foreign Businesses with designing their inbound and outbound tax strategy w.r.t their interests in India.
Anubhav also possesses considerable experience in drafting and vetting of contracts, agreements, and other legal documents to help businesses mitigate tax complications and future tax disputes.
Anubhav is a practicing advocate, alumnus of the prestigious Campus Law Centre, Faculty of Law, University of Delhi. Additionally, he is a qualified Chartered Accountant, Cost Accountant, and a certified Information System Auditor (ISA-ICAI).
Sharat is a Patent Attorney with around 20 years of experience in Intellectual Property Asset Management (IPAM) with focus on the entire patent life cycle (invention ideation & review, patent intelligence, patentability assessment, inventor interview, patent drafting, foreign filing decision, patent prosecution, foreign prosecution intelligence, licensing potential analysis, infringement analysis, litigation support etc.).
Sharat’s expertise lies in end-to-end Patent Portfolio Development/Management. He has drafted and prosecuted thousands of patent applications for US, EU, IN jurisdictions in technical domains such as (but limited to): software, client-server arch., home media, consumer electronics, VLSI circuits, image processing, computer memory architecture, 5G communication protocols & standards, computer networks, cloud computing, AI-based technologies, mechatronics, mechanical systems/apparatus/devices, energy and material sciences, etc.
Sharat has owned and implemented critical processes for IP departments across geographies for Patent Portfolio Development for fortune 100 companies. Sharat introduced innovative business models for optimum utilization of in-house patent resources and outside counsel resources over a significant scale (# assets >5000) and successfully collaborated with multiple stakeholders to execute such models.
Sharat has trained/mentored numerous patent agents, attorneys, engineers and scientists on patenting, patent drafting & prosecution, claim interpretation, patent law, emerging best practices, etc. He created and led the single largest team in India for drafting and prosecution to deliver high volume prosecution and drafting services (~3000+ US/Global OA responses/year and ~200 patent applications/year) for a Japanese consumer electronics giant (also one of top 5 fliers in US).
Sharat has also led multi-million $ engagements with fortune 100 companies for Patent Portfolio Management/Development and achieved IP budget savings of up to 30% while adding value with unique blend of innovative IP service offerings, trained human capital and disruptive technology tools.
Sharat is very passionate about technology and its use in gaining efficiency and improving quality in IP transactions. As a subject matter expert, Sharat implemented a rare amalgamation of patent expertise and technology (+ data science) in IP Asset management disrupting the patent prosecution space to gain process and spend efficiency of ~25%.
Sharat regularly collaborates with Patent attorneys, in-house counsels, Chief Patent counsels, CIPOs, Licensing executives/attorneys, Patent Portfolio managers to formulate and execute IP strategies, aligning IP Asset Management with Business and Strategic imperatives, and achieving CTO/CIPO/CFO goals.
Sharat is the Director of IP and Patent Attorney at Khurana & Khurana (K&K) and of its Patent Research and IP Asset Management Firm, IIPRD. Ranked among the top Patent Prosecution Practitioners in India, Sharat focuses on Patent Portfolio Development & Management, Patent Litigation, Patent Valuation and IP Commercialization for Multinational Companies, Law firms, Start-ups etc in the high-tech domain.
Sharat is trained in US, EP, and Indian Patent Laws and holds B.E. (degree with honours) in Electronics & Communication from M D University. Sharat is an alumnus of the prestigious B-school in India -IIM-Ahmedabad where he attended an executive MBA program for senior managers. Sharat also holds LLB (degree) from Karnataka State Law University (KSLU). He is also a registered patent agent admitted to practice before the Indian Patent Office.