Intellectual Property

AZB & Partners’ Intellectual Property (IP) practice is a market-leading group, which counsels a wide range of clients across industry sectors. We advise on how to create, protect, safeguard, enforce and monetize valuable intellectual property assets ranging from trademarks, domain names, patents, copyrights and designs to confidential information.

The IP team at AZB & Partners is best known for its expertise in trademark prosecution, trademark portfolio management, IP enforcement and litigation, IP transactions and due diligence. The team demonstrates considerable sectoral expertise in pharmaceuticals, crop sciences, FMCG businesses, the apparel industry (with a special focus on luxury brands) and banking and financial services.

The IP team provides clients with practical, innovative, comprehensive and custom made strategies and solutions. We are known for providing holistic advice that incorporates the complexities of the industries and business environments within which our clients operate.

Our work includes:

  • Prosecution and management of trademarks, copyrights, designs and patent portfolios for clients, including conducting clearance searches, initiation of opposition, cancellation or rectification actions against third parties where necessary as well as providing ‘watch’ services
  • Advising and counselling clients in relation to their overall intellectual property protection and enforcement strategy in India, including undertaking anti-counterfeiting actions and other contentious proceedings before various tribunals, High Courts and other Courts in India
  • Representation of clients on various contentious matters in the areas of trademark, trade dress, designs, copyrights and patent infringement, domain names anti-cybersquatting, comparative and false advertising, trade secrets and confidential information
  • Drafting, negotiating and advising clients on trademark, patent and technology licensing and acquisitions, co-branding, franchising, software license agreements, research and technology collaboration agreements
  • Conducting brand and intellectual property audits including audits on intellectual property management practices adopted by a company
  • Customs recordal and border enforcement strategies for reputed brands
  • Advisory services in relation to all types of intellectual property, including advertisement clearances, intermediary liability issues and advice on data protection and privacy