IP - Trademark & Copyright in India
122/71 Silver Oaks Apartments, DLF PH-1,, Gurgaon, 122002
We specialize in Intellectual Property law, routinely advising diverse international and domestic clients from a variety of industries on complex issues. As legal needs cannot be pigeonholed, the Firm has ensured that its expertise transcends pure IP bridging the gap between IP and other laws. In this respect, our practice also includes civil, commercial, competition, and criminal laws, so we are positioned to offer well-rounded capabilities to our clients.
Founded in 2011, we are well regarded for our quality, knowledge and outcomes. With clients ranging from Fortune 500 companies to small start-ups and not for profit organizations, our lawyers handle it all. Counseling clients on developing, protecting and enforcing their intellectual property in the changing landscape of an increasingly digital world.
Our approach is simply to provide timely, appropriate and effective solutions to our clients. We build lasting relationships with our clients and strive to ensure they receive support at all times. To this end, the Firm’s knowledgeable and skilled lawyers take the time to understand our clients’ businesses and specific needs, providing quality advice. Client interaction is key to our philosophy and we have policies in place that require timely follow-ups with clients and the Indian IP office on all matters. Clients are kept informed and updated on all their matters at intervals of their choosing. We are flexibly structured to adapt our delivery and interaction to suit client requirements. Communication with our client is prompt, acknowledged and normally responded to within 24-48 hours. In a nutshell, our clients are always up to date on their matters entrusted to us, and are certain of our handling. Our insight into our clients’ business, our longstanding relationships and ability to react and engage quickly is the backbone of our practice. The high quality of our professionals has given us the ideal platform to render meaningful service in a competitive atmosphere.
Located in the Delhi NCR region, we handle matters all across India, and overseas through trusted associates. Our offices are paperless as far as is practical. All our records are maintained electronically and we have an internal database that keeps track of all matters and deadlines. The firm has electronic safety protocols in place to ensure the security of its data and maintains multiple electronic back-ups of its information.
We ensure we stay updated with new legal developments and technologies. Our offices contribute and subscribe to electronic databases, legal journals and periodicals to remain up to date with latest developments in the law.
Some representative services provided by the firm are:
o Advisory services on brand development and protection
o Availability searches and opinions on adoption of trademarks
o Filing and prosecuting trade mark applications in India, and globally through the International Registration system under the Madrid Protocol or through our network of well regarded global associates
o Maintenance of trade mark portfolio – registrations and renewals across the world
o Prosecuting and defending trade mark oppositions and cancellations actions
o Enforcement of trade mark rights; investigating possible infringement and passing-off issues; advising on strategies involving third party use of confusingly similar trade marks
o anti-counterfeiting and customs enforcement actions
o Dispute resolution and litigation in all Courts and Tribunals across the country
o Trade Mark watch services on a global level
o All aspects of Transactional IP including licensing, marketing, assignment of marks
o Counseling on unfair competition, false advertising and ambush marketing, violations on social media and the Internet
o Domain name disputes under the UDRP and country specific dispute resolution policies.
o Counseling on all aspects of patent development and protection
o Patent searches, including invalidity and infringement analysis, and FTO opinions
o Drafting, filing and prosecuting Patent applications – provisional and complete specifications in all technical fields, interacting directly with inventors
o Foreign filings through the PCT and convention routes
o Maintenance of client portfolio and landscaping
o Filing and prosecuting copyright applications in India and internationally;
o Preparing, finalizing, and counseling on publishing contracts, licensing, transfer and assignment of copyright;
o Counseling on ‘work for hire’ and ownership issues;
o Due diligence and advisory services relating to acquisition and transfer of copyright;
o Counseling on fair use, infringement and piracy
o Counseling on cyber and Information Technology laws
o Dispute resolution and litigation
o Customs and border protection strategies
o Counseling on design protection (and pre-filing activities), and enforcement of registered designs in India and around the world
o Preparing and filing design applications in India and around the world
o Maintenance of client portfolio – registration and renewal
o Dispute resolution and litigation involving design rights violation
Transactional IP, Cyber & Media Laws
o Protection of IP in cross border transactions; drafting and vetting service agreements.
o Advising on and preparing franchise and license agreements
o Advisory services relating to compliance with Competition laws
o Acquisition and sale of artworks and compliance with the Antiquities laws in India
o Advisory services on commercial transactions, negotiations, etc.
o Media and Entertainment law
o Customs and Border Protection issues
o Geographical Indications
o Information Technology and E-commerce issues
o Advisory services to start-ups
Litigation and Dispute Resolution
o Handling opposition and rectification proceedings at the Registry level and the IPAB
o Litigation involving IP across India – Civil and Criminal
o Mediation and Arbitration with a primary focus on IP
o Handling disputes under common law such as violation of trade secrets, breach of confidentiality and unfair competition
o Representing clients before the Competitions Commision of India and the Competition Appellate Tribunal (COMPAT)
o Handling cases involving cyber crimes, Information Technology law violations and cyber squattingShow more +
Shantanu Sood is the founder of Quest IP. He has practiced law for over 18 years, specialising in Intellectual Property and Commercial laws. Shantanu has extensive experience litigating and handling sensitive cross border disputes. He is a registered patent agent and a qualified advocate in India, and is also a member of the New York Bar.
Shantanu obtained an undergraduate degree in Physics from Delhi University, finishing with a 1st division. He then obtained his law degree from Delhi University and later obtained an LL.M from Georgetown University, Washington DC specialising in Intellectual Property and International Trade.
Apart from practicing in India, Shantanu also has significant international experience, having spent four years as a practicing attorney in a prominent IP boutique law firm in Washington DC. He has represented clients before the Indian Supreme Court, Indian High Courts, Indian IP offices, the USPTO and Federal Courts in the U.S.A.
His experience ranges from competition laws, IP and commerical laws. He advises IT and Fintech companies on cyber law issues, including e-commerce and privacy issues. In addition, he files and prosecuties patent applications before the Indian Patent office, and routinely represents clients in complex civil, commercial, patent, trade mark, and copyright litigation before the Supreme Court, the Delhi High Court and other High Courts across India. He also appears on a variety of trade mark and patent matters before the Intellectual Property Appellate Board in Chennai, including invalidation proceedings. He handles a variety of lawsuits encompassing diverse issues relating to contractual and commercial disputes, infringement of patents, trade marks and copyrights; passing off; unfair competition, confidential information and trade secrets, licensing disputes and anti-competitive trade practices. He also routinely counsels clients on the development and protection of their intellectual property globally, including cross border licensing and assignments.
Shantanu regularly features as a speaker at various prestigious forums such as INTA and FICCI to name a few and has contributed articles in many publications.
2004 – 2005 LL.M with Distinction, Georgetown University Law Center,
Washington D.C., U.S.A
1999 – 2002 LLB, Campus Law Center, Faculty of Law, Delhi University, India
1996 – 1999 B.Sc (H) Physics with 1st Div., Hindu College, Delhi University,
2017 Registered as a Patent Agent in India
2006 Attorney – Enrolled with the New York State Bar, U.S.A
2002 Advocate – Enrolled with the Bar Council of Delhi, India
• International Trademark Association
o Member of the Indigenous Rights Subcommittee
o Member of the Harmonization of Trade Mark law and practice Subcommittee
• Asian Patent Attorney Association
• Delhi High Court Bar Association
Representative Articles and Talks
Sep 2015 – CFO Connect – Seal It with a Mark
Aug 2014 - CFO Connect - Value Your Brand
May 2014 – INTA Panelist – India and Middle East Regional Update
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