RK Dewan & Co

India

Review

Dispute resolution

Leading intellectual property law firm RK Dewan & Co is one of the country’s longest established, having been in the market for nearly 80 years. It has a very active IP litigation practice that is present pan-India and houses over 175 IP specialist practitioners. The team is uniquely poised to file and defend suits in nearly all  district courts across the country, not including its regular presence before the various High Courts and the Intellectual Property Appellate Board. It is currently the top PCT filer from India and more than two-thirds of its clients are domestic. During the review period, the firm was handling over 100 ongoing litigations in India and had expanded with the hiring of seven new associates. The firm continues to expand its international presence with the establishment of its liaison office in Dallas, Texas in the US two years ago, and its China office in Dalian celebrated its fourth anniversary recently.

Five senior lawyers helm the disputes-related group, including principal Mohan Dewan, head of patents Niti Dewan, Delhi head Nirbhay Bhardwaj, and partners Disha Dewan and Dinesh Nair.

In a patent highlight, the firm is acting for plaintiff Indofil Industries against Coromandel for infringing the client’s granted fungicidal patent. On the trademark side, Electronica Hitech Machine Tools has instructed the firm in its infringement suit against an opponent to stop it from using the client’s registered mark of “Electronica”. In another similar case, the team is assisting Cooper Corporation in protecting its brand by filing a trademark infringement suit against Cooper Elevators Chennai that was using the client’s mark and against BMW, which was intending to use the mark “Cooper” for its engines in India.

Captain Tractors, Daikin Industries, Electronica Hitech Machine Tools, Finolex Cables, Joy Ice Creams, Nilkamal and Regeneron are its notable disputes clients.