Patents, Technology & Innovations, Plant Variety Protection, Breeder’s & Farmer’s Rights, Technical Know how
We conduct prior art and novelty searches, patentability searches and opinions, white-space analysis, freedom to operate searches, invalidation searches, patent validity and infringement searches and analyses, technology landscaping etc.
We assist clients from all fields of technology in drafting patent specifications (provisional and complete), prosecuting applications, preparing responses to office actions, attending hearings, registration and maintenance of patents rights and portfolios etc.
We assist and advise clients in undertaking diligent and strategic enforcement actions which include sending legal notices (cease-and-desist cum demand letters), on-site investigations, registering patents with custom authorities, conducting negotiations and cross-licensing, etc.
We represent client in contentious matters such as pre-grant oppositions before the Controller, post-grant oppositions before Opposition Board and revocation actions before IPAB, etc.
We assist and represent our clients in patent litigation and arbitration, including suits for infringement, counter-claims, invalidity of patents, revocation of patents, declaration of non-infringement, groundless threats of infringement, etc.
Our patent related transactional services includes advice and assistance to clients on commercialization of patents and technologies though tech-transfer agreements, licensing and assignment agreements, collaboration agreements, research and development agreements etc.
We advise clients on assessing valuation of patents and technology, payment of stamp duty in India, necessity of foreign filing license, drafting and filing of Statement of Working, compulsory licensing, etc.
We advise and assist clients in determining the availability of a variety for registration (among the varieties listed by govt.), seeking clearance from Plant Variety Registry, searches in the Official Journal of Plant Varieties, denomination clearance, fulfilment of registrability criteria, gene/protein sequence searches with annotations and accession numbers, registrability of genetically modified crops, etc.
We assist our clients in conducting field tests and trials, gathering and assimilating passport data, performance of varieties, identifying essential characteristics, preparing statements of claim for application for registration of plant varieties (including Essentially Derived Varieties, Farmer’s varieties, Extent Varieties) and obtaining and maintaining registration thereof.
We represent our clients in filing notices of opposition/cancellation against any application/registration of infringing varieties, and we also represent the interests of communities and farmers in obtaining equitable benefit sharing rights, preservation and conservation of traditional varieties and wild races and varieties.
Our enforcement strategies for protection of plant breeders’ rights in their registered plant varieties include identifying potential infringers, conducting market surveys and field surveys, sending legal notices, taking actions before Protection of Plant Varieties and Farmers’ Rights Authority, National Bureau of Plant Genetic Resources, Department of Biotechnology, Agriculture Commissioner, Department of Agriculture & Cooperation etc.
We represent and assist our clients in taking strict legal actions against the use and/or registration of infringing and pirated varieties, which includes filing lawsuits for civil remedies, obtaining injunctions, etc.
We also assist clients in research and commercialization of registered plant varieties, such through distributorship agreements, licenses, assignments, technology transfer agreements, researcher and collaboration agreements, outsourcing agreements, etc.
We advise clients on matters pertaining to compulsory license, research exemption, reciprocal arrangements for registration in India, equitable benefit sharing, UPOV and other international arrangements, lawful acquisition of varieties, etc.