Ashwani K. Balayan

Partner
Practice Head - Patents and IP Litigation

A Partner at the firm for over ten years, Ashwani heads the firm’s patents, designs, and IP litigation practice.

Ashwani’s practice spans across counselling, enforcement, prosecution, and litigation for patents, trademarks, and designs. He specializes in designing strategies for enforcement and dispute resolution in contentious proceedings including oppositions, revocations, and court litigation.

As a registered patent attorney, his core areas of expertise is in drafting, prosecuting and enforcing patent claims across different areas of technologies, with special emphasis on biotechnology and pharmaceutical related inventions. He assists clients in drafting, filing and prosecuting national and international patent applications. As part of his patents practice, he is also engaged by clients for pre-grant and post-grant oppositions, patent revocations proceedings, infringement actions, advise on validity, patentability and enforceability of claims in India, etc. He also advise clients on the registrability of designs, suitability of representations, etc. He regularly represent clients in court litigation matters involving patents, designs, and trademarks.

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As part of its enforcement and litigation practice, he spends a good amount of time in working out amicable resolutions and settlements other than preparing Legal Notices and representing clients before different courts and tribunals such as high courts, supreme court, district courts, opposition boards, regulatory authorities, and Controller. He often assists clients in conducting local raids against infringers for search and seizure of counterfeit goods.

Ashwani also assists clients in complying with and obtaining necessary regulatory approvals for protection of patents and plant varieties, such as under the National Biodiversity Act, etc. He also advises and assists clients with respect to protection of plant varieties in India. He advises clients on transactional matters including license and assignment agreements, co-ownership agreements, joint-venture agreements, consent agreements, coexistence agreements, rights re-structuring agreements, etc. in respect of patents, technology, designs, plant variety registrations, trade secrets, technical know-hows, etc.

In his practice, Ashwani works closely with in-house counsels of several Fortune 500 companies, international as well as domestic, as well as academic institutes / universities, SMEs, start-ups, etc. in protecting and managing their IP portfolios in India.

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Licenses, Accreditations, Internships & Education
  • Advocate, Bar Council of Delhi
  • Patent Agent, Indian Patent Office
  • Patent Facilitator, Scheme for facilitating Start-ups Intellectual Property Protection (SIPP), Government of India
  • LL.M. (I.P.R.), University School of Law & Legal Studies, G.G.S. Indraprastha University, New Delhi
  • LL.B. (I.P.R. Hons.), Rajiv Gandhi School of Intellectual Property Law (RGSOIPL), Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kharagpur
  • B. Tech (Biotechnology), University School of Biotechnology, G.G.S. Indraprastha University, New Delhi
  • Competition Law & IP Rights Course, Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FICCI)
Recognition, Awards, Citations & Mentions
  • Ranked amongst India’s top Intellectual Property Lawyers of 2021 by Asian Legal Business (ALB)
  • Recognised amongst India’s Best Law Firm Leaders of 2021 by CEO Insight
Reported & Other Cases (Representative)
  • Ramada International, Inc. versus La-Ramda World Pvt. Ltd. [CS(COMM) No. 470 / 2021, High Court of Delhi] – represented the Plaintiff in obtaining interim injunction against trademark infringement and passing off.
  • Ramada International, Inc. versus ClubRamada Hotels & Resorts Pvt. Ltd. [CS(COMM) No. 649 / 2021, High Court of Delhi] – represented the Plaintiff in obtaining ad-interim injunction against trademark infringement and passing off.
  • Borivali Biryani Centre Versus Marriott International Inc. & Ors. [COMIP/245/2015, High Court of Bombay] – represented the defendants in a trademark infringement suit under The Trade Marks Act, 1999
  • Project Management Institute Inc. & Anr. Versus Project Management Certification Institute & Anr. [CS (OS) No. 529/2011 & CS (OS) No. 630/2011, High Court of Delhi] – represented the plaintiffs in a copyright infringement and trademark infringement and passing off suit under The Trade Marks Act, 1999 and The Copyright Act, 1957
  • Dura-Line India Pvt. Ltd. Versus Jain Irrigation Systems Ltd. [CS (OS) No. 796/2013 & CC No. 81/2013, High Court of Delhi] – represented the Defendants and Counter-Claimants in a Patent and Design infringement suit, and counter-claim for revocation of patent and design under the Patents Act, 1970 and Designs Act, 2000.
  • Indovax Pvt. Ltd. Versus Merck Animal Health & Ors. [CS(OS) 2047/2013, High Court of Delhi] – represented the defendants in a trademark infringement suit under The Trade Marks Act, 1999
  • Life Technologies Corporation & Anr. Versus ATZ Lab Solutions (India) Pvt. Ltd. & Ors. [CS(OS) No. 1698/2012, High Court of Delhi] – represented the plaintiffs in a trademark infringement and passing off suit under The Trade Marks Act, 1999
  • Viacom International Inc. & Anr. Versus Eliperi Stationery Return Gifts [COMS 464/2017, High Court of Bombay] – represented the plaintiffs in a trademark infringement and passing off suit under The Trade Marks Act, 1999
  • Viacom International Inc. & Anr. Versus Shubham Return Gifts [COMS 25/2017, High Court of Bombay] -represented the plaintiffs in a trademark infringement and passing off suit under The Trade Marks Act, 1999
  • Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp. & Ors. Versus Dabur India Limited [CS (OS) No. 358/2007, High Court of Delhi] – represented the plaintiffs in a trademark infringement and passing off suit under The Trade Marks Act, 1999
  • Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp. & Ors. Versus Natco Pharma Limited [CS (OS) No. 359/2007, High Court of Delhi] – represented the plaintiffs in a trademark infringement and passing off suit under The Trade Marks Act, 1999
  • Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp. & Ors. Versus Sun Pharmaceutical Industries Limited [CS (OS) No. 360/2007, High Court of Delhi] – represented the plaintiffs in a trademark infringement and passing off suit under The Trade Marks Act, 1999
  • Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp. & Ors. Versus Getwell Life Sciences [CS (OS) No. 361/2007, High Court of Delhi] – represented the plaintiffs in a trademark infringement and passing off suit under The Trade Marks Act, 1999
  • Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp. & Ors. Versus Cipla Limited [CS (OS) No. 747/2007, High Court of Delhi] – represented the plaintiffs in a trademark infringement and passing off suit under The Trade Marks Act, 1999
Publications & Submissions
Speaking Engagements & Related Events
  • Speaker in the panel discussion on “Compulsory Licensing and Related Issues” during the IPO Annual Meeting 2021.
  • Presented ‘India IP Updates’, in collaboration with ASSOCHAM (Associated Chambers of Commerce of India), at the IPO Annual Meeting 2020. The video of updates is available here (IPO login required)
  • Conducted webinar ‘Practical Session on Drafting Patent Claims for Biotechnology and Pharmaceutical Related Inventions’ in the ‘National Workshop on Patent Drafting’ organised by Department of Science & Technology (DST) in collaboration with CIPAM (Cell for IPR Promotion and Management) and TISC (Technology and Innovation Support Centre), 2020
  • Speaker on ‘Patenting Biosimilars in India: Fears & Opportunities’ in the ‘World Intellectual Property Forum’ (WIPF), 2018
  • Speaker on ‘Techniques of Patent Claim Drafting’ and ‘Claims for Biotechnology Related Inventions’ in the ‘National Workshop on Patent Drafting’ organised by Department of Science & Technology (DST) in collaboration with CIPAM (Cell for IPR Promotion and Management), TISC (Technology and Innovation Support Centre) & RAJCOST (Rajasthan Council of Science &Technology), 2018
  • Moderated Table Topic on ‘Trademark Infringement by Fan Contents and Parodies: Challenges in Enforceability and Solutions’, (International Trademark Association) INTA Annual Meeting, 2018
  • Speaker in panel discussion on ‘Challenges in Commercialization of Patents’ in Global Legal & IP ConfEx, 2018
  • Speaker on ‘Legal perspective for Patenting Biotechnology innovations in India’ in a workshop conducted by BIO (Biotechnology Industry Organization), 2013
Boards, Committees, Trusts & Positions
  • Serves as Vice Chair on the ‘Asian Practice Committee’ of the Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO) for the term 2022.
  • Serves as Chair of India Sub-Committee of the ‘Asian Practice Committee’ of the Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO) for the term 2022.
  • Serves on the ‘Designs Committee’ of the International Trademark Association (INTA), 2020-2023
  • Serves on the ‘IP Practice in the Far East Committee’ of the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA), 2020-2021
Affiliations, Memberships & Participations
  • Member, Delhi High Court Bar Association (DHCBA)
  • Member, International Federation of Intellectual Property Attorneys (FICPI)
  • Member, Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO)
  • Member, International Trademark Association (INTA)
  • Member, Asian Patent Attorneys Association (APAA)
  • Member, International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (AIPPI)
  • Member, Licensing Executives Society (LES)
  • Member, American Intellectual Property law Association (AIPLA)
Languages
  • English
  • Hindi
Ashwani K. Balayan

Ashwani K. Balayan

Partner
Practice Head - Patents and IP Litigation
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A Partner at the firm for over ten years, Ashwani heads the firm’s patents, designs, and IP litigation practice.

Ashwani’s practice spans across counselling, enforcement, prosecution, and litigation for patents, trademarks, and designs. He specializes in designing strategies for enforcement and dispute resolution in contentious proceedings including oppositions, revocations, and court litigation.

As a registered patent attorney, his core areas of expertise is in drafting, prosecuting and enforcing patent claims across different areas of technologies, with special emphasis on biotechnology and pharmaceutical related inventions. He assists clients in drafting, filing and prosecuting national and international patent applications. As part of his patents practice, he is also engaged by clients for pre-grant and post-grant oppositions, patent revocations proceedings, infringement actions, advise on validity, patentability and enforceability of claims in India, etc. He also advise clients on the registrability of designs, suitability of representations, etc. He regularly represent clients in court litigation matters involving patents, designs, and trademarks.

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As part of its enforcement and litigation practice, he spends a good amount of time in working out amicable resolutions and settlements other than preparing Legal Notices and representing clients before different courts and tribunals such as high courts, supreme court, district courts, opposition boards, regulatory authorities, and Controller. He often assists clients in conducting local raids against infringers for search and seizure of counterfeit goods.

Ashwani also assists clients in complying with and obtaining necessary regulatory approvals for protection of patents and plant varieties, such as under the National Biodiversity Act, etc. He also advises and assists clients with respect to protection of plant varieties in India. He advises clients on transactional matters including license and assignment agreements, co-ownership agreements, joint-venture agreements, consent agreements, coexistence agreements, rights re-structuring agreements, etc. in respect of patents, technology, designs, plant variety registrations, trade secrets, technical know-hows, etc.

In his practice, Ashwani works closely with in-house counsels of several Fortune 500 companies, international as well as domestic, as well as academic institutes / universities, SMEs, start-ups, etc. in protecting and managing their IP portfolios in India.

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Licenses, Accreditations, Internships & Education
  • Advocate, Bar Council of Delhi
  • Patent Agent, Indian Patent Office
  • Patent Facilitator, Scheme for facilitating Start-ups Intellectual Property Protection (SIPP), Government of India
  • LL.M. (I.P.R.), University School of Law & Legal Studies, G.G.S. Indraprastha University, New Delhi
  • LL.B. (I.P.R. Hons.), Rajiv Gandhi School of Intellectual Property Law (RGSOIPL), Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kharagpur
  • B. Tech (Biotechnology), University School of Biotechnology, G.G.S. Indraprastha University, New Delhi
  • Competition Law & IP Rights Course, Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FICCI)
Recognition, Awards, Citations & Mentions
  • Ranked amongst India’s top Intellectual Property Lawyers of 2021 by Asian Legal Business (ALB)
  • Recognised amongst India’s Best Law Firm Leaders of 2021 by CEO Insight
Reported & Other Cases (Representative)
  • Ramada International, Inc. versus La-Ramda World Pvt. Ltd. [CS(COMM) No. 470 / 2021, High Court of Delhi] – represented the Plaintiff in obtaining interim injunction against trademark infringement and passing off.
  • Ramada International, Inc. versus ClubRamada Hotels & Resorts Pvt. Ltd. [CS(COMM) No. 649 / 2021, High Court of Delhi] – represented the Plaintiff in obtaining ad-interim injunction against trademark infringement and passing off.
  • Borivali Biryani Centre Versus Marriott International Inc. & Ors. [COMIP/245/2015, High Court of Bombay] – represented the defendants in a trademark infringement suit under The Trade Marks Act, 1999
  • Project Management Institute Inc. & Anr. Versus Project Management Certification Institute & Anr. [CS (OS) No. 529/2011 & CS (OS) No. 630/2011, High Court of Delhi] – represented the plaintiffs in a copyright infringement and trademark infringement and passing off suit under The Trade Marks Act, 1999 and The Copyright Act, 1957
  • Dura-Line India Pvt. Ltd. Versus Jain Irrigation Systems Ltd. [CS (OS) No. 796/2013 & CC No. 81/2013, High Court of Delhi] – represented the Defendants and Counter-Claimants in a Patent and Design infringement suit, and counter-claim for revocation of patent and design under the Patents Act, 1970 and Designs Act, 2000.
  • Indovax Pvt. Ltd. Versus Merck Animal Health & Ors. [CS(OS) 2047/2013, High Court of Delhi] – represented the defendants in a trademark infringement suit under The Trade Marks Act, 1999
  • Life Technologies Corporation & Anr. Versus ATZ Lab Solutions (India) Pvt. Ltd. & Ors. [CS(OS) No. 1698/2012, High Court of Delhi] – represented the plaintiffs in a trademark infringement and passing off suit under The Trade Marks Act, 1999
  • Viacom International Inc. & Anr. Versus Eliperi Stationery Return Gifts [COMS 464/2017, High Court of Bombay] – represented the plaintiffs in a trademark infringement and passing off suit under The Trade Marks Act, 1999
  • Viacom International Inc. & Anr. Versus Shubham Return Gifts [COMS 25/2017, High Court of Bombay] -represented the plaintiffs in a trademark infringement and passing off suit under The Trade Marks Act, 1999
  • Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp. & Ors. Versus Dabur India Limited [CS (OS) No. 358/2007, High Court of Delhi] – represented the plaintiffs in a trademark infringement and passing off suit under The Trade Marks Act, 1999
  • Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp. & Ors. Versus Natco Pharma Limited [CS (OS) No. 359/2007, High Court of Delhi] – represented the plaintiffs in a trademark infringement and passing off suit under The Trade Marks Act, 1999
  • Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp. & Ors. Versus Sun Pharmaceutical Industries Limited [CS (OS) No. 360/2007, High Court of Delhi] – represented the plaintiffs in a trademark infringement and passing off suit under The Trade Marks Act, 1999
  • Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp. & Ors. Versus Getwell Life Sciences [CS (OS) No. 361/2007, High Court of Delhi] – represented the plaintiffs in a trademark infringement and passing off suit under The Trade Marks Act, 1999
  • Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp. & Ors. Versus Cipla Limited [CS (OS) No. 747/2007, High Court of Delhi] – represented the plaintiffs in a trademark infringement and passing off suit under The Trade Marks Act, 1999
Publications & Submissions
Speaking Engagements & Related Events
  • Speaker in the panel discussion on “Compulsory Licensing and Related Issues” during the IPO Annual Meeting 2021.
  • Presented ‘India IP Updates’, in collaboration with ASSOCHAM (Associated Chambers of Commerce of India), at the IPO Annual Meeting 2020. The video of updates is available here (IPO login required)
  • Conducted webinar ‘Practical Session on Drafting Patent Claims for Biotechnology and Pharmaceutical Related Inventions’ in the ‘National Workshop on Patent Drafting’ organised by Department of Science & Technology (DST) in collaboration with CIPAM (Cell for IPR Promotion and Management) and TISC (Technology and Innovation Support Centre), 2020
  • Speaker on ‘Patenting Biosimilars in India: Fears & Opportunities’ in the ‘World Intellectual Property Forum’ (WIPF), 2018
  • Speaker on ‘Techniques of Patent Claim Drafting’ and ‘Claims for Biotechnology Related Inventions’ in the ‘National Workshop on Patent Drafting’ organised by Department of Science & Technology (DST) in collaboration with CIPAM (Cell for IPR Promotion and Management), TISC (Technology and Innovation Support Centre) & RAJCOST (Rajasthan Council of Science &Technology), 2018
  • Moderated Table Topic on ‘Trademark Infringement by Fan Contents and Parodies: Challenges in Enforceability and Solutions’, (International Trademark Association) INTA Annual Meeting, 2018
  • Speaker in panel discussion on ‘Challenges in Commercialization of Patents’ in Global Legal & IP ConfEx, 2018
  • Speaker on ‘Legal perspective for Patenting Biotechnology innovations in India’ in a workshop conducted by BIO (Biotechnology Industry Organization), 2013
Boards, Committees, Trusts & Positions
  • Serves as Vice Chair on the ‘Asian Practice Committee’ of the Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO) for the term 2022.
  • Serves as Chair of India Sub-Committee of the ‘Asian Practice Committee’ of the Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO) for the term 2022.
  • Serves on the ‘Designs Committee’ of the International Trademark Association (INTA), 2020-2023
  • Serves on the ‘IP Practice in the Far East Committee’ of the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA), 2020-2021
Affiliations, Memberships & Participations
  • Member, Delhi High Court Bar Association (DHCBA)
  • Member, International Federation of Intellectual Property Attorneys (FICPI)
  • Member, Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO)
  • Member, International Trademark Association (INTA)
  • Member, Asian Patent Attorneys Association (APAA)
  • Member, International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (AIPPI)
  • Member, Licensing Executives Society (LES)
  • Member, American Intellectual Property law Association (AIPLA)
Languages
  • English
  • Hindi
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