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National Head and Partner in the Intellectual Property Practice at the Delhi Office of Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas. Ranjan has extensive experience in representing international and domestic clients from diverse industries on issues relating to brand adoption, prosecution and registration of trademarks; adversarial opposition and cancellation matters before the Intellectual Property Offices and litigation before the courts of India. His expertise also includes handling commercial transactions driven by exploitation of intellectual property, licensing arrangements and other alliances involving trademarks, copyright and information technology. He also handles a variety of unconventional and emerging intellectual property issues such as online intellectual property infringement, ISP liability, keyword advertising, privacy and data protection. Chambers Asia Pacific has mentioned him as Notable Practitioner for Intellectual Property for the years 2017 and 2016 and he has been selected by World IP Review for the WIPR Leader. He can be reached at


Intellectual property (IP) forms part of our overall growth strategy. This is the message that the Indian government is sending out like never before, as is evident from a number of measures that have been put in place in recent times. The trends show that the government is keen not just to augment efficiency at the Controller’s office, but also to make an effort from a regulatory and legislative perspective. Some of the changes strongly reflect the government’s resolve to push for massive digitisation to strengthen transparency and bring uniformity and consistency into the way the Intellectual Property Office (IPO) functions. The changes are aimed at boosting investor confidence in the long term and signal that India is a pro-IP destination with a conducive environment for innovation and the protection of IP.

The IP regime has been on course to harmonise with internationally accepted jurisprudence ever since India signed up for the Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPs) with new laws, regulations and authorities set up one after the other in compliance with the international obligations. Amendments in patent and copyright laws, new laws on trademarks, design, geographical indications, semiconductor topographies, plant variety and biodiversity marked the beginning of this century. Coupled with these legislative changes, there were also steady changes in the administration with new IP offices and infrastructure set up.

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