RK Dewan & Co

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Q2| 2022

R K Dewan has completed over 79 years of dedicated and excellent service in the IP field, one of the longest standing IP law firms in India with the highest reputation for quality, honesty and expertise.

Team Strength of 175+ professionals including 70 patent associates (registered Indian patent agents & patent associates comprising engineers, scientists, doctorates etc.), 25 trademark agents, 35 lawyers, 25 patent & trademark paralegals & 20 administrative staff. 60% of our team comprises women.

Dr. Mohan Dewan & Dr. Niti Dewan are highly renowned and respected in IP circles in India & internationally. The RKD team is led by Dr Mohan Dewan, a visionary with extraordinary passion for IP and over 50 years of experience. Dr Niti Dewan is the dynamic Head of Patents and Disha Dewan represents the 3rd generation in this family firm. Dr Mohan Dewan has the rare distinction of being an expert in every area of IP (patents, trademarks, designs, copyright, plant varieties – prosecution, litigation, strategy and transactions). Dr Niti Dewan handles domestic and international client patent portfolios and has filed and prosecuted patent applications till grant in over 100 countries worldwide.

Representing over 5,000 corporate and individual clients worldwide reflecting top Indian companies, multinationals & Fortune 500 companies across a broad spectrum of industries & all technology sectors not limited to:

  • Software, Electronics & Telecommunications
  • Automobile Industry
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Biotechnology
  • Nanotechnology
  • Specialty Chemicals & Cosmetics
  • Real Estate & Construction
  • Power & Alternative Energy
  • Agriculture
  • Fast-moving consumer goods (FMCGs)
  • Food & beverages
  • Hospitality Industry
  • Travel & Tourism
  • Entertainment & Media
  • Sports Industry
  • Fashion & Luxury Goods
  • Home and household goods
  • Garments & Textiles
  • E-commerce & retail…and so on

RKD’s team comprises ex-Controllers from the Patent Office & ex-Registrars and Examiners from the Trade Marks Registry who are well-versed with best practices in order to assist clients more effectively to obtain their IP rights in a timely manner.

R. K. Dewan also has a very strong life sciences prosecution, litigation & commercialization team. The life sciences work at RKD does not comprise of pharmaceuticals alone. It also includes a large amount of work in areas such as:

  • Biochemistry & Biotechnology (genetic engineering, modified microorganisms, CRISPR, stem cells etc.)
  • Chemical Engineering subjects such as waste water management
  • Ayurvedic medicine & homeopathic medicines – India’s traditional knowledge and know-how
  • Alternative fuel technologies such as biodiesel and bioethanol
  • Vaccines, supplements & herbal formulations
  • Medical devices and lifestyle altering devices
  • Agrochemicals, pesticides, fertilizers
  • Plant varieties, hybrid seeds etc.

R. K. Dewan has over 450 clients in the Life Science space. Many of the clients (names provided throughout the submission) have been with R. K. Dewan for many years and continue to entrust us with new work.

R. K. Dewan is highly involved in IP litigation across India i.e. we have a pan-India presence when it comes to litigation. There are 736 District Courts in India and we are uniquely poised to file and defend suits in most of these Courts; and we carry out litigation in these District Courts, apart from the High Courts of New Delhi, Bombay (Mumbai), Kolkata & Madras (Chennai) and at the IPAB. Currently we are handling 120+ on-going litigation matters across India.

Recent Developments at the firm

  • R. K. Dewan has set up a new liaison office in the USA, in Dallas
  • Increased number of major trademark portfolios (both domestic & international) transferred to R. K. Dewan from other Indian law firms, evidencing the growing international recognition of the firm (as evidenced by the case studies provided)
  • R. K. Dewan successfully completed 2 years of our China office in Dalian leading to an increase in business from China by 30%
  • There is a major amount of hiring activity being undertaken at R. K. Dewan – and the patent team is rapidly expanding. We have recruited 5 new lawyers & 3 patent professionals in the last year.
  • R. K. Dewan has successfully been audited and approved for the new ISO 9001:2015 standard– a certification that is provided only after rigorous auditing of a firm’s management systems & working procedures and practices, ensuring compliance with the high standards of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), Switzerland.

Statistical Highlights (2019-20):

PATENT

  • Over 1250 Indian patent applications filed
  • Over 300 patent applications filed for domestic clients in 42+ countries globally
  • Total number of patent specifications drafted in-house per year (in nearly all areas of technology) - Approximately 850
  • Over 170 patent grants obtained for clients worldwide
  • Over 150 patent searches conducted in-house including patentability, novelty, prior art, technology maps, invalidation and infringement analysis searches.
  • 650+ Design & Copyright applications filed in India; hundreds of applications internationally
  • Numerous active opposition (pre & post grant), revocation & infringement proceedings on-going in Courts across India/IPAB (160+ active litigations in the country)

TRADEMARKS

  • Nearly 2500 applications at Indian Trademarks Registry filed in 2020
  • 100% increase in international trademark filings in 2020 to present over previous year (filings in over 62 countries)
  • Over 3000 trademark searches conducted
  • 300+ Madrid refusals attended to
  • 600+ trademark oppositions filed and over 500+ trademark oppositions defended
  • 650+ Design & Copyright applications filed in India; hundreds of applications internationally
  • Numerous active opposition (pre & post grant), revocation & infringement proceedings on-going in Courts across India/IPAB (160+ active litigations in the country)

RANKINGS:

  • Chambers & Partners Asia Pacific 2021
    • Band 1 - Intellectual Property
    • Dr Mohan Dewan - Recognized in Band 1
    • Dr Niti Dewan - Recognized in Band 3
    • Life Sciences - Band 1,
    • Dr. Niti Dewan recognized in Band 3
  • Legal 500
    • Band 1, Intellectual Property
    • Dr Mohan Dewan, Dr Niti Dewan & Advocate Dinesh Nair recognized as Leading Individuals
    • Disha Dewan recognized as Next Generation lawyer
  • World Trademark Review 1000
    • Gold ranking in litigation & enforcement
    • Recommended firm for Prosecution
    • Dr Mohan Dewan (Silver Ranking in both Prosecution & LITIGATION)
  • IAM Patent 1000
    • Highly Recommended Firm (Prosecution)
    • Recommended Firm (Litigation & Strategy),
    • Dr Mohan Dewan (recommended in both Prosecution & Litigation),
    • Dr Niti Dewan & Disha Dewan (recommended in Prosecution)
  • Managing IP - IP Stars
    • Trademarks (Band 2 - Contentious)
    • Band 1 - 2020 (Patent and Trademark Prosecution)
    • Niti Dewan ranked as Top 250 Women in IP.
    • Mohan Dewan recognized as both a Patent & Trademark IP Star
    • Disha Dewan Ranked as Notable Practitioner
    • Ameet Deshpande, A.K. Balaji & Bikash Ghorai - Rising Star
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Offices

  • Mumbai

    Podar Chambers, S. A. Brelvi Road, Fort, Mumbai 400001, India
    Phone +91 22 6177 5300/+91 22 2266 1662/+91 22 2266 3002
    Fax +91 22 2265 0159
  • Pune

    1147B, Mohan Villa, Shivaji Nagar, Pune 411016, India
    Phone +91 20 6687 1200/+91 20 2565 4455
    Fax +91 20 2566 1063
  • Chennai

    Dare House Annexe, 4th Floor, No 44, 2nd Line Beach, Chennai 600001, India
    Phone +91 44 2535 4222/+91 44 2535 4555
    Fax +91 44 2535 3003
  • Indore

    205, Milindas Manor, 2, R.N.T Marg Road, Near Ravindra Natya Grah, Indore 452001, India
    Phone +91 8827392902
  • Kolkata

    Room No.1003, 10th Floor, The SIDCO GLOBAL TOWER, (Opp: RS Software), CN Block Sector V, Salt Lake City, Kolkata 700091, India
    Phone +91 9674506411
  • New Delhi

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    Phone +91 11 4501 8876

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