Gunjan was admitted to the Bar in 1999. She briefly worked at a couple of law firms prior to founding the firm ZeusIP Advocates in 2004. She is a qualified attorney and a registered Patent Agent. She has more than two decades of experience in pure IP law and cognate laws. She is the founder and the current Managing Partner of a firm which has grown from a one man shop to a highly respected and ranked firm for IP in India.
Area of practice/ expertise:-Her expertise, in particular, extends to Patents, Trademark, Copyright and Industrial Designs, and includes obtaining registrations, counseling on protection, enforcement and management of Intellectual Property assets with a special focus on enforcement of Intellectual Property, conducting detailed due diligence projects, representing clients in Intellectual Property litigation in various courts across India.
She also has extensive experience in prosecuting trade mark and patent applications, and managing clients’ portfolio in India and the neighboring countries of Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Bhutan.
Education:-BSc in Chemistry Psychology and Criminology MA in English Literature LLB
Honors and Recognition:-She has been mentioned in various publications as one of the leading IP Attorneys in the country and was also named in the list of lawyers published as “40 under 45” to watch amongst the legal community in India. She was also named as the IP Star Woman of the Year in the 2019 Legal Era Intellectual Property Awards. She has also been ranked as the Top Managing Partner (above 10 years experience) by India Forbes Legal Powerlist 2020.
She has personally been consistently ranked by World Trade Mark Review for ‘strategy’. She has served in various INTA committees for more than a decade now and is also a co-chair of the INTA’s India initiative to collaborate with the Indian Government (DIPP) for the spread of IP awareness amongst school going children.
Professional affiliations:-She is a member of International Trademark Association (INTA), MARQUES, International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (AIPPI) and Asian Patent Attorneys Association (APAA).
Hobbies/ Extra-curricular interests:-Her hobbies include her affiliation towards yoga coupled with her love towards painting, reading, writing.
Naveen is a practicing Patent Attorney in India. He is qualified Mechanical Engineer and an advocate enrolled with the Bar Council of Delhi. He has extensive experience for more than sixteen years in the domain of Intellectual Property (IP) and specializes in counseling on protection, enforcement and management of IP assets. His core areas in IP include patents, designs and trademarks. On the domain of patents, Naveen has been actively involved in advising universities, R&D centres in mining inventions, advising on patentability of innovations, drafting of patent applications, patent analytics and patent prosecution services in the areas relating to mechanical, electromechanical, electronics and telecommunications, bio‐medical instrumentation and software. He has extensive experience in prosecuting patent applications (including PCT National Phase, convention and regular applications in India and PCT and convention applications globally). In the domain of trademarks, Naveen has been actively involved in advising on trademark clearance searches for adoption and use of trademarks, assisting clients in filing and prosecuting trademark applications in India and worldwide up to registrations and enforcement of their trademark rights. Naveen has been actively involved in managing portfolios for design registrations and enforcement building strategies for clients. His extensive interaction with clients, both at the organizational (corporate and R&D centers) and institutional levels, over the years has involved him in making several presentations on various IP related issues at different platforms. He is a member of various international IP forums including but not limited to Asian Patent Attorney Association (APAA). International Trademark Association (INTA), Association Internationale pour la Protection de la PropriétéIntellectuelle (AIPPI). Naveen was also actively involved with FICCI, DST-Lockheed Martin India Innovation Growth program for advising prospective innovators on the IP front.
Naqeeb started his legal career in 2003 practicing in the Delhi High Court and Jammu & Kashmir High Court with leading litigating lawyers. In the year 2005 he qualified as a Patent Agent and worked for a a leading KPO till the year 2009 when he joined ZeusIP Advocates LLP as a Senior Associate. He was promoted to an equity partner in the year 2015.
Area of practice/ expertise:-He is a partner in charge in the firm’s litigation and dispute resolution department specializing in intellectual property (IP) and regulatory law (Non-IP), dealing with both contentious and advisory matters. In professional experience, Naqeeb has concentrated his practice on the full spectrum of Patents, Designs, Trade Marks and Copyright prosecution, enforcement and litigation. He represents companies in domestic and international both in IP and Non-IP matters. He has cutting-edge experience in handling cases of patent re-examination and invalidation, and IP-related administrative litigation and infringement litigation, and in providing infringement analysis and consultation in various technology fields. Some of the notable cases handled by him are given below-
Education:-Bachelors in Science LLB
Professional Activities:-He has been a speaker with the DST-Lockheed Martin India Innovation Growth Programme organized by Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI). He has been featured in the IAM Patent 1000 (India) list for the year 2017.
Hobbies/ Extra-curricular interests:-His hobbies include participating in adventure sports, alpine skiing, off-road driving, trekking, reading and solving puzzles.
Preksha is a qualified Indian advocate enrolled with the Bar in 2006 . She began with her career in intellectual property law in 2006 with a leading law firm Thereafter, she worked with a leading litigation firm and subsequently joined ZeusIP Advocates LLP in the year 2008. After just 6 years with the firm, she was made partner of the firm- making her one of the very first home grown partners of the organization
Area of practice/ expertise:-She works around various nuances of IP Law including Trade Marks, Copyrights and Industrial Designs. Her specialty lies in trade mark portfolio management which includes pre-filing strategy, prosecution hygiene checks & strategy formulation, assignment & transfers, oppositions/cancellations advisories, formulation of enforcement strategies and trade mark work in the Indian sub-continent region.
She regularly advises clients on trade marks and designs prosecution, infringement, passing off and enforcement issues. Her area of expertise includes negotiations, domain name issues, strategy formation on the protection, management and optimization of IP portfolios.
Education:-B.A LL. B(Hons)
Professional affiliations:-She is a member of International Trademark Association (INTA), Asian Patent Attorneys Association (APAA), and World IP Forum. She has been associated with INTA’s Trademark Practices Committee.
Hobbies/Extra-curricular interests:-Her hobbies include her affiliation towards adventure sports coupled with her love towards art and folk music.
Komal joined the profession in 2009 and also ZeusIP Advocates LLP in the same year. She has been an integral part of the firm ever since. She was promoted to the position of Partner in the firm in the year 2019. Komal is a qualified Indian advocate attorney and has extensive experience in contentious and non-contentious intellectual property matters.
Area of practice/ expertise:-She has rich experience in strategic management of international trade mark portfolios, conducting and analyzing clearance searches, creating filing strategies for and prosecuting applications, oppositions, invalidation actions, enforcement advisories as well as representing clients in Intellectual Property litigation in various courts.
Education:-B.A LL. B(Hons)
Professional affiliations:-She is a member of European Communities Trademark Association (ECTA), International Trademark Association (INTA). She is currently serving as a member of the ECTA Internet Committee.
Hobbies/ Extra-curricular interests:-Outside work, she is an avid reader and a travel enthusiast. She loves to explore varied spiritual and other life philosophies such as Buddhism.
Natasha commenced her legal career with a corporate law firm in 2012 and joined ZeusIP Advocates LLP in the year 2013.
Area of practice/ expertise:-She has extensive experience in Trade Mark Portfolio Management which includes pre-filing strategy, prosecution hygiene checks & strategy formulation, oppositions/cancellations advisories, formulation of enforcement strategies and advising clients on assignments / licenses recordal. She also has a comprehensive understanding of Designs & Copyrights. Her expertise also extends to managing & handling trade mark prosecution and enforcement portfolios in the Indian sub-continent region.
She regularly advises clients from industries such as fashion, telecom, pharma, FMCG, hotels & fast food restaurants, financial services, etc. and also caters to clients through a network of well-known law firms from various countries across the globe.
Education:-B.S.L LL.B, Diploma in Corporate Law from ILS Law College, Pune, Diploma in Intellectual Property Rights from Asian School of Cyber Laws, Pune, Online Diploma in E-Commerce Laws from Asian School of Cyber Laws, Pune, Training programme in Alternative Dispute Resolution held at ILS Law College, Pune
Professional Activities:-She published a research paper on Patent Linkage in India- Present and Future on the ‘Lawyers Club of India’ website. She has interviewed with AsiaIP for an update on India, namely US Agree to Enhanced IP Cooperation. She has authored an article published in the INTA Bulletin Law & Practice Section titled “Hilfiger Takes Down COVID-19 Counterfeiter in Style”.
Professional affiliations:-She is a member of MARQUES and the International Trademark Association (INTA). She is affiliated to the INTA Famous and Well-Known Marks Committee and the INTA Trade Mark Offices Practice Committee.
Hobbies/ Extra-curricular interests:-She loves dancing and is a trained classical dancer, and she also loves socializing, organizing and planning events as well as travelling.
Sumit began his career in the year 2013 with ZeusIP Advocates LLP, immediately after completing his law. He was promoted to Principal Associate in the year 2021.
Area of practice/ expertise:- He has extensive experience in navigating various nuances of intellectual property law including Trade Marks, Copyrights and Industrial Designs. His specialty lies in Trade Mark Portfolio Management which includes pre-filing strategy, prosecution hygiene checks & strategy formulation, assignment & transfers, oppositions/cancellations advisories, formulation of enforcement strategies and Trade Mark work in the Indian sub-continent region. His expertise also extends to handling Trade Mark work in the Indian sub-continent region and has attained good experience in these regions in handling both prosecution and enforcement matters.
Professional affiliations:- He is a member of the International Trademark Association (INTA). He is also affiliated with the INTA Sub-Committee of Non-Traditional Marks.
Hobbies/ Extra-curricular interests:- His hobbies include dancing, playing cricket and reading.
Himanshu is an Indian advocate who qualified and enrolled with the Bar Council of India in 2013. He joined ZeusIP Advocates LLP in 2013 and has been promoted to Senior Associate in 2017 and then to Principal Associate in 2020.
Area of practice/ expertise:-He started off working in trademark prosecution and after three years, he moved over to full-time litigation. He has extensive experience in enforcement, litigation and alternative dispute resolution methods, as well as managing trademark prosecution. He regularly appears before judicial and quasi-judicial bodies such as Supreme Court of India, various High Courts, District Courts, Intellectual Property Appellate Board, Customs Offices, Trade Marks Registry, NCLT, NCDRC, etc.
His area of expertise is litigation and his strengths include litigation drafting, briefing and strategizing on IPR enforcement. He has a proven track record for successful litigation in cases before various High Courts and District Courts, and also criminal enforcement matters against counterfeit issues in cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Kolkata and Jaipur.
Over a period of time, ZeusIP Litigation Team has diversified into non-IP matters and he has been working on such assignments regularly and advising clients in respect of diverse matters.
Some of the landmark cases handled by him are given below:-
Education:-B.B.A. LL.B., Diplomas in IPR, Corporate Law and M&A, ICSI Executive Programme
Professional Activities:-He has published an article in the INTA Bulletin - Honest’ use of Competitors’ Trademark- TVC Advertisement requires different consideration as compared to print advertisement” in INTA Bulletin.
Professional affiliations:-He is a member of International Bar Association (IBA) and the International Trademark Association (INTA).
Hobbies/ Extra-curricular interests:-He loves traveling in his free time and is a dog lover.
Aarohan is an Indian advocate who qualified in 2010. He has worked in leading Indian law firms and is experienced in intellectual property law. He joined ZeusIP Advocates LLP in 2016 and has been promoted to Principal Associate in 2019.
Area of practice/ expertise:-
He has extensive experience in managing and developing intellectual property portfolios of companies in various industries ranging from pharmaceuticals, telecom, heavy manufacturing, electronics, renewable energy, FMCG, etc. His practice is focused on contentious and non-contentious Trade Mark, Design and Copyright work, including prosecution, oppositions, cancellations and appeals before the Trade Marks Registry and the erstwhile Intellectual Property Appellate Board. He manages intellectual property portfolios through their entire life-cycle – from selection and adoption to registration and enforcement.
He has worked with the Controller General of Patents, Designs and Trade Marks (CGPDTM) and INTA in the Trade Marks Manual project. He has been an advisor to the Cell for IPR Promotion and Management (CIPAM) for spreading IP awareness. His publications include:
He is a member of International Trademark Association (INTA) and Licensing Executives Society (LES). He is affiliated with the INTA Bulletins Committee.
Hobbies/ Extra-curricular interests:-
He likes traveling, and playing the guitar.
Divya has been working in the field of patents in leading Intellectual Property law firms. She also has a valuable experience in the pharmaceutical industry with special focus on the registration and exports of nutritional supplements and generic medicine in various countries. She joined ZeusIP Advocates LLP in 2016 and has been promoted to Principal Associate.
Area of practice/ expertise:-
She is involved in searching, drafting and prosecution of patents applications in different domains of technology. Her expertise lies in the domain of life sciences, with special emphasis on domains including but not limited to pharmaceuticals, immunology, herbal compositions, food technology, nutritional compositions, medical diagnostics, therapeutics, bioinformatics, biotechnology, nanotechnology, organic chemistry, and biopharmaceuticals.
She has extensive experience in patentability and patent validity analysis, infringement analysis / evaluation of patents / providing FTO opinions, drafting of patent applications, patent oppositions and revocations, as well as drafting the responses on the various queries raised by the Patent Offices. She has advised clients on information accessing and retrieval for Markush, formulation and device related searches, as well as searches for generics in various countries. She is well informed and experienced in patent laws in different countries, including related to the pharmaceutical field in India, USA, Europe and Canada. She has assisted clients in adopting strategies for Para IV filing, NOA and preparing all types of opinions for regulated and semi-regulated markets, including patentability of inventions, FTO and invalidity of patents.
Bachelor of Pharmacy, Masters in Pharmacy with specialization in Pharmacology, Recipient of the prestigious WOS-C scholarship by the Government of India, Certificate Programme in Export-Import Management
She has also been a regular guest at various domestic Intellect Property forums and numerous life science forums/companies and provides her prudent insight with regard to patents in pharmaceutical and life sciences domain. She has published a number of papers, as follows:
She is a member of the Asian Patents Attorneys Association (APAA).
Hobbies/ Extra-curricular interests:-
Her hobbies include meditating and travelling.
In view of the surge in COVID 19 cases and for the well-being and safety of our Firm members, we are currently under a complete lockdown and all of us are working full time from home. In these circumstances, our office phone numbers may not be answered but we shall be available on email. We therefore request that in case you wish to speak with us, please use the following numbersGunjan Paharia (+919810494877); Naveen Varma (+919811907294); Naqeeb Nawab (+918860115852); Preksha Sharma (+919999185290 ); Komal Kaul (+919873366651); Aarohan Bansal ( +919811041400); Himanshu Deora (+919717681363); Natasha Bali (+919711267258); Sumit Prasad (+919999796946)