Pravin Anand

Pravin Anand is the Managing Partner and Head of Litigation at Anand and Anand. Awarded the AIPPI Award of Merit, INTA’s President’s Award, recognised as the “Most Innovative Lawyer” by Financial Times and the first Indian to be inducted in the IAM IP Hall of Fame, Mr Anand has an experience of appearing in over 2500 cases and successfully resolving many hundreds in over 43 years of his practice as an IP lawyer.

Leading from the front, Mr Anand has strengthened India’s IP jurisprudence with practice encompassing all facets of IP. To his credit are patent lawsuits that have transformed the pharmaceutical and bio-technology enforcement regime in India including Merck Vs. Glenmark; Roche Vs. Cipla; the Monsanto case; and a large number of other suits on behalf of Pfizer, BMS, AstraZeneca, etc.

Mr Anand had broken new grounds in Indian IP jurisprudence with India’s first Anti-suit injunction (InterDigital v Xiaomi); Nokia-Lenovo multi-technology multi-year agreement; Software Patent law suit conferring protection (FeridAllani case); development of damages culture in large number of cases that recognised not only punitive, but compensatory, exemplary and aggravated damages (Philips Vs. AmazeStore); India’s first post-trial SEP judgement (Philips Vs. Bhagirathi); development of unique remedies such as the “Tree Planting Order” (Merck case); and order benefiting adolescent girls (Hermes case).

Recognised as India’s IP trailblazer and a “living legend” by leading publications, Mr Anand’s distinguished career has included India’s first Anton Piller order (HMV Gramophone Case); India’s first Mareva injunction order (Philips Case); India’s first Norwich Pharmacal order (Hollywood Cigarettes Case); Pioneer Overseas Corporation Case paving the way for DNA testing for disputed IPR in plant variety; India’s first order under the Hague Convention for collecting overseas evidence in India (AstraZeneca Case), and the Glenfiddich case against McDowell protecting trade dress in India, With his significant understanding of trademarks, he has secured declarations of well-known status for several trademarks like 3D shape of ZIPPO, Red-sole of Christian Louboutin etc.

The long list of landmarks he has engendered would be incomplete without the mention of Najma Heptulla v Orient Longman case that brought up interesting questions of joint authorship under the Copyright Law; the Amarnath Sehgal Case involving the Vigyan Bhawan Mural, which had been distorted by the Indian government and ended in the sculptor being protected through his moral rights of integrity, and the Bandit Queen Case, the first of its kind where a woman bandit called Phoolan Devi received protection for her Right of Privacy by the deletion of certain objectionable portions in the film Bandit Queen.

In addition to his regular practice, Mr Anand writes for ‘Halsbury’s Laws of India on Intellectual Property’; Famous and Well-known Marks, An International Analysis (Legislative history and analyses of national laws) published by International Trademark Association; besides a large number of Chapters in International IP Publications like GTDT, AsiaIP, MIP etc. Outside court, he engages with the larger community to spread the message of IP through The Raj Anand Moot Court Competition since 1997; ‘Anaryst’ – an IP Board Game; ‘Brainchild - First IP-themed play; ‘Adventures of Mr. IP’ – an IP Comic; and ‘IPONOMICS’ – a Coffee Table Book. He is also a profound orator and regularly speaks at various prestigious forums delving into some of the most burning issues concerning the IP owners and the jurisprudence.

Owing to his vast experience, Mr Anand has been called upon to serves as the Chairman of Confederation of Indian Industry’s (CII) Sub-Committee on Intellectual Property Rights and as the Chair of National Council on Intellectual Property Rights at Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India. In addition, he serves as the Technical Committee Member, Legal Services Sectional Committee Bureau of Indian Standards and as the Honorary Member to the Managing Committee PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry. He has also served as the President of Indian Groups of AIPPI, APAA and FICPI besides being an ex-member of INTA Board of Directors.

He has served on several international and national expert groups and committees, including the Patent Law drafting committee for revising and recommending changes to the law and has also appeared as an expert witness before Parliamentary committees to give evidence on amendments to trademark, patent and copyright law.

Having started practice in 1979, Mr Anand has amassed a legacy of landmarks and trust of most famous brand owners, leading industries, and eminent personalities from across the globe who rely on his matchless experience for protection of their Intellectual Property.

Some of the professional honours Mr Anand has been bestowed with are:

• Induction in the IAM IP Hall of Fame – 2022

• INTA President’s Award – 2021

• Financial Times Most Innovative Lawyers – Asia Pacific Award 2015

• AIPPI Award of Merit - 2012

• Induction in the Legal 500 Hall of Fame – 2020-2022

• National Law Day Award – 2010 by Indian Council of Jurists

• Legal Era – Lifetime Achievement Award for Law Firm Partner (2013)

• IP Star (2013-2022) - Managing IP

• Top Ranked in Intellectual Property (2017-2022) - Chambers and Partners

• Litigation Star Asia Pacific 2021 & 2022 – Benchmark Litigation

• Dispute Resolution Star 2020 – Benchmark Litigation

• Leading IP Lawyer of the Decade (2019-2020) – Legal Era

• IP Lawyer of the Year (2021-22) – Legal Era

• IAM Global Leader 2022

• IBLJ A-List Lawyer (2016-2021)

• Asia IP Expert (2014-2021)

“Ideas can come from anywhere. It’s what you do with them. A creative mind will take an idea from the bark of a tree and convert it into a design for a slip-proof flooring.”

“An IP trailblazer, Pravin has been a practicing attorney since 1979 when he joined Anand and Anand…His accomplishments include several landmark cases which have maintained protection of creatives…Pravin’s countless accolades barely scrap the surface of his importance to the IP community both in India and worldwide. With his tireless and invaluable advocacy on behalf of TM owners as well as his mentorship and pro bono work, he has done so much for the IP landscaping in the last four years truly leaving a legacy. He serves as an inspiration to the entire IP community”


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