Safir Anand is head of Anand And Anand’s trademark, entertainment and contractual law practices. Mr Anand is a business-centric practitioner, overseeing more than 6,000 clients which include individuals, small and medium-sized enterprises, multinationals, universities, research organisations, embassies and consulates, Indian corporate leaders, celebrities and management agencies, as well as federations including fashion, franchising, hospitality and garment alliances. His largest clients include Mars Incorporated, GlaxoSmithKline, Unilever, Novartis, Abbott, Apple, Dell Computers, Microsoft, HSBC and Ford, together with Indian powerhouses such as Tata, Hero Honda and ICICI.
To support such a large client base, Mr Anand is ably assisted by a large support team working across three offices. Mr Anand advises on everything from internet strategies to product packaging to frameworks for structuring royalty payments. He also strategises for a number of Indian companies with respect to their ownership structures and global expansion programmes.
Mr Anand has represented clients in over 2,500 opposition cases and has been involved in many negotiations and settlements. He has represented various foreign multinationals in seeking government approval for royalty payments under various licence arrangements, and has facilitated several licensing deals including technology transfers, ownership structures, franchising models and due diligence.
His practice areas are trademarks; agreements and contractual law; franchising and licensing; character merchandising; advertising and labelling law; IP audits; IP issues in mergers and acquisitions; due diligence; oppositions; rectifications; IP laws involving individuals and copyright law. He is a member of the Bar Council of India; the Delhi High Court Bar Association; the International Bar Association; the Asia-Pacific Lawyers Association; the Centre for International Legal Studies (honorary life member); the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation; the Luxury Society; and the Association of Media and Entertainment Counsel (International Committee member).
Mr Anand is a frequent speaker on IP issues at conferences around the world and writes regularly for publications such as International Asset Management and Mondaq.
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Trademarks: evolving law in India
India’s rise to prominence on the international scene has made it an increasingly attractive market in which to do business. The trademark regime is continually being refined to accommodate this growing interest
IP monetisation in India: exploring the options
IAM IP Monetisation Yearbook 2012
With an ever-growing appetite among its new consumers, India offers exciting IP portfolio opportunities that may yield income directly or drive the wealthcreating effects of enhanced reputation and goodwill
World Trademark Review Yearbook 2012/2013
In India, trademarks are protected through a combination of both specific statutes (eg, the Trademarks Act 1999) and ancillary legislation incorporated under, for example, the Customs Act 1962 and the Companies Act 1956. The Trademarks Act and the Trademarks Rules 2002 prescribe the ...
Licensing in India: a business model
Life Sciences 250 editorial
Given the increasing commercial importance of intellectual property, many companies are paying close attention to IP licensing. The licensing model is spreading fast across a wide range of industries and virtually any product or service may be subject to a licence agreement, ranging from ...
World Trademark Review Yearbook 2011
Trademarks in India are protected through a combination of both specific statutes (eg, the Trademarks Act 1999) and ancillary legislation incorporated under the provisions of allied acts such as the Customs Act 1962 and the Companies Act 1956.
Licensing trade secrets
Life Sciences 250 editorial
With its liberalised economy and an emphasis on foreign investment, India is an attractive destination for multinationals. However, issues relating to trade secrets and their licensing must be considered
Legal issues in advertising: major implications for IP rights
IP Value 2010 - An International Guide for the Boardroom
Heraclitus said that “a hidden connection is stronger than an obvious one”. In the world of advertising many hidden connections exist, which can be considered from two key angles: • the legality of an advertisement or its claims – an issue that affects the advertiser and the agency, ...
Protection of unregistered trademarks and other commercial signs
World Trademark Review 16
India allows a rights holder to enforce a mark on the basis of registration, use and reputation. Many remedies are available to the owners of unregistered trademarks