We are a full-fledged Intellectual property law firm helping clients protecting their legal rights including trademarks, patents, copyrights, designs and domain names. We provide legal advisory and expertise to the clients across diverse practice areas and industry verticals in the country. The core value of our IPR team lies in the convergence of technical and legal knowledge with regular in-house training programmes leading the team to gain expertise in the following areas:
We provide end-to-end patent services that include but not limited to patent search services, preparing and filing patent applications (including PCT national phase patent applications), active prosecution and close monitoring of pending patent applications that includes reporting and preparing responses to official action, handling of pre-grant and post-grant opposition, appeals and strategizing amendment of claims for maximizing impact, attending hearings whenever required, recordal of changes, tracking the application from filing to grant and maintenance of patents by docketing and renewal/annuities services.
Our team consists of patent agents and attorneys, who have in-depth understanding of the intrinsic values of patent as well as the experience of successfully handling patents of our domestic and International clients.
We provide a wide range of trademark filing, prosecution and litigation services to our domestic and international clients. Our preparation and prosecution services include but are not limited to performing trademark availability searches and opinion on the registration of the same; preparing and prosecuting domestic and foreign trademark applications; reporting and responding to official actions from the respective intellectual property offices; Conducting opposition proceedings to defend or oppose the grant of trademarks registrations; initiating and defending infringement and passing off actions; drafting of license, assignment agreements; prosecuting appeals and rectification/cancellation actions before the Intellectual Property Appellate Board; maintenance of trademark registrations by docketing and renewals, recordal of changes in registrations such as name changes, assignments etc. and trademark watching services. Also we review each of our client’s trademark portfolios, big or small, to formulate a practical, pro-active, and affordable trademark protection and enforcement strategies before they get stuck in the long drawn and costly judicial process.
Our team consisting of aggressive and efficient attorneys with accurate legal and business acumen coupled with technical knowledge enables us to achieve positive results for our clients.
Copyright law covers a varied range of creative works from source codes of software to architectural blueprints. We assist our clients with the registration and protection of all their creative works. We assist clients in contesting and defending claims of copyright infringement on “works made for hire”, among other numerous issues.
We also advise clients and protect their rights regarding the acquisition, sale and licensing of copyrighted works. We advise clients on understanding and managing software license compliance issues.
Not all products are same. Some are design centric and some utility centric. If you are a design centric business creating sleek looking innovative products, you must register your design even before your product hits the market. This is important because, you cannot file for it, after your product has been launched in public domain. While protecting your design is of absolute importance, equally important it is to find, if someone else has filed protection for the same design before you and if so, help you in establishing ownership for yours.
Geographical Indication in relation to goods, means an indication which identifies such goods as agricultural goods, natural goods or manufactured goods as originating, or manufactured in the territory of a country , or a region or locality in that territory, where a given quality, reputation or other characteristics of such goods is essentially attributable to its geographical origin and in case where such goods are manufactured goods, one of the activities of either the production or of processing or preparation of the goods concerned take place in such territory, region or locality, as the case may be. We also advise clients and protect their geographical indication by filing application for registration and proceeding against any infringement of their GI rights.
In today’s world, it is very important to maintain valuable confidential business assets or information. Trade secret program and services at Wafa & Wafa include investigation, analysis and development of trade secret. Also, review and analysis of existing trade secret programs.
Other IP Law related services
In the above areas of Intellectual property laws, we offer our clients a full bouquet of services which include:
Our team of experts provides a complete range of litigation support services, including:
Contracts have always formed a critical part of business, and therefore of commercial litigation. In this era of commercialisation, all businesses need and intend to enter into perfect contracts, ones that are clear enough to be easily understood by a person of ordinary prudence and at the same time detailed enough so that it cannot be willfully misinterpreted. However, it requires a lot of time to draft a legally sound and detailed contract so as to incorporate the stipulations of the parties, in order to meet the object of such contract with precaution and to minimize the legal and business risk resulting from the inconsistent language. Time and resources spent during the careful drafting of Contracts / Agreements can save Corporations and Businesses from several legal issues.
Our team ensures that the drafted Contracts/ Agreements contain suitably worded clauses about Jurisdiction & Applicable Law, Commercial Terms, Termination Clauses, IP Ownership, Confidentiality, Technology Transfer, Turnkey Transactions, Distributorship, Force Majeure, Trademark protection, Escrow etc. wherever relevant, and therefore are complete in all respects.
Contracts between business partners, such as Purchase and Sale agreements or Joint Venture agreements, often involve future consideration, contingent on events that will occur after the contract comes in force. These contracts are usually focused on the legal issues involved in the transaction and not on the financial and accounting aspects of how the future compensation will be calculated. That is not to say the formula is not stipulated in the agreement, but rather that the formulae are often complex and the terminology used is ambiguous. Our Commercial Law team, comprises of legal experts from diverse academic backgrounds like Finance, Accounting, Science & Technology among others, and are fully equipped with the skill-set to carefully review an imperfect contract and present to you a thoroughly examined version consistent with both, your business needs and the governing law and policy.
Our IT team is actively involved in advising on issues in the field of Information Technology & Cyber Laws.
The team has legal as well as technical expertise in providing advice and solutions for protection against theft of images, theft & secrecy laws, graphics, website designs and content and copyright infringement, domain disputes and domain name recovery, software copyright infringement, internet piracy, cyber-crimes, data protection, information security and secrecy, digital rights management, regulatory and legal compliance, civil and criminal prosecution.
Additionally, the team also acquaints the clients with privacy laws in India and the different ways to ensure the confidentiality of data transferred across borders including General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and E-commerce.
The principal area of media & entertainment law has, within it, aspects related to intellectual property law as it involves trademarks and copyrights related to films, music etc. Our team specialises in drafting contracts, negotiation and litigation support.
Our areas of expertise include:
When you are focused on your business, you do not want the administrative operations to slow you down. Neither would you want to slip into legal disputes due to statutory non-compliance.
Even with ten employees, an entity has to comply with at least five types of labour laws. As the number of employees increase so do the number of applicable laws. We aim to take that burden off your shoulders. With our support for payroll and labour compliance management, you do not have to worry about regulatory obstacles. Neither would you have to worry about processing your payroll in time.
We assist several companies to manage their payroll by providing timely and accurate pay outputs. We can further help you in the maintenance of all statutory registers and dispute resolutions by liaising with the labour department.
We have expertise in advising clients in the setting up of non-profit entities in the form of societies, trusts and Section 8 companies. We assist in the preparation and filing of applications for registration of the entity with the concerned authority, in seeking exemption from Income Tax authorities, and in obtaining approvals from Foreign Contribution Regulation Authorities for the receipt of contributions from foreign sources.
The team regularly assists non-profit entities in drafting and structuring the rules and regulations for their systematic governance and operation.
Our firm advises on all aspects of corporate real estate laws, including cross-border real estate transactions, real estate investment banking, real estate transaction finance, joint ventures and project development, title due diligence and particularly, the areas of general real estate and project finance (including mortgage-based financing, leasing, etc.); structuring of real property holding companies (SPVs), etc.; commercial lease agreements and facility management agreements including litigation matters involving real estate and advising on Indian property and related laws pursuant to the Transfer of Property Act, Stamp and Registration laws, Land Revenue laws, and Tenancy laws in several States in India.
Our real estate practice represents developers, investors, lenders, and business users in the acquisition, disposition, development, financing, construction, sale and leasing of real estate. We frequently assist in planning the structure of and negotiating complex real estate transactions, as well as handling the legal analysis and documentation.
Our work spans all types of real estate from raw land to offices, apartments, retail, industrial, hotels, hospitals to complex mixed-use developments, and has involved projects throughout India.
The team has developed a deep understanding of the real estate business and strives to provide our clients with sound legal and practical solutions. Our clients look to us to “get the deal done,” and we work proactively to resolve issues and close transactions swiftly.
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