Bharath charts new course with launch of KRIA Law

12 March 2021

Bharath charts new course with launch of KRIA Law

MS Bharath, former partner and head of south India operations at Anand and Anand, has left that firm to set up on his own. KRIA Law will initially focus on intellectual property, litigation support and dispute resolution, before extending into commercial and business advisory, transactional and advisory services. The firm officially opened on March 6, 2021.

Bharath is a familiar face on the Indian IP scene, having spent nearly 20 years with Anand and Anand, first in Delhi, with the last 12 years in Chennai, where he will continue to be based.

Since 2019, Bharath has been a councillor of Asian Patent Attorneys Association (APAA), and currently serves as a member of India Global Advisory Council of International Trademarks Association. He is also currently president of the IP Association of South India.

His practice includes IP litigation, opposition, cancellation, arbitration and other related proceedings, and he has been the lead counsel in numerous appeals, rectification and original proceedings before the High Courts of New Delhi, Chennai and the Intellectual Property Appellate Board.



About the author

 M S Bharath

M S Bharath

Career Highlights: Bharath with almost 2 decades of practice is much sought out for complex IP contentious matters before the Indian Courts, IP Appeal Board and IP Offices credited with several landmarks.  Reliably engaged for Global portfolio management for several multinationals, he was recently instrumental in seeking registration of an Indian company’s store layout as a trademark. 

Bharath has been instrumental in successfully restraining unauthorized use of famous “Tirupati Laddu” a registered GI in India besides successfully seeking registration of GI in India for various applicants including those for Tequila and Scotch.


Thought Leadership: Bharath has organised and spoken on IPR at various national and international forums. He was Member of the group set up by CII and Tamil Nadu Technological Development & Promotion Council (TNTDPC) to work on “Study on Mapping the IP landscape in Tamil Nadu”. He has been a part of Exclusive Virtual Roundtable organised by CIPAM and INTA on Innovation for a green future.


Affiliations:    
•    President of IP Association of South India
•    International Councillor from India for Asian Patent Attorneys Association since 2018
•    INTA India Task Force Lead for Enforcement Committee 2020-21
•    Member of the INTA India Global Advisory Council since 2016 


Community Involvement:
•    Charter Member at TIE Chennai and Mentor at Founder’s Institute 
•    Co-founder of SAKKHI - a Not-for-Profit empowering transgender people.


Awards/Recognition:
•    Indian National Bar Association – Lawyer of the Year (IPR) 
•    BRIC: EXPERT GUIDES as IP Expert from India
•    Asia Law leading IP lawyer for consecutive years
•    Membership Champions Award in 2019 for helping raise INTA’s presence in India.


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