M S Bharath

Founder

M S Bharath founded KRIA Law in March 2021 after 20 years of practice and 12 years of leading a regional office as a Senior Partner of a Large Indian IP Firm. MS as he fondly referred to is a sought-after Litigator, Strategist and Counsellor in Intellectual Property, E-Commerce, Technology, Software, Franchising and Licensing spanning numerous industries and mentored several hundred Start Ups.

In 2020, the Indian National Bar Association (INBA) nominated him as the IPR Lawyer of the year.

In 2019 he was nominated by the Indian Chapter of Asia Patent Attorneys Association to represent India as one of the Councillors. He currently serves as officer on several international IP organizations such as member of India Global Advisory Council of International Trademarks Association (INTA) since 2015, Councillor of Asian Patents Attorneys Association (APAA), Current President of IP Association of South India.

In 2016 he was appointed as an Amicus Curiae to assist the Madras High Court in the case of Hindustan Unilever Limited vs Andhra Detergent ( Click here for details ) on the subject matter of Territorial Jurisdiction of the Court in light of Supreme Court decision in IPRS vs Sanjay Dalia and the numerous cases of Delhi and Mumbai High court interpreting it. Apart from being a regular speaker at national and international forums, he was invited to be a 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” whose report can be found here.

He was instrumental in successfully restraining unauthorized use of the famous Tirupati Laddu, a registered GI in India apart from prosecuting GI applications towards grant for various national and international applicants in India including those for Baidagi Chillies, Tequila and Scotch. Bharath has repeatedly used mediation and conciliation as means of resolving large scale conflicts in IPR including one involving as many as 250 oppositions, 2 suits, 3 criminal proceedings and a few freehold properties.

It is noteworthy that one of the leading actors who happens to be his clients had played the role of a lawyer with a screen name as Bharath Subramanian.
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M S Subramanian

Co-Founder and Senior Partner

Mr. M. S. Subramanian is a veteran Civil Litigator with over 53 years practice and renowned expert in Laws relating to Land Acquisition acting for and on behalf of Landowners. His core practice also extends to Property, General Civil Dispute resolution, Writs of all kinds and Family, Testamentary and Inheritance laws.


Akshaya P Sachin

Partner

Akshaya P Sachin, Partner at KRIA Law, is an experienced Intellectual Property Strategist, specializing in Infringement Analysis, and trademark prosecution. She routinely assists clients in building Intellectual Property Enforcement Strategies and has successfully concluded several notable dispute negotiations for prominent clients.

With 7+ years of experience in one of the leading Intellectual Property Law firms in Asia, Akshaya steadily worked her way up by building her portfolio of clients in various sectors including broadcasting & entertainment, FMCG, Pharmaceuticals, Hospitality etc.

During the course of her career, Akshaya has individually handled trademark portfolios for key clients across 140 countries by working closely with local counsels around the world. She has conducted large scale Intellectual Property Audits for compliance and protection of Intellectual Property. She has also assisted numerous clients with brand availability opinions, drafting and vetting of agreements specific to Intellectual Property such as Trademark License Agreements, Confidentiality Agreements, and Franchise Agreements.

Akshaya has experience handling matters before various judicial forums including lawsuits before High Courts; oppositions, cancellations, rectifications and other related proceedings before the Office of the Controller General of Patents, Designs and Trademark and the Intellectual Property Appellate Board (IPAB).

 A couple of her notable achievements include playing a major role in a multi-million-dollar transfer of rights transaction between two international FMCG companies and conceptualizing the first draft policy for setting up the National Intellectual Property Rights Cell (NIPRC) in India.  She frequently conducts Intellectual Property awareness campaigns for start-ups, micro & small-scale industries in association with Healthcare Technology Innovation Centre, IIT Madras; Cell for IPR Promotion and Management (CIPAM); Ministry of Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises and the Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade.

Akshaya graduated top of her class from the School of Law, Sastra University in 2014, and went on to secure an All-India 3 rd Rank in her P.G Diploma in Media Laws from NALSAR in 2016.  A firm believer in giving back to society, she is also an active core member of Anugraha Trust, an NGO that helps children in conflict with the law find their feet and return to mainstream society.
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R Parthasarathy

Mentor

R Parthasarathy is an expert on Intellectual Property Laws, Tax Laws and WTO Trade Remedy Laws and commercial litigation. In IP laws he is an expert on Patents, Designs, Trademarks, Copyright, Plant Variety protection and Biological Diversity Act. On the taxation front he is an expert in Excise, Customs (Valuation and classification in particular), Service Tax and presently GST Law. In addition he handles Foreign Trade Policy, commercial litigation and WTO trade remedy laws (including in government to government litigations in Geneva).

He is actively involved both in advisory work and in litigation in all the above areas. Before entering private practice, Parthasarathy was with the Government of India and held various positions such as Deputy Secretary & Director Ministry of Commerce (Antidumping), Director Railway Board and Accountant General, Tamilnadu. He had audited the accounts of UN Headquarters and had been a UNDP consultant. He was a Principal Partner in the law firm Lakshmikumaran & Sridharan till 5th April 2021, for 25 years. Apart from being an Advocate-on-record before the Supreme Court of India, he is also a qualified Patent Agent, Company Secretary, MBA, Fellow of Costs and Management Accountants of India after his Graduation in Physics. He, thus, brings with him more than 43 years of experience of which about 18 years is at the Higher administrative level in government.
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Ram Kumar Natarajan

Managing Associate

Ram is a commercial litigator spanning many industries and subjects involving intellectual properties, arbitration, infrastructure and media & entertainment. His other practice areas involve security realisation, joint venture, and acquisitions. He also regularly advises clients on various legal aspects regarding day-to-day business operations and assist clients in drafting, vetting and negotiating agreements on their behalf. He is actively involved in initiating and expediting the litigation process and has wide experience of handling several large litigations and arbitrations.

Prior to joining KRIA LAW, He worked in Tatva Legal and Mohan Associates and has experience of almost 6 years.

He holds an LLB degree from SASTRA University, Thanjavur, Tamil Nadu. He is currently enrolled with the Bar Council of Tamil Nadu.
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Reshma Rajagopal

Senior Associate

Reshma has rich experience in IP prosecution and litigation as well. She has been managing portfolios of clients with several hundreds of proceedings before various courts, tribunals and forums including the Hon’ble High Court of Madras; City Civil Courts, Chennai; DRT, Chennai; Consumer Forums, Chennai; Trademark Office, Chennai and the erstwhile IPAB, Chennai.

Completing her graduation in Law from SASTRA Deemed University, Thanjavur in 2018, Reshma commenced her practice in a National IP firm prior to joining KRIA Law and currently is a member of International Trademark Association’s (INTAs) Indigenous Rights Committee.
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Nethra Mohanram

Associate

Graduating from Sastra University, Thanjavur in the year 2019, Nethra enrolled with the Tamil Nadu Bar council the same year.

After spending over 2 years at a renowned IP boutique firm. Meanwhile, in her due course, she has assisted her previous firm in providing yearly IP Audits to large portfolios and aided her team in the procurement of well-known status to a trademark

She is well-versed when it comes to e-filing of trademarks, copyrights, and Designs and has immense expertise in relation to Trademark Prosecution. She has presented a detailed research paper about Artificial Intelligence in accordance with Human Rights in Volume 2 Issue 5 of the International Journal of Trend in Scientific Research and development and published a paper on “Decriminalizing Homosexuality- A comparative study between Singapore and Indian Courts”
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V. S. Krishna

Associate

Krishna graduated from Sastra Deemed to be University, Thanjavur, Tamil Nadu and enrolled as an Advocate in Karnataka State Bar Council in 2020.

He is proficient in Web Content Writing, Legal Research and Blogging. He has been working as a Research Associate at an international research-based consultancy firm, World of Legal Research for the past 2 years. He is also on the Editorial Board for a few legal e-magazines and journals. In furtherance, he has published a plethora of articles and papers in varied aspects of law in prestigious journals and blogs and has attended various National and International conferences.

He has gained considerable exposure in IPR litigation, which has helped him avail new skills and has further expanded his mental horizon. He has also undergone apprenticeship with National IP firms wherein he got the exposure to work on LTE SEP Strategies, Privacy policies of companies, Trademark filings, Patents and Geographical Indication.”
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A.J. Radhakrishnan

Accounts Executive

With over eighteen years of experience Radhakrishnan oversees the administration and accounts. He accumulates, records and analysis the financial transactions of the Firm. He is our Money Man.


K Vijaya Kumar

Court Clerk

One of the youngest members of our team, Vijay is an extremely enthusiastic court clerk, who spends his time running between the clients office, courts and our office.


G Babu

Office driver

Who doesn't know Babu. He is our 'Sarathi'. An extremely honest and loyal member of our team, Babu knows all the nooks and corners of the city, is always willing to run an errand and he is our go-to guy for anything anyone needs in the city.


Sasikala

Office Staff

We call her Amma. She takes care of the cleanliness of the office, makes good coffee and tea and has learnt to make green tea without sugar.