Practice Areas

Practise Area

Combating Counterfeiting

Counterfeiting has grown multifold in the past two decades. Buying counterfeit merchandise risks funding criminal and terrorist activities, contributes to unemployment and is a risk to global economy. Counterfeiters are criminals who exploit consumers, businesses, inventors and artists and are one of the reasons for children laboring in sweatshops in India. We make efforts to create awareness about the disadvantages of trade in counterfeits. We protect industry from the economic and business hazards of counterfeiting. The Firm also conducts workshops for enforcement agencies highlighting the Social, Health and Economic hazards of counterfeiting. The Firm over the years with international tie-ups has adopted global best practices to combat counterfeiting in India.

The Legist offers following services:

  • Tracing and Mapping Counterfeiting activities across India.
  • Investigation of the source and distribution channel of counterfeit merchandise.
  • Devising anti-counterfeiting strategy for Right Holders
  • Liasoning with enforcement and administrative agencies for enforcement of IP
  • Conducting multi-jurisdictional Civil and Criminal anti counterfeiting actions
  • Litigation, Civil as well as Criminal for Enforcement of IP across India

Combating Counterfeiting

Counterfeiting has grown multifold in the past two decades. Buying counterfeit merchandise risks funding criminal and terrorist activities, contributes to unemployment and is a risk to global economy. Counterfeiters are criminals who exploit consumers, businesses, inventors and artists and are one of the reasons for children laboring in sweatshops in India. We make efforts to create awareness about the disadvantages of trade in counterfeits. We protect industry from the economic and business hazards of counterfeiting. The Firm also conducts workshops for enforcement agencies highlighting the Social, Health and Economic hazards of counterfeiting. The Firm over the years with international tie-ups has adopted global best practices to combat counterfeiting in India.

The Legist offers following services:

  • Tracing and Mapping Counterfeiting activities across India.
  • Investigation of the source and distribution channel of counterfeit merchandise.
  • Devising anti-counterfeiting strategy for Right Holders
  • Liasoning with enforcement and administrative agencies for enforcement of IP
  • Conducting multi-jurisdictional Civil and Criminal anti counterfeiting actions
  • Litigation, Civil as well as Criminal for Enforcement of IP across India

Enforcement of IP at International Borders

India is signatory to the WTO Treaty on Trade Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) and in compliance of its obligations, it introduced IPR (Imported Goods) Enforcement Rules, 2007 empowering Custom Authorities to seize goods which infringe IP of a registered IP Right holder. Since Custom Authorities enforce the laws in personam while protecting IP rights, the right holder participation is must in the Custom proceedings. The Firm represents Right Holders before the Custom Authorities. Custom Department in India has set up special IPR Cells at every port which are vested with responsibility of handling web-enabled registration procedure and seize goods suspected of infringing IPRs.

The Legist offers following services:

  • Registration of IP, Trademark, Copyright and Patent with Custom Authorities
  • Tracing and raising the red flag to Custom Authorities of suspected consignments
  • Data Mapping and gathering intelligence for suspected imports.
  • Collection of infringing samples, preparing inspection report.
  • Participation in all quasi-judicial proceedings after seizure of goods infringing IPR on behalf of Right Holders
  • Conducting one to one and joint brand awareness programs at all ports in India

Registration: Trademark, Copyright And Patent

India is signatory to the WTO Treaty on Trade Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) and in compliance of its obligations, it introduced IPR (Imported Goods) Enforcement Rules, 2007 empowering Custom Authorities to seize goods which infringe IP of a registered IP Right holder. Since Custom Authorities enforce the laws in personam while protecting IP rights, the right holder participation is must in the Custom proceedings. The Firm represents Right Holders before the Custom Authorities. Custom Department in India has set up special IPR Cells at every port which are vested with responsibility of handling web-enabled registration procedure and seize goods suspected of infringing IPRs.

The Legist offers following services:

  • Registration of IP, Trademark, Copyright and Patent with Custom Authorities
  • Tracing and raising the red flag to Custom Authorities of suspected consignments
  • Data Mapping and gathering intelligence for suspected imports.
  • Collection of infringing samples, preparing inspection report.
  • Participation in all quasi-judicial proceedings after seizure of goods infringing IPR on behalf of Right Holders
  • Conducting one to one and joint brand awareness programs at all ports in India

Internet And Cyber Law Crime

Computer technology has evolved with the ever growing development of Internet. The pitfall it has brought, are the crimes related to Internet popularly called 'cybercrime'. These crimes did not exist prior to the development of the technology, thus society as well as courts are finding it equally difficult to cope up with electronic fraud, cyberstalking, online theft and offences related to infringement of intellectual property through e-commerce portals. Evidence gathering and their admissibility in law is another issue law makers are still fumbling with.

The Legist offers following services:

  • Domain Name Disputes Resolution.
  • Litigation Services in domain of Cybersecurity, Cybercrimes, IT Act, 2000.
  • Providing legal assistance to curb Social media abuse.
  • Expertise in Online defamation and Cyberstalking issues.
  • Protection against infringement of IPR on e-commerce portals.
  • Online watch, investigation and issuance of Take-down notices.
  • General advice and opinion on cyber security.

Corporate Affairs Legal Due Diligence

We conduct Legal Due Diligence for all business transactions including Business Acquisitions, Joint Ventures and General Business Transactions. For a Business Acquisition and Joint Venture to be successful, legal considerations are as important as financial and tax considerations. We at The Legist, conduct complete assessment of possible legal risks related to corporate status, assets, contracts and intellectual property rights. We conduct preventive legal assessment to avoid any legal pitfall and assist in drafting documents related to transactions. We also conduct credit-worthiness-exercise on behalf of our clients for safe business transactions.

The Legist offers following services:

  • Preventive Legal Assessment for all business transactions.
  • Scrutinizing Key Contracts, Minutes and Consents of the Board of Directors and Shareholders, Confidentiality and Invention Assignment
  • Agreements with employees, corporate charter,by-laws and Litigation related documents.
  • Active participation in negotiations. Drafting all Business Documents.
  • Advising on capital and credit market issues and other asset-backed financing.

Litigation: Civil Banking & Finance

The litigation practice at the Legist is one of the best and widely acknowledged as its strength. With a team of experts covering complete range of commercial and public law expertise, our practice deals with complex and contentious commercial disputes in all areas, including, banking & finance, corporate & securities, employment, insurance, and intellectual property rights. The litigation team regularly appears before courts and tribunals at all levels. During the last ten years, we have appeared in more than 2000 cases. Our practice primarily focus at Supreme Court of India and Delhi High Court.

The Legist offers following services:

  • Civil litigation pertaining to general Corporate Affairs, Debt & Recovery, Distributors and Franchisees’ issues.
  • General advice to manage, employment laws, industrial relations, occupational health and safety, disciplinary and discrimination issues at workplace.
  • Represents banks at different forums providing comprehensive range of services to leading banks,financial institutions and investment bank

Investigation: Legist IPR Services Ltd.

A company registered under Companies Act, 1956 is an investigating company catering exclusively to the investigative needs of The Legist. It has its operations in India and South-East Asia and carries investigation, verification and due diligence primarily in the field of IP. The team is lead by the experienced personnel equipped with modern equipment and techniques. Ethos of the people is marked by a strict discipline and ethical way of life. The personnel strictly adhere to the principles set by its clients and follow the norms of confidentiality. The team members have deep and rich experience of working in apparel, footwear, auto components, electrical and electronics segments over last ten years. The team has delivered more than thousand enforcement actions across India and has lately engaged itself in intelligence gathering from its international counterparts in order to check cross border smuggling and trade in counterfeit goods. The team has strong tie ups with Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Vietnam, Hong Kong, Thailand and China counterparts.

Legist IPR Services Ltd. offers following services:

  • Trademark, Copyright, Design and Patent Infringement Investigations.
  • Counterfeiting / Infringement Investigations.
  • Intellectual Property Due Diligence.
  • Internet and Website Investigations.
  • Intellectual Property Search

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