Archana Shanker is a senior partner at Anand and Anand and head of the patents and designs department. Her practice areas and industry focus are intellectual property, and patents and designs.
A graduate of the Faculty of Law at Delhi University, North Campus, she went on to complete her postgraduate diploma in bioinformatics and pharmaceutical regulatory affairs. She is an active contributing member of various international bodies, such as the Asian Patent Attorneys Association, the Association Internationale pour la Protection de la Propriété Intellectuelle and the Federation Internationale des Conseils en Propriete Industrielle.
Her comprehensive repertoire enables her not only to represent clients in contentious matters in the pharmaceutical industry, but also to advise on protection and prosecution across a number of business sectors, including bioinformatics, pharmaceuticals, biotechnology and chemicals, both in India and in the US, Europe, Japan and other key jurisdictions.
Her unique and innovative approach has enabled her clients to win important claims of significant commercial value in the software, mechanics and electronics areas. She leads the firm's efforts in nascent legislation of geographical indications and plant variety.
Ms Shanker handles complex patent litigation issues before various judicial and quasi-judicial forums in India, such as the High Court and IPAB, and has been involved in advising her clients on patent strategies and regulatory affairs.
Client mandates have repeatedly favoured her as a counsel of choice. Her practice blends legal acumen with business know how in this complex area of practice.
Ms Shanker is a regular speaker and panellist at various national and international forums, and the author of articles in various publications including Managing Intellectual Property, Asia IP Magazine, IAM Magazine and Getting the Deal through – Patents.
She also features on the editorial panel of the Life Sciences Intellectual Property Law Review, and her articles are regularly published in various leading industry-focused specialised journals.
Ms Shanker is ranked as a ‘Leading Lawyer’ for 2014 by Asia Law Leading Lawyers; acknowledged as a recommended leading lawyer in intellectual practice for 2014 by Chambers and Partners (Asia-Pacific); was nominated in the Legal Expert Guide for 2014 for the Women in Business Law for Intellectual Property Law award; ranked for 2014 in the IAM Patents 1000 Guide; and nominated as the ‘Managing Intellectual Property IP Star’ for 2014 for patents.