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About BananaIP Counsels

After 15-years of IP services and excellence, BananaIP is recognized as a pioneer in the evolution of IP in India through high quality services, law, and policy contributions, highly cited publications, and proactive technology integration.

With a team of more than 60 legal and technical professionals, BananaIP is one of the largest IP firms in India today.  We serve more than 600 clients and have managed more than 20,000 files or projects.  We’ve counselled more than200 start-ups and numerous individual entrepreneurs.  We also have published ten IP books and more than 5,000 articles on leading online forums, journals, magazines, and publishers.  Our home IP publication, Intellepedia, is recognized as one of the world’s top 10 IP blogs and is a primary reference source for in house counsels, legal professionals, and academics.

Patent Services

Patent Search Services

BananaIP has conducted hundreds of IP research assignments in the automobile & mechanical sector for global OEMs, component manufacturers covering various technologies relating to hybrid vehicles, engines, transmission systems, exhaust systems, HVAC, safety and electronic control systems.

Patent Drafting Services

BananaIP offers high quality patent drafting services for Mechanical, Automotive, Manufacturing and Green Energy sectors. The primary goal of the highly qualified Automotive and Mechanical patent Attorneys of BananaIP is to get the strongest possible patent protection with utmost business and competitive value in the market.

Patent Filing Services

BananaIP offers Mechanical and Automotive patent filing services in India and Interntaionally. The firm has over the years handeled hundereds of patent filings for clients in India, US, Europe, Japan, China and other countries. BananaIP offers Indian patent filings, PCT Filings, foreign country filings and regional filings.

Patent Prosecution Services

As a leading Intellectual Property service provider, we at BananaIP, strongly believe that to obtain a strong patent, one of the most essential criteria apart from a good quality specification is a defect free prosecution. The scope of a Patent should be broad and varied and to that end, properly navigating a Patent Application through the prosecution process is extremely important.

Our team

BananaIP has the finest team of Senior Partners in the Country. The firm and its partners are recognized and ranked as leaders in the IP industry.

Somashekar Ramakrishna

Senior Partner

  • Nationally recognized automotive, mechanical, and manufacturing patent agent/attorney
  • Has significant experience of working with a leading US Patent Firm and United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO)
  • Seasoned patent drafting and prosecution expert for global manufacturing and automotive companies

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Dr. Kalyan C. Kankanala

Managing Partner

  • Recognized among the top IP minds of India
  • Has advised more than 1000 clients on IP matters
  • Internationally cited IP attorney and strategist

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Domain Specialization

Mechanical

Manufacturing

Automobiles

Electric vehicles

SPMs

Medical devices

Green technology

Water purifiers

FMCG

Jewelry

Our Accomplishments

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Clients

Filed in India and Other Countries. BananaIP is Attorney/Advisor to leading organizations in diverse industries at the forefront of IP in India.

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IP Projects / Files

Clients choose to work with BananaIP because of our ability to merge their needs with advancements in law, policy, business and technology.

Patent Drafting Services

BananaIP offers high quality patent drafting services for Mechanical, Automotive, Manufacturing, and Green Energy sectors. The primary goal of the highly qualified Automotive and Mechanical patent Attorneys of BananaIP is to get the strongest possible patent protection with utmost business and competitive value in the market.

Owning a quality patent has become as important as the invention itself that is to be covered in the patent. Every invention, which propels a company’s success, will have to be complemented by a strong patent specification that can withstand various hurdles during its lifetime. A good quality patent specification should not only cover the invention but must also be able to emerge from the examination process with broader scope and must prevent an easy design around.

Drafting a quality patent specification requires the drafter to have a background in the technical field to which the invention belongs, which makes it easier for her/him to appreciate the invention and facilitates an effective inventor interview to capture the embodiments of the invention.

A specification has to be drafted with the required degree of Specificity and allowed degree of ambiguity. The specificity part is to comply with the patent law requirements and the ambiguity aspect is to ensure that the inventor gets broader/varied scope of protection for her/his invention. As a very basic example, if two components are to be joined and the inventor at the time of the invention has tried only adhesive, then the scope of the specification should encompass, if appropriate in the context of the invention, welding, soldering, bolts and so on in addition to mentioning adhesive as a specific way of joining the components. Therefore, it may be proper in using the term fastening means in the specification. Similarly, a drafter should know when to use the terms apparatus and device, universal joint and a cardan joint, a vehicle and an automobile, a water filter and a water purifier, welding and soldering and so on given the context of the invention.

BananaIP’s Mechanical and Automotive drafting team has a collective experience of about 50 years. Our drafting team includes experts having Masters Degree in Intellectual Property along with degrees in mechanical engineering and related fields. Somashekar Ramakrishna, Sr. Partner, along with the highly experienced team takes care of the Mechanical and Automotive division at BananaIP.

Patent Filing Services

BananaIP offers Mechanical and Automotive patent filing services in India and Interntaionally. The firm has over the years handeled hundereds of patent filings for clients in India, US, Europe, Japan, China and other countries. BananaIP offers Indian patent filings, PCT Filings, foreign country filings and regional filings.

A comprehensive patent search, a sound patent draft and a good filing strategy culminate in a strong and enforceable patent. While a thorough patent search and a sound patent specification are the initial steps towards getting a strong patent, an effective and an error free filing strategy should be adopted to avail business benefits from patents.

Many aspects should be considered for filing of a patent application. Some of the basic aspects are whether to file a provisional application or a non-provisional/complete application and whether to file the first application in India or outside. Other aspects include as to whether to file a Convention application or to file a PCT Application, whether to file a request for examination at the time of filing the application or to defer the same. The aforementioned and other aspects are very crucial as even an inadvertent mistake could have a detrimental outcome. Sometimes when an application filed in another country is filed in India some changes may have to be made to the patent application/draft to meet the Indian patent filing requirements.

BananaIP’s Mechanical and Automotive patent Attorneys are well versed with filing patent applications in India and abroad. The team provides filing strategies based on client’s business goals. BananaIP also has developed AI powered tool “iPlantain” to plan and maintain patent portfolio.

Provisional Filing

Complete/Non-provisional filing

Foreign filing license

Foreign filing

Convention filing

PCT filing

National phase filing

Patent Prosecution Services

As a leading Intellectual Property service provider, we at BananaIP, strongly believe that to obtain a strong patent, one of the most essential criteria apart from a good quality specification is a defect free prosecution. The scope of a Patent should be broad and varied and to that end, properly navigating a Patent Application through the prosecution process is extremely important. In recent days, courts are flooded with patent infringement suits and while deciding as to whether a patent is infringed/valid/invalid, courts have more often than not considered the prosecution history of such patent. Therefore, it is absolutely important to build a positive prosecution history for the patent application.

BananaIP’s team has a collective experience of about 50 years in prosecuting patent applications. Our prosecution team includes experts having Masters Degree in Intellectual Property along with degrees in engineering and science. While the team has extensive experience in prosecuting patent applications before the Indian Patent office, the team also assists BananaIP’s clients in drafting appropriate responses to the Office Actions provided by the Patent Offices in the US, Europe, Japan China and other countries.

BananaIP’s well-defined approach, which includes analysis of Office Actions/ Examination reports, strategizing responses and filing the same has added immense value to the clients.

Drafting and filing responses to Examination reports provided by the Indian Patent Office.

Examiner Interview at the Indian Patent Office

Providing Technical Analysis Letter (TA Letter) for preparing a response to the Office Actions

Drafting appropriate response to the Office Action

Assistance in Examiner Interviews

Patent FAQ

What is a patent and how does it help a company?

A patent protects inventions that are novel, inventive and capable of being used in the industry (utility). It grants an exclusive right to prevent others from making, using, selling, offering for sale or importing an invention in the country in which the patent is applied for. For example, if a patent is applied for in India the applicant will have the exclusive right to make, use, sell, offer for sale and import the invention in India.company’s portfolio the stronger and more valuable the company is supposed to be. In addition to the number of patents, quality of patents also matters a lot. It is advisable to approach an experienced and quality patent firm/agent in order to seek help and guidance on drafting, filing and prosecuting patent applications.

What is a provisional patent application?

A Provisional patent application is generally filed when the invention has been conceived but more work needs to be done on the invention to perfect it. This is also known as ‘idea patenting’. Once a provisional application is filed, the applicant has a time period of 12 months to perfect his/her invention and file the complete application.

What is an invention disclosure form?

An invention disclosure form enables a patent drafter/searcher to understand the invention, on hand. The Invention Disclosure form is filled by the inventor and should include as much detail as possible and should highlight the novel points of the invention.

What is a complete Specification?

A complete specification is filed when the invention has taken the final shape and is ready to be filed in a complete manner. A complete application will contain claims which define the scope of your invention.

Why do you need an expert for patent drafting?

A patent expert is needed for patent drafting because efficient patent drafting requires in depth understanding of both technical domain and legal principles. Generally an inventor may be well versed with the technology but may not understand the legal principles very well. It is advisable to take help of patent agents who specialize in that area of technology to which the invention belongs.

How long does it take for a patent application to be granted?

The time taken to grant a patent application usually depends on the country in which the patent application is filed. While some countries grant an application is 2-3 years, some others take nearly as long as 10-12 years. nnThe average time for obtaining a patent in India is around 7-8 years

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