+91-80-26860424 / 34

Call Us Today


Dr. Kalyan Kankanala

Download Dr. Kalyan's profile

Dr. Kalyan C. Kankanala

Managing Partner


Dr. Kalyan, holds advanced IP degrees from the world’s leading law institutions, National Law School of India University, Bangalore and Franklin Pierce Law Center USA   


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



Dr. Kalyan Kankanala is the founder of BananaIP (BIP) Counsels, earlier Brain League IP Services, a premier IP Firm in India. He is a renowned Intellectual Property (IP) Attorney and holds honorary positions with Organisations and Centres contributing to IP law research and policy in the country. Dr. Kalyan heads the IP Strategy and Consulting Division of BananaIP, which helps clients maximize business value from their intellectual assets. He holds a Ph.D. in Patent Law from NLSIU, Bangalore, and a Masters in IP Law, Commerce and Technology from Franklin Pierce Law Center, USA. Dr. Kalyan is the primary author of the popular book on Indian Patent Law and Practice published by Oxford University Press in 2010.


Dr. Kalyan Kankanala works with clients like Samsung, DailyHunt, PEPS Industries, Mahindra and Mahindra, IIM, Bangalore (IIMB), IIT, Bombay, and BHEL. He worked with United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) as the National Expert on IP, and helped SMEs in machine tools, foundry and plastics clusters identify, protect and commercialize their IP. He advises Select start-ups, writers, artists and performers and helps them protect and commercialize their inventions and creative works.


Over the years, Dr. Kalyan Kankanala has helped several companies move up the IP value chain and gain substantial commercial value from their IP assets. He specializes in mining IP and devising strategies to help clients protect and maximize business benefit. He also specializes in effectively mitigating IP risks and constructively resolving IP disputes.


Dr. Kalyan Kankanala publishes extensively and makes contributions to IP law and policy in India. He is on the advisory board of well referred Journals such as Journal of IPR and Journal of Entertainment and Sports Law. Dr. Kalyan also provides pro bono advice and services to non-profit organisations working with persons with disabilities and creative upstarts.


During the last fifteen years, Dr. Kalyan Kankanala has played an important role in spreading IP awareness and building IP culture among corporates, research groups, academicians and students. Several of his students and trainees occupy senior IP positions in companies, research institutions and law firms. Dr. Kalyan’s books and articles are highly referenced and regularly cited by corporates, scholars and attorneys.


  • Has hands on experience in IP services ranging from patent/trademark filings to licensing and dispute resolution for a wide array of clients;
  • Worked with Fortune 500 technology/knowledge driven businesses, premier research/educational institutions, SMEs, and also start-ups on a wide range of IP projects;
  • Was instrumental in helping many companies move up the IP value chain through IP Audits, Strategic Consulting, Policy/Process Set up, and tailor made IP programs;
  • Helped UN organizations develop and implement IP initiatives in Machine Tools, Foundry, and Plastics sectors;
  • Contributed to IP legislative/policy making initiatives in India;
  • Developed and imparted capacity building/skill building programs for more than twenty thousand corporates;
  • Teaches courses on Intellectual Property, Creativity and Business Value at select educational institutions such as IIM, Bangalore, IIM, Shillong, and NLSIU, Bangalore.


  • Maximize business and financial value from intellectual property;
  • Identify, discover and mine potential intellectual property in an organisation;
  • Build IP portfolios for business and competitive advantage;
  • Devise IP strategy, draft IP policy/process and implement IP best practices for business benefit;
  • Effectively Protect, Manage, and Commercialize intellectual assets;
  • Enable licensing, franchising, and/or merchandizing programs to monetize IP;
  • Manage litigation for business benefit and forge strategic alliances and partnerships; and
  • Develop and implement programs to help companies generate business driven intellectual property from their employees.


  • Electronics/Telecommunications;
  • Information Technology;
  • Automotive;
  • Mechanical/Manufacturing;
  • Biosciences, Traditional Medicine and Pharma;
  • Entertainment, Sports, Publishing and Media, and Education


  • Ph.D., Patent Law – National Law School of India University, Bangalore;
  • Master of Laws in IP, Commerce and Technology, Franklin Pierce Law Center, USA; and
  • Bachelor of Laws, Osmania University, Hyderabad.


  • Registered Patent and Trademark Agent; and
  • Registered Advocate.


  • Published more than fifteen national/international research papers on patent law, Entertainment Law and affiliated subjects; and
  • Published several books on intellectual property law, specifically patent law.


  • Innovative IP models for business and financial value creation;
  • Open Source and commons in contemporary Business environment; and
  • Law and business of entertainment.


  • Member, Board of Advisors, NISCAIR Journal of IPR, and KSLU Journal of Sports and Entertainment Law;
  • Member, Centre of Excellence for IP Rights and Standards, NLSIU; and
  • Former social Member, Animal Ethics Committee, AstraZeneca


  • Founder of The Cane Foundation, Fighting disability in all forms;
  • Founder of Invenomics, a division of BananaIP, formed to help clients maximize business value from their IP Assets; and
  • Founder of Literators Publishing, an independent publishing house.


  • Gold Medalist, Bachelor of Science in Biotechnology;
  • WIPO Scholarship for pursuing LL.M.;
  • Tata Scholarship for Higher Education; and
  • PVRR Scholarship for Academic Excellence in  Bachelor of Laws.


  • Enjoys reading Thrillers, History and Philosophy; and
  • Writes legal thrillers and short stories as a serious hobby.