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2003
March 18

Origin

Dr. Kalyan Kankanala Conceives the idea of starting an IP firm constituted by attorneys having equally strong technology, law and business background to offer patent searching, drafting and prosecution services. He is at the time at National Law School of India University (NLS), Bangalore, pursuing his Ph.D. in Patent Law after completing his LL.M. in Intellectual Property, Commerce and Technology from Franklin Pierce Law Center, NH, USA. He approaches Arun Narasani, his childhood friend, and a graduate of IIT, Madras and IIM, Bangalore with the idea. Following a series of discussions, Arun agrees to join Kalyan, and they decide to..Read More
2004
February 1

Brain League

Kalyan and Arun decide to call their firm ‘Brain League.’ They formally register a firm with the name Brain League Consultants. They start operations by offering business and technology driven patent services, trade mark services and IP licensing services. They apply for incubation at IIMB’s entrepreneurship cell, NSRCEL. Following a rigorous evaluation process, NSRCEL selects Brain League Consultants for incubation at the cell. The firm acquires its first client, a software products company, and hires its first associate. Business World features the firm in an article on entrepreneurship in India.
2005
April 18

First Set of Clients

The firm gets its first set of patent drafting, filing and search projects. ITC, Sasken, Chirra Electronics, and Sandbox at St. John’s Hospital sign up to work with the firm. The firm posts a profit within one year of launch and invests the entire profit into scaling up and growth. The team size of the firm grows to 5. Realizing the need to build IP literacy and awareness in India to improve IP filings, Brain League’s team works with National Law School of India University, Bangalore, to spread IP knowledge and teach IP skills to corporates, scientists, researchers and engineers..Read More
2006
August 18

Takes off

Brain League Consultants is restructured and renamed as Brain League IP Services. The firm moves out of IIMB’s NSRCEL to its own office. By this time, the firm has 10 associates, and its client base is growing fast. To build IP capacity within business organisations, Brain League conducts large scale IP training programs for corporate employees. The programs help many companies build IP knowledge and culture, increase IP filings, and build IP assets. Over the next thirteen years, the firm trains more than twenty thousand corporate employees. As of today, the firm and its partners have trained more corporates than..Read More
2007
February 18

Funding

The firm goes for funding to grow inorganically. It sets up an office in the United States. The team size of the firm increases to 16, and the firm’s patent and trade mark portfolio continues to grow. Dr. Kalyan Kankanala’s book on Genetic Patent Law and Strategy is published and is critically acclaimed. The book is extensively cited in research papers and IP books across the world. Business Gyan carries an article mentioning the firm and its activities.
2008
August 21

Grows Fast

The firm adds more clients, and its team size grows to 20 associates. The firm’s patent and trade mark filings increase steadily. Economic Times features the firm’s expansion plans. CXO.COM talks about the firm’s offerings in an article on managing patents and IP. Pharma Biz features the firm’s portfolio management software in an exclusive article.
2009
March 1

5 years of IP Services

The firm celebrates 5 years of IP Services, and is recognized as a promising, new age IP firm in India. Deccan Herald talks about the firm’s offerings in an article on IP services for start-ups.
2010
September 3

Patent and Trademark portfolio expands

The firm’s client base and patent/trade mark portfolio continues to grow. The firm’s partners, Dr. Kalyan Kankanala, Arun Narasani and Vinita Radhakrishnan write a book on Indian Patent Law and Practice. The book is published by Oxford University Press. It is highly referenced and cited by patent professionals across the world. The Hindu Business Line carries articles on the firm’s IP radio, Radio Sinapse, and the firm’s patent services. DNA cites the firm in an article on patenting yoga. Live Mint cites the firm in an article on IP for start-ups.
2011
February 10

UNIDO selects Dr. Kalyan as Nation Expert

The firm diversifies its offerings and adds more clients. United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) selects the firm’s team as national experts on IP to conduct IP Audits and protect IP of Small and Medium Enterprises in machine tools, foundry and plastics sectors. The firm sets up a specialized department to offer Entertainment and Sports Law Services, the first of its kind in South India. The firm’s partners write the reference/reading material for the course on patent law and procedure offered by NLS, Bangalore. The course is attended by senior and mid-level corporate employees and lawyers. Dr. Kalyan Kankanala’s book..Read More
2012
October 4

Leading IP firm

The firm is recognized as one of the leading firms in the country. It has built a large patent and trade mark portfolio, and has acquired several patent/trade mark grants and registrations for its clients. The team size of the firm grows to 46. Dr. Kalyan Kankanala’s book on Fundamentals of Intellectual Property, Fun IP, is published by Literators Publishing. The book is very popular among scientists, engineers, business managers, and lawyers.
2013
September 5

Restructuring

At this point, the firm has more than 900 clients, and a very large patent/trade mark file portfolio. Dr. Kalyan Kankanala and Arun Narasani decide to restructure the firm for personal and strategic reasons. They decide to part ways and form their own entities. Dr. Kalyan Kankanala’s firm is called ‘BananaIP Counsels.’  (Why the name BananaIP?) The Hindu interviews Dr. Kalyan Kankanala with respect to his book.
2014
March 1

Formation of BananaIP

Dr. Kalyan Kankanala formally forms BananaIP Counsels. Somashekar Ramakrishna (Head of Mechanical Patent Division) and Nitin Nair (Head of Electronics, Telecom and IT Division), Partners at Brain League, join BananaIP as equity partners. Sanjeeth Hegde, a leading Entertainment Law and Technology Licensing attorney, joins BananaIP Counsels as senior partner. BananaIP has six departments specializing in different technology and business areas such as mechanical, automotive, electronics/telecom, Bio/pharma, entertainment and consulting. The Hindu cites BananaIP’s partner in an article on patent rush. Indian Express cites BananaIP in an article on intellectual property status in India and US concerns. Telegraph quotes Dr. Kalyan..Read More
2015
September 21

Expansion

Vinita Radhakrishnan, an experienced pharma patent attorney, joins BananaIP Counsels as Senior Partner. Her addition consolidates and fortifies the biosciences and pharma department of the firm. Dr. Kalyan Kankanala is appointed as a member of the advisory board of Journal of IP Rights. Indian Express cites BananaIP’s senior partner in an article on patent spending.
2016
June 1

Consolidation and Growth

BananaIP consolidates its team and continues to grow. The firm’s patent, trade mark and design portfolio grows fast. Dr. Kalyan Kankanala is appointed as advisory board member of the Centre of Excellence in IP and Standards.
2017
March 21

Social Media Law and eCommerce Law Services Launched

BananaIP’s start offering social media law and ecommerce law services. BananaIP’s partners are empanelled as IP facilitators for start-ups by DIPP, Government of India. As a part of the program, they help start-ups draft and file patents and trade marks without charging any professional fee. The Hindu cites BananaIP’s senior partner in an article on patent devices. Forbes India quotes BananaIP’s senior partner in an article on patent filings by start-ups.
2018
March 8

AI driven Patent Technology

BananaIP develops first of its kind AI and Machine Learning driven tools to review, monitor and analyse the IP files and portfolios of its clients for better budgeting, planning and timeline management. BananaIP builds a novel portfolio management tool to manage its fast growing IP portfolio. Dna quotes BananaIP’s senior partner in an article on pharma patents. Pharma Bio World carries an article written by BananaIP’s senior partner.
2019
January 1

BananaIP completes 15 years of IP Services

BananaIP completes 15 years of IP Services. In its 15 year journey, the firm has: Built the best team of Senior Partners in India Worked with more than 600 clients Handled more than 20, 000 projects/files Developed novel technology to augment its service offerings Launched super specialized IP Offerings Played an important role in building IP knowledge and culture in India Contributed to IP research, law and policy making in the country Published 10 IP books and thousands of articles Launched Intellepedia, which is ranked among the top 10 IP blogs in the world Because of its accomplishments, BananaIP is..Read More