Highly Specialized, Premier Patent Services Firm

BananaIP’s Patent Attorneys are among the leaders in Artificial Intelligence (AI), Automotive, Electronics, Telecom, Bio Sciences, Pharma and Manufacturing Patent Practice

Proven Legal Expertise for Patent Law Matters

Patents are starting to play an increasingly significant role in today’s technology driven industry. An organization’s innovative strength is considered to be directly proportional to its patenting activities. In this Invention/Innovation/Intellectual Property driven age, along with the number of patents, an organization is also assessed based on the quality of its patents. Since acquiring a patent is generally an expensive affair, it becomes all the more essential to take a strategic approach towards obtaining patent protection.

Our Experience

The Patent team at BananaIP comprises professionals with expertise in their respective technical domains as well as exposure to patent law of various jurisdictions. The team has about 60 years of collective experience in the field of patents. With this team structure, an invention related to a specific domain is taken up by our patent attorney(s) having expertise in that particular domain, thereby ensuring a quality-based approach. Further, the team’s exposure to the patent laws of various jurisdictions enables us to recommend to clients internationally-accepted best practices, at various stages of a patent life-cycle, from patent research, patent drafting, patent filing, patent prosecution to patent grant and maintenance.


Patent Search & Analytics

A patent/literature search is performed for various purposes, from assessing patentability of an invention to analyzing risks in product launches and understanding the landscape of a particular technology. While perusing patent databases is fairly straight forward, culling out appropriate information from the sea of data available requires special research skills, technology insight, and a thorough understanding of the patent system.

Once a search is performed and relevant documents are shortlisted, making sense of the data based on the intended purpose of the search requires an in-depth insight into patent law, superior analytic skills, and the ability to lucidly present the same.

Patent Drafting, Filing & Registration

A patent specification encapsulates an invention, defining the scope of protection awarded to the invention through its claims. Claims play a critical role in defining the metes and bounds of an invention, with adequate support from the specification and the manner in which it is drafted.

Strong technological background, keeping abreast with developments in patent law, experience in prosecution of patent applications and craftsmanship in making the disclosure, all play an essential role in determining the quality of the draft that is ultimately produced.

Patent Prosecution Management

The process of acquiring a patent is only half done after a good specification is drafted and the application is filed. Taking the patent specification to grant requires immense expertise, craftsmanship, and diligence.

All actions during the patent prosecution phase, from drafting examination responses to dealing with examiners require special skill, experience in dealing with the patent office and an in-depth understanding of patent law and procedure. More often than not, despite the value of an invention, a patent grant or its scope depends on the experience and expertise of the patent attorney.

Freedom to Operate (FTO) Analysis & Opinion

FTO analysis and report helps a company understand if a product has the freedom to operate in a given market, an whether the product can be launched without any risk of patent infringement.

FTO opinions are regularly performed by companies before they launch a product in the market, and any FTO issues are resolved in consultation with the patent attorney. Quality FTO analysis and reports are provided by attorneys with strong technology and legal backgrounds.

Patent Opposition, Revocation and Litigation Management

Patent opposition provides to the public and to interested parties, an opportunity to object to the grant of a patent. Owing to the nature of protection afforded by a patent, a patent grant in its field of operation may turn out to be a hurdle for a business, and sometimes even to the society on the whole.

Successfully opposing a patent, not only requires a deep understanding of the law and procedures, it also demands comprehensive research, strategic approach, and skillful process management.

Patent Infringment Analysis

Analyzing whether a product or process is infringing a patent assumes importance under different circumstances ranging from enforcement of a patent to opening licensing opportunities. To perform infringement analysis, the product or process in question must be compared with patent claims literally and by equivalence. Though comparison of all elements of a given claim is generally followed across the world, infringement jurisprudence varies from country to country. Assessing patent infringement and providing informed infringement opinions requires a thorough understanding of patent law in different countries along with strong technology background.

Patent Licensing & Commercialization

Patent is an intangible asset that can be exploited in many ways to generate maximum profits. The success of a business can be ensured by efficiently managing its Patent portfolio and using adequate means to capitalize on these assets, to further its financial plan.

Licensing/technology transfer is one way of making one’s product commercially accessible. It gives certain exploitation rights to an entity, which in turn pays royalties to the licensor.

BananaIP Counsels understands the industries in which the clients function and help them strategize in a way to attain their much-desired business goals.

PCT (International application) Filing

A PCT National Phase Application is essentially a PCT application that has completed the international phase and is now ready to be filed in select countries which are members to the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT).

Having filed over a thousand national phase applications in India for our clients from over 50 countries, BananaIP has the best team of experts and paralegals with super specialization in all fields of technology including Mechanical, Automotive, Electronics & Electricals, Artificial Intelligence, IoT, Pharmaceuticals, Metallurgy, Chemistry, Biotechnology, Polymer Technology, to name a few. Our knowledge and expertise in both technology and Law helps us provide high quality Patent prosecution services to our clients. We work with over 50 IP Attorneys across the globe who trust us with their Patent files in India.


BananaIP’s success is due to the exceptional talent, understanding, credentials and experience of its senior partners. Dr. Kalyan Kankanala, Nitin Nair, Somashekar Ramakrishna, Vinita Radhakrishnan and Sanjeeth Hegde are the firm’s core. They are what sets BananaIP apart from other IP firms or consultancies in India.

Each senior partner has carefully cultivated the expertise necessary to lead their practice areas through advanced education and qualifications; handpicked and groomed associates from the best law, technology, and management schools; and continuous quality and process improvements.

They have all held IP positions in North America, Europe, and Asia during their careers before founding BananaIP. Their collective qualifications, background and expertise are unmatched in India.

Dr. Kalyan C. Kankanala

Dr. Kalyan C. Kankanala

Managing Partner & Chief IP Attorney

• Recognized among the top IP minds of India.

• Has advised more than 1000 clients on IP matters.

• Internationally cited IP attorney and strategist.

Nitin Nair

Nitin Nair

Senior Partner

• Nationally recognized telecom, electronics, AI and big data patent agent/attorney.

• Worked as patent agent and attorney for global Fortune 500 clients.

• Instrumental in helping many companies mine, evaluate, protect, and commercialize patents and inventions.

Somashekar Ramakrishna

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.

Vinita Radhakrishnan

Vinita Radhakrishnan

Senior Partner

• Internationally recognized life sciences, pharma and traditional medicine patent agent/attorney.

• Has significant inhouse experience in helping pharma companies strategize, protect and license intellectual property.

• Works with a portfolio of clients across the world on international patent strategy, filing and protection.

Case Study

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Recap 2021- Indian Patent Case Laws

In this post, we bring to you few Patent Cases decided by Indian Courts in the year 2021 Merck Sharp And Dohme Corp & ANR vs YMS Laboratories Private Limited In this case, the plaintiff, owner of patents pertaining to Sitagliptin and its derivative salts, filed an infringement suit against the defendant. The plaintiff prayed for an Ad Interim Injunction during the pendency of the suit. After reviewing the facts presented, the Court granted an Exparte Ad Interim Injunction as the…

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Important Indian Trademark Cases – 2021

In this post, we bring to you Important Trademark Cases decided by Indian Courts in the year 2021 Kaira District Cooperative Milk Producers Union Ltd and Anr. V/S. Maa Tara Trading Co. and Ors In this case, the Calcutta High Court passed an interim order against the Defendants, restraining them from using the trademark ‘Amul’ in connection with their products. The case was instituted by Kaira District Cooperative Milk Producers Union Ltd., who are the proprietors of the trademark ‘Amul’. It…

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Business of Issuing Copyright Licenses can be carried out by Copyright Societies “only”

Novex Communications v. DXC Technologies & Anr. Decided by: Madras High Court Decided on: 08.12.2021 Facts of the Case The Plaintiff was involved in a business of protecting the copyright for sound recordings – in the capacity of an assignee, or an agent of the copyright holders. In order to do so, the Plaintiff had entered into various agreements with the holders of the copyrights, and had obtained several rights related to the sound recordings – in particular, the rights for the…

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    BananaIP has an excellent team with an ability to understand complex technical aspects of innovations and, advise innovators on patentable claims. I am very impressed with their expertise.

    Dr. Abhay Karandikar ,

    Director - IIT Kanpur

    We at NSRCEL and IIMB have called upon Dr. Kalyan for professional support in a variety of ways and on numerous occasions. What has struck me in each of those instances is the readiness with which he has responded: Willingly, professionally. … We feel privileged and fortunate to know Dr. Kalyan and that we are able to draw on his knowledge, experience and insight freely.

    Professor Sabarinathan G. ,

    Chairperson, NSRCEL, IIM Bangalore

    A ‘personalised’ local support, understanding of nuances of different IP laws and a global operational reach make BananaIP, earlier Brain League, the guys to work with.

    Mr. Prakash ,

    Senior Advisor – Sun Mobility, Former R&D Head - Mahindra Reva