BananaIP's Start-up IP Department

Start-ups need an IP attorney capable of building business and financial value from their intellectual assets. Not one, who does not understand the nuances of business and entrepreneurship.

BananaIP’s Start-up IP Department was established to help start-ups and entrepreneurs use IP for business success. Intellectual Property, especially, patents, trademarks, industrial designs and copyrights, are invaluable business tools for a start-up looking to compete and make a mark in the market. Holding quality intellectual property helps start-ups:

  • Establish credibility in the market
  • Gain business and competitive value through exclusivity
  • Build and enhance financial valuation of the company
  • Raise investment and funding
  • Generate revenues through licensing and transfer
  • Gain marketing and business development leverage

BananaIP’s attorneys work very closely with entrepreneurs and start-ups to protect, commercialise and maximise value from their intellectual property. Over the last 15 years, BananaIP has worked with over 200 start-ups, many of whom benefitted substantially from the firm’s expertise, advice and services. The firm incubated out of IIMB’s entrepreneurship cell (NSRCEL) alongside several technology start-ups, and understands the start-up mind set, approach, and business goals very well.

Select Clients

  • PEPS
  • LeagueX
  • Video Gyan
  • WYO
  • Brand Monk
  • Agasso
  • Forgotten Foods
  • Evlogia – Leafy Straw
  • Startdesi
  • Crunchyfills
  • Dabbleart
  • Parentoff


An expert and highly qualified team of IP attorneys at BananaIP work with entrepreneurs and start-ups. Depending on the nature of the start-up’s business, an attorney, who has background and expertise in the relevant technology and business domains will work with the start-up.

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.

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.


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.

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.

Our Services

  • General IP Advice
  • Identification and Protection of IP Assets
  • Patent Filing and Prosecution
  • Trade Mark Filing and Registration
  • Copyright Registration
  • Drafting Terms/Conditions,
  • Privacy Policy, User Agreements, etc.
  • Domain Name Complaints and Responses
  • General agreements such as NDAs, Employment Agreements, Founder Agreements, etc.
  • Licensing advice and assistance
  • IP litigation support
  • Legal notice drafts and responses
  • IP Valuation

Engagement Models

BananaIP engages with start-ups and entrepreneurs at three general levels:

  • Start-up Package
  • Discounted Fee
  • Equity model

Start-up Package

Under this model, start-ups and entrepreneurs engage BananaIP for a given number of hours or projects by paying a one-time, highly discounted fee. The fee will be based on what the start-up wants at a given point of time.

Discounted fee

Under this model, BananaIP offers IP services to start-ups at a discounted fee that is normally determined based on the start-up and its requirements.

Equity Model

Under the equity model, the start-up gives equity and a position on its board to an attorney from BananaIP, and the services are provided without any fee.

For more information, please fill out the Startup IP Registration form given below

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