Welcome to 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 is Ranked as India's number 1 IP services Firm

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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:

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.

Some of Our Select Clients

  • PEPS
  • WYO


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.

Core Team

Sr. Partner

Dr. Kalyan C. Kankanala

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

Vinita Radhakrishnan

  • 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
Sr. Partner

Nitin Nair

  • Worked as patent agent and attorney for global Fortune 500 clients
  • Instrumental in helping many companies mine, evaluate, protect, and commercialize patents and inventions
  • Nationally recognized telecom, electronics, AI and big data patent agent/attorney.
Sr. Partner

Somashekar Ramakrishna

  • 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
Sr. Partner

Sanjeeth Hegde

  • Nationally recognized entertainment law, IP licensing, and trademark attorney
  • Has significant US in-house experience in tech licensing with Fortune 500 companies
  • Advises leading organizations on branding, IP protection, and valuation

Our Services

BananaIP’s Start-up IP Department offers a wide range of IP services ranging from general IP advice to IP protection, commercialisation and enforcement. The department also helps start-ups with agreements, terms and conditions, defending claims, litigation, domain name disputes, privacy/data protection issues, social media issues, and other IP matters.

Some services that are generally sought by start-ups and entrepreneurs include:

Engagement Models
BananaIP engages with start-ups and entrepreneurs at four general levels:

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.

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.

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.

Some of BananaIP’s attorneys, who are empanelled by Government of India under the Start IP Scheme, offer services to DPIIT recognised start-ups without charging any professional fee. The start-up will pay the statutory/government fee under this model.

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40, 3rd Main Road, JC Industrial Estate, Kanakapura Road, Bangalore 560062

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