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Nishad Nadkarni

, Mumbai

Partner | Intellectual Property


  • LL.M, Commercial Laws, University of Mumbai (2001)
  • LL.B, University of Pune (1999)
  • Diploma in Consumer Protection Laws, ILS, Pune (1998)

Nishad Nadkarni is a Partner in the Intellectual Property (IP) practice group in the Mumbai office. Nishad specialises in various aspects of IP law as well as commercial litigation and arbitration. 

Nishad has over 20 years of experience in contentious and non-contentious matters pertaining to IP (including advisory, transactions, prosecution and litigation pertaining to trademarks, copyrights, designs and patents), media and entertainment, and commercial litigation and arbitration. He has also advised select clients on real estate transactions and disputes, corporate and commercial laws, foreign investment policy, joint ventures and foreign collaborations.

Professional Affiliations

  • Bar Council of Maharashtra & Goa
  • Bombay Bar Association
  • Trade Marks Registry
  • International Trademark Association (INTA)
  • International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (AIPPI)

Recognitions and Accomplishments

Featured in IP rankings such as Legal 500 Firm Rankings

Recognised for ‘Enforcement and Litigation’ by World Trademark Review 1000, 2020 Ranking 

Representative Matters

Nishad Nadkarni has represented and advised the following clients

Owners of NATURAL ice cream

Advised on trademark infringement and passing off of business litigation involving issues pertaining to protection of descriptive marks which acquire distinctiveness

Trimurti Films against T-Series

Advised in relation to a well-known suit for copyright infringement of musical works pertaining to remixes.

Star Drugs and Research Labs Limited

Advised on business transfer to Bangalore based Strides Acrolab (through its unit Agila Specialities) for approximately Rs 12.5 crores

Tata Motors

Advised on preparation of agreement on various aspects during the launch of the small car Nano including arrangements with finance companies and distributors

13 companies forming a part of Future Group of Companies (Pantaloon)

Advised on corporate due diligence of an internal restructuring exercise.

Future Market Networks Limited

Advised the real estate and mall management arm of the Future Group of Companies, on a regular basis including drafting leave and license agreements, commercial contracts, contractual disputes and legal proceedings arising therefrom. 

World Sport Group

Represented a litigation (including an anti-suit injunction proceeding and applications for stay of arbitration proceedings and for interim reliefs therein) in relation to the Indian Premiere League broadcasting rights on behalf of the World Sport Group which involved allegations of fraud pertaining to a facilitation fee of about Rs 425 crores.

Hindustan Unilever and Godrej Consumer

Advised and represented in relation to well-known suits against disparagement.

Alcon (Novartis), Raymond, Pidilite, P & G and others

Handling, managing and maintaining the IP portfolios for corporate clients including the registration process and brand audits.

News and Events

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