Benchmark Litigation Asia – Pacific Awards 2023

While best known for its intellectual property, technology and media practices, the litigation team at Obhan & Associates is also adept at handling complex commercial disputes. It has represented clients on a range of disputes relating to equity and debt investment, corporate laws, intellectual property laws, employment laws, competition laws and on bilateral investment treaty disputes. Lawyers also provide key pre-litigation strategies to clients in
industries such as media, entertainment, infrastructure, pharmaceuticals, franchising, machinery and equipment manufacturing, outsourcing and financial services. The firm has offices in New Delhi, Pune and Bangalore.

Key contacts for contentious matters are managing partner Essenese Obhan and partner Ashima Obhan.

The team acted for Huntsman Advanced Materials in an infringement suit against Jay Chemical Industries before the Delhi High Court and was successful in securing an injunction. Ultimately, the suit was decided in the client’s favour. The firm also continues to defend domestic merchant platform unicorn Pine Labs against Innoviti Payment Solutions (IPS) before the High Court of Karnataka. IPS has sued its client for allegedly using its patented
technology related to unified payment interface-based payments at point-of-sale terminals. The firm is acting for Bolt Technology in a trademark infringement suit. It has been successful in identifying and taking civil action against a third party that has adopted an identical mark in an identical colour combination for identical services. The third party is evidently attempting to dilute the client’s trademark and riding on its hard-earned reputation and goodwill. The client has instituted a passing off claim against the third party, with the case being referred for mediation since the infringer has claimed to amend its logo. The matter is pending before the High Court for adjudication.