Eshwars is a growing boutique firm based in Chennai that focuses on IP, and corporate and commercial advisory. On the IP side, its specialties include trademark, copyright, industrial design, patent, semiconductor layout, domain name protection, and distribution and franchising. It has also assisted domestic businesses in their outbound ventures, into the US, Middle East and China, for example. Last summer, it opened up a second office in Bangalore. Managing partner Eshwar Sabapathy, and partners NV Saisunder and Adit Nitin Bhuva lead the firm. Former M&A head Vishnu Ravi Shankar left the firm this year to complete further education studies.  

Intellectual property

Work highlights 

Advised Lyca Productions on the negotiations and closure of an agreement entered with a production house with respect to the creation of remake of a Tamil cinematograph film. 

Assisting Bigcat Wireless and Mindtree on filing necessary appeals against marks before the Intellectual Property Appellate Board (IPAB) that were refused by the Trademarks Registry 

Advised CR Narayana Rao Consultants on software licence compliance audits, licensing, litigation and related copyright infringement.  

Key clients 

Jagdale Industries, Mindtree, Sphinax Chemical Industries, TVS Electronics

Dispute resolution

Work highlights 

Acted for Malaysian company Lyca Productions in a litigation related to the release of its movie, “Darbar”.  

Assisting Sheenlac Paints on its debt recovery strategy and litigation. 

Representing Reed Relays and Electronics India in a litigation relating to the reduction of capital.  

Key clients 

Mannam Centenary Textiles, Marudhar Rocks International Private, Tamil Nadu Energy Development Agency 

Corporate and M&A

Work highlights 

Advised a Korean client on the feasibility of clearing unclaimed cargo lying in the Nhava Sheva Port.  

Acting for the liquidator bankrupt company Ennore Coke 

Represented Pioneer Biologix Private, Pioneer Tech Solutions Private and Channai Radha Engineering Works Private on their merger.  

Reviewed and negotiated the software licensing and services agreement for a company listed on the domestic stock exchange.  

Key clients 

Indian Nippon ElectricalsTamilnadu Newsprint and Papers Vivifi India Finance Private