Archana Shanker

Anand and Anand - India

Senior partner and head of department - patents and designs


+91 120 4059300

Elite Practitioner



Practice area:

Intellectual property

At the top of her game, Archana is a zealous patent practitioner setting new patent narratives in Indian IP jurisprudence while heading the Patents & Designs department at Anand and Anand, a Tier 1 IP law firm.
Legally, scientifically and technologically savvy, Archana is the go-to person for patent protection, prosecution, pre-grant and post-grant oppositions, appeals, revocations, plant variety protection as she manages an extensive portfolio of patents. She and her team – an ensemble of lawyers-cum-scientists, engineers, biotechnologists, chemists and physicists -- also provide straightforward advice in litigation.
Archana has enabled the firm to successfully secure patent protection for Nivolumab after 6 oppositions, ertugliflozin, Delgocitinib for Japan Tobacco and Luseogliflozin for Taisho after several pre-grant oppositions. It also successfully defended several ICT (SEP) patents and mechanical inventions before the Patent Office; secured patent for Pfizer for Tofacitinib while checking delay caused by benami pre-grant oppositions.
She has been a lead in cases returning noteworthy judgements like Monsanto’s Supreme Court order, Ferid Allani case, Pioneer overseas Corporation, Novo Nordisk, Roche, Merck, Sterlite etc.
Domestic and International clients trust her understanding of the key drivers of the industry and the science behind them. Business-minded, cost-conscious and a thought leader, Archana is ever-ready to take challenges head-on and shift paradigms.

Professional Involvement:

  • IAM’s first ever Women in Patents event’s advisory board
  • First woman president of Federation of IP Attorneys- India Section
  • Vice president, North India for Licensing Executives Society International
  • Nominated by FICPI on EPO’s Standing Advisory Committee 2021-23
  • Member - Asian Patent Attorneys Association and Association Internationale pour la Protection de la Propriété Intellectuelle (AIPPI)


  • ALB Woman Lawyer of the Year 2022
  • Ranked in Chambers and Partners Asia Pacific Guide 2022
  • Legal 500 Leading Individual 2022
  • World’s Leading Patent Practitioner- IAM 300 and IAM 1000
  • Expert Guides Women in Business Law (Patents)-2016-20
  • MIP Top 250 Women IP Professional 2016-2021
  • MIP IP Star Patent 2016 - 2022
  • Chambers and Partners Spotlight for Life Sciences 2016 – 2022
  • Euromoney Asia Women In Business Law-2019
  • WWL – Patents and Life Sciences – 2015-19
  • World IP Forum Top 100 Powerful Women in Law, 2018


  • Intellectual property
  • Dispute resolution

  • Technology and telecommunications
  • Oil and gas
  • Pharmaceuticals and life sciences