Areas of Expertise
Patents, IP Litigation, Pharma & Biotech
The first woman president of FICPI India, an advisory board member of IAM’s first-ever Women in Patents event and ranked amongst Managing IP’s Top 250 women in IP for eight consecutive years, Archana Shanker is regarded as a zealous patent practitioner setting new patent narratives in Indian IP jurisprudence while heading the Patents & Designs department at Anand and Anand.
Known for her unparalleled legal, scientific, and technical acumen, Archana is the go-to person for patent protection and enforcement, prosecution, pre-grant and post-grant oppositions, appeals, revocations, and plant variety protection as she manages an extensive portfolio of patents.
A leading voice advocating the cause of women in IP, Archana heads a team of lawyers-cum-scientists, engineers, biotechnologists, chemists, and physicists – advising extensively in adversarial proceedings. In 35-plus years of dedicated practice across industries from pharmaceuticals to life sciences, software, ICT, telecom, mechanical, electronics and biodiversity, Archana has earned a solid reputation not just in patents but in the larger IP sphere globally.
She has been a lead in cases returning noteworthy judgments like Monsanto’s Supreme Court order, the Ferid Allani case, Pioneer Overseas Corporation, Novo Nordisk, Roche, Merck, Sterlite, etc.
Domestic and international clients alike 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.