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Abu-Ghazaleh Intellectual Property’s Pakistan office in Karachi boasts an IP practice covering trademark, patent, copyright, design and domain names. With head offices in Jordan, the firm has been instrumental in the improvement of IP ecosystems in Arab countries, working closely with their governments and multilateral organizations. The firm’s headquarters are in Amman, Jordan.

Founded in 1972, Ali & Associates is an internationally-recognized law firm specializing in IP, media and IT. The firm was named the 2019 Asia IP patent firm of the year for Pakistan. The firm is led by senior partner Syed Auqil Ali Shah and managing partner Karimullah Adeni. The team is well-known for enforcement and litigation work, and has represented domestic and foreign clients in the cosmetic, chemical, textile, oil and gas, pharmaceutical, machinery, electronic, automobile and agriculture sectors. The firm has domestic offices in Karachi and Lahore, and foreign offices in Kabul and the Washington area. 

Founded by Abdur Bharucha in 1948, Bharucha & Co is one of the oldest firms for patent and trademark prosecution work in Karachi. The firm collaborates with an IP-focused investigation agency, so time-restricted projects can be handled swiftly. 

Since 2002, Hamayuns has been a specialty firm for IP matters on trademarks, patents, copyright and design. Partners Saad Nusrullah and Mohsin Nusrullah lead the firm in a wide range of services including registration, opposition, assignment, franchising and litigation. The firm has launched a practice to provide IP services elsewhere in the region, including Afghanistan, Bangladesh and India. 

Intellectual property and information technology is one of the specialty areas of Irfan & Irfan in Lahore. Partner Hasan Irfan Khan, a leader in the area of IT law in Pakistan, is a main contact. He was co-author of Pakistan’s country profile in Trademark Anticounterfiting in Asia and the Pacific Rim, a publication by the International Trademark Association. The firm’s IP practice covers patent, copyright and trademark.

Led by managing director Mian Muhibullah Kakakhel, Kakakhel Law Associates comprises five partners, three associates and two support members based in Peshawar. Advocate at the Supreme Court of Pakistan Tehmina Ambreen and advocate at the Peshawar High Court Saifullah Muhib are top practitioners who have handled hundreds of infringement cases. They defended local publishers in a piracy lawsuit against Oxford University Press, Pakistan. 

Khursheed Khan & Associates is a national law firm established by Zulfiqar Khan, who is now a judge on the High Court of Sindh. Its lawyers have contributed to national IP laws and rules including the Trade Marks Ordinance 2000, the Patent Ordinance 2000, the Patent Rules, the Design Rules and the Integrated Circuit Rules. Julie Ismail is a contact at the firm.

Meer & Hasan, led by senior partners Farooq Amjad Meer and Salim Hasan and partner Zeeshan Ashraf Meer. Besides filing hundreds of patent and design applications for foreign clients such as World Wrestling Entertainment, H&M, BBC and Hugo Boss, the firm has handled trademark infringement cases for Nokia and Domino’s Pizza, receiving favourable decisions for both clients. 

Based in Lahore, Rana Ijaz & Partners comprises three lawyers. Managing partner Rana Ijaz Ahmed Khan and partners Rana Muhammad Ahmad and Rana Sajjad Ahmad provide assistance on a variety of matters, including technology transfer, licensing, remittance, accounting of damages for infringement, verification of royalty and license fee, product packaging, trade secrets and anti-piracy. They also work with international associates to obtain corresponding protection in countries outside Pakistan, as well as to represent clients in litigation and alternative-dispute resolution. 

Founded in 1827 by Henry Remfry, Remfry & Son, located in Karachi, is a venerable law firm providing IP services in the fields of trademarks, domain names, patents, designs and copyright. Top practitioners include Riffat Chughtai and Iffat Chughtai. Muhammad Ayub has left the firm.

London-based commercial firm RIAA Barker Gillette has 10 partners and 13 associates in its Karachi headquarters with domestic branch offices in Islamabad, Lahore, Faisalabad and Peshawar; it is part of a global network which has offices in Dubai, Kabul, London, New York, Washington and Beijing. Managing partner Ahsan Zahir Rizvi has drafted regulatory frameworks for the fields of IP, telecommunications and oil and gas. 

Founded in February 1948 in Karachi by the late Sheikh Fazal Ellahi, Sheikh Brothers is an IP boutique providing services covering all aspects of IP including patents, trademarks, trade secrets, copyright, unfair competition, licensing, franchising, technology transfer, litigation and enforcement. Amongst two partners, four associates and 10 other staff members, Sultan Ahmad Sheikh and Salman Ahmed Sheikh stand out of the crowd and represent well with clients at all forums including the Supreme Court of Pakistan. The firm bagged the Asia IP Pakistan trademark firm of the year award in 2019. 

Surridge & Beecheno was founded in 1948 by two British barristers, Charles Surridge and Peter Beecheno. The firm has expanded with branch offices in Lahore; and Dubai. The firm has a department specializing in trademarks and patents but also advises on copyright and other IP matters. The firm represents the Trademark Owners Association and Wal-Mart, and is the honourary legal advisor to the British High Commission and the Swiss Embassy in Pakistan. 

Based in Lahore, United Trademark & Patent Services offers services including anti-counterfeiting, administrative actions, and raids and seizures; arbitration and dispute resolution; acquisition and divestiture of trademarks; as well as enforcement, due diligence, investigation, inspection, litigation and portfolio management. Yawar Irfan Khan and Hasan Irfan Khan are top practitioners at the firm. 

Vellani & Vellani was established in 1937 and is located in Karachi. Partners Badaruddin Vellani and Ameen Vellani have extensive corporate law practice in most prosecution work and, together, they lead a team which advises on matters related to trademarks, patents, copyright, domain names and anti-counterfeiting to both domestic and MNC clients as well as government agencies in fields such as pharmaceuticals, chemicals, vehicles and computer software. Erum Rasheed and Anwer Ghani are key patent practitioners, Khushnum Muncherji is a key contact for copyright work and Seema Mansoor is a good contact for trademark matters. The firm was named the 2019 Asia IP Pakistan copyright firm of the year. 

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