Archana Shanker is a senior partner at Anand and Anand, and heads the firm’s patent practice. A graduate of the faculty of law at Delhi University, North Campus, she completed her postgraduate diploma in bioinformatics and pharmaceutical regulatory affairs. She is an active contributing member of various international bodies, such as the Asian Patent Attorneys Association (APAA), Association Internationale pour la Protection de la Propriété Intellectuelle (AIPPI) and the Fédération Internationale des Conseils en Propriété Industrielle (FICPI). Archana’s comprehensive repertoire enables her not only to represent clients in contentious matters in the pharmaceutical industry, but also to advise on protection and prosecution across a number of business sectors, including bioinformatics, pharmaceuticals, biotechnology and chemicals, not only in India but also in the United States, Europe, Japan and other key jurisdictions.

Her unique and innovative approach has led to her clients winning important claims of significant commercial value in the areas of software, mechanics and electronics. She is leading the firm’s efforts in nascent legislation of geographical indications and plant variety. Archana handles complex patent litigation issues before various judicial and quasi-judicial forums in India, such as the High Court and IPAB, and has been involved in advising her clients on patent strategies and regulatory affairs. Client mandates repeatedly favour her as a counsel of choice. Her practice blends the legal acumen with the business know-how required in this complex area of practice.

She is a regular speaker and panellist at various national and international forums; author of articles in various publications such as Managing Intellectual Property, Asia IP, IAM Magazine and Getting the Deal Through: Patents. She also features on the editorial panel of Life Sciences Intellectual Property Law Review and she regularly has articles published in various leading industry-focused specialised journals.

She is ranked as a Leading Lawyer in AsiaLaw Leading Lawyers (2014–2016); acknowledged as a recommended leading lawyer in intellectual property for 2014 in Chambers Asia-Pacific; nominated in the 2015 Expert Guides’ Women in Business Law for intellectual property law; ranked in the IAM Patent 1000  (2014–2016); nominated as the Managing Intellectual Property IP Star (2014 and 2016) India for patents; and features as a leading lawyer in Asia IP Experts 2016