Current position: Senior Partner & Head of Department - Patents and Designs
Practice area/industry focus: Intellectual Property, Patents and Designs
Career highlights: Archana Shanker, Senior Partner at Anand and Anand, heads the firm's Patents and Design practice. She has over 28 years of experience in Patents Prosecution and Litigation, strategy and designs across all technical domains. She has been ranked as one of the Most Powerful Woman in Law by World IP Forum, one of the Top Woman IP Practitioners by Managing Intellectual Property, Experts Guide-Woman in Business Law; and has several commendations to her name and her expertise. Her core domain is strategizing patentrelated matters. She has been a lead counsel in noteworthy judgements involving Monsanto's Supreme Court judgement, matters involving PREVNAR, Pioneer overseas, Novo Nordisk, Roche, Merck, Sterlite and many more.
Archana Shanker is an active member of various international bodies, such as the Asian Patent Attorneys Association (APAA), Association Internationale pour la Protection de la Propriété Intellectuelle (AIPPI), the Federation Internationale des Conseils en Propriete Industrielle (FICPI). She has been elected as President of FICPI, India, (the first Woman President of FICPI) and Vice President North India - LES. Archana regularly advises the government in Intellectual Property matters.
Archana is a regular speaker/panelist at national and international forums including LES, GIPC and many other prestigious forums; and is a contributor to India chapter of leading publications such as Halsbury's Laws of India, Getting the Deal Through; Patents and Lifesciences, Law Business Research-Life sciences Law Review, BNA'S- Finnegan- Global Patent Litigation Guide and more.
She also features on the editorial panel of LSIPR and her articles are regularly published in various leading journals such as Managing Intellectual Property, World Intellectual Property Review, Asia IP Magazine, IAM Magazine and others. She is also the editor in chief for our in-house compilation 'Patents Rewind'.
Her recent awards and recognitions include being named as the Managing Intellectual Property IP Stars Top 250 Women IP professional for 2019, 2018 and 2017 and she is also recognised by the World Intellectual Property Forum, Expert Guides and Legal Era, amongst others.
Obviousness is one of the most important tests a patent applicant has to satisfy in order to be entitled to the grant of a patent. While in a large number of countries the test of obviousness has been crystallized, India is on its way to formalizing such a test.
A patent is granted for an invention...