Associate Partners / Directors


Tapan Shah

(Associate Partner – Pharmaceutical-Life Sciences Practice Group)

With 8 years of experience in providing specialized services in Patents and related Intellectual Property Rights, Tapan holds expertise in the technical domains of Organic Chemistry, Medicinal Chemistry, Pharmaceuticals, Biotechnological products and Medical Devices. He holds Master’s Degree with specialization in Medicinal Chemistry from National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research (NIPER, Mohali). Prior to joining the team of Khurana & Khurana and IIPRD, Tapan has worked as Assistant Manager (Operations) at Effectual Services Pvt. Ltd. and has diverse experience of providing patent related search services to Fortune 500 Pharmaceutical and Chemical companies, US and European Law firms, independent patent attorneys and In-house patent counsels. Tapan has conducted more than 150 structure and sequence searches on STN databases and is well versed with Patentability/Novelty/Knock-out searches, FTO analysis/Clearance searches, Technology/Patent Landscape analysis, Invalidation studies, Infringement analysis, Claim chart/EOU preparation and Patent Portfolio Management.

Mita Sheikh

(Associate Director – Pharmaceutical – Life Sciences Practice Group)

Mita is an Associate Director at Khurana & Khurana. She has over 26 years of experience in patent matters relating to technologies in the field of Chemistry and Pharmaceuticals. She has expertise in all kind of Patent Searches, Patent Drafting and Patent Portfolio Management. She has worked at In-house Patent Cells of pharmaceutical companies including Reliance Life Sciences, Dr. Reddys, Ajanta Pharma, Themis, and Excel Industries. Mita also worked as a Senior Patent Associate with Krishna and Saurastri and has been actively involved in Client Counselling, preparing Patent Specification, undertaking Hearing and Prosecution mandates, and rendering various Patent Infringement and other Opinions in the field of Organic Chemistry, API Molecules, Drug Formulations and Finished Dosage forms. Prior to entering the Patent field, Mita gained hands-on technical experience in synthesizing and developing various Organic Chemicals and Pharmaceutical Ingredients in the laboratory of above-mentioned companies. Mita did her B.Sc. in Chemistry from Mumbai University, B.Sc. in Botany from Mumbai University, and Masters in Plant Physiology from Mumbai University. She is a certified patent agent with Indian Patent Office and also holds PG diploma in patents law from NALSAR University of Law, Hyderabad.

Antony David

(Associate Director – Pharmaceutical – Life Sciences Practice Group)

Antony is an Associate Director at Khurana & Khurana. He has over 14 years of experience in patent matters relating to technologies in the field of Chemistry and Pharmaceuticals. He has expertise in all kind of Patent Searches, Patent Drafting, Prosecution, Opposition and Patent Portfolio Management. He has worked at In-house Patent cells of pharmaceutical companies including Neuland Laboratories and Shasun Pharmaceuticals. Antony also worked as a Senior patent analyst with Quatrro Legal Solutions Ltd. preparing comprehensive patent Landscape Reports and Patent Analyses in the field of Organic Chemistry, API Molecules, Drug Formulations and Finished Dosage Forms. Prior to entering the patent field, Antony gained hands-on technical experience in synthesizing and developing various Organic Chemicals and Pharmaceutical Ingredients in the laboratory at Orchid Chemicals. Antony post-graduated from Bharathidasan University, Tamil Nadu specializing in Chemistry. He is a certified Patent Agent with Indian Patent Office and also holds PG diploma in patents law from NALSAR University of Law, Hyderabad.

Dhakshina Moorthy C

(Associate Director – Pharmaceutical – Life Sciences Practice Group)

Dhakshina is an Associate Director at Khurana & Khurana and IIPRD. He has over 12 years of experience in patent matters relating to technologies in the field of Chemistry and Pharmaceuticals. He has expertise in all kind of Patent Searches, Patent Drafting, Prosecution of Patent Applications Worldwide, Patentability and FTO Opinions, Patent Due Diligence and Patent Portfolio Management. He has worked at In-house Patent Cells of pharmaceutical companies including Orchid Pharma, Piramal and Suven Life Sciences Ltd. Prior to entering the patent field, Dhakshina gained hands-on technical experience in Process Research and Development for active pharmaceutical ingredients and intermediates in the laboratory of Orchid Pharma. He has patent publications as an inventor and also presented poster to his credit at ACS conferences. Dhakshina did his Masters in chemistry from University of Madras. He is a certified patent agent with Indian Patent Office and also holds PG diploma in patents law from NALSAR University of Law, Hyderabad.

Hardeep Sodhi

(Associate Director – Patents)

Hardeep is a graduate in Electrical Engineering from Delhi College of Engineering followed by an MBA from Faculty of Management Studies, Delhi University, Diploma in International Business from AIMA and an LLB from the Law Faculty, Delhi University. He is also a registered Patent Agent. He has about thirty years of experience in domains of Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution, Clean and Renewable Energy technologies, Heating, Ventilation and Air-conditioning, Pumping systems, Automotive technologies, Building Automation Systems, Office Automation and Information Technology.His current focus is on intellectual property matters pertaining to patents such as legal opinions on patent infringement and invalidation, drafting, licensing and patent commercialization, besides various litigation matters pertaining to Consumer Act and Commercial/ Corporate Law.

Swapnil Sanap

(Associate Partner – Software/Electronics/Mechanical Group)

Swapnil is an Associate Partner at Khurana & Khurana, Advocates and IP Attorneys and IIPRD. Swapnil is a software engineer with Bachelor of Engineering (B.E.) degree & Master of Engineering (M.E.) degree in Information Technology from Savitribai Phule Pune University (SPPU), formerly the University of Pune, and has over 8+ years of experience in IPR domain. Swapnil has worked for Indian, US, Chinese, Australian, German & Canadian clients for projects such as but not limited to patent research, patent drafting, preparing response to office actions etc. He has worked in domains like Electronics, Telecommunication, Software, Mechanical, Instrumentation, Automobile, Semiconductor, and Electrical for patent research, drafting of patent applications and office action projects. His primary responsibilities in the firm includes patent drafting, office action response drafting, prior art searches, Infringement Analysis, clearance searches, and on projects relating to sophisticated technologies ranging from electronics, computer sciences, IT, electronics and telecommunication, mechanical, biomedical devices, and business method domain. Swapnil is currently focused on product conceptualization, getting early adopters in firm, client acquisition, Business development, building team, creating business systems / business processes and facilitating start-up in Maharashtra, Gujarat & Goa Jurisdictions for motivating and assisting them in filing of various IPR’s in best of their interest.

Abhijeet Deshmukh

(Associate Partner And Advocate – Litigation)

Abhijeet Deshmukh is an Associate Partner with Khurana & Khurana, Advocates and IP Attorneys. He heads Commercial and Corporate law practice at the firm. He specializes in all aspects of Intellectual Property, Contractual laws, Corporate Advisory and Litigation with focus on IP and Commercial disputes; UDRP disputes; Prosecution of Trade Mark and Copyright Applications. He has worked with more than 3000 Corporates in India and represented them in Litigation and Opposition cases across TM Offices. He represented clients in disputes pertaining to IP and Commercial Law at Various Judicial and quasi-judicial Authorities across India. He has also worked extensively on advising, negotiating, drafting, vetting and structuring various Agreements related to Intellectual Property laws such as Technology Transfer Agreements, IP Assignment Agreements, Strategic Alliance Agreements, Collaborative Research Agreements, Non-Disclosure Agreements, Agreements related to Media and Entertainment Law, Commercial agreement such as Joint Venture Agreements, Franchise Agreements, Share Purchase Agreements, Contract Manufacturing agreements inter alia. Abhijeet has an LLM from Symbiosis International (Deemed University).