Partner – Patent Practice Lead
Sachin Manocha leads the Patent practice as a Partner at KRIA Law. Sachin is enriched with a diverse experience in the field of Patents whereby he routinely assists clients in building patent strategies in the entire spectrum of patent drafting, prosecution, and making appearances before the Indian Patent Office (IPO) and the European Patent Office (EPO).
He has successfully served the interest of the clients in various patent contentious matters such as (pre-grant/post-grant) oppositions, appeals, and revocations at IPO and erstwhile Intellectual Property Appellate Board (IPAB); and patent litigation matters such as injunction, and infringement matters at Court of Law. His expertise especially extends to the domains of mechanics, electronics, information and communication technological, telecommunication, bio-medical devices, and material sciences.
Sachin started his professional career by attaining expertise in patent drafting and prosecution in a large IP firm based in Delhi. Thereafter, he moved to one of the leading IP firms of India where he garnered rich experience, inter alia, in Indian prosecution including, pre-grant & post-grant oppositions, reply-statements, stress test analysis, technical know-how, infringement analysis, nullity, invalidity, and Freedom-to-operate (FTOs). In addition, he was directly involved with the local counsels for providing his technical expertise on foreign office such as especially EPO, USPTO, JPO, SIPO, and KPO.
Due to his ability to provide noteworthy technical analysis on foreign office actions, Sachin later joined a German patent law operating from Berlin Office. Apart from his extensive experience in India, Sachin actively prosecutes European patent applications at European Patent Office (EPO) and formulates patent strategies in infringement, oppositions, and nullity proceedings. He is directly involved in prosecution of standard essential patents (SEPs) in European jurisdiction. He strategies and advises clients on FRAND and essentiality of SEP for both innovators and implementors. While SEP litigation is a common place in both India, Europe, and the US, Sachin is one of extremely few people in India who deftly handles prosecution of SEPs while upholding the integrity of the scope intended by the standard.
Sachin holds an Honours degree in Physics from the University of Delhi, and an LL.B. from the Faculty of Law, University of Delhi. He is also a recipient NPTEL programs in Patent Law from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, India. He is a registered Indian Patent agent and an Advocate. Above all, he currently serves as a member of Asian Patent Attorneys Association (APAA).