Mr. Vishal Katariya, LLB, LL.M (UK), LL.M (US), established this law firm with a vision of providing international standard of legal service in Pune. He is the Chair professor for Intellectual Property Rights at the prestigious University of Pune. He is the first appointee to the IPR-Chair and one of the youngest for any chair in this country.

Vishal received his law degree at ILS Law College, Pune. He stood 2nd in the merit ranking in University of Pune and was awarded the coveted DFID scholarship by the British Government, in recognition for his outstanding academic achievements and to study law in the University of Bristol, England. The University of Bristol is one of the most reputed universities of England with excellence to match the fame of Oxford and Cambridge. His master’s course in law enabled him to deepen his knowledge in company law and intellectual property law along with international contracts and European law.

He returned to India to work with a corporate law firm for almost a year only to return to the United States. Mr. Katariya was awarded another scholarship to study masters of law. His focus of study was on Intellectual property (IP). He studied at Franklin Pierce to sharpen his Intellectual Property skills and study finer details of patent, trademark and copyright law. Franklin pierce law school is one of the premier institutes in the US which imparts Intellectual Property education. World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) officials and nominees from various countries study IP law at this premire institute.

Members of our law firm:

Dr. Vanita Atre- Associate
Education: B.Sc. (Botany), M.Sc. (Botany), Ph.d (Botany).
Area of Practice: She has an extensive working expierence in the area of Biotechnology, pharma and bioinformatics.

Dr. Supriya. Patil - Associate
B.Sc. (Microbiology), M.Sc. (Microbiology), Ph.D., Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, Postdoctoral Research at the Lerner Research Institute, Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Cleveland Ohio, USA.
Area of Practice:
She has several publications on her name and has drafted numerous patents in the area of Biotechnology, pharmacology, Cellular science. Her interest is pharmacology.

Dr. Renuka Diwan - Associate
Education: BSc, MSc, Phd (Botany).
Area of Practice: She is expert in the area of tissue culture, initiation of organized and unorganized cultures & genetic transformation and has experience of over 5 years in the related field.

Mr. Hemant Chaskar- Senior Consultant
Education: PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering (University of Illinois) at Urbana Champaign, USA in 1999 and ME in ECE from IISc, Bangalore in 1995.
Area of Practice: He is expert in IP based mobile networking, 3G wireless networks, and mobile application and services. He also takes keen interest in software patents and general electrical patents.

Ms. Mrinmayee Bhushan- Associate
Education: M. Sc. (Microbiology), B.Sc. (Microbiology), University of Bombay.
Area of Practice: She has been working in the area of Biotech, pharma and related patents for last 5 years. Her forte is Biotechnology, pharmacology, Cellular science.

Mr. Kedar Satheye- Associate
Education: B.Sc. (Physics), M.Sc. (Physics).
Area of Practice: He has experience of about 3 years in patents and has been interested in integrated devices, software, lasers and electrical devices.

Ms. Allison Katariya- HEAD- Patent Division
Education: BSc (Chem), C-DAC. Registered Patent Agent
Area of Practice: she sepcialises in drafting Chemistry and Software patents.

Mrs. Priya Somaiya- Associate
Education: BSc (Chem), LL.B, LL.M (IPR).
Area of Practice: She is proficient in drafting chemistry patents and also heads the Kolhapur office of Katariya & Associates.