Lakshmikumaran & Sridharan is a full-service law firm based in India. The firm has offices in 14 cities and has over 400 professionals specializing in areas such as corporate & commercial laws, dispute resolution, taxation and intellectual property.

Over the last three decades, we have worked with a variety of clients – start-ups, small & medium enterprises, large Indian corporates and multinational companies.

Our professionals have experience of working in both traditional sectors such as commodities, automobile, pharmaceuticals, petrochemicals and modern sectors such as e-commerce, big data, renewables.



02 December 2020

Patents – Admissibility of amendments to claims

The Intellectual Property Appellate Board (‘IPAB’) recently discussed the admissibility of amendments to claims in a patent application as per the provisions of the Patents Act, 1970 (‘Act’), and the need to conduct tests of novelty and inventive step on claims in patent applications. Another important aspect dealt with was the applicability of Section 3(i) of the Act.


09 November 2020

Integrated tax and compensation cess leviable on imports/re-imports not covered under phrase ‘duty of customs’

Customs, Excise and Service Tax Appellate Tribunal (CESTAT) has held that the phrase ‘duty of customs’ in Sl. No. 2 of Notification No. 45/2017-Cus. effective from 1 July 2017 and dealing with exemption to certain goods re-imported after repairs abroad, does not cover integrated goods and services tax (‘IGST’ or ‘integrated tax’) and compensation cess.


05 November 2020

Stay of arbitral awards and accreditation of arbitrators – Ordinance promulgated to amend Arbitration and Conciliation Act

The President of India has on 4 November 2020 promulgated Arbitration and Conciliation (Amendment) Ordinance, 2020 to amend the Arbitration and Conciliation Act, 1996 (‘Act’). The Ordinance while amends Sections 36 (Enforcement) and 43J (Norms for accreditation) of the 1996 Act, it also omits the Eighth Schedule to the said Act. The amendments are discussed below.

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