Archana Shanker is a senior partner at Anand and Anand and heads the firm’s patent practice. A graduate of the faculty of law at Delhi University, North Campus, she went on to complete her postgraduate diploma in bioinformatics and pharmaceutical regulatory affairs. She is an active contributing member of various international bodies, such as the Asian Patent Attorneys Association (APAA), Association Internationale pour la Protection de la Propriété Intellectuelle (AIPPI) and the Federation Internationale des Conseils en Propriete Industrielle (FICPI). Archana's comprehensive repertoire enables her not only to represent clients in contentious matters in the pharmaceutical industry, but also to advise on protection and prosecution across a number of business sectors including bioinformatics, pharmaceuticals, biotechnology and chemicals, not only limited to India but also in USA, Europe, Japan and other key jurisdictions. Her unique and innovative approach has led to her clients winning important claims of significant commercial value in the area of software, mechanics and electronics. She is leading the firm's efforts in nascent legislation of geographical indications and plant variety. Archana handles complex patent litigation issues before various judicial and quasi-judicial forums in India, such as the High Court and IPAB, and has been involved in advising her clients on patent strategies and regulatory affairs. The client mandates has repeatedly favoured her as a counsel of choice. Her practice blends the legal acumen with the business know how of this complex area of practice. She is a regular speaker/panellist at various national and international forums; author of articles in various publications such as Managing Intellectual Property, Asia IP Magazine, IAM Magazine and Getting the Deal through - Patents, She also features on the editorial panel of LSIPR and her articles are regularly published at various leading industry focused specialised journals. Her contributions in the field of patents earned her international recognition and she was named a leading lawyer in the year 2013 by Asia Law Leading Lawyers. Recently, Ms Shanker was acknowledged as a highly recommended leading lawyer in the intellectual practice by Chambers and Partners (Asia-Pacific) 2013.