Krishna Grandhi is the founder of Grandhi Law Chambers (GLC), a multi-disciplinary law firm in Hyderabad, India. He is an Attorney-at-Law registered to practice before the Supreme Court of Ohio, and a Patent and Trademark Attorney registered to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office. He is also dual qualified to practice as an Advocate before the High Court of Judicature at Hyderabad, and as a Trademark Attorney before the Indian Trademark Office. Krishna is uniquely positioned in the Indian legal market, as one of the select few U.S. Patent Attorneys who live and work out of India, who are also dual-qualified as Indian lawyers.
Krishna received his B.S. and M.S. in Computer Science from Cleveland State University, J.D. from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law at Cleveland State University, and an M.B.A. from Cornell University.
In his practice at GLC, Krishna is probably best known as an outside general counsel to startups in the computer software and hardware technology space, as well as a litigator specializing in the corporate, white-collar and IP space. As part of his technology and IP practice, Krishna has drafted a wide-variety of patent applications in cutting-edge technologies such as web 2.0, IoTs, social networks, mobile apps, GUIs, and networked databases. In addition, he has drafted a broad range of complex technology agreements, helped with IP commercialization activities, undertook IP due diligence in M&A deals, provided IP opinions, and helped companies generate and sustain worldwide IP strategy. As part of his litigation practice, Krishna worked on contentious IP issues that involved cross-border IP litigation between India and U.S.
In addition to his legal practice, Krishna serves as a Mentor in Virtual Residence at the Johnson School of Business at Cornell University. The role of the Mentor in Virtual Residence is designed to work with the students and faculty at Cornell and to offer mentoring support and business advice for the benefit of various startups and companies that focus on the technology space.
Since establishing GLC, Krishna has been very active in the startup scene in Hyderabad, Bangalore, Mumbai and Delhi. He routinely counsels startups on a pro-bono basis to help them understand the intellectual property landscape in India and the U.S. GLC is one of the three law firm partners for Hyderabad-based T-Hub (Telangana Hub), which is India's largest incubator for startups and a unique public/private partnership between the government of Telangana, 3 of India’s premier academic institutes (IIIT-H, ISB & NALSAR) and key private sector leaders.
In 2016, Krishna has been recognized as one of “40 under 40” Law Firm Rising Stars in India, at the LegalEra Gen Next Awards in Mumbai.