Senior Partner

Practice Areas

Intellectual Property

Media & Entertainment

Information Technology

Litigation


Education

National Law School of India University (1997)


Memberships

Asian Patent Attorneys Association (APAA)

International Association of Entertainment Lawyers (IAEL)

Nikhil Krishnamurthy

Senior Partner

Nikhil Krishnamurthy heads the Intellectual Property and Media & Entertainment divisions at K Law.

With over two decades of specialized practice, Nikhil has considerable experience in IP litigation, prosecution, licensing and enforcement matters. He has managed the IP enforcement campaigns of various luxury and pharmaceutical brands and software companies.

Nikhil has represented a wide array of clients in the Media & Entertainment and Information Technology industry, including music publishers, collecting societies, authors and composers, radio stations, film production houses, record labels, actors, performing artists, fashion designers, models, intermediaries, and internet market platforms.

He has been involved in several path-breaking litigation matters. These include the first compulsory license for music broadcast, cross-border satellite broadcast of music, infringement of a foreign composer’s copyrights, celebrity rights of publicity, defamation, John Doe enforcement and software end-user infringement.

Nikhil also has wide experience in complex Information Technology matters, including matters involving theft of trade secrets and confidential information, intermediary liability, take-down notices, domain names disputes, phishing, framing, linking and deployment of web-crawlers in breach of terms of use. He has negotiated several successful settlements in complex IP litigations in the course of several years of managing IP litigation matters.

Nikhil has been invited to speak at various Indian and international conferences, training seminars and workshops, including the MIDEM conference at Cannes, training programs for publishers at the prestigious Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad (IIM-A) and IP training programs for Judges and on copyright issues organized by the Ministry of Human Resources Development (MHRD).

He has authored several articles on niche IP issues, including an India Chapter on Intellectual Property Licensing in India, Indian Copyright Amendments, Collective Licensing at the ISP level, mechanical reproduction rights, performing rights and artists’ resale share rights.

Awards and Recognition

  • Recognised as one of the Super 50 Lawyers in India by Asian Legal Business (Thomson Reuters), 2021

  • Recognised as one of the Top TMT / Fintech Lawyers in India by Asian Legal Business (Thomson Reuters), 2021

  • Recognised as one of the Top 15 IP Lawyers for India by Asian Legal Business (Thomson Reuters), 2020

  • Recognised by AsiaIP as one of the coveted IP Experts for India this year

  • ‘Band 4’ for Intellectual Property by Chambers and Partners Asia-Pacific, 2020

  • Regarded as one of the “top guys in the Bangalore market” for IP advice by Chambers and Partners Asia-Pacific, 2019

  • ‘Market – Leading Lawyer’ for Intellectual Property, IT, Telco & Media by Asia law Leading Lawyers, 2016

  • ‘Leading IP Lawyer’ by Chambers and Partners Asia-Pacific, 2016

  • Included in the ‘40 Under 45 Leading Lawyers in India’ by Indian Lawyer 250, 2016

Testimonials

Anonymous (Chambers and Partners APAC 2017)
Nikhil Krishnamurthy of K Law is really good for trade mark and domain name matters, including litigation. He is very prompt in his responses, thorough and very particular about consistent quality.

Anonymous (Chambers and Partners APAC 2016)
Nikhil Krishnamurthy of K Law is highly regarded by sources and noted for his skill in copyright matters…we respect him a lot. His forte has always been copyright law, and he is also very good on the media and technology side of things.