International Association of Entertainment Lawyers (IAEL)
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 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 an outstanding IP practitioner in the World Intellectual Property Review Leaders 2022 Directory
Recognised as one of the Top 50 TMT Lawyers in Asia by Asian Legal Business (Thomson Reuters), 2022
Recognised as one of the Top TMT / Fintech Lawyers in India by Asian Legal Business (Thomson Reuters), 2021 & 2022
Recognized in the Forbes India Legal Powerlist 2021 in the Top 100 Individual Lawyers in the “Above 10 Years’ experience” category
Recognised as one of the Super 50 Lawyers in India by Asian Legal Business (Thomson Reuters), 2021
Featured in the Asialaw Profiles 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
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.