Late Mr. G. S. Davar was the son of our founder Late Mr. L.S. Davar. He lived a complete, successful life as the Chairman of the group and a Patent Lawyer. He was recognized as an IP Living Legend by Assocham and carried forward the rich legacy of the firm for over 6 decades.
He completed his higher studies and specialized in Electrical Engineering in Germany and worked there for five long years and was well versed in the German language apart from English and his native language Hindi.
He was among the great visionaries in the field of IP and used to advise on unfair competition. He used to handle national and cross-border disputes in all types of IP cases, including infringement, invalidity, and preliminary injunction actions. He was known for his great procedural skills and was a talented Patent Attorney.
He was a firm believer that "hard work delivers extraordinary services to his clientele and associates", which used to add to his professional affiliations. His deep understanding of the IP law and a strong value system were the core of setting up the foundation of the firm.
At the age of 85, he left us for his heavenly abode in October 2022. He was a simple, down-to-earth personality and was the former President of Bustee Welfare Centre (BWC). “Imparting free education to the underprivileged children and to make them self-supporting was one of his primary goals". As a CSR activity, it was his visionary thinking to make a difference in the lives of less fortunate people by creating sustainable opportunities.
Dr. Joshita Davar Khemani leads one of India’s oldest and largest IP law firms established in 1932. She is a celebrated thought leader in IP for more than 20 years. She has the distinction of advising clients on complex IP issues, particularly trademark laws. She also advises concerned government departments on patent, trademark and copyright policies. She is also known for her advocacy work through courts to assist in the evolvement of IP jurisprudence in India.
She regularly participates in top IP conferences and workshops around the world. She also writes regularly on a myriad of topics related to IP laws in India with a special focus on aligning the Indian IP practice with global standards. Given her expertise and experience, she has been regularly requested to comment and contribute to contemporary issues.
Under her leadership, L S Davar & Co. has become one of the leading IP firms in India with over 120 professionals. Lately, to meet client demands and cater to the wider needs of the clients, she has been relentlessly working towards adding new practice areas to the firm. Her vision and mission are to provide quality and affordable services across fora including but not limited to Intellectual Property, Arbitration, Data protection and privacy, Cyber laws, and corporate advisory.
Her social advocacy involves imparting free food, education, uniform, and healthcare to over 500 underprivileged children as the President of Bustee Welfare Centre (BWC) which is recognized by the government of West Bengal, India.
Awards and Recognitions:
Dr. Sourabh Khemani is the Group Director of L. S. Davar & Co. – India’s oldest (established in 1932), largest and most trusted tier 1 IP Law firm of Indian origin. He is well versed with the IPR Laws and procedures, holds two patents in his name on plastics recycling and was awarded the prestigious Bharat Gaurav Award in 2017. Under his guidance, the firm has advised 1000-plus clients including fortune 500 companies, MSMEs and tech start-ups not only in IP protection but also in IP enforcement and licensing. Apart from being a part of the top management of the most trusted IP firm in India, he has over 40 years of hands-on experience in running industries related to plastic products. He has successfully carried the legacy of the family which has the distinction of importing India's first automatic Plastics Injection Moulding Machine in 1937 and laying the foundation for mass production of high-quality plastics products in the Indian subcontinent. He is also a mentor for the centre of excellence (COE) – IOT with NASSCOM where he mentored more than 20 start-ups.
The Indian Plastics Institute conferred the highest award of 'Fellow' (FIPI) on Dr. Khemani in 2010 in recognition of the extensive work done by him for the Institute and the Plastics Industry as a whole. Additionally, he is an Advisor to the Department of MSME&T, Government of West Bengal, and a member of the Think Tank Group to the Ambassador of the Republic of Colombia.
He was conferred with a Doctorate Degree (PhD.) in Philosophy (Oriental Learning) from the Indian Institute of Oriental Heritage (Open University) by the Union Minister of Commerce & Industries, Govt. of India in 2016 at New Delhi and a Higher Doctorate (D.Litt.) in 2018.
He is an accomplished Application Polymer Engineer. He is also a highly skilled expert in the processing of polymers using various processes and is known for his execution skills, financial expertise, and people management capabilities. He has also received training from global giants like DuPont (USA), and ICI (UK). He has always demonstrated rapid learning capabilities and adoption of innovative techniques and has a deep understanding of multi-layered and cross-layered project monitoring for seamless integration of services.
He is also a philanthropist and a committed social worker. He devotes plenty of his time and effort to the upliftment of the underprivileged section of society. Additionally, he is the honorary Treasurer and Advisor in Chief of The Bustee Welfare Centre and an active member of The Rotary Community Corps Committee of Rotary International. Apart from being a Patriot and a Nationalist, he is quite popular amongst his friends for his extensive knowledge, quick wit and pleasing outgoing personality.