Rouse & Co, the intellectual property (IP) consultancy which has Willoughby & Partners as its legal arm, has opened an office in New Delhi
Seven Indian national investigators have been hired for the new office. They will concentrate on anti-counterfeiting on behalf of individual copyright owners. There is no shortage of such work, as the vast majority of cassettes and compact discs exported from India are fakes. The firm set up a Dubai office in 1997 in order to localise the handling of Indian anti-piracy work rather than deal with it out of its UK offices. The Dubai office, which handles commercial-related IP and trademark work, has 18 fee-earners of whom three are partners. Dubai was chosen because it is a free port, so a large volume of fake music travels through it from India. Rouse received its first Indian copyright enforcement work in 1993. The investigators and lawyers in the New Delhi office will report to the Dubai-based partner Ranjan Narula and Stuart Adams, the London-based deputy managing director and representative for overseas offices. Rouse has no formal ties with Indian law firms but it has strong relationships with three firms to which it will refer legal work while Rouse's team concentrates on investigations. Adams said that Rouse has handled some 500 Indian High Court actions for a range of clients, including GlaxoSmithKline and Celador, the makers of Who Wants to be a Millionaire. "Good investigations are a crucial part of all this activity and having our own highly professional team on the ground in India will help us enormously," he said. "Our nine offices in Asia and the Middle East now employ more than 200 staff, with a further 90 based in London and Oxford," he added.