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MR. KRISHNA GRANDHI Founder Of GLC

Krishna Grandhi
JD, MS, MBA

Krishna Grandhi is the founder of Grandhi Law Chambers (GLC). He is an Attorney-at- Law registered to practice before the Supreme Court of Ohio, and a Patent 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.

Krishna started his legal career in the United States at the law firm of Calfee, Halter & Griswold, a downtown Cleveland law firm with more than 150 attorneys, and with one of the largest IP practices in the mid-western United States. As an attorney at Calfee, Krishna worked on several contentious and non-contentious business matters for local and national clients, and counseled a large array of companies on Intellectual Property issues, from startups to Fortune 50 companies.

Krishna is probably best known as an outside general counsel to companies providing IP and corporate commercial advisory, as well as a litigator specializing in the white-collar defense, corporate commercial litigation, economic offences, and IP litigation.

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.

As part of his corporate advisory practice, Krishna has advised companies on formation and regulatory compliance issues, helped with IP commercialization and due diligence activities, provided IP opinions, generated worldwide IP strategy, and drafted a broad range of complex technology agreements.

As part of his litigation practice, Krishna worked on contentious IP issues that involved cross-border IP litigation between India and U.S. Additionally, Krishna has advised and represented a number of high profile clients in various judicial forums, administrative forums, and tribunals in India on matters pertaining to white collar crimes, prevention of corruption, anti-bribery, economic crimes, and complex commercial transactions involving the application and interpretation of contract law and company law.

In addition to his professional commitments, Krishna has been actively involved in the community since the beginning of his student days. As a student at Cleveland State University, Krishna served as President of the Indian Students Association at Cleveland State University, serving and helping all Indian students on campus immerse and progress in the American educational and social system. As an alumnus, he served as the founding president of the International Alumni Association at Cleveland State University, an organization serving more than 2000 International alumni of the university who graduated over the span of 50 years from Cleveland State. As an attorney, Krishna served as the founding board of director for the South Asian Bar Association of Ohio, a statewide association set up to help south Asian attorneys with their interactions and practice within the state of Ohio. Similarly, Krishna was also a board of director for the Asian American Bar Association of Ohio, a larger statewide body set up to help the causes of all Asian attorneys in Ohio, including attorneys of Chinese and Japanese origin.

In recognition of the years of community service and in recognition of the standing in the Ohio Asian community, in 2011, Krishna was appointed to the State of Ohio Governor John Kasich’s Asian American Pacific Islander Advisory Council, where he served as Chair of Technology Advisory Committee. Krishna was the only lawyer appointed to the Governor’s AAPI Advisory Council in the State of Ohio between 2011-2014.

Krishna also serves as a Mentor in Virtual Residence at the Johnson School of Business at Cornell University. In this role, Krishna works with the students and faculty at Cornell and 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 and Bangalore. He routinely counsels startups on a pro-bono basis to help them understand the intellectual property landscape in India and the U.S. He serves as a standing counsel to nationally-prominent incubators such as T-Hub and iBHubs.

As a fourth-generation attorney whose family has been in the practice of law for nearly a century, Krishna had a deep commitment to the development of quality legal services in India.

 

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