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Datta: Great timesDatta: Great times Exclusive: Luthra & Luthra intellectual property (IP) and media partner Ameet Datta has left the firm for entrepreneurial opportunities, including the option of joining boutique IP firm Saikrishna & Associates.

Datta resigned from Luthra with effect from late May and has taken time off for the last month. According to a source, he is considering an offer to join Saikrishna.

Datta declined to comment on his immediate plans but confirmed his departure and said: “I’ve genuinely had a great time [at Luthra] and the only reason leaving is to do something more entrepreneurial. It’s been a lot of fun, great work – look at the copyright amendment bill – and people. I left on a very good note I’m happy to say.”

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Luthra’s IP team will continue to be headed by partner Gayatri Roy. Datta’s team, which had joined the firm with him from Anand & Anand in 2008, will continue with the firm.

Managing associate Mohit Lahoty will handle Datta’s transactional matters, and Himanshu Bagai will work on copyright and anti-piracy work with Luthra senior partner Vijay Sondhi, who heads up the litigation practice.

Luthra managing partner Rajiv Luthra said: “He was a good asset to the firm and it is a sad loss, but as firms grow bigger, some of these losses are inevitable.”

“We have to take it in our stride,” he added. “We remain good friends and I wish him all the best.”

Datta was recently congratulated for representing music composers pro bono on their copyright law lobbying efforts, reported Spicy IP yesterday.

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Recommend! +0 Objection! -0 shs 2012-06-19 13:19
Great lawyer, jovial person. I wish him all the very best
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Recommend! +0 Objection! -0 Legal-eagle 2012-06-19 16:23
Ameet is one of the best in the field. He is articulate and has in complete knowledge of the ip laws. If my firm would have been big enough, I would have hired him, on his terms. Wishing him the very best, always.
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Recommend! +0 Objection! -0 Just one thing! 2012-06-19 18:48
Quoting Legal-eagle:
Ameet is one of the best in the field. He is articulate and has in complete knowledge of the ip laws. If my firm would have been big enough, I would have hired him, on his terms. Wishing him the very best, always.


In complete as in 'incomplete'? Lol- read what you type!
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Recommend! +0 Objection! -0 ANON 2012-06-19 20:59
The news was known for sometime and it is a bit queer that KIAN picks it up only after there are comments in Spicy IP. grow up Kian and display you have some spine.
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Recommend! +3 Objection! -0 kianganz 2012-06-19 21:10
Slightly rude troll perhaps? But thanks for your comment and I'll take the bait anyway.

1. I first talked to Datta about about his planned departure what must have been more than a month ago. Things were still in flux then so we did not publish anything.

2. I was swamped in other work and forgot to follow up.

3. I was reminded by the Spicy IP article to ask what was going on.

Most at Luthra or in the IP industry may know about this, but some comments on a blog are not quite the same as independently verifying the news and publishing it, surely?

Best wishes
Kian
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Recommend! +1 Objection! -0 Further ... 2012-06-20 10:36
Not everyone follow Spicy IP and blogs, or other news sources for that matter. But most lawyers and law students follow LI. So its great even if Kian & Co. publishes something that is already reported. Not every story can be a scoop.
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Recommend! +0 Objection! -0 Harish Chandra 2012-06-20 22:52
chill Kian, u r doing a good job, dont bother with such tripe.
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Recommend! +2 Objection! -0 Moral Police 2012-06-20 10:36
Quoting ANON:
The news was known for sometime and it is a bit queer that KIAN picks it up only after there are comments in Spicy IP. grow up Kian and display you have some spine.


Be nice to other readers and live people who likely have feelings too.
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Recommend! +0 Objection! -0 Real Lit Lawyer 2012-07-04 01:08
Ameet is over-rated just like other 'IPR' lawyers!!
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