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Kochhar partner Ryder starts-up IP-tech firm Scriboard


Kochhar & Co's technology and media law partner Rodney Ryder has left the firm to start his own IP boutique practice called Scriboard in Delhi, hoping to also target Bihar and South India.

Ryder resigned from Kochhar & Co in mid-March and has started out Sriboard with five other lawyers, including two law school freshers, to focus exclusively on technology, cyber and intellectual property (IP) laws.

He said that in future he hoped to target emerging second-tier cities such as Kochi in Kerala, Patna in Bihar and Lucknow in Uttar Pradesh for IP-related assignments.

"How long it will take and the manner has to be worked out. But for now we have agreed to sort-of have a best friend alliance with several of the smaller law firms in various parts," he explained.

Ryder noted that the main reason for setting out on his own was because of the nature of the IP and technology practice areas. "It would occupy but a corner of one of the larger corporate firms and in order to focus exclusively on this area it was important to take this step."

"And IP is a particular and peculiar branch of law," he added, explaining that it usually operated under different billings and management systems. "It does make sense to have it as a separate entity."

Ryder said that by July of this year he was planning to convert Sriboard into a consultancy as a private limited company that would enable chartered accountants, patent agents and other non-lawyers to share in profits and in IP work.

The name Scriboard originated from the words 'scribble' and 'board' because he wanted to create a neutral brand name that was not tied to any single person.

He added: "The whole idea was that it was a coined word, having of course the highest degree of protection in IP law."

A Kochhar & Co spokesperson confirmed Ryder’s departure but declined to comment.
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