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Luthra IP tech partner Ameet Datta leaves, may join Saikrishna

Datta: Great times
Datta: 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.”

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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