Nithya Partners has been awarded the 2013 International Hedge Fund Award - Sri Lankan Law Firm of the Year - Hedge Funds by the Acquisition International Magazine
NP has added a new Director of Intellectual Property Services.
We are pleased to announce that Dr. D.M. Karunaratna (LL.B.(Hons), M.Phil, Ph.D., Attorney-at-Law) will join Nithya Partners as Director, Intellectual Property Services, with effect from September 15, 2012.
Dr. Karunaratna has extensive experience in Intellectual Property both as a lawyer andan administrator. He served as the Head of the Intellectual Property Office of Sri Lanka for more than two decades, during which he played a pioneering and leading role in introducing a modern IP legal regimeand modernizing the national IP system.
He has undergone specialized training in the Intellectual Property Law at institutions such as WIPO Academy in Geneva, Canadian Intellectual Property Office, Swedish Intellectual Property Office, Global Intellectual Property Academy of US Patents and Trademarks Office andMichigan State University.He was a Senior Fulbright Scholar at the George Washington University Law School. He has also been a lecturer in Law in several institutions including the University of Colombo, Sri Lanka Law College, Institute for Advanced Legal Studies of the Incorporated Council of Legal Education in Sri Lanka and University of Nairobi, Kenya.The publications authored by him include 'A guide to the Law of Trademark and Service Mark in Sri Lanka' , 'An Introduction to the Law of Copyright in Sri Lanka', 'Elements of the Law Relating to the Rights of Artists in Sri Lanka' and 'Elements of Intellectual Property Law in Sri Lanka'. He has also represented Sri Lanka in various international meetings on Intellectual Property including experts meetings and diplomatic conferences and served as a resource person in several international events on Intellectual Property.
His experience spreads across many other IP related areas such as IP and ICT, IP and e-commerce, Technology Management and IP Asset Management.
Before being appointed as the Head of the Intellectual Property Office of Sri Lanka, he served as a State Counsel in the Attorney General's Department handling mainly civil matters including Intellectual Property.
Dr.Karunaratna will be heading the Intellectual Property Services Division of our firm.
Nithya Partners were recently awarded the Sri Lankan Corporate Law Firm of the Year 2012 by the prestigious Acquisition International.
Nithya Partners marks its 15th year of existence on the 07th January 2012.
During the course of this period the firm has succeeded in achieving its goal of delivering an effective and full service to its clients and being acknowledged as one of the top tier law firms in the areas of Banking, Mergers & Acquisitions, Dispute Resolution and Project Finance. Recent rankings released by the Asiapacific Legal500 has ranked the firm as a Tier One firm in the areas of Banking & Finance, Corporate and M& A, Dispute Resolution, Projects & Energy and Tax and as a Tier Two firm in the area of Construction and Real Estate.
Mr. Arittha Wikramanayake (Precedent Partner) currently serves on a committee that was convened by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka, engaged in revising the existing Code of Corporate Governance.
Mr. Naomal Goonewardena (Partner) currently serves on the Taxation Committee of the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce and the Financial Systems Stability Committee established by the Central Bank of Sri Lanka. He is also a board member of the Sri Lanka Accounting and Auditing Standards Board.