Community News

Volunteer Spotlight: Rachna Bakhru

Published: May 26, 2021

Susanna Heurung

Susanna Heurung Maiwald Patentanwalts- und Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH Munich, Germany INTA Bulletins—Europe Subcommittee

Rachna Bakhru

Rachna Bakhru, RNA, Technology and IP Attorneys (Gurgaon, India)

Rachna Bakhru is a partner with RNA, Technology and IP Attorneys, in Gurgaon, India, and leads the firm’s dispute resolution team, which analyzes conflicts and advises clients on intellectual property (IP) strategy and enforcement.

An active INTA volunteer since 2010, Ms. Bakhru is currently chair of the Unreal Campaign Committee’s Middle East, Africa and South Asia Subcommittee and also served on the 2021 Leadership Meeting Project Team. She enjoys participating in the Association’s worldwide work on education, communication, and research on innovative topics to help brand owners and trademark professionals convey the larger role brands play in society. As such, she has spoken on some thought-provoking topics at INTA events. For example, she spoke about fair trade in IP relations at INTA’s 2019 Annual Meeting.

On issues of concern to her, Ms. Bakhru is convinced that the rise in e-commerce has brought focus to the role of platforms in controlling the availability of counterfeit goods. In that context, intermediary liability is an important issue to consider.

“While technology has made our lives more comfortable, it has thrown in new challenges for IP professionals. The law is always playing catch up with the technological changes,” she said. “Every jurisdiction has specific safe harbor provisions to provide immunity to the ISPs [Internet service providers]. However, it remains a developing area to understand the ISPs’ roles and liabilities given the growth in e-commerce. The law needs harmonization to balance the competing interests.”

INTA’s objectives to foster consumer trust, economic growth, and innovation through trademarks resonate with Ms. Bakhru. In her view, the Association gives a platform to those who want to work in these areas, addressing the need for social interaction among the trademark community.

Aside from her work, Ms. Bakhru is passionate about traveling and exploring new places, learning about cultures, and enjoying food with family and friends. She is also a fitness enthusiast and enjoys running, hiking, and cycling. She has participated in several marathons and cycling events and has fond memories of climbing the summits of some Himalayan peaks. She is also profoundly into yoga and Ayurveda (ancient science of alternative medicine) and devotes her free time to teaching and learning the practice.

Her favorite brands are those that follow ethical business practices and care about the environment. Ms. Bakhru believes products coming from companies that look after their employees’ well-being and the community will deliver the same passion to their customers.

Although every effort has been made to verify the accuracy of this article, readers are urged to check independently on matters of specific concern or interest.

© 2021 International Trademark Association