Majid Bashir

Partner | Islamabad

  • majid.bashir@absco.pk
  • +92 300 5395152

Majid Bashir heads the firm’s intellectual property practice. As the national consultant for WIPO in Pakistan, he is one of the most widely recognised IP attorneys in the country whose portfolio of clients includes Microsoft, Luxottica, EMI Pakistan, Lafarge Pakistan Cement, Faiz Foundation and Pakistan Ordnance Factory. He is recognised by Legal 500 (2019) for his “vast experience in this field” and his “good knowledge of foreign IP laws” that allows him to provide clients with “effective and practical solutions”.

Majid’s IP practice spans four key areas: (1) patent, copyright, trademark registration and advice; (2) IP litigation; (3) strategic guidance, coordination and execution of IP enforcement/defence cases; (4) royalty collection. He has more than 28 years of experience in advising multinationals, music houses, producers and innovators on issues related to intellectual property and has represented them in PRS tribunals and foreign courts.

He has written extensively on the subject and is invited frequently to deliver lectures on intellectual property law. He has also advised the Government of Pakistan, the US Mission in Pakistan, and the Intellectual Property Organization (Pakistan) on bringing legislative reform for strengthening the protection of IP in Pakistan and is frequently consulted on this matter. Apart from his focus on intellectual property, he also advises the Pakistan Hockey Federation, the Pakistan Tennis Federation, the Pakistan Squash Federation on sports law and has represented them before int’l sports tribunals and commissions.

Prior to joining ABS & Co., Majid worked as a civil judge/judicial magistrate with the Lahore High Court, Lahore from where his other interest in child abduction and family disputes developed. He holds a bachelor’s degree in law and postgraduate diplomas in intellectual property laws with distinction, industrial relations laws and taxation laws from Punjab University, Lahore. He holds a masters degree in IP laws from WIPO, University of Turin. He is also a fellow of the World Intellectual Property Organization, the International Labor Organization, Global Intellectual Property Academy (USA) and similar bodies and international associations.

  • Microsoft in relation to the development of an IP enforcement strategy in Pakistan to stop the piracy of its software
  • A leading arms-developer in the registration of patent(s) and drafting patent and other technology licensing agreements
  • EMI Pakistan against Telenor Pakistan Private Limited for multiple infringements of intellectual property rights in songs, audio, video and other music items
  • Pakistan Ordnance Factory in relation to the international and national protection of patents in various arms and ammunitions
  • A major collective-management organization against the producers of the Bollywood film Bajrangi Bhaijan for an estimated value of PKR 3 billion
  • The government for the registration of geographical indicators including the Sindhi Ajrak and Khaddi
  • Paramount Books in IP infringement proceedings in alleged violations of copyright law
  • Pakistan Squash Federation before the Appellate Tribunal against the World Squash Federation's in London
  • Pakistan Tennis Federation in appeal before the Board of Directors of the Int'l Tennis Federation against the decision of the Davis Cup Committee in Paris
  • Pakistan Hockey Federation in arbitration proceedings before the FIH Judicial Commission against the Indian Hockey Federation in Dubai 
  • EMI Pakistan in case titled EMI Pakistan vs. Saregama PLC, Oriental Star Agencies, Movie Box, Hi Tech, Silver Stream before PRS in London

    Areas of FOCUS

    • Intellectual Property
    • IP Enforcement
    • IP Acquisition
    • IP Registration
    • Royalty Collection (CMOs)
    • Asset Management
    • Sports & Entertainment
    • Immigration
    • Family Disputes & Child Custody
    • Public Policy & IP Law

    EDUCATION

    • LL.M., University of Turin
    • LL.M., Int'l Islamic University
    • M.A., University of Punjab
    • D.I.P.L., University of Punjab
    • LL.B., University of Punjab

    ADMISSIONS

    • High Courts of Pakistan
    • Federal Shariat Court