Pavit Singh Katoch is a Partner with the Firm’s Dispute Resolution practice.
Pavit has over ten years’ experience representing a range of clients before various judicial fora, including High Courts across India and the Supreme Court of India, particularly in relation to cutting-edge matters concerning data privacy, data protection, cybersecurity and the scope of liability of intermediaries under Indian law.
Pavit routinely represents social media companies like Facebook, WhatsApp and Instagram in matters concerning the scope of intermediary liability, typically in the context of public interest litigations, defamation and copyright infringement cases. Recently, Pavit has represented (and continues to represent) WhatsApp, in a high-profile contentious matter concerning originator information before the High Court of Madras, which is now being heard by a bench of the Supreme Court of India. While the matter is ongoing, the question at its core – the scope of an intermediary’s obligations under the law to store and produce originator information to aid law enforcement investigations – is a germane one, raising crucial constitutional questions regarding data privacy and freedom of speech and expression, as well as pivotal commercial and operational concerns for intermediaries operating in India.
In addition to the above, Pavit frequently advises various information technology and information technology-enabled services companies on laws and compliances applicable to their products and services, including regulatory and public policy advisory. In doing so, he routinely advises on intermediaries’ obligations and liability, content regulation laws, e-commerce regulations, laws applicable to fintech service providers, data privacy, data protection and cybersecurity.
Pavit has also, similarly, advised clients outside the tech space, such as the Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM; and its members) on their specific data protection and data privacy concerns, while also extending general corporate advice and support, as in the case of SIAM through extensive contractual review and advice in relation to the Auto Expo.
In the past, Pavit has also advised clients on allied intellectual property law queries, including in relation to media laws, gaming technology and user-generated content. In this regard, Pavit has also contributed routinely to shaping the regulatory framework in this related sphere, having served on a number of committees and sub-committees, including the INTA’s Enforcement Committee, Opposition and Cancellation Standards and Procedures Subcommittee, and more recently, the Legislation and Regulation Committee for Middle East-Africa-South Asia.
Aside from the above, and in addition to playing a pivotal role in shaping dispute resolution strategies in high profile technology law matters, Pavit has also made significant contributions to thought leadership in this sphere. He has authored (and co-authored) various articles on germane technology law concerns for commercial enterprises (e.g. on email security and internet usage policies), as well as a chapter focused on Indian data protection and privacy laws for the Thomson Reuters publication, The European Lawyer Data Protection and Privacy – Jurisdictional Comparisons.
Pavit is a certified Data Protection Officer with regard to the European Union General Data Protection Regulation, as well as Black Duck-certified legal specialist with regard to open source software.
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Bar Council of Delhi
LL.M, Intellectual Property and Information Technology Laws, Queen Mary University of London
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