IIPSS
INTERNATIONAL IP SKILLS SUMMIT (IIPSS)
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STARTUP AND INVENTORS FEST (SIF)
7th-8th SEPTEMBER 2017, HOTEL SHANGRI-LA, BENGALURU

PANELISTS

Name Designation Organization
Dr. Nimisha Agarwal Senior IP Analyst Dow Chemical International
Prof. Vipin Aggarwal Principal VBA Associates
Lalit Ambastha Founder Patentwire Consultants, India
Rajan Ailavadi Partner CIP LEGIT, India
Saurabh Anand Senior Associate KNS Partners
Dr. Mahalaxmi Andheria Vice President IPR Panacea Biotec Ltd, India
Rachna Bakhru Partner RNA, India
Gautam Bakshi Head -General Manager, Corporate IP & Project Management Sentiss Pharma, India
Anjali Balagopal Head of Intellectual Property Practice Infosys, India
Kalyan Banerjee Director – US Operations iRunway
Sreeram Appaswamy Head, Semiconductor IP Consulting Practice iRunway
Uma Bhaskaran Consultant Krishna & Saurastri, India
Suvarna Pandey Senior Associate
Vidyut Bedekar Co-founder TLA
Ravi Bhola Patent Chair K&S Partners, India
Ashish Bodhankar Research Manager - IP and Technology Intelligence Dow Corning India
Namrata Chadha Senior Associate KNS Partners
Amarjit Singh Chandhiok President Delhi High Court Bar Association
Avaronnan Harish Chandran Department Manager (Patents) Novozymes South Asia Pvt. Ltd.
Akshay Kant Chaturvedi Ph.D., LL.B.,MBA – AVP- Corporate IP and Business Development Granules India Limited
Krishna Chellapilla Senior IPR Consultant Tata Consultancy Services, India
Dr. Sheetal Chopra India Lead – IPR Advocacy, IPR Policy and Communications Ericsson, India
Arvind Chopra
Philip L. Cupitt Partner Finnegan's London office
Vanessa Delnaud Principal Associate Gowling WLG Dubai
David Dickerson European & US Patent Attorney David Dickerson
Jay Erstling Of Counsel Patterson Thuente IP, US
Vanessa Ferguson Senior Director and Head KISCH IP, South Africa
Andre Frieden Chief IP Counsel / AGC Legal Department Wipro, US
Calab Gabriel Managing Partner Lex IP Care
Dr. Amit Gaikwad Senior IP Analyst GE Global Research, India
Dr. A K Garg Scientist 'F' / Director Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, GOI
Deepak George IP Analyst Applied Materials, Singapore
Dr. Pinaki Ghosh Senior Advisor KPMG, India
Prof. Dr. Heinz Goddar Partner Boehmert & Boehmert, Germany
Greg Harrop Griffith Business Development Executive Minesoft Ltd., UK
Kavitha Gupta Senior Counsel-APAC Hitachi Consulting, India
Neeraj Gupta Founder & CEO Formulate IP, India
Rajeev Gupta Partner Finnegan's Washington US office
Rajeev Gupta Legal & IP Lead (Jio ) Reliance Jio Infocomm, India
Rajeshwari Hariharan Founding partner Rajeshwari & Associates, India
Jeffrey Alan Hovden Partner Robins Kaplan LLP, US
Arshad Jamil Associate Vice President & Head - Intellectual Property Rights BIOCON LIMITED
Navneet Hrishikesan Director & Head of Service Provider Legal, Asia Pacific & Japan Cisco
Shilpi Jha Senior Legal Counsel for Intellectual Property South Asia USPTO India
Roopal Jobanputra Principal Associate Gowling WLG Dubai
Sriram Jonnalagedda Vice President – Client Services iRunway
Kailash Joshi Retired IBM executive IBM, US
Dr. Debjani Kapila Engagement and Commercialization Manager GE Ventures Licensing (GEVL), US
Anubhav Kapoor
Shruti Kaushik Founder Director Patentwire Consultants, India
Denise M. Kettelberger Ph.D. – Of Counsel Patterson Thuente Pedersen, US
Shekhar Khanduaj Associtate Vice President IP and R&D Solutions
Tarun Khurana Partner Khurana & Khurana (K&K), India
Dr. Mandar M Kodgule Chairman & CEO IQGEN-X Pharma India
Timothy H. Kratz Partner McGUIRE Woods LLP, US
Ramachandra Kulkarni Senior IPR Consultant Tata Consultancy Services Limited, India
Anil Kumar Head Patent Group Bangalore LexOrbis India
Ashutosh Kumar
M Vinod Kumar Inventor with CTO office Tejas Networks
Karthik Kumar Ph.D., focuses on patent litigation at the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) and the U.S. federal district courts. Finnegan's Washington US office
Manish Kumar Associate Principal – Corporate Audits Assessments and Certification Group – Infosys Limited
Shiva Kumar Partner K & S Partners, India
Lakshmikant Founder DOLCERA, India
R. Lakshminarayanan General Manger – IPR Mgmt. Samsung R&D India - Bangalore
Taranpreet Singh Lamba Vice President of IP Glenmark Pharamaceuticals
Jane List Director Extract Information, UK
Nirupam Lodha Partner Luthra & Luthra Law Offices India
Avnindra Mohan President Essel Group
Dr. Alka Mehta Head – IP Cipla Limited, India
Girma Wolde Micheal Former Deputy Chief IP Counsel and Head of International IP Operations Medtronic, US
Shuvajit Mitra Contracts Manager Honeywell Technology Solutions, India
Roxana Malladi Lead IP Professional GE Global Research, India
Irfan Modi Senior IP Law Attorney IBM, India
Aslam Mohamed Partner RNA IP Attorneys, India
Dipak Mundra Partner LexOrbis India
Dr. Jaya Murthy Manager - Global IPCoE Eaton’s Intellectual Property Center of Excellence, India
Biju.K.Nair Licensing Lead ( India) Open Invention Network, India
Ranjan Narula Managing Partner RNA, India
Kavita Mundkur Nigam Partner Krishna & Saurastri, India
Essenese Obhan Managing Partner Obhan and Associates, India
Kirit Palsana Director Capital Novus, India
Richa Pandey Patent Attorney and a Partner Krishna and Saurastri Associates, India
Suvarna Pandey Senior Associate RNA, India
Ajay Panwar Sr. Counsel Intellectual Property GE, India
Vaibhav Parikh Partner Nishith Desai Associates, India
Sanjaykumar Patel Heading IPR B&S group of UK
Priyanka Paul Group Manager – LifeSciences & Healthcare (Biotechnology), IP and R&D Solutions Evalueserve, India
Manoj Pillai CEO & Founder Clairvolex, US
Dr. Parva Purohit VP - IPR Amneal Pharmaceuticals, India
Hemanth Puttaiah Co- Founder InvnTree IP Services, India
Kartik Puttaiah Co- Founder InvnTree IP Services, India
Neelmegh R Lead Analyst (IP) GE Global Research, India
Akilur Rahman CTO ABB India
Faiz ur Rahman IP Head Wipro Ltd
Dr. V. S. Ramamurthy Ex-Secretary, Department of Science and Technology Government of India
Balwant Rawat Senior Program Manager, IP and Innovation Management Mercedes-Benz Research and Development India
Jaithirth Rao Founder and Former CEO MphasiS, India
Sharon E. Roberg-Perez Principal Robins Kaplan L.L.P.
Dev Robinson Partner Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas, India
Prof. R Saha Former Adviser Department of Science and Technology (GOI) Independent Consultant
Dr. Sanjay Sarkar Head IP SABIC, India
Subhadip Sarkar Senior Director (IP) Cognizant Technology Solutions, India
Hema Seetharamaiah Head- Open Source Policy & Compliance Wipro, India
Anand Sharma Manager-IP analytics Finnegan's Washington US office
Nupur Sharma Assistant Vice President iRunway
Ram Sitaraman Head IP EdgeVerve Systems Limited India
Chirag Soni Deputy General Manager Zydus Cadila
G. Deepak Sriniwas Partner LexOrbis, India
Dr. Subramanyam Santhanam Sr. Manager SABIC, India
Inderpreet Sawhney Sr. Vice President & General Counsel Wipro, US
Selvyn Seidel Founder and CEO Fulbrook Capital Management, LLC
Abhimanyu Singh Patent Associate Joyce A. Tan & Partners LLC, Singapore
Preeti Singh Lead IP Professional GE Global Research, India
Uday Singh Managing Director Motion Picture Distributors Association [MPDA, India]
Swati Singhla Learning Leader (IP) GE Global Research, India
Sunita K Sreedharan Founder & CEO SKS Law Associates, India
Munish Sudan Innovation & IP Management TATA Steel, India
Dr K Sudersanam Manager-IP Analytics Airbus Group India
Dr. Deepa Kachroo Tiku Partner K & S Partners, India
Dr. Satish Tiwary Head - IP Airbus India
Ravi Upasani Principal and Founder SMIP LLC, US
Dr. Raghunadh Vajjula Lead Analyst SABIC Research & Technology
Dileep Vangasseri Senior IP Professional GE Global Research, India
Meera Vanjari Senior Vice President – General Counsel Glenmark Pharmaceuticals Limited
Dr. Paras Vasanani AGM (Global Intellectual Property Department) Amneal Pharmaceuticals, India
Tito Kishan Vemuri Founder ProInn Consultancy
Divyendu Verma Advocate & IP Attorney Krishna & Saurastri, India
Rahul Verma Chairman and Representative Director IPValueServe, India
Ramesh Kumar Verma Manager, IPR Tata Chemicals Limited, India
Dr. Suchitra Vichare Lead IP Professional Dow Chemical International
Etienne de Villers Partner MBM Intellectual Property Law Canada
Surendra Vyas Director IP Strategy VISA, India
Bart van Wezenbeek Head Patent Search & Analysis VO, The Netherlands
Jeffrey S. Whittle Partner Hogan Lovells US LLP

BIOGRAPHIES


 Dr. Nimisha Agarwal
Senior IP Analyst - Dow Chemical International
Dr. Nimisha Agarwal has 12+ years of experience in R&D at Dow and GE earlier. She has 6+ years of experience in IP. At Dow, she collaborates with R&D, TS&D and Attorneys of global Plastics and Packaging business. Her areas of expertise include patent searching & in-depth analysis of polymer technologies enabling opposition, freedom to operate, patentability and competitive assessment.
Nimisha is recipient of several awards and fellowships, has 10+ publication in international journals and has presented papers and posters in various international conferences. She holds a doctorate degree in Polymer Science from Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, India. She is a registered patent agent and has completed her post graduate diploma in patent law from NALSAR. She holds Post graduate Diploma in Operations management from Symbiosis and is certified Six Sigma Green Belt Project Leader.
  Prof. Vipin Aggarwal
Principal – VBA Associates
Vipin has nearly 30 years of industry experience in a variety of industries (Telecom, Hi-tech, Gaming, BPO and Software); and in a variety of roles (computer analyst, cost accountant, economic analyst and lawyer). Over the last 20 years he has specialized in IP law and has held a series of progressively senior positions in Canada and for the last 9 years in India.
Vipin currently is Principal at VBA Associates, a consultancy firm specializing in IPR matters. He also uses his spare time to give lectures at several universities in India as a visiting professor. Professor Vipin Aggarwal recently held the GNLU – GUJCOST* IPR Chair at the GUJCOST IPR Centre for Excellence at GNLU, Gandhinagar, Gujarat. In this role, Vipin passionately espoused the benefits of generating, utilizing and respecting IP.
Vipin has a B.Sc. (Honours) in Mathematics / Computer Science; M.B.A. in Finance / International Business; and an L.L.B.
He is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada (LSUC).
* Gujarat Council on Science and Technology
 Lalit Ambastha
Founder - Patentwire Consultants, India
Lalit Ambastha is an IP Attorney with more than 12 years of experience in the field of Intellectual Property. Lalit is empanelled as speaker and faculty with Ministry of MSME, Govt. of India, for IP Awareness Programmes organized by the Ministry. He is also empanelled as IP Consultant with Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, Government of India.
Lalit has rich experience in IP Prosecution, Research, Management, Reporting, Analysis and Consulting. He has been dealing with patents across all major fields of invention for Indian and Overseas Clients.
 Rajan Ailavadi
Partner - CIP LEGIT, India

Rajan is a proficient patent attorney with over 16 years of research and legal experience dealing with technology and intellectual property matters.Apart from attending International Intellectual Property conferences and being an invited speaker at various International forum like ASPI, France; South-East Asia Exchange Summit,Singapore; on client requests in Japan,he has handled extensive client discussions in India, Japan and other countries advising clients on the nuances of Indian patent prosecution and enforcement of IP rights
Rajan has worked in various Research Institute of International repute eg., State Universities and Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, India. He was associated with one of the oldest and largest IP law firm in the India, as Managing Associate, before establishing and pursuing his entrepreneurial venture CIP LEGIT.
Rajan received his Bachelors of Laws from University of Delhi, India and his Senior Management Programme (SMP) from Indian Institute of Management Calcutta, India. He also holds Bachelor of Technology and Masters of Technology with focus on Mechanical Engineering. He is admitted to practice before the Patent Office, Trade Marks Registry, Intellectual Property Appellate Board, as well as Courts in India

 Saurabh Anand
Senior Associate, KNS Partners

Saurabh primarily assists in patent enforcement, protection and dispute resolution for clients in the areas of of pharmaceuticals, bio-pharmaceuticals, medical diagnostics, therapeutics, organic chemistry, biochemistry, microbiology, molecular biology, biotechnology and telecommunications.
He also provides opinions on the validity and enforcement of patents, standard essential patents, infringement analysis and assists clients with due diligence, technology transfer and licensingapart from managing patent portfolios.
He regularly appears before the Indian Patent Office, Intellectual Property Appellate Board, Delhi High Court and Supreme Court in connection with patent prosecution, opposition and enforcement.
Prior to joining the firm, Saurabh worked asa litigator in a Delhi based law firm.

 Dr. Mahalaxmi Andheria
Vice President IPR - Panacea Biotec Ltd, India

Dr. Mahalaxmi Andheria brings with her an experience of more than 15 years in the Pharma & Biotech Industry. She has been actively involved in Formulation R&D for 5 years before she decided to switch to IPR and thereafter IPR has been her primary area of focus. Dr. Andheria is a PhD in Pharmaceutics from ICT (former UDCT, Mumbai) and a post-doctorate from University of Cincinnati, USA. In her present association with Panacea Biotec since the last 10 years, she has been instrumental in managing the IPR Department consisting of specialists in diverse fields including biological (vaccines and biosimilars), pharmaceutical & synthetic chemistry area. She has established a seamless collaboration with Business Development and R&D expanding the horizon of her department beyond traditional IPR, broadening the outlook into portfolio planning, strategizing innovation and through creative participation in collaborations. In addition Dr. Andheria actively engages in dialogue with policy makers in an effort to contribute towards the development of a robust and balanced National IP Policy in India

 Rachna Bakhru
Partner – RNA, India
Rachna is a Partner with RNA. She currently heads the Dispute Resolution team of the firm heavily involved in IP enforcement including civil and criminal litigation. She qualified as a Science graduate from Delhi University, followed by Diploma in Business Administration and Bachelors Degree in Law from Delhi University.
She has over 15 years of extensive experience in managing non-contentious and contentious IP matters in India ranging from brand clearances and risk assessment to litigation and alternate dispute resolution. She has worked on portfolios of large international companies and her industry expertise includes Pharmaceuticals and Information technology. She advises her clients on issues related to data protection, software piracy, domain disputes and online infringement.
Prior to joining RNA, she worked for 10 years at the leading international IP consultancy firm Rouse, heading the Dispute Resolution team for India. She has authored a number of articles for leading IP publications analyzing challenges in enforcing and protecting pharmaceutical trademarks, issues surrounding grant of patents for pharmaceutical preparations and changing landscape of the IPR environment.
Rachna is a member of the Bar Council of India and a registered Patent Agent. She was highly recommended and ranked as the world’s leading Pharmaceutical and Life Sciences patent litigator in 2010 by Intellectual Property Asset Management IAM.
 Gautam Bakshi
HEAD (General Manager) – Corporate IP & Project Management Sentiss Pharma, Gurgaon, Haryana, India

Gautam Bakshi, a Registered Patent & Trade Marks Attorney, with more than a decade of experience in almost all facets of IP; is currently associated with an Indian Multinational Pharmaceutical Company Sentiss Pharma working as the Head - Corporate IPM (Intellectual Property Management) & Project Management He has previously worked as Head IP – Pharma R&D; Panacea Biotec Ltd and Head - Corporate IP; Intas Biopharmaceuticals Ltd. He has also worked with Dr. Reddy's Laboratories & Torrent Pharma. Mr. Bakshi holds a Masters Degree in Pharmaceutical Sciences (M. Pharmacy) as well as Masters Degree in Business & Corporate Laws (LL.M.) along with several certifications/degrees/diplomas in IP. He has several Patent Applications as an inventor to his credit filed in India, US and Europe. He has number of publications and is a Guest Faculty for many institutes, has been a panelist and an expert speaker in a large number of seminars and workshops on IP rights and education, in India and abroad He has a rich expertise in the field of IP. His main areas of interest include Identification, Analysis and Management of IP. He is also well versed with the art and skill of Patent Drafting, Filing, Prosecution, IP Litigation and subsequent procedures thereof.

 Anjali Balagopal
Head of Intellectual Property Practice, Infosys, India

Anjali Balagopal heads the intellectual property practice for Infosys. She is responsible for all legal and strategic issues relating to licensing, open source, patenting, trademark, and copyright matters including prosecution and compliance with respect to all intellectual property. During her eleven years with Infosys, Anjali has held several leadership roles within its legal department including heading the contracts practice for North America, corporate compliance and managing legal matters for Japan and Southeast Asia. She holds a law degree from ILS Pune and is licensed to practice law in India and as a corporate counsel in California. She is currently based in Bangalore.

 Kalyan Banerjee
Director – US Operations - iRunway
 Sreeram Appaswamy
Head - Semiconductor IP Consulting Practice - iRunway
Sreeram Appaswamy heads the semiconductor IP consulting practice at iRunway Bangalore. Sreeram is responsible for managing key semiconductor accounts and leads a team that consults for senior attorneys at semiconductor companies and partner level attorneys at leading law firms working in semiconductor and related realms. Sreeram also manages complex reverse engineering efforts using advanced analysis techniques such as SEM, TEM, FTIR, EELS, etc. to acquire competitive intelligence on leading edge semiconductor devices, flat panel displays and MEMS devices in support of IP licensing and monetization campaigns. Sreeram worked for many years in the US in technology development, supplier quality management and technical operations before returning to India. Sreeram brings deep expertise in leading edge technologies across diverse technical areas such as semiconductor device and semiconductor capital equipment, sensors and medical devices to the field of Intellectual Property. He has a master’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Cincinnati, Ohio, USA and an MBA degree from the Indian School of Business, Hyderabad (ISB).
 Uma Baskaran
Consultant
Uma Baskaran is a registered Indian Patent Agent. She is a biochemist by training. Her practice areas include pharmaceutical, biotechnology and agrochemical inventions.
She has experience working in IP firms in India and Singapore and she also carries industry experience in India. She has drafted several pharmaceutical, chemical, biotech and agrochemical patents. Her patent litigation experience adds to her expertise in drafting and prosecuting patent applications. She has experience in prosecuting patent applications via PCT route to various countries including India, USA, Europe, Singapore and south-east Asian Countries. Uma has authored various articles in Managing Intellectual Property, ASIA IP, CIPA, Lexology etc and has been a speaker in seminars in India.
Uma advises clients on plant variety protection in India and helps in prosecuting plant variety protection applications in India. Uma has experience in advising her clients on Biodiversity requirements in filing patent applications in India.
Uma is a trained Indian Classical Dancer and has a passion for bharathanatyam. She enjoys swimming and playing table tennis in her free time. She had been a regular volunteer in Alzhiemer’s Association of Singapore and has organized voluntary events at old age homes.
 Suvarna Pandey
Senior Associate
Suvarna is a registered patent agent and a law graduate. Having been in the practice for over 8 years, her specialties include patent searches, patent drafting, patentability and infringement opinion and other technical aspects associated with patenting. She is also involved in patent prosecution proceedings at the patent office, opposition and other invalidity proceedings. She is specialized in the development and strategic management of patent portfolios in areas that include Biotechnology, chemical and pharmaceutical inventions. She has been advising clients on global patent strategy including PCT applications and national phases in designated countries. Her technical background includes post graduation in Biotechnology.
 Vidyut Bedekar
Co-founder - TLA
CONTACT DETAILS
E-mail: vidyut@tlaindia.com
Mobile: +919972666663
Ms. Vidyut Bedekar is the co-founder of TLA [Tree of Life Associates], a boutique law firm with depth of understanding and domain expertise in Technology & Outsourcing, IP, Privacy law, Labour & Employment matters, and Start-Up legal offerings. Ms. Bedekar ’s focused domains are Corporate and Commercial laws, M&A, Laws relating to in-bound and out-bound investment, IP, in specific trademark and copyright law and start-up investments and she is the Practice Head of these areas at TLA, Bangalore. She has been in practice for twelve years and has a law degree from the ILS Law College, Pune, India, one of the top ranking law institutes in India.
Since starting the firm Ms. Bedekar extensively worked with several incubation centres, accelerators and seed funds in relation to various legal issues such as investment entity formations, investment structuring and related transaction documentation. She has also worked with several start-ups in relation to their investment needs and business legal requirements including advice on nuances of venture capital financing, debt financing, employment structuring for founders and intellectual property. Her experience includes advising on transactional IP in relation to copyright, trade secrets and data protection in India.
Ms. Bedekar also specialises in corporate and commercial transactions which includes legal advice on various corporate law issues, contract drafting for commercial transactions including technology transfer, collaboration, reseller and licensing transactions and other day to day commercial contracts.
 Ravi Bhola
Patent Chair, K&S Partners, India

Ravi chairs Patent Practice at IP firm K&S Partners. He is practicing for more than 15 years now, and regularly ranked among Tier 1 Indian Patent Lawyers by several domestic and International agencies. Apart from representing Global Innovator Companies, Ravi is particularly passionate about mentoring startups.

 Ashish Bodhankar
Research Manager - IP and Technology Intelligence, Dow Corning India

Ashish Bodhankar has been working in the field of IP Research and Analysis for the past 13 years. Currently, he works with Dow Corning as a Research Manager handling different type of IP searches to support R&D and Marketing. It involves conducting patent technology landscapes to help build technology roadmaps, understanding the competition activities, clearance searches, novelty assessment, opposition searches and the like. He also is responsible for development and management of patent portfolio for one of the product lines at Dow Corning. This involves innovation management, creating IP strategy and licensing of IP. Prior to Dow Corning, he worked as a Group Manager at Evalueserve where he lead the IP professionals team serving the Chemicals and Oil & Gas sector. Ashish has represented Dow Corning and Evalueserve in different conferences and has also trained R&D professionals of different companies on IP and searching.
Prior to Evalueserve, he worked for two years at Ingersoll-Rand Bangalore where he was responsible for the production and planning of road paving machines. Ashish holds a Master’s degree in Management and Bachelor’s degree (Hons) in Chemical Engineering from BITS, Pilani.

 Namrata Chadha
Senior Associate, KNS Partners

Namrata handles patent drafting and prosecution in the areas of pharmaceuticals, bio-pharmaceuticals, medical diagnostics, therapeutics, organic chemistry, biochemistry and biotechnology.
She assists clients with patent searches and patent data mining, management of patent portfolios and also provides opinions on validity and infringement analysis, patent enforcement, patentabilityand freedom to operate.
She regularly appears before Indian Patent Office and the Intellectual Property Appellate Board in connection with patent prosecution matters.
Prior to joining the firm, Namrata worked with a leading knowledge process outsourcing company in India.
Achievements and Honours
• Gold medalist in B. Pharm (Delhi University)
• Gold medalist in M.Pharm (Banaras Hindu University)
Professional Membership(s)
• Bar Council of Delhi
• Indian Pharmaceutical Association
Languages
English and Hindi

 Mr. Amarjit Singh Chandhiok
President - Delhi High Court Bar Association
AMARJIT SINGH CHANDHIOK

• Practicing Senior Advocate.
• President, INSOL India.
• President, Council for Conflict Resolution -Maadhyam.
• Former Additional Solicitor General of India.
• Former Principal Counsel, European Union Commission.
• Qualified mediator and trainer for mediators.
• Was president of Delhi High Court Bar Association six times.
• Member, Advisory Committee, Insolvency and Bankruptcy Board of India
Was a member of ICC Arbitral Tribunals for international arbitration at various places, the last being one in London, in 2016. Represented the Indian Government in the Enron Arbitration in London. Also appeared before various arbitral tribunals of International Chamber of Commerce, at various places abroad. Is also a member of the London Court of International Arbitration
Was a member of the Overseeing Committee of ‘Samadhan,’ the Delhi High Court Mediation Centre since its inception till 2014 and was actively involved with the ‘mediation movement’ in Delhi. Was also a founding member of the Association of Indian Mediators and was its Vice President till 2016, when it moved from Delhi. Participated in a number of mediation and arbitration focused conferences, seminars and discussions
Was invited as an expert on Indian laws by various Courts/Tribunals of the United States, United Kingdom and Australia.
Received many awards and recognitions and was also awarded two doctorate degrees (honoris causa).
Was instrumental in creating and implementing many policies and projects for the benefit of the Bar and played a vital role in creating various infrastructure facilities for members of the Bar in Delhi.
 Avaronnan Harish Chandran
Department Manager (Patents) - Novozymes South Asia Pvt. Ltd.
 Akshay Kant Chaturvedi
Ph.D., LL.B.,MBA – AVP- Corporate IP and Business Development – Granules India Limited
Dr Akshay Kant Chaturvedi is known as hardcore scientist and inventor, there are over 100 publications including patents (several granted patents)/journals /symposium etc. worldwide.
After securing university gold medal in post-graduation in Organic Chemistry from Bareilly College, Bareilly-INDIA, he has started his career in 1992 from a chemical industry in Kolkata. Subsequently after a short term, he has got the opportunity to enter Ph.D. program on a Synthetic Medicinal Chemistry work.
Presently, he is known to be an Organic Chemist having over 25 years of hands on experience in R&D of Chemicals/ Intermediates/APIs/Formulations and their IP drive–specifically on Patents and Research & Development Activities inclusive of Organic Synthesis/ Intermediates/Bulk Drugs/Formulation/Biotech etc.
He is having exposure of working in organizations like Jubilant Organosys Ltd./Dabur Pharma (Presently known as Fresenius Kabi Oncology Ltd.)/Dr Reddys Labs, Shilpa Medicare Limited and Granules India Limited on wide spectrum of activities to steer and support the faster developments through R&Ds.
Presently, he is independently steering Corporate- IP (API & Formulation) and Business development Activities, besides supporting IP driven R&D activities of both APIs and Formulations for Contract Manufacturing of customers as well as in-house planned PIV ANDA products.
 Krishna Chellapilla
Senior IPR Consultant - Tata Consultancy Services, India
 Dr. Sheetal Chopra
India Lead – IPR Advocacy, IPR Policy and Communications, Ericsson, India

Sheetal Chopra is General Manager & India Lead for IPR Advocacy at Ericsson, reporting to Monica Magnusson who is Vice President, IPR Policy & Communications. In this role, she is responsible for establishing and driving Ericsson’s position in discussions related to patents and patent licensing, such as the current IPR Policy debate in standard development organizations, policy forums etc. She has corporate responsibility for advocating Ericsson’s views on these issues to regulators, policy influencers and policy makers in India. She is a Registered Patent Agent and author of the book on “Patent Agent Examination: A book for Industry professionals and students�? published by Lexis Nexis. She is MSc, MBA and a research scholar at NLSIU, Bangalore. She has rich experience working with/for the Industry . Prior to joining Ericsson, she served in Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), Vodafone, the Federation of Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) and Ranbaxy Research Labs. She is serving as a guest faculty/trainer in various premier governmental and non-governmental institutes/institutions besides serving as an eminent speaker in various forums on diverse IP issues.

 ARVIND CHOPRA
Arvind has rich, hands-on experience in all aspects of IP, with an exposure to IP creation, protection, commercialization and asset management. With experience spanning 10 years, he was worked on search and analytics, IP portfolio management, IP strategy, innovation management, technology commercialization, IP licensing, prosecution strategy for patents, creation of patent families for technology picket fencing.
In his previous role at Intellevate (now CPAGlobal), Arvind was instrumental in scaling the patent team and extensively worked on patent neutralization and searching & analysis. As one of the first employees at IPEngine, he was involved in drafting and prosecution of patent portfolios, setting up processes, training IP professionals on IP searches and IP analytics, managing operation and workflow, technology commercialization, technology landscapes, claim construction, technology evaluation and technology valuation. Arvind designed and developed process for LPO/KPO and designed and developed a patent portfolio family structure to manage IP strategies for global filing, and also work extensively on visual claim construction, Bilski audit, IP audit, and patent design around.
At GlobalLogic, he strategized and defined a roadmap for IP protection and awareness. He trained employees in Ukraine, the US, and at various locations in India to diffuse a culture of innovation within the organization. He designed and developed an open innovation platform ‘GLIDE’ for capturing innovative and patentable ideas and implemented workflow for implementing the same. Arvind also reviewed IP clauses for service agreement for major clients, and extensively worked on free and GPL licenses and architected strategies for design around to prevent license violations. Arvind also managed an agile team for software development and acted as a project manager for ‘Velocity’ – an agile platform for software development.
Prior to CPAGlobal, he headed the IT department at AIMA and was programme director for post graduate diploma in information technology. Following his passion for teaching, he worked as assistant professor for over 5 years and taught post graduate students of MCA and MBA. In his initial years, Arvind was sales and services engineer for static and process weighting equipments. Later, he worked as business development for large engineering consulting firm.
Arvind has Bachelor of Electronics Engineering, Masters Degree in Economics & Management, and Post Graduate Diploma in Advanced Software Design and Development (PGDASDD). Arvind speaks regularly on major IPR conferences organized by FICCI, WIPO, NBAI and other industry bodies. His interests include IP strategy formulation, IP commercialization, and Patent exit strategy formulation. To date, he was performed more than 400+ prior art searches, 50+ invalidation studies, a large number of project to assess technical infringement of patents/products, prepared responses for 100+ office actions, worked on 20+ patent portfolio for commercialization and drafted more than 100 patent applications.
 Philip L. Cupitt
Partner - Finnegan's London office
Philip L. Cupitt, Ph.D. is a UK and European Patent Attorney, a Higher Courts Litigator in England and Wales, and a partner with Finnegan’s London office. He focuses his practice on drafting and prosecuting patent applications in all engineering disciplines, and his technical experience also includes telecommunications, electronics, optics, medical devices, mechanical engineering and manufacturing. Dr. Cupitt has particular experience in obtaining patents for software, having prosecuted hundreds of patent applications for software-based inventions in Europe and around the world. Dr. Cupitt has extensive experience in opposition and appeal proceedings before the European Patent Office (EPO). His practice includes patent litigation, due diligence investigations, opinions on patent infringement and validity, and preparing and prosecuting registered design applications.

 Vanessa Delnaud
Principal Associate - Gowling WLG Dubai
Vanessa is a senior intellectual property (IP) lawyer in the Dubai office of the international law firm Gowling WLG and acts on both contentious and non-contentious matters. She has been practising in Dubai for three years and practised seven years in Paris in top-tier international law firms. Vanessa also gained in-house experience at Universal Music.
Vanessa has extensive experience working closely with a wide range of organizations – from small start-ups to multinational corporations or public agencies – to advise them on the full spectrum of intellectual property issues under both UAE law and French law.
Vanessa's practice covers all areas of intellectual property, including copyrights, trademarks, designs, patents, know-how, domain names and unfair competition. It also includes a variety of commercial matters such as distribution and franchise agreements, advertising clearance, product regulatory issues and protection of personal data.
She has a particular focus on the media sector, the fashion and retail industry, the life sciences sector, consumer goods, and food and beverages.
Vanessa presented at a number of events on various aspects of intellectual property law issues in France and in the Middle-East and on general aspects of doing business in the Middle-East. She also supports entrepreneurship by collaborating with angel investment platforms to educate entrepreneurs based in the MENA region on business-building topics.
She is a member of the Paris Bar and speaks English, French and Spanish
 David Dickerson
European & US Patent Attorney - David Dickerson

David Dickerson has nearly 20 years’ experience in the realm of international patent prosecution. His track history includes the prosecution of many hundreds of applications before the European Patent Office, including its Opposition Divisions and Boards of Appeal. Before founding his own firm in 2010, David worked hand-in-hand with several of Germany’s most respected patent attorneys as well as in-house.
Born and raised in the United States, David earned his graduate degree in Electrical Engineering at the University of Hannover, Germany. He thus has particular expertise in the electrical, computer and mechanical arts. David is registered to practice before the European Patent Office, the German Patent and Trademark Office, the USPTO and the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO), formerly known as the OHIM. He is equally fluent in English and German.

 Jay Erstling
Of Counsel - Patterson Thuente IP, US
Jay Erstling is an international IP attorney with expertise in PCT, international patent filing and enforcement, and treaty interpretation. As a former Director of the PCT, he is uniquely equipped to assist clients on international IP strategy, including assistance in country selection and making sense of foreign laws, practices and cultures. Jay also assists clients by serving as an expert witness or consultant in litigation involving PCT, non-US law, TRIPS or NAFTA; and providing in-depth reports, opinions or critical analyses on all aspects of international IP.
 Vanessa Ferguson
Senior Director and Head - KISCH IP, South Africa
Vanessa Ferguson is a Senior Director and head of KISCH IP's trade mark and anti-counterfeiting departments, with more than 20 years’ experience in intellectual property and anti-counterfeiting specifically. Her practice covers anti-counterfeiting, cross-border enforcement of IP rights, trade-mark prosecution and litigation and copyright law, with a special focus on litigation.
Ms Ferguson advises clients on both the management and enforcement of their IP portfolios, with a focus on brand enforcement in Southern Africa and a number of other key regions in Africa.
Ms Ferguson is a member of the International Trademark Association (INTA) and the INTA En-forcement Committee. She is past chair of the INTA Middle East, Africa and South Asia Sub-committee of the Anti-counterfeiting Committee (2014-2015).
Ms Ferguson is a council member and the convener of the South African Institute of Intellectual Property Law (SAIIPL) Anti-counterfeiting Committee, which has a specific focus on the develop-ment of policies and procedures, training and awareness of anti-counterfeiting in South Africa, working closely with stakeholders and government officials.
Ms Ferguson is furthermore an examiner for trademark litigation on behalf of the SAIIPL; she also lectures to university students and is involved in training with law enforcement, Customs and other parties involved in anti-counterfeiting.
Ms Ferguson has been involved in and spoken at a number of South African and international seminars and conferences on both trademarks and anti-counterfeiting in South Africa and Africa, and has published in her field of expertise both locally and internationally.
Ms Ferguson obtained a BJuris in 1993 and an LLB in 1995; she has been an attorney of the High Court of South Africa since 1999 and a qualified trademark practitioner since 2000. She is also an appointed domain name dispute adjudicator for the ‘co.za’ domain.
As a result of her extensive experience and exposure to IP law and enforcement measures in Africa, Ms Ferguson can offer brand holders comprehensive business solutions that ensure the protection and enforcement of brands that extend beyond national borders in Africa.
 Andre Frieden
Chief IP Counsel / AGC Legal Department - Wipro, US
Mr. Frieden manages the global IP law group at Wipro, a publicly traded multinational information technology company with over $7.5 billion in annual revenue. He provides strategic guidance in connection with the company’s rapidly growing patent and trademark portfolios, supports the expansion of Wipro’s global and regional IP licensing programs, and advises executives in key business units and geographies on IP-focused growth and risk management strategies. He also negotiates many of the company’s leading technology offerings in automation and artificial intelligence and supports key digital transformation initiatives and IP-driven alliances in the U.S., Europe and APAC. Previously, Mr. Frieden has served as lead in-house IP counsel at large privately-held and publicly-traded companies. Prior to that he worked at two major law firms, where he represented Fortune 100 companies, research institutions, startups and governmental organizations on a wide range of IP matters, including complex transactions as well as IP enforcement action, dispute resolution and portfolio management. He has published extensively on topics relating to IP protection, software licensing, cross-border technology partnerships, and data security/privacy. He speaks English, French, Portuguese and Spanish and works from Wipro’s offices in Chicago, Bangalore and London.
 Calab Gabriel
Managing Partner, Lex IP Care
D. CALAB GABRIEL – Managing Partner - has been practicing as an advocate and patent attorney in India for the past 35 years. He has prosecuted thousands of patent applications in all fields. He has been a partner in a few leading IP firms in India including as a Senior Partner in K&S Partners for 20 years. Currently, he is the Founder of this firm LEX IP CARE. Calab has been advising the Government of India on various issues relating to Intellectual Property and has extensive experience in all aspects of intellectual property laws with special emphasis on filing, prosecution and enforcement of patents, and designs. He is also involved in all major patent litigations in India and has also represented the Government of India in many International negotiations, such as PLT, FAQ, etc. He has spearheaded the revocation of the Turmeric patent and re-examination of Basmati Patent in USPTO on behalf of Government of India. He has authored various articles on topics relating to patenting of pharmaceuticals, life sciences including Biotech inventions in India. He has made many presentations on various topics on Intellectual Property in India and abroad. He is a member of the Parliamentary Committee that made the draft bill of amendments to the Indian Patents Act for submission before the Indian Parliament. He is a member of various professional organizations including APAA, AIPLA, AIPPI, FICPI, BIO, IPOA, IBA and also in the various sub-committees of these organizations. Calab has also been a speaker at conferences such as ITech Law, WIPF and GIPC. He is also listed in the Who’s Who Legal, Patent Law Experts, IP Stars Handbook, Chambers Asia and ICFM’s 500 Leading Lawyers. Currently he is also assisting the Government of India in the Indo-US Science, Technology and IPR Agreements
 Dr. Amit Gaikwad
Senior IP Analyst - GE Global Research, India
 Dr. A K Garg
Scientist 'F' / Director - Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, GOI

An Engineer by qualification, a technocrat by profession and a champion of Information Technology by choice, Dr AK Garg is an experienced technocrat and a veteran in the Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) issues. Dr. Garg is passionate about promoting innovation and creating an ecosystem for generation of intellectual capital in the country. He has initiated and implemented various schemes to support international patent protection by SMEs and Technology Start-Ups, increasing IPR Awareness and IPR portfolio of the country through public funded R&D programmes- a recent scheme initiated is Support for International Patent Protection in Electronics and Information Technology (SIP EIT-II).SIPEIT is one of the flagship program of MeitY that is trying to boost international patent filing especially among MSMEs and startups from India. Currently serving as Director in Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY), Government of India, Dr. Garg is handling a variety of responsibilities including heading the International Cooperation Division- a critical arm of MeitY to promote International Trade and Cooperation and e-Commerce matters.

 Deepak George
IP Analyst - Applied Materials, Singapore
A former Integrated Circuit Designer and Electronics Engineer by qualification, Deepak pivoted towards Intellectual Property Law when he was selected by the Intellectual Property Office of Singapore (IPOS) to be in the pioneering batch to setup the Patent Examination Unit. At IPOS he got formally trained in various aspects of IP Law by IP Academy, EPO and JPO and was involved in developing Singapore’s search and examination unit from a handful of examiners to the level of WIPO-International Search Authority (ISA) within a short span of three years. He was actively involved in drafting parts of the examiner guidelines, developing process flows and participated in benchmarking IPOS with leading offices like USPTO, JPO and German Patent Office (DPMA). Currently serving as an IP Analyst with Applied Materials, Deepak is responsible for generating patent landscapes, technology analysis, freedom to operate (FTO), competitor analysis, invalidity searches and patentability searches. Deepak is passionate about new technologies, semiconductors, electronics and topics related to patentable subject matter and computer implemented inventions and brings perspectives from the point of view of an inventor, examiner and an IP professional.
 Dr. Pinaki Ghosh
Senior Advisor - KPMG, India

Dr. Pinaki has around 16+ years experience in technology and around 10 years experience in IP and innovation both for product industry and service industry. Industry Experience:- 1.Has held scientist position of a missile program in DRDO 2.Has held senior scientist position in GE Medical Systems & Defense Research (India) 3.Has held managerial position in IP in GE Medical, India (IP and Innovation) & started the group 4.Hs held the position of Head of IP in Infosys Key Competencies:- 1.PhD in Computer Science & pursuing 2nd PhD in Law 2.Have 26 patents. 3.Published 20 papers in peer review international journals & 2 book chapters 4.50 invited speakers in national & international IP related conferences. 5.Six sigma Black Belt 6.Post graduate in Patents Law from National Law School, Bangalore.

 Prof. Dr. Heinz Goddar
Partner - Boehmert & Boehmert, Germany

European and German Patent and Trademark Attorney

Dr. Heinz Goddar, a German Patent Attorney and European Patent and Trademark Attorney, is a partner of Boehmert & Boehmert, based in Munich. He has a PhD in physics, with a focus on polymer physics.
He teaches Patent and Licensing Law as an Honorary Professor at the University of Bremen, Germany; as a Lecturer at the Munich Intellectual Property Law Center (MIPLC), Munich, Germany; as a Visiting Professor at the University of Washington; and at the National Cheng Chi University, Taipei; and as a Consultant Professor at the University of Huazhong, Wuhan, China.
Dr. Goddar is a member of the Professors Committee at the Institute for International Intellectual Property at Peking University, Beijing, China, and of the Advisory Board of the Tongji Global Intellectual Property Institute, Shanghai, China.
Dr. Goddar is an Adjunct Professor and an Honorable Consultant in International Legal Services at the National Yunlin University of Science and Technology in Yunlin, Taiwan.
He is also a Director at the Global Institute of Intellectual Property, Delhi, India.
Goddar is a Past President of LES International and of LES Germany and has received the Gold Medal of LES International.

 Greg Harrop Griffith
Business Development Executive - Minesoft Ltd., UK

Greg Harrop Griffith Business Development Executive, Minesoft Ltd. UK







 Kavitha Gupta
Senior Counsel-APAC - Hitachi Consulting, India

Kavitha Gupta heads the legal for Hitachi Consulting’s Asia Pacific region and is responsible for the range of legal, global compliance and governance matters arising in APAC countries. With an enriching experience of over a decade in IT industry, she is a leading technology lawyer and has extensive in-depth knowledge on privacy and data protection, intellectual property rights and compliance-related risks. Before joining Hitachi Consulting, she worked with Wipro Technologies and was responsible for the legal team, handling compliances and commercial contracts. She extensively worked on implementing new framework guidelines and compliance control programs and instrumental in implementing sophisticated computerized software in place for tracking globalcompliances. She is also a co-chair of International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP), Bangalore and received the ‘Young Women General Counsel of the year 2015’ by the Legendary, Shri. Ram Jethmalani, Senior Counsel at the INBA 66thNational Law Day, November 26, 2015, New Delhi andbagged the ‘Technology Lawyer of the Year 2016’ Women in Law Awards by the Lawyer Monthly.

 Neeraj Gupta
Founder & CEO - Formulate IP, India

Neeraj is Founder & CEO at FormulateIP based in India and USA. Applying his business and technical background, Neeraj assists clients in protecting and expanding their domestic and international knowledge-based businesses using IP protection, licensing and strategic planning. Neeraj is Co-founder and Director at Excubator which provides guidance and support needed to entrepreneursfor building a successful entrepreneurial practice. Neeraj is Founder and Managing Director at Lawcubator which is a technology firm in legal domain. Neeraj is CEO at IIT Roorkee’s startup incubator called TIDES. Neeraj is Co-founder

 Rajeev Gupta
Partner - Finnegan's Washington US office
 Rajeev Gupta
Legal & IP Lead (Jio ) - Reliance Jio Infocomm, India
 Rajeshwari Hariharan
Founding partner - Rajeshwari & Associates, India

Rajeshwari Hariharan is the founding partner of Rajeshwari & Associates, a full-service IP boutique law firm in Delhi. Rajeshwari has a vast experience of over 16 years in patent filing, prosecution, and litigation especially in the field of pharmaceuticals, biotechnology and biochemistry. She has advised and litigated Rajeshwari has extensively litigated various cases from their inception through various stages. Her cases span broad spectrum of technologies and products include anti-cancer drugs, anti-HIV/AIDS drugs, allergy medications, recombinant DNA technology, television parts, etc. She has obtained significant victories in trials and law suits for her clients. She has represented clients in trademark and patent litigation as well as arbitration. She has been rated by Chambers and Partners and Intellectual Asset Management magazine as one of the leading patent lawyers in the country.
A few of her notable achievements are listed below:
• Championed the cause of Indian companies against Novartis and succeeded in revoking the patent in Novartis vs Union of India (Supreme Court).
• Won the first ever compulsory licence for Natco in respect of sorafenib against Bayer.

 Jeffrey Alan Hovden
Partner - Robins Kaplan LLP, US

Practices in the area of patent litigation, with a focus on generic pharmaceutical patent cases under the Hatch-Waxman Act and within the biotechnology industry. Has litigated numerous patent infringement and invalidity actions, including many cases involving top-selling worldwide prescription drugs for both generic and name-brand clients. Routinely advises clients on their intellectual property portfolios and has extensive experience with the Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act's drug-approval provisions and their attendant regulations; provides infringement, validity, and due diligence opinions. Experienced with copyrights, particularly those involving functional works; counsels biotechnology clients regarding licensing matters.

 Arshad Jamil
Associate Vice President & Head - Intellectual Property Rights - BIOCON LIMITED
Arshad Jamil is a senior patent attorney with extensive experience in the legal and IP rights fields. Mr Jamil is the chief IP counsel and global head of IP rights at Biocon Ltd, where he is responsible for the company’s patent and trademark filings and policy, abbreviated new drug application (ANDA) filings and handling US litigation for ANDAs and Biosimilars.
In his previous assignment, Arshad was a senior patent attorney at Sun Pharma, where he handled ANDA litigations, including US settlements. He received his bachelor’s of engineering from Mysore University in 1991 and his bachelor of laws from Meerut University (now Chaudhary Charan Singh University) in 1998. In 2014 he completed the SP Jain Institute of Management and Research postgraduate executive management programme.
Navneet Hrishikesan
Director & Head of Service Provider Legal, Asia Pacific & Japan, Cisco
Navneet is currently the Legal Director responsible for Cisco’s Global Service Provider segment in the Asia-Pacific & Japan region.
In this role, Navneet leads a team responsible for all legal matters relating to Cisco’s telecom customers in the Australia/ New Zealand, Japan, Korea, ASEAN and India/ SAARC theatres. Besides being a director on the board of several subsidiaries, Navneet is also a member of the Asia Pacific & Japan - Service Provider leadership team.
Navneet has broad and extensive experience on complex technology related matters and is a frequent speaker at industry events.
Prior to Cisco, Navneet was the General Counsel for Wipro’s Americas Geography. Navneet has also spent time in London as an Associate with the law firm, Simmons & Simmons.
Navneet was the recipient of Cisco’s Horizon Award in 2012. He also received the Wipro Chairman’s award for “Best Deal Maker of the Year” in 2007 and was one of the nominees for the “Best IT/ Technology Deal of the Year Award” at “The Lawyer Awards” in 2005.
Navneet currently lives in Bangalore, India, with his wife (who is also a lawyer) and family.
 Shilpi Jha
Senior Legal Counsel for Intellectual Property – South Asia USPTO India

Shilpi Jha is Senior Legal IP Counsel-South Asia, in the Office of Patent and Trademark, U.S. Embassy located in New Delhi, India. She is responsible for monitoring, advising, analyzing and reporting on Intellectual Property matters related to India and South Asian Countries. She is also responsible for promoting high standards of intellectual property protection and enforcement, as well as cooperation between the U.S. and South Asian governments on intellectual property matters. She has experience of over 14 years in legal practice, business development and public policy. Before joining the USPTO, She worked at the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), for 8 years, where she was responsible for framing drafting policy papers/inputs and the industry-face to the government on IPR related matters. She has been responsible for various innovative works done in areas of IPR Policy, Capacity development, Services, Anti-counterfeiting & Piracy at both the National & International levels. She has contributed to the anti-counterfeiting and anti-piracy drives in the enforcement agencies in India.
For her contribution in Intellectual property Rights, Ms. Jha was chosen by Government of India to attend a ten days “ Train the Trainer” Training Program in WIPO, Geneva. She was the only one, from private sector to be chosen for this prestigious training program. She has spoken extensively at various prestigious national and international forums and at reputed management colleges on the topic of intellectual property & Innovation. Earlier, Shilpi has worked with leading national law firms like Dua Associates, Bhasin and Co and Anand and Anand, where and was responsible for advising and litigating matters related to Intellectual Property and civil cases. She holds a degree of law from Delhi University, In addition she has done her degree course on Intellectual Property Rights from World Intellectual Property office (WIPO), Geneva. She is also a post graduate in statistics from Hindu College, Delhi University.

 Roopal Jobanputra
Principal Associate - Gowling WLG Dubai
Roopal Jobanputra is a principal associate based in the Dubai office of the international law firm Gowling WLG. Roopal works with both the Corporate Commercial team and the Project Finance team.
Roopal advises on a range of corporate matter including mergers and acquisitions, private equity, joint ventures, restructurings, pre-IPO and IPOs. Her work involves working with international clients across the Middle East, Europe, Asia and Africa. Highlights include advising a family office on its US$246 million partial exit from an African telecoms business and its subsequent restructuring; a high net worth individual on a US$85 million investment and US$165 million restructuring, the £30 million investment by a Dubai based sovereign wealth fund into a UK company and a UK listed company on its investment in a Dubai-based regional bank. Roopal also advises start-ups on company and group structures in order to ensure that such companies are investment ready.
Roopal has advised on a range of project finance transactions in the GCC and Africa across a range of sectors. She also advises on general finance and security matters across the region and internationally including providing advice in relation to transactions that involve Sharia'h compliant funding and has recently advised on the Sharia'h aspects of a £24 million development financing deal structured on a Murabaha basis.
Roopal previously worked as in-house counsel at Mashreqbank psc where she gained conventional and Islamic financing experience on a wide array of deals across varying sectors. Roopal is familiar with and has experience of various Islamic structures including Ijara, Murabaha, Musharakah and Mudarabah and of Islamic treasury documentation including ISDA style Master Agreement and FX Options/Forwards product schedules.
 Sriram Jonnalagedda
Vice President – Client Services – iRunway
 Kailash Joshi
Retired IBM executive - IBM, US

Kailash Joshi, a retired IBM executive, is among Silicon Valley mentors of entrepreneurs, Companies and non-profit organizations. His current interests include health care, energy and human development. Kailash started his career on the Cornell University faculty and had an accomplished career at IBM that spanned 23 years. He was the General Manager of IBM Lexington, KY (now Lexmark, NYSE: LXK). He was also responsible for IBM’s reentry in to India in 1991. After taking early retirement from IBM, Kailash moved to Silicon Valley in 1992, where he has been engaged with small technology companies in different capacities and has been part of several successful mergers.
Kailash is a co-founder of The Indus Entrepreneurs (http://www.tie.org/), a prominent global organization of entrepreneurs. He served as the President of TiE Silicon Valley and Vice Chairman of TiE Global from 2001 through 2004. Kailash co-founded American India Foundation (http://www.aifoundation.org/) in conjunction with a group of Indo-Americans and former President Clinton, and also served as AIF’s first President in 2001. He, along with Mr. Kumar Malavalli launched the Digital Equalizer (DE) program of AIF for the computer education of the underprivileged. He also initiated AIF’s youth service program for India in 2001. Kailash edited the popular book “Essentials of Entrepreneurship”, a John Wiley publication that serves both teachers and students of entrepreneurship in many countries. In 2008, he helped introduce a 911-like emergency system for his native state of Uttarakhand (uses 108 dialing) in Northern India. He was honored for this contribution in November, 2010 at a public event. Kailash also co-founded Bluegrass Indo-American Civic Society in Lexington, KY in 1987 (http://www.biacs.org/). He served India Community Center (http://www.indiacc.org/) as a Co-President and Director, and serves as a Trustee of Foundation For Excellence (http://www.FFE.org). He also serves as Chairman of Global Institute of Intellectual Property (http://www.giipinfo.org). Kailash holds a B.E. degree with distinction from Indian institute of Science, Bangalore, a M.S. degree from Washington State University, and a Ph.D. degree from Cornell University. In October, 2005 Kailash was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Science degree of HNB Garhwal University at a special convocation presided by President of India, Hon. Abdul Kalam, for his contributions to entrepreneurship and Information Technology. He has served or continues to serve on the Boards of over 15 business, educational, civic, and charitable institutions. His hobbies include golf, bridge, hiking and gardening. 

 Dr. Debjani Kapila
Engagement and Commercialization Manager, GE Ventures Licensing (GEVL), US

Debjani Kapila is currently on a bridge assignment with GE Ventures Licensing (GEVL). In her assignment she is responsible for monetization of technologies and intellectual property (IP) globally via creative commercialization structures ranging from Licensing to new venture creation, in partnership with Businesses on behalf of GE Ventures Licensing. This includes driving origination, evaluation, market & business models and commercial execution.
Before taking this assignment, she was the CoE Leader for GRC Analytics in PACE (Patents and Analytics Center of Excellence) at JFWTC Bangalore. She was responsible for managing a team of Technology professionals and providing strategic IP, Technology & Competitive Intelligence support to the different centers of GE Global Research across the globe.
She completed MS and PhD from Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore. She then worked as a Post Doc for few years in India and abroad before joining John F Welch Technology Center Bangalore in 2000 as a Research Scientist for GE Plastics. She is GE certified black belt in Lean Six Sigma and has a TRIZ Level 2 certification from The International TRIZ Association. Debjani also has a Post Graduate Certificate in Business Management from XLRI, Jamshedpur. After spending 3 years in GE Plastics she joined the legal team in Global Research in 2003 and took over as a Manager for Medical Technologies Lab in 2006. Debjani has several patents on her portfolio.

 Anubhav Kapoor
Anubhav Kapoor has twenty-one (21) years of in-house experience with consistent achievement while serving as key member and advisor to executive management, implementing strategic business growth initiatives, managing through crisis and change, and overseeing all aspects of corporate governance and the corporate legal function with global responsibilities.
Listed by Intellectual Asset Management (IAM) among top 300 World’s Leading IP Strategists
Work experience with companies engaged in information technology (IT), software, food, pharmaceuticals, and engineering services in automotive, aerospace & industrial machinery.
CORE KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS AREAS INCLUDE:
Complex Transaction Negotiation and Management * Corporate Governance * Regulatory Compliance * Global Subsidiary Management * Mergers & Acquisitions * Business Advisory & Solutions * Corporate Structuring * Securities Law * Financial Transactions * Litigation Management * International Arbitration * Enterprise Risk Management * Public Company Representation * Intellectual Property * Management of Business Ethics * Corporate Sustainability * Business Strategy * Share Incentive Schemes * Team Building * Leadership Awards & Recognition
• Listed on Intellectual Asset Management (IAM) Strategy 300 among world's 300 IP strategist - June 2015
• Asia IP Elite 2014 - Recognizing Tata Technologies for using IP in Business Strategy IP Media Group & IAM Magazine, UK - Dec 2014 - Shanghai-China
• India Compliance Awards 2014 - Best Compliance Program Award 2014 Legasis Group - October 2014 - Mumbai, India
• Legal Era IP Awards 2014 - Best In-House IP Team of the year in IT & Technology Legal Era Group. - Aug 2014 –Mumbai, India
• Asia IP Elite 2013 - Recognizing Tata Technologies for using IP in Business Strategy IP Media Group & IAM Magazine, UK - Nov 2013 - Singapore
Recognized within the Tata Group for implementing several “Leading Edge” practices
 Shruti Kaushik
Founder Director - Patentwire Consultants, India
Shruti Kaushik is Founder Director with Patentwire, an Independent Patent & Technology Consultant Firm. She is also Co-Founder, IP Bazzaar Technologies Consultants Pvt. Ltd.. She is a Registered Patent Agent, India, and specializing in the area of Intellectual Property for more than ten years. Ms. Kaushik is on the panel of Ministry of MSME as Speaker and Guest Faculty in IP Awareness Programmes organized by the Ministry. She is also a member of Steering Committee of IPFC Project of FISME.
A Post-Graduate in Toxicology and Management, she has obtained certifications from WIPO, Geneva in related specializations. During her professional career span, she has been associated with renowned brands like IBM, CSIR, Amity University and FICCI.
She believes in effective monetization of IPs created by innovators. Her team acknowledged and understood the pain it takes in the journey from mind to market. The gap is being bridged by her new venture IP Bazzaar which complements Start-up India, Make In India and Innovations at the same time. It is a match maker between the technology provider and technology seeker.
 Denise M. Kettelberger
Ph.D. – Of Counsel – Patterson Thuente Pedersen, US
Denise Kettelberger concentrates her practice in intellectual property law, with a particular emphasis on biotechnology patents.
Denise focuses on strategic patent portfolio management for clients in the biotechnology, pharmaceutical and medical device industries. Her work in this area includes patentability assessment, strategic filing, and coordinated prosecution of worldwide patent applications, including prior art management, analysis of individual inventive contributions, proactive and coordinated PTO examiner interviews, appeals, and strategic reexamination and oppositions.
Denise's technical expertise in the chemical and biotechnology arts includes plant and animal genetics, particularly peptide modulators of angiogenesis, immune responses, cell growth and metabolism, and receptor/ligand function; humanized antibody and antibody fragment design function, therapeutics and screening systems; genetic profiling, diagnostic and prognostic nucleic acid signature systems; hybrid and transgenic plants for food and consumer products; the interface of biomedical data and software platforms; organic and small molecule therapeutics such as nucleoside and nonnucleoside viral inhibitors, tyrosine kinase inhibitors and quinazoline-based cytotoxins; nanoscale enzyme-linked electrochemical analyte sensing systems; photocatalytic films for fluid purification; and self-cleaning architectural structures.
A unique aspect of Denise's practice involves counseling clients on developments in emerging law related to biologic molecules, including proposed regulation of biosimilars (follow-on biologics). By actively monitoring U.S. and European efforts to develop guidelines and legislation for follow-on versions of successful biotechnology drugs, she helps clients to strategically prepare and position in this changing industry.
In addition to her patent portfolio work, Denise performs intellectual property due diligence for technology and licensing transactions, mergers and acquisitions, product launches and public offerings, including freedom-to-operate, landscape, infringement and validity analysis and opinions. She also provides IP litigation support, with a particular emphasis on biotechnology patent litigation and biotechnology trade secret protection.
Denise is active in the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA). She is an AIPLA fellow and chair of a new biosimilars subcommittee of the AIPLA Special Committee on Pharmaceutical Regulation. Denise is a frequent speaker and author on biotechnology patent law issues.
Patents
US 7,247,782, Genetic Music, Hennings and Kettelberger
Accolades
IP Law360 Outstanding Women, 2007
Education
• Loyola College, BS, Biology, 1975 University of Maryland School of Medicine, MS, 1982 University of Maryland
• School of Medicine, Ph.D., 1986 Baylor College of Medicine, Post Doctoral Fellow, 1987 – 1988 South Texas
• College of Law, JD, 1983, Order of the Lytae
 Shekhar Khanduja
Associtate Vice President - IP and R&D Solutions
Email: shekhar.khanduja@evalueserve.com
Summary
Shekhar Khanduja is Associate Vice President in the Intellectual Property and R&D (IPRD) group at Evalueserve. He has been with Evalueserve for more than 11 years and is currently heading the Search solution of IPRD group, along with leading the Hi-tech IP and R&D practice of Evalueserve.
He has extensive experience in setting up large scale processes for IP search and intelligence, as well as developing cutting edge IP search solutions for clients based out of US, Europe and Japan.
As the head of Search solution, he is responsible for preparing robust search processes for large scale engagements and integrating in-house and external technology tools into the IP search workflow.
Education
Shekhar is an Electrical Engineer, graduated from IIT Roorkee in 2006.
 Tarun Khurana
Partner - Khurana & Khurana (K&K), India

Tarun has over 14 years of experience in a broad range of Intellectual Property (IP) subject matters, and is the Co-Founding Partner and Patent Attorney of Khurana & Khurana (K&K) and of its Patent Research and IP Asset Management Firm, IIPRD, both of which is among the Leading IP and Commercial Law Practices in India with 6 Offices and over 100 Professionals. The firms also have regional offices in US, Vietnam, Myanmar, Bangladesh, and Nepal. Tarun is ranked among the top 12 Patent Prosecution Practitioners in India by IAM, and has executed numerous assignments related to Patent Portfolio Creation, Protection, Prosecution, Litigation, Valuation and Commercialization for numerous Indian and International Corporates ranging from Small Start-ups to Fortune 5 companies including Google, Huawei, Xiaomi, ABB, Imagination, SABIC, Tejas Networks, IITs, Emerson, Daimler Benz, Pegatron, Cadence, Bell Helicopter, L&T, Cipla, Piramal, Alembic, Glenmark, IISc, TIFR, Haier, Electra, Indian Oil Corporation, among many others. Tarun focuses on the Patent Preparation, IP Valuation, Commercialization, Prosecution and Litigation opinions for Electronics, Computer Implemented, and Mechanical subject matters. Tarun has, apart from handling Indian and International Clients for filing and prosecuting cases in India, helped numerous US and European Patent Attorneys in providing Patent Support Services including Patentability Searches, Invalidation Searches, FTO, Infringement Analysis, Patent Preparation and Responding to Office Actions. Tarun is well versed with the US, EP, and Indian Patent Laws, and has drafted numerous patent applications along with representing clients on complex infringement and invalidation matters. Tarun has a Bachelors in Computer Science Engineering from Pune University, a Masters in Software Systems from BITS Pilani, Bachelors in Law, an MBA from IIM Lucknow, and is in pursuit of his PhD. He also has certifications from IIT Delhi, WIPO, Asian School of Cyber Laws, Indian Law Institute, and International Software Testing Board among many others. Tarun is also a regular speaker at numerous Institutes and Corporates including NTPC, Indian Oil Corporation, IITs, TIFAC, DIT, CSIR, Moserbaer, IIM Lucknow, ASSOCHAM, Managing Intellectual Property (MIP), NALSAR, ONGC, Delhi Technical University, and Tata Chemical among many others.

 Dr. Mandar M Kodgule
Chairman & CEO - IQGEN-X Pharma India
Education

• B.Pharm. from Poona College of Pharmacy, University of Pune
• M. Pharm. and Ph.D. (Tech) from Bombay College of Pharmacy, University of Mumbai. Worked as Lecturer in Pharmaceutical Chemistry for 3 years in Bombay College of Pharmacy.
• Certified Patent Agent and Valuator in India.
• Oxford’s “Advance Management & Leadership Programme” Said Business School, University of Oxford, 2012.

Experience
About 22 years of experience in the Pharmaceutical industry in the areas of Computer Aided Drug Designing, Chemical Research and Tech transfer, Intellectual Property, Business development, Corporate Strategy and Strategic Alliances with companies such as Ranbaxy Laboratories Ltd, Glenmark Pharmaceuticals Ltd and Wockhardt Ltd.
Achievements & Awards
• Worked with Minister of Trade and Commerce and Technical Adviser Prof Mashelkar on finalization of draft for Indian Patent Act 2005 and its amendments in 2006.
• Successfully bagged “Maximum Granted Patents Award” by Govt of India and Pharmexcil for Wockhardt for 6 years consecutively and maintained a 100% success record in US Litigations.
• GEPRA’s “Dr Radhakrishnan Gold Medal Award” for “Outstanding Individual Achievement & Distinguished Service in Special Education (Pharmaceuticals)” in Dec 2012.
Affiliations • “Expert Committee Member” on Pharmacy Course for Rastriya Uchhatar Shiksha Abhiyan (RUSA), Maharashtra State.
• Recognized guide for Ph.D and M. Pharm. courses conducted by University of Pune and Rajasthan.
• On advisory board for several Universities for syllabus preparation and visiting professor.
• Invited speaker for conferences conducted by IQPC, IBC Asia, IDMA, UBM, CPhI and various others on Patent Law, Hatch-Waxman Act and Strategic Planning.
• Member for various governmental and nongovernmental trade organizations such as FICCI, CII, Pharmexcil, IPA, IDMA and Continental Who's Who.
Publications
5 international research publications, 112 patent applications & 20 Granted patents.
 Timothy H. Kratz
Partner - McGUIRE Woods LLP, US
Timothy is the former chair of the firm's life sciences industry team. He has extensive experience as a trial attorney, including all forms of litigation and alternative dispute resolution. He leads or has led litigation teams in numerous large, complex matters, including cases in the fields of patents and other forms of intellectual property, technology licensing and development, trade and competition, healthcare, securities, professional malpractice and all aspects of business litigation. His intellectual property experience spans industries such as pharmaceuticals, Internet advertising, hospitality, heavy manufacturing, software development, construction, environmental remediation, and many others.
He is the leader of the firm's Hatch-Waxman litigation team, serving as lead counsel in all phases of numerous ANDA cases for a leading generic pharmaceutical company, including several "first-filer" cases. He has a significant experience in this field, including serving as lead trial counsel on numerous trials and facilitating a major product launch with 180-day exclusivity, nearly 10 years before the last-to-expire patents.
Timothy also has extensive experience in other IP litigation matters in the pharmaceutical arena. He has served as lead counsel in infringement actions against compounding pharmacies alleged to have infringed a patent in the years before FDA approval for the branded product. He has also acted as lead counsel in a patent ownership dispute between a drug inventor and a university research foundation. Additionally, he has acted as lead counsel in a legal malpractice dispute concerning the scope of patent protection for a pharmaceutical product in Pacific Rim countries.
He has a depth of experience in the management of high stakes, high profile commercial litigation. He has tried many cases to verdict in a variety of jurisdictions, and argued several appeals before federal and state appellate courts. He has taught trial advocacy to both law students and lawyers in several states. While earning his law degree, he was a recipient of the Law Foundation Scholarship.
 Ramachandra Kulkarni
Senior IPR Consultant - Tata Consultancy Services Limited, India

Ramachandra Kulkarni has over 10 years experience in the IP industry. He is a Senior IPR Consultant at Tata Consultancy Services Limited. His areas of expertise include patent drafting and prosecution, litigation support services, patent searching & analytics relating to due diligence, freedom to operate, and patentability searches. Prior to joining TCS, Ramachandra was the General Manager Operations at a leading IP Strategy and Consulting firm, where he was head of the firm's ICT patent practice and played a key role in expanding the firm's Electronics and Software patent practice. Some of his key contributions include leading the team for a project involving the analysis of over 1000 published patents related to ICT for pre-grant opposition, drafting over 25 US patent applications related to wireless telecom for a single US client, and managing a team for prosecuting 18 US patents for an Indian fabless semiconductor startup company. He has previously worked as a Patent Manager at a US patent law firm RAPC (which was recently recognized as the largest trademark law firm in the world), where he was trained in US patent prosecution by US patent attorneys. Ramachandra holds a B.E. in Electrical and Electronics Engineering and has completed an advanced course on Embedded Systems.

 Anil Kumar
Head Patent Group Bangalore – LexOrbis India
Anil heads the patent group at the Bengaluru Office driving quality of patent drafting and prosecution, among other things. He has over thirty-six years of industrial experience in the fields of Quality Assurance and Reliability Assurance of a wide variety of Electronic Equipment, including power and control electronics. He has several years of experience in Engineering and Research and Development in the field of power electronic motor controllers for machine tools and other industrial applications at Kirloskar Electric, Unit IV, Mysore and over fourteen years in Intellectual Property at Philips. He retired as the Head of Intellectual Property and Standards, India, at Philips India Ltd., in 2015. He has vast IP experience and excels in identifying patentable inventions, sharpening them and widening their scope of application. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in B.E. (Electronics and Communication) and M. Tech. in (Reliability Engineering, IIT, Kharagpur).
 Ashutosh Kumar
Mr. Kumar has completed his first bachelor’s degree in the field of Business Management, in the year 2007. Thereafter, he completed his Bachelor of Law from the Bharati Vidyapeeth University, Pune. Along with this he has also done diplomas in several specialized fields of law namely Corporate Law, Cyber Law and Intellectual Property Laws. After completing his bachelor’s degree of law, in the year 2010, he joined University College London, London for pursuing Masters in the field of Intellectual Property Laws, where along with other branches of IP Law, he specialized in the field of Patent Law as well as in Competition Law and IP interface.
In March 2012 Mr. Kumar Joined Singh and Singh LPP. His work profile includes Patent and Competition Law Litigation. He has worked on various highly contentious cases pertaining to the field of patents as well as competition laws which include amongst others Novartis vs. Union of India and Ericsson vs Competition Commission of India. He has also handled various highly contentious matters arising out of agreements pertaining to licensing and assignment of IP rights.
Currently, Mr. Kumar is working as an IP & Competition Law Attorney with the firm and handling high profile patent infringement suits filed against various Indian and Chinese mobile phone players such as Micromax, Lava, Xiaomi, Gionee and Intex.
 M Vinod Kumar
Inventor with CTO office - Tejas Networks
Mr. M Vinod Kumar completed his B.Tech. (1999-2003) specializing in Analog Integrated Circuits from the Department of Electrical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, Madras (IITM) and M.E. (2003-05) in Telecommunications from the Department of E.C.E., Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore (IISc). Since then he is with the CTO office of Tejas Networks Ltd.

Mr. Vinod Kumar is currently Chairman of the Working Group called Radio Network Evolution and Spectrum (RNES), of Study Group 1, Telecommunications Standards Development Society, India (TSDSI). Before this, he was Chairman of Working Group responsible for drafting IPR Policy for TSDSI.

Very active in research, he has applied for more than 70 patents in TCP, IP/MPLS, Ethernet, DWDM and LTE technologies. At Tejas he is developing and managing DWDM and ASON Planning Tool, and undertaking R&D on communication functions and infrastructure for Long-ranged & Secure IoT.

Mr. Vinod Kumar has been contributing to standards since 2008 at SDOs like IEEE, ITU-T, WiMAX Forum, 3GPP, TSDSI, etc. He was instrumental in the development of IEEE 802.1bf (PBB-TE Segment Protection.)

Programming, inventing, and reading are his passions. He also takes keen interest in topics related to the nature of space, time and cosmology, and Vedic Astrology. He had managed TSDSI’s website, web-server and email servers for more than 1 year during TSDSI’s initial days.

As a hobby he plays Carom, solves puzzles like Lokulus, Kaleidoscope, Jenga, Kingdom Quest, etc.

He has also authored a very short book named Key Concepts of Wireless Mobile Communications (only on Kindle) for those who are serious short of time to look at reference books and need a very quick recap.

 Karthik Kumar
Ph.D., focuses on patent litigation at the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) and the U.S. federal district courts. - Finnegan's Washington US office
 Manish Kumar
Associate Principal – Corporate Audits, Assessments and Certification Group – Infosys Limited
Manish is currently working with Infosys Limited as Associate Principal with the Corporate Audits, Assessments and Certification Group. In his current role, he manages complex audit program within the organization, its various subsidiaries, legal entities and vendors too. These audit programs are mainly focused on IT GRC Framework including SOX, SSAE 16 SOC 1, SOC 2, HIPPA, PCI-DSS, COSO, FISMA as well as Contractual, Regulatory and Statutory Compliance dealing with multiple focus areas, including Quality Management Systems, Data Privacy, Security, Intellectual Property and many more.
Manish started his career from a Public Sector Unit - Hindustan Aeronautics Limited in the year 2003, and later worked with various IT Majors like Hewlett-Packard, Cegedim Dendrite Group, Tecnotree Corporation, Finland & Wipro, before joining Infosys. He is well known in the Industry for his contribution towards identification of Commercialization Risks, Risk Profiling for Mergers and Acquisition, DRM Technologies and identification of Contractual Risks in Large Deals. He is an established Lead Auditor for various ISO standards like 9001, 27001, 20000, 22301, 15489, 13485, AS 9100 Revision D & has participated as Assessment Team Member (ATM) in his previous organizations for various CMMI - SCAMPI Assessments.
He is an alumnus of the Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore with specialization in Corporate Strategy and Capital Management. He completed his B.E. (E&C) from MJP Rohilkhand University, Bareilly
 Shiva Kumar
Partner - K & S Partners, India

Shivakumar is primarily involved in drafting and prosecution of patents in the areas of biotechnology, microbiology, molecular biology, biochemistry, pharmaceuticals, bio- pharmaceuticals, medical diagnostics, therapeutics and nanotechnology. He also provides opinions on the validity and enforcement of patents, freedom to operate, infringement analysis and assists clients with due diligence, technology transfer and licensing apart from managing patent portfolios. He regularly appears before the Indian Patent Office, the Intellectual Property Appellate Board in connection with prosecution of patent applications and related matters. Prior to joining the firm, he had worked with a renowned organization. He is also a regular speaker at various conferences and seminars.

 Lakshmikant
Founder - DOLCERA, India

Lakshmikant is an inventor and entrepreneur. He founded Dolcera, an IP, market research and analytics firm in 2004 as a typical garage outfit with limited resources. Today, Dolcera is recognized as a leading technology and analytics consulting firm both globally and in India and counts dozens of Fortune 500 firms as its clients. Dolcera has offices in California, London, Beijing and Hyderabad. At Dolcera Lakshmikant heads product development, service delivery and international marketing. Prior to Dolcera he used to handle product development and international marketing for his chemicals firm United Chemie. Lakshmikant is an inventor with a patent to his name. At Dolcera, he has pioneered many innovations in the area of machine learning to analyze and classify complex documents like patents and technical literature. He is also the inventor of a medical device that aims to improve medical outcomes while lowering over all treatment costs for patients. At United Chemie he invented several chemical processes, the products of which have added many millions of dollars in revenue to the company. He is a thought leader in the field of IP. He led the Dolcera team to the first position in the White House sponsored USPTO cancer moonshot program. He has published papers that have been published at leading conferences globally like ACS (Annual), Bio (Annual) and several others. He has spoken at various leading IP forums like the SPIC, LES (Global) and Tie events. Lakshmikant has a Bachelors degree in Chemistry and an MBA from MDI, Gurgaon

 R. Lakshminarayanan
General Manger – IPR Mgmt., Samsung R&D India - Bangalore

Lakshmi heads the Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) Management in Samsung R&D India - Bangalore, and is responsible for championing systematic invention creation, securing enforceable patent protection & building high-quality patent portfolio for Samsung in India. Lakshmi has over 18 years of experience in the field of IPR, with specialization in patenting of software technologies and management of large global patent portfolio. Under his IPR leadership, Samsung R&D - Bangalore won (i) National IP Award Y2015 (ii) WIPO IP Enterprise Award Y2015 (iii) Zinnov “Great Place to Innovate” Y2015 & (iv) Samsung Special Award Y2016. Prior to joining Samsung in Y2011, Lakshmi has held various positions in the Patent Departments of Nokia, GE and IPVALUE and also as Partner with a leading IP Firm in India. Lakshmi is Graduate in Mechanical Engineering from the Institution of Engineers (India). He holds LLB from Karnataka State Law University and also an LLM in Business Law. He is registered to practice before the Indian Patent Office since year 2002. Lakshmi is a member of In-House IP Professionals Forum in India, member of Japan Institute of Invention & Innovation and also has been frequent speaker in various IP forums and conferences. Lakshmi was formerly in the advisory panel of Patent Attorneys for the Kerala State Council for Science, Technology & Environment.

 Taranpreet Singh Lamba
Vice President of IP – Glenmark Pharamaceuticals
Mr. Taranpreet Singh Lamba is presently working as Vice President of Intellectual Property and Global Product Portfolio Management in Glenmark Pharmaceuticals Limited, Mumbai. He has more than 16 years of rich experience in the patent with specific focus in patentability aspect of Innovations, managing patent portfolios, life cycle management infringement matters and oppositions for various countries including India, Russia, Brazil, Mexico, Europe and US in the field of NCE, generics and biotechnology. He has handled various complex litigations and has done out of court settlements in various jurisdictions. Also responsible for making Product Portfolio for Glenmark Globally.
Taranpreet Singh Lamba has written articles on important intellectual property issues and has spoken at various National and International conferences on IP matters. He is a pharmacy graduate and has done M. Tech in Pharmaceutical Technology from NIPER and has further also done specialization in patent law.
 Jane List
Director, Extract Information, UK

Jane List is Director of Extract Information, an information and training consultancy specialising in IP Management, patent information training and Information industry consultancy. She has worked in technical information for over 25 years, in central UK government, private research associations and industry, including 12 years with The Technology Partnership Plc, Melbourn as Information Analyst and as IP Analyst at Xaar plc, Cambridge. Her subject focus is broad including high technology, life sciences, biotechnology, chemical sciences

 Nirupam Lodha
Partner – Luthra & Luthra Law Offices India
Nirupam Lodha is a Partner at Luthra & Luthra Law offices with over ten years of experience in the field of intellectual property and information technology laws. He joined the bar in 2007 and has been associated with the Firm since then.
Early on in his career, he received the prestigious ITechLaw Travelling Fellowship Award, as a part of which he worked with leading law firms in Europe and United States of America. Also, he was awarded a scholarship and honorary membership by the International Bar Association’s (IBA) Intellectual Property and Media Law Section.
Nirupam has worked extensively on IP transactional matters and as part of his transactional experience he has drafted, vetted and negotiated various IP related agreements including technology transfer agreements, software and other licenses, assignments, software development agreements and has also conducted IP audits and due diligences on target companies for major clientele of the Firm. He has also been actively involved in prosecution, acquisition, advisory and enforcement of various forms of intellectual property including trademarks, copyrights, patents, trade secrets, domain names, designs, etc.
Nirupam also routinely advises clients on matters relating to data privacy and information technology. His work experience in this area includes advising clients on the compliance requirements involved in implementation of their human resource and customer record management systems, drafting reviewing and vetting privacy policies and data transfer agreements. He has also advised clients on matters involving data security breaches including the steps to be taken for risk mitigation and the necessary enforcement actions.
 Avnindra Mohan
President, Essel Group
Avnindra Mohan, 55, is working as President in Essel Group ( Zee Network). He is handling all the legal & regulatory affairs of the Group, which inter-alia include Broadcasting ( various Zee Channels), Direct - to- Home (DTH) Services – Dish TV, Cable Distribution - Siti Cable Network Limited etc.
In a career spanning over 34 years, he has served with various reputed companies and multi-national organizations.
An alumni of IIM-Kozhikode, Mr. Mohan is a Chartered Accountant (FCA), Law Graduate (LLB), PGDBM & Chartered Financial Analyst. He is actively interacting with various Trade bodies, Associations such as FICCI, ASSOCHAM, etc., Regulatory Authorities (TRAI) & Ministries viz. Ministry of Information & Broadcasting, Ministry of Finance and Ministry of Commerce (DIPP) on various industry-related issues such as Content Piracy, Treaties, IPRs, Copyrights, Content Code for Broadcasters, International Taxation, etc.
He has been representing Indian Broadcasting Federation (IBF) in the discussions relating to WIPO & WTO treaties for Broadcasting Sector. He has been a member of various task force and committees constituted by Ministry of Information & Broadcasting, Govt. of India for implementation of Digital Addressable Systems (DAS), Broadcasting Bill, Content Code etc.
 Dr. Alka Mehta
Head – IP Cipla Limited, India

A doctorate in pharmacy, Dr.. alka mehta heads the intellectual property cell of the well known pharma company, cipla. she is a registered patent agent and has also completed her graduation in law and has worked in the r&d department of pharma companies like ipca, novartis, wockhardt . her work profile includes all patent related activities like prosecution, maintenance, litigation, infringement analysis and due diligence, licensing and technology evaluation. she is a visiting faculty at c u shah college of pharmacy, sndt university and iips.

 Girma Wolde Micheal
Former Deputy Chief IP Counsel and Head of International IP Operations - Medtronic, US
Girma Wolde-Michael Girma Wolde-Michael has practiced Intellectual Property (IP) law for over 26 years. He has broad experience in all aspects of IP law including innovation management in globally distributed research and development (R&D) environments. Mr. Wolde-Michael's diverse educational and professional backgrounds provide him with a unique perspective to integrate business and technology within his IP law practice.
Mr. Wolde-Michael has worked in law firms and corporate organizations. During the last 18 years he worked in senior management as the Deputy Chief IP Counsel and Head of International IP Operations for Medtronic, one of the largest medical device companies in the world.
Prior to his law practice, he worked as an engineer, engineering manager, senior R&D manager, and senior business and product development director. .
Mr. Wolde-Michael holds undergraduate degrees in engineering and economics both from the University of Minnesota, an MBA and Masters in International Business both from the University of St.Thomas, and a Juris Doctor from William Mitchell law school. He completed his last year of law school at the University of Santa Clara. He has also completed post graduate studies in semiconductors, communication systems, and microcircuits. He holds 6 U.S. patents. .
Mr. Wolde-Michael has led several international seminars, conferences and missions in the U.S., Western Europe, Middle East, India, and China. He has also lectured at various colleges and universities on international business, innovation management, IP law and its intersection with technology and business. .
Mr. Wolde-Michael recently retired from Medtronic to establish a global healthcare consortium group with a focus on medical products, healthcare solutions, and services tailored to low and middle income countries. .
 Shuvajit Mitra
Contracts Manager - Honeywell Technology Solutions, India

Shuvajit is an in-house counsel for around 7.5 years after graduating the law programme from Dept. of Law at Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kharagpur, with specialization in Intellectual Property (IP) Rights. He is a registered Patent Agent (IN/PA-1469) at the Indian Patent & Trademark Office, Government of India. Shuvajit has experience for 7.5 years, managing Open Source (OS) and 3rd party (proprietary) Software licensing matters- by drafting, negotiating, designing & structuring deals in context of revenue recognition and compliance in Wipro & Honeywell, with deep interest in following latest trends in Open Source from legal perspective.

 Roxana Malladi
Lead IP Professional - GE Global Research, India
 Irfan Modi
Senior IP Law Attorney - IBM, India
 Aslam Mohamed
Partner - RNA IP Attorneys, India

Mohamed Aslam was called to the Bar of the Madras High Court in 1984 and was also the senior consulting advocate for top IP practice DePenning. After several years of practise he ventured into the corporate world with Eagle Flask.
His main area of specialisation is to incubate systems and processes in the corporate legal departments and transform them into inhouse counselling and advisory centres. He has successfully done so in many companies like Burroughs Wellcome, Asian Paints, Castrol India, Godrej, ITC and Havells, market leaders in their respective industries. A special area of Aslam’s expertise has been to install comprehensive Brand Development and IP Protection measures by knitting together the R&D Marketing and Sales efforts of companies with the incubated IP teams of inhouse and external lawyers spanning several countries.
Aslam has for the past several years been engaged in the emerging IP area of taxation of intangible fixed assets and its implications on licensing. His experience with a Chartered Accountancy firm in the past and with the strong legal skills of ITC in indirect taxation stand him in good stead in his current interest of blending taxation and IP. He has developed models to avoid service tax and stamp duties on licencing and mergers. Currently Aslam is the Legal Advisor for Havells India Ltd and advises this group on harmonizing and synergising their global IP work. Aslam has specific expertise in dealing IP issues in emerging markets and production bases in China for brands owned by companies in developed economies and in India.

  Dipak Mundra
Partner – LexOrbis India
Dipak is a Partner with LexOrbis. He is a versatile and result oriented Patent Lawyer with over 15 years of experience in handling the entire IPR (Patents) portfolio. He concentrates his practice on intellectual property litigation, strategic patent consultancy, prosecution strategy and counselling matters. He has obtained successful results for clients in numerous intellectual property cases, particularly in the field of pharmaceutical and chemical industry. Prior to LexOrbis, he was engaged for 10 years as In-house Patent Counsel for India’s largest pharmaceutical company, Sun Pharma, managing its global patent portfolio. In his illustrious career, he has not only handled numerous contentious matters in India but has actively participated in Hatch Waxman Litigation proceedings in the US District Courts and CAFC.
 Dr. Jaya Murthy
Manager - Global IPCoE, Eaton’s Intellectual Property Center of Excellence, India

Dr. Jaya Murthy leads Eaton’s Intellectual Property Center of Excellence (IPCoE). Jaya has a PhD in Chemistry from the University of Mumbai, a Masters’ in Intellectual Property (IP) from the University of New Hampshire, USA and is a registered US Patent Agent. Over the course of the past ten plus years, she has worked in most aspects of the lifecycle of IP, including creation, protection, management and monetization of IP and has applied the concepts in various scenarios to help create game changing IP. She has worked extensively in a variety of domains including chemistry, energy, catalysis, agriculture and engineering. Prior to joining Eaton in 2014, Jaya had worked with corporates like GE, Chevron and Thomson Reuters, Law Firms, University of California and University of Mumbai and as an IP Consultant, and has extensive international experience, having worked in India, USA, UK and the Netherlands.

 Biju.K.Nair
Licensing Lead ( India) - Open Invention Network, India

Biju.K.Nair, is the Licensing Lead ( India), Open Invention Network and is a litigator having worked in various jurisdictions across India as well as Counsel with SFLC.in. His areas of practice extend from Corporate and Commercial Law, Competition Law, Trademarks and Copyrights and Constitutional Law. He worked as a Senior Associate in the Litigation Departments of Luthra & Luthra Law Offices and Amarchand Mangaldas in New Delhi. Biju.K.Nair earned his Law Degree(B.A LLB) from Army Institute of Law in 2004.He is a member of Bar Council of Delhi, licensed to appear before the Supreme Court of India, all the State High Courts in India.

 Ranjan Narula
Managing Partner – RNA, India
Ranjan founded the specialist IP law firm, RNA, in 2004, and is now its Managing Partner. He has twenty four years’ post qualification IP experience, both contentious and non-contentious, working in-house in the legal department of Burmah Castrol (now BP) for more than three years, and as a partner of leading international IP consultancy, Rouse, for 10 years, heading its India practice. This combination of in-house and international experience has given Ranjan both an acute awareness of the need for commercial solutions and an understanding of the highest levels of international IP service. He has worked on over 500 civil and criminal actions for clients in various industries including the IT, telecom, apparel, FMCG, confectionery, beverages (alcoholic and non alcoholic), and finance industries.
Currently, he advises a wide range of IP holders on IP management issues, providing strategic advice in relation to IP clearance, acquisition, protection, exploitation, and enforcement. Ranjan has been ranked as a leading IP practitioner by various publications including WTR 1000, IP Star (Managing IP), Who’s Who legal, Asia IP experts and others.
Ranjan is a regular contributor to various IP journals and has served on the editorial board of the leading international trade mark publication, Trademark World. He is also a panelist for the ‘.in’ domain Registry.
Ranjan is also active within INTA and currently chairs India IPO Subcommittee of Trademark Office Practices (TOPC).
 Kavita Mundkur Nigam
Kavita Mundkur Nigam is a Partner, Advocate in the Trade Marks Department of Krishna & Saurastri Associates. Her practice areas include IP & commerical contracts, trade mark prosecution and oppositions, copyright, design, data protection, Litigation, domain names, technology transfer, due diligence, IP licensing and acquisitions. Kavita has initiated successful domain name arbitrations under ICANN's Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP) at WIPO as well as at the .IN Registry in India. She also deals with matters relating to infringement, passing off and counterfeiting. She has worked on projects relating to company mergers and acquisitions, private equity, project finance and foreign investment.
Kavita holds a Bachelor's Degree in Law from Government Law College, Mumbai and a Bachelor's Degree in Commerce from Narsee Monjee College of Commerce & Economics. She is registered with the Bar Council of India. She holds a Diploma in Cyber Laws from the Asian School of Cyber Laws, Pune. Kavita also has to her credit, `Diplome de Langue Francaise', a degree in French offered by the Alliance Francaise de Bombay
 Essenese Obhan
Managing Partner - Obhan and Associates, India

Essenese Obhan, managing partner of Obhan & Associates, is a lawyer registered with the Bar Council of India, and a patent agent with a degree in mechanical engineering. He advises many Fortune 500 companies, as well as some of India’s leading corporations, on technology, patent strategy and portfolio management. His work includes drafting and prosecuting patents, as well as patent litigation and opposition proceedings before various courts in India, the Patent Office and the Intellectual Property Appellate Board. He also has extensive experience in handling IP-sensitive transactions for clients in India and abroad. Mr Obhan is a frequent speaker on patent protection and enforcement issues across the country and abroad. He has experience in the industrial, pharmaceuticals, chemical, software, plant variety and telecommunications sectors. He leads the IP team at his firm, which includes specialists in the chemical, biotech, pharmaceuticals, electronic, mechanical, electrical and nanotechnological
Over the years Obhan & Associates, which under Mr Obhan’s aegis started as an IP practice, has diversified into other areas of law. The firm now has a robust corporate practice and regularly advises its clients on commercial transactions. The firm is regularly involved in drafting various kinds of agreement for its clients, ranging from technology transfer, licensing software and brand licensing agreements to documents setting up franchises. The firm’s lawyers are well versed with the Indian Customs Law and are experts on trademark legislation both in India and across the subcontinent.

 Kirit Palsana
Director - Capital Novus, India
 Richa Pandey
Patent Attorney and a Partner - Krishna and Saurastri Associates, India

Richa Pandey is a Patent Attorney and a Partner with Krishna and Saurastri Associates, Delhi (Gurgaon) office. She is an advocate and a registered patent agent. Her core work areas include patent filing, patent prosecution, patent opposition, patent litigation, patentability opinions, searches, invalidity opinions and portfolio management. Ms. Pandey holds a Degree in Law and a Bachelor’s Degree in Science from the University of Lucknow. Ms. Pandey has also been a guest speaker at various national & International conferences on Intellectual Property.

 Suvarna Pandey
Senior Associate – RNA, India
Suvarna is a registered patent agent and a law graduate. Having been in the practice for over 8 years, her specialties include patent searches, patent drafting, patentability and infringement opinion and other technical aspects associated with patenting. She is also involved in patent prosecution proceedings at the patent office, opposition and other invalidity proceedings. She is specialized in the development and strategic management of patent portfolios in areas that include Biotechnology, chemical and pharmaceutical inventions. She has been advising clients on global patent strategy including PCT applications and national phases in designated countries. Her technical background includes post graduation in Biotechnology.
 Ajay Panwar
Sr. Counsel Intellectual Property - GE, India

Responsible for IP management, strategy and providing legal advice to business teams IP issues, prosecution of Patents & Trademarks and related filings all over the world. Global experience on IP matters in US, European, Japanese, Korean, Chinese, Australian IP laws. He was Alstom’s first IP Counsel in India and instrumental in setting up IP department, policies & workflow. Ajay has provided awareness & training programs on IP (trained 1000+ targeted employees). He has coordinated with engineering & project management team on bespoke IP development and generation. He is also involved with engineering teams on targeted IP generation based on innovation inputs, analyzing Patent portfolio of product line, competition and future market requirements. Presently, he is handling independently in-house prosecution at various Indian IP Officesincluding filing and prosecution of trademark, copyright, industrial design and patent applications in India. He is also involved in licensing and technology transfer agreements, standardized legal documentation in relation to IP clauses in sales & supply chain agreement, development agreements, employment agreements, non-disclosure agreements. He likes to prepare legal briefs, legal opinions and guidance to business and engineering teams by providing IP support in relation to licensing/infringement issues.

 Vaibhav Parikh
Partner - Nishith Desai Associates, India

Mr. Vaibhav Parikh is an Electronics Engineer and a Lawyer. He is the Partner in - charge of the Bangalore office of the multi-skilled, research-based international law firm, Nishith Desai Associates (www.nishithdesai.com). He also heads the Technology, M&A and Private Equity practice groups. He is a member of firm’s executive committee.
He has a wide range of experience in corporate and technology transactions. He has advised several private equity and venture capital funds in their investments, specifically in e-commerce, technology, media and life sciences industry. He also has significant experience in M& A transactions including advising on one of the India’s largest e-commerce transaction.
He has been passionately involved in setting up operations and raising finance for several start-up companies. He is actively involved in the Intellectual Property Practice and is in charge of industry focus group for IT, Telecom, and Media. He has advised many leading Indian e-commerce companies in their operations from a legal and regulatory stand point.
He has been nominated as one of Leading Lawyer in Private Equity Practice by IFLR1000 in the year 2013. He has also been nominated as one of the world's leading practitioners in ‘Who's Who Legal’ for Regulatory Communications. He is recommended by Legal 500 as an expert in TMT and competition law in 2014. He has been ranked number one for TMT by Chambers and Partners in 2015.
Vaibhav Parikh is regularly sought after for his extensive experience in advising on technology matters, with an emphasis on corporate transactions.
He has authored several papers and lectured at several prestigious gatherings on a worldwide basis. He has also been acknowledged as a ‘Highly Recommended Lawyer’ for Outsourcing, and Telecom and IT and ‘Recommended Lawyer’ for Intellectual Property by the PLC Which Lawyer? 2009. He has represented NASSCOM at a WTO symposium at Geneva for presenting a paper on ‘Movement of Natural Persons’ in 2001. He is a Charter Member of TiE, Bangalore Chapter and is also on the executive council of the Franchising Association of India

 Sanjaykumar Patel
Heading IPR - B&S group of UK

Mr. Sanjaykumar Patel is heading IPR department at B&S group of UK (largest pharma distributor and generic pharmaceutical group). He is handling all IPR activities and product selection as well as business development opportunities for B&S Group. He is a registered Indian Patent agent and post graduate in pharmaceutics from L.M College of Pharmacy and has done LL.B from M.S University. He is holding P.G Diploma in Patent law from NALSAR University. Previously he had worked with Alembic Pharma, Astron Research of Intas Pharma (Accord Healthcare) and Torrent Pharmaceuticals. He has rich experience of more than 12 years in IPR domain specifically in patent area. He had been selected for Training as Patent expert at Tokyo, sponsored by Japan Patent Office in 2012. He is active member of “IP Community�? Group of Japan managed by JIPIII representing as Patent Attorney from India. He is also visiting faculty for IPR Subject at various universities and post graduate institutes. He had delivered talk and presentation in many national as well few international conference/seminars.

 Priyanka Paul
Group Manager – LifeSciences & Healthcare (Biotechnology), IP and R&D Solutions, Indian Patent Agent Evalueserve

Priyanka Paul leads the life sciences&healthcare team within the intellectual property solutions business unit at Evalueserve. She is a Biotechnologist with over 10+ years of experience in Intellectual Property Research and Analytics services. She has a degree in intellectual property law and is an Indian patent agent.
Her expertise lies in the entire lifecycle of research from understanding business needs of clients, gathering, analyzing, and presenting quantitative and qualitative data to deliver strategic insights, and collaboratively develop innovative solutions for abstract as well as complex business challenges to aid life sciences &healthcare clients.
Her contribution intraining and skill enhancement of analysts and research professionals across global delivery centers has been incredible. She plays an instrumental role in designing and implementing induction programs, coordinating and launching organization-wide training initiatives.
Qualifications:
• Bachelor of Technology (B.Tech) in Biotechnology, Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University, Delhi
• P.G. Diploma in Intellectual Property law (Patents), National Academy of Legal Studies and Research (NALSAR), University of Law, Hyderabad
• Registered Patent Agent, Government of India

 Manoj Pillai
CEO & Founder – Clairvolex, US
Manoj is an Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) and IP policy expert, as well as a patent specialist. His focus on the intersection of patents and AI technologies underpins the vision that makes Clairvolex one of the most innovative players in the global IP space. A frequent commentator and writer on IPR related topics, Manoj also founded LexOrbis IP, India’s top patent firm, in 1998.
 Dr. Parva Purohit
VP - IPR - Amneal Pharmaceuticals, India
Name: Dr. Parva Purohit
Qualification: Ph. D. (drug designing)
University: South Gujarat University [Currently Known as Veer Narmad University], Surat Industrial Experience: Bench Chemist to Head IP department in total about 20 years. Currently Serving at Amneal Pharmaceuticals Co. India as VP-IPR

Expertise:
1. Aspects of polymorph screening, morphological evaluations, toxicological evaluations, QSAR tox evaluation for impurities and offering cost effective strategies for API development and handling BD-IP aspects.
2. Designing ANDA, 505b2 and Patent filing strategies, handling IP strategies & litigation related aspects and helping with responding to FDA queries.
 Hemanth Puttaiah
Co- Founder - Indian Patent & Trademark Agent InvnTree IP Services

Hemanth has extensive experience in delivering patent consulting services. He has been offering patent specification drafting, patent analytics and patent support services to technology companies and patent practitioners in US and Europe. He has in-depth knowledge of various international treaties governing patent filing and prosecution across the globe, and advises clients on patent strategy. Hemanth started his career as a software engineer, where he worked on several open source technologies. His working experience as a software engineer prior to entering the field of IP has enabled him to add significant value to our clients in the software engineering domain. Hemanth is among a niche category of professionals who have Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering, are registered patent and trademark agents and also hold an LL.B degree.

 Kartik Puttaiah
Co- Founder - InvnTree IP Services, India

Kartik has more than 19000 hours of experience in patent consulting. He has been instrumental in providing patent services in manufacturing, automation, medical devices, software, and telecommunication sector. He has helped companies in identifying the potential of their intellectual property and leverage their intellectual property. Additionally, he has helped companies identify IPR related risks associated with their products in various geographical territories. He has authored several articles and white papers which are published by national and international publishing houses. Kartik is among a niche category of professionals who have Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering and are registered patent and trademark agents.

 Neelmegh R
Lead Analyst (IP) - GE Global Research, India

Neelmegh graduated from NTU Singapore with Masters in Power Engineering. He started his career in the power equipment design and development and later transitioned into Patent drafting and Analytics. He has an overall IP experience of about 9 years and has drafted and prosecuted numerous US patent applications. In his current role Neelmegh supports GE Oil & Gas business working on competitive assessment, M&A IP due diligence, and assessing IP risk and opportunities

 Akilur Rahman
CTO - ABB India
Akilur Rahman, CTO - ABB India has more than 28 years of experience in Corporate Research, Business R&D, Technology Management, Engineering, Business and Product Development in ABB.
He has Master’s degree in Technology (Electrical Engineering) from IIT Kharagpur with wide knowledge of power and automation technology applications in utilities and industries. He has held various international and global roles, having worked in India, Germany and Switzerland. Akilur has been responsible for setting up and establishing global software product development and integration in India for power and process automation products and systems.
He also led the global initiative - Engineering Improvement and Cyber security for Process Automation. In his most recent role, Akilur was head of ABB’s corporate research center in Bangalore. In his current role as CTO, ABB India, he is leading ABB's core technology application in India and driving Digitalization and Industrial IoT initiatives with customers using co-innovation and co-creation approach.
Akilur has been a speaker and panelist at various international conferences and seminars.
 Faiz ur Rahman
IP Head, Wipro Ltd
Faiz works for Wipro and currently heads the IP function. He comes with 13 years of experience of handling various aspects of IP. At Wipro, Faiz is responsible for management of patent portfolio of over 800 patents, across 7 jurisdictions. He additionally handles IP clearance for commercialization of software solutions, IP transactions, software licensing and IP disputes. Faiz has been involved in implementing structured IP management and compliance systems for Wipro’s IT services business and actively engages with management in issues related to IP risks and acquisitions
 Dr. V. S. Ramamurthy
Ex-Secretary, Department of Science and Technology - Government of India

Dr. Ramamurthy is ex-Secretary to Government of India, Department of Science and Technology. After relinquishing charge as Secretary to Government of India on super-annuation on April 30, 2006, Dr, Ramamurthy has resumed his research interests as DAE Homi Bhabha Chair Professor in the Inter-University Accelerator Center, New Delhi with a special focus on human resource development in Science and Technology. Dr. Ramamurthy also served as Chairman, Board of Governors, IIT Delhi.

 Balwant Rawat
Senior Program Manager, IP and Innovation Management - Mercedes-Benz Research and Development India

Balwant leads Intellectual Property and Innovation management group at Mercedes Benz R&D India (MBRDI) limited. He has over fifteen years of rich experience in the IP Services industry, across diverse technical domains. Before joining MBRDI, he was heading IP Center of Excellence team at Eaton India Engineering Center, Pune, and managed IP operations team at Evalueserve, Gurgaon. Balwant has filed two US patent applications as an inventor, developed innovative IP services, authored several research papers and IP articles, and participated in many IP conferences as a speaker. He has also taught Intellectual Property Strategy course as a visiting faculty to MBA students at Symbiosis Institute of Business Management. Balwant is also a registered patent agent with the Indian Patent Office. Balwant received his B.Tech. from IIT-BHU in Computer Science and Engineering, and MBA (PGPMX) from IIM Indore.

 Jaithirth Rao
Founder and Former CEO - MphasiS, India

Jaithirth Rao, popularly known as Jerry Rao, is an Indian businessman and entrepreneur. He is the founder and former CEO of the software company MphasiS. He is currently the Executive Chairman of Value and Budget Housing Corporation (VBHC), an affordable housing venture which he founded in 2010. He is also a founder and director of Homefirst Finance Corporation, a Housing Finance company focused on providing housing finance to first time home buyers. In 1998, Rao started MphasiS Corporation, a software company based in California, which subsequently merged with BFL Software in 2000. MphasiS rapidly rose to be one of the top 10 IT/BPO companies in India. In 2008, EDS acquired a majority stake in MphasiS. Mr. Rao stayed on as non-executive Chairman of MphasiS and for some time as Advisor to EDS. Rao held several positions in Citibank prior to his founding MphasiS in 1998. In a banking career of over 20 years, he served with Citi and its parent Citicorp in various capacities in Asia, Europe, South America, and North America. He was Head of the Development Division of Citicorp and Chairman and CEO of Transaction Technologies Inc., based in California.

 Sharon E. Roberg-Perez
Principal - Robins Kaplan L.L.P.
Sharon E. Roberg-Perez is a principal at Robins Kaplan L.L.P. in Minneapolis. Dr. Roberg-Perez has represented various biotechnology and medical device companies in patent litigation and licensing. Prior to her legal career she earned a Ph.D. in Biology from M.I.T., completed postdoctoral work at Caltech, and worked at biotechnology start-up companies in the Boston area and the Twin Cities. She is licensed to practice before the United States Patent & Trademark Office.
 Dev Robinson
Partner - Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas, India

Dev Robinson, a partner in Amarchand Mangaldas's Intellectual Property Department, based in New Delhi. His practice focuses on patent and design laws and in the law of confidential information, with emphasis on licensing, litigation, prosecution and advocacy. With over 18 years of experience, Dev has assisted clients in all aspects of IP including acquisition, litigation, licensing and advocacy.
Dev has been recognised by various publications and legal ranking institutions:
• 50 key patent experts every patent owner active in Asia should know about (2014) – Asia IP 2014.
• Recommended Expert - World’s Leading Patent Practitioners, 2013.
• Ranked in Chambers & Partners from 2011 to present as a leading patent lawyer.
• A leading individual in intellectual property matters in India - Chambers and Partners (Asia Pacific) Guide for 2013.
• Expert on Patents for India - Expert Guides 2013.
• Leading Lawyer in IP - Asia Law Leading Lawyers.
• Leading patent lawyer in India - the Legal 500.
“One of the Legal Hotshots who are dominating the booming Intellectual Property Rights arena Business World Magazine” – Business World Magazine.
Dev regularly comments and contributes articles and features in leading magazines and newspapers, including an article in Business Standard titled “We need to strike a balance in the SEP Wars”; Dec 2015

 Prof. R Saha
Former Adviser Department of Science and Technology (GOI) - Independent Consultant

Prof. R Saha started his career with the R&D Division of the Civil Aviation Dept. and looked after the areas of aircraft evaluation, air-transport economics, air-worthiness and the conceptual issues and noise and vibrations. He joined the Department of Science & Technology in 1984 and handled programmes related to materials and engineering science. He was deputed to Ministry of welfare in 1988 where has managed the S&T Project in Mission Mode on Application of Technology for the Welfare and Rehabilitation of Handicapped until March 1994. He was also appointed a UN consultant. He also served DST as an Adviser (Scientist ‘G’) and headed, Science and Society division of DST, Good Laboratory Practices (GLP) authority and the Patent Facilitating Centre (PFC) set up by DST at TIFAC. He has conducted more than 370 patent/IPR awareness workshops in different part of the country, established 20 Patent Information Centres (PICs) in 20 states, published 117 issues of monthly bulletin on IPR since 1995 and many first in the area of IPR in India. Under his guidance PFC has filed more than 700 patents in India and abroad on behalf of academic institutes and other government R&D institute, which included IPR applications (about 300 patent applications) of DRDO. He also has launched women scientist scheme to give training to these women on IPR specially patent searches and patent drafting at PFC and other institutions handling IPR including attorney firms for one year. This is primarily for bring back to science those women who are having science background and away from science by any reason. In all 150 scientists have been trained so far.

 Dr. Sanjay Sarkar
Head IP - SABIC, India

Dr. Sanjay Sarkar holds a Ph.D in polymer chemistry from IIT, Kharagpur. He went on to complete his post doctoral studies from the University of Southern Mississipi before embarking on his journey in IP Analytics with GE. After a brief stint as an IP Manager in Infosys, Sanjay joined SABIC. He has over 14+ years of experience in various aspects of patent analytics and is currently leading the IP team at SABIC, Bangalore.

 Subhadip Sarkar
Senior Director (IP) - Cognizant Technology Solutions, India

Subhadip works for Cognizant as the Senior Director and manages Intellectual Property, Technology Licensing and Business Alliances for the company. He is responsible for establishing and driving the IP and technology licensing strategies and implementing various IP practices across the company.  Subhadip also manages an emerging business venture at Cognizant.
He has extensive work experience in the field of technology and IP management.  Subhadip has been instrumental in incubating IP and other business practices for large service and product corporations.  He architected the IP vision, implemented a structured IP management system, and established key best practices in this area. Subhadip has extensive experience in managing multi-scenario IP strategies, Risk and Compliance management, licensing and commercialization of IP, deal negotiation, M&A, Govt. Affairs and public policy etc. He has to his credit several papers and articles/book chapters in national and international journals/conference / books and Patents. He is an active player in the IP committees at CII, FICCI, AMCHAM, LESI, among others.

 Hema Seetharamaiah
Head- Open Source Policy & Compliance - Wipro, India

Hema Seetharamaiah heads the Open Source Policy & Compliance as part of the Wipro IPR Group. Hema has over 18 years’ experience in the Wipro beginning her career as a developer in the area of Unix system programming. She later went on to work for a customer on the GNOME open source project in the areas of porting, accessibility, security and testing engaging directly with the open source community. Over the course of her stint with Wipro, Hema has been product manager of a static analysis solution, headed the open source technology theme for Wipro CTO office, executed engineering manager duties for

 Anand Sharma
Manager-IP analytics - Finnegan's Washington US office

Anand Sharma is a partner in the firm’s Washington, D.C. office, a member of the firm’s Management Committee, and a previous Practice Group Leader.  He has 20 years of experience in strategic client counseling, patent litigation and Patent Office post-grant proceedings.  He advises global companies in varying technology areas, including telecom, data storage and software solutions, consumer appliances and electronics, semiconductor assemblies, hybrid engines, medical devices, steel manufacture, agrochemicals, and textiles.  Mr. Sharma has managed portfolios of hundreds of patents, prepared dozens of opinions, and in the last eight years alone, managed and tried ten cases to jury or bench verdict, including several high-stakes smartphone and consumer appliance litigations.
Mr. Sharma is a frequent lecturer on U.S. patent prosecution and litigation strategies at legal and industry conferences.  He has also taught patent law at Howard University's College of Engineering and College of Law.  Prior to his career at Finnegan, Mr. Sharma worked as a software engineer at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center.

 Nupur Sharma
Assistant Vice President - iRunway
  Ram Sitaraman
Head IP – EdgeVerve Systems Limited India
Ram Sitaraman has around 15+ years of experience in the industry and has worked with various organizations like General Electric, Infosys, Wipro and is currently driving Intellectual Property for EdgeVerve Systems Limited, a fully owned product subsidiary of Infosys Limited. He has a background in Mechanical Engineering and specialization in Electronics Packaging dealing with electronic materials and semiconductor technology. He has also been working in depth in the IT industry over the last few years with some of the premier IT organizations in India. His expertise lies in the area of IP Analytics towards building product strategy and driving Innovation while also driving IP Risk & Compliance initiatives across the organization. He has also worked on the contractual aspects of IP along with handling patent drafting and prosecution to drive the IP portfolio management for the organization.
  Chirag Soni
Deputy General Manager, Zydus Cadila
Chirag Soni is Deputy General Manager (DGM) in Global IP department in Zydus Cadila since January 2009. He is involved in all formulation related IP aspects like preparing preliminary or exhaustive patent analysis reports, Freedom-to-operate analysis, Non-infringement analysis, Invalidation of formulation / Method of Use patents, polymorphic analysis, Patent drafting and prosecution, trademark searching with respect to Pharmaceutical dosage forms etc. He assists in the Discovery-related activities like preparing, compiling and sending documents for discovery. He also has experience of facing depositions in US legal system. He assists the marketing division (particularly international operations) in identification and selection of products / molecules. Prior to joining Zydus Cadila, Chirag has worked with Torrent Research Center
Chirag has done M. Pharm (Pharmaceutics) from LM College of Pharmacy, Ahmedabad, Gujarat and Bachelor in Law (LL.B.) from Gujarat University. He is also registered Indian Patent Agent
 G. Deepak Sriniwas
Partner - LexOrbis, India

G. Deepak Sriniwas is a Partner and Heads the Patent Engineering Group at LexOrbis. With an experience of over 15 years in IP Laws, he specializes in drafting, filing and prosecuting patent applications across jurisdictions and forums like India, PCT, USPTO and EPO. He regularly advises national and international clients on filing and prosecution strategies in India and freedom-to-operate matters. He has also been involved in negotiations of Technology Licenses and Technology Transfer Agreements and has advised several automobile companies on the structuring of Technology License and Technology Transfer Agreements. He is a registered patent agent and patent attorney. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Electronics and Communications, a PG Diploma in Business Administration and a Master’s degree in Energy Studies.

 Dr. Subramanyam Santhanam
Sr. Manager - SABIC, India

Dr. Subramanyam Santhanam graduated from NCL, Pune with a Ph.D in Polymer Nanocomposites. He started out his career in the industry as a researcher in Degussa (now Evonik) before transitioning to the Patent Analytics team at GE. He has over 10+ years of experience in the field of patent analytics and is currently working with SABIC as a Sr. Manager in the IP Team.

 Inderpreet Sawhney
Sr. Vice President & General Counsel - Wipro, US

Inderpreet Sawhney is responsible for overseeing the legal affairs of Wipro globally. Additionally, as the Ombuds Head, Inderpreet leads adherence to Spirit of Wipro and Code of Business Conduct & Ethics. She ensures Wipro’s commitment to integrity and work place ethics through fair investigations and compliance. Inderpreet reports to the CEO, T.K. Kurien, and the Chairman, Audit Committee of the Board. Inderpreet is an experienced international professional. Prior to joining Wipro, she served as Managing Partner of a midsized law firm in Silicon Valley where her mandate included counsel on complex international transactions, corporate review, mergers and acquisitions, litigation management, employment (including immigration) matters, primarily for information technology, business process outsourcing, retail service and hospitality companies. Prior to this, Sawhney was in-house counsel at ITC Limited. She also serves on the National Advisory Council of NASABA (North American South Asian Bar Association). Her past leadership positions include President NASABA, Board Member of Partham Bay Area, Foundation for Excellence, Indus Women Leaders. In recognition for her work, Inderpreet has been awarded the 2006 Minority Bar Coalition Unity Award, 2010 Outstanding Mentorship Award SABA Northern California, 2010 NASABA Cornerstone Award and the 2013 NASABA Corporate Counsel Achievement Award. She is a frequent speaker at conferences in India and the US.

 Selvyn Seidel
Founder and CEO - Fulbrook Capital Management, LLC
Fulbrook occupies a special space in this industry, basically acting as an investment advisory firm in the industry. It represents claimants who need assistance in: evaluating their claims or portfolios of claims; preparing and/or improving the claims for investment, and prosecution; and/or sourcing capital – where Fulbrook identifies and attracts potential investors for the claimant and its claim, from (a) the institutional dedicated financing providers, as well as (b) from individual investors interested in committing only a portion of their capital into Dispute Finance (e.g., a family office, pension fund, hedge fund, or a private equity entity).
In 2007, and before Fulbrook or Burford, Mr. Seidel founded and chaired Burford Advisors, an expert advisor in Dispute Finance. The entity was similar in operation to Fulbrook. Burford is now the largest — with about $2.3 billion under management — and most respected institutional financing providers in the industry in the world.
Mr. Seidel is recognized in the industry as a pioneering voice. He was described in the report referred to above as “probably the frontrunner in the industry.” He is often described as a leader or pioneer, or the leader or pioneer, in the industry.
Before Burford and Fulbrook, Mr. Seidel practiced as a litigation attorney for over 40 years in complex litigations and arbitrations, specializing in international disputes. In 1985, he cofounded the New York office of Latham & Watkins (now the largest among over 40 offices), a premier international law firm (which was recently recognized as the most profitable law firm in the world). Until December 31, 2006 and for almost 25 years, he was a senior litigation partner at Latham and was, at different times, the Chairman of the firm’s International Practice; the founder and Chairman of Latham’s International Litigation and Arbitration practice; and the Chairman of its New York Litigation practice.
Mr. Seidel has been and is an active educator. He was for ten years an Adjunct Professor of Law at the New York University School of Law, teaching courses related to litigation and arbitration.
He has authored many articles and papers in the industry, including a Primer on Dispute Investing in Commercial Claims (April 2016), and a Supplement to the Primer (April 2017).
He has a B.A. in economics from the University of Chicago, a J.D. with honors from the Berkeley School of law (University of California), and a Diploma of Law from the University of Oxford, England.
 Abhimanyu Singh
Patent Associate - Joyce A. Tan & Partners LLC, Singapore
Abhimanyu Singh is the patent associate at Joyce A. Tan & Partners LLC, responsible for strategic management and growth of the patent portfolios of clients across a wide spectrum of industries. His practice focusses on identifying patentable subject matter, and drafting and prosecuting patent applications. In addition, he routinely advises clients on how to maximize the value of their patent portfolio through portfolio mapping, technology landscape reviews, and technical analysis of clients’ product lines. He also supports the patent litigation team with technical expertise and infringement analysis. Abhimanyu’s particular strength lies in drafting patents related to software, semiconductor manufacturing, consumer gadgets, and emerging technologies like, blockchain and cryptocurrencies, IoT and smart devices, and cyber security.
Previously, Abhimanyu has worked at private law firms and as an in-house counsel across a variety of geographic locations. Over the years, Abhimanyu has effectively and efficiently prosecuted patent applications for many Fortune Global 500 companies, including Oracle Corporation, Intel Corporation, Cisco Systems Incorporated, and Reliance Jio Infocomm Limited among others.
Abhimanyu graduated with Bachelors in computer science from the University of Texas at Dallas and Juris Doctor from Chicago-Kent College of Law. He is enrolled as an advocate with the Bar Council of India.
 Preeti Singh
Lead IP Professional - GE Global Research, India
 UDAY SINGH
Managing Director Motion Picture Distributors Association [MPDA, India]
Uday Singh is the Managing Director of the Motion Picture Association’s India office, responsible for promoting and protecting the commercial and creative interests of the Hollywood studios in India as well as those of the local screen communities. In this capacity, he oversees all operations including: strategic partnerships, government advocacy, public relations, content protection, and technology. He is on the working committee of the MIB Five Year Plan for the film sector, the FICCI-IP committee, CII and FICCI Entertainment Committee and the Chairman of the Los Angeles India Film Council
Before taking this role, Uday was CEO of PVR Pictures where he orchestrated a partnership with Summit Entertainment and Hyde Park. Earlier, Uday was Executive Vice President for the Columbia TriStar
Motion Picture Group, responsible for managing and growing Sony’s portfolio of local Indian language films, and was MD of Sony Pictures India.
Under his leadership, Sony Pictures India emerged as the most successful Hollywood studio in India. It was the #1 Studio for nine years and has the unique distinction of crossing the Rupees one billion mark in ticket sales four times in a span of six years. Under Uday’s watch, Sony Pictures India won the prestigious first Sony United Award from Sir Howard Stringer, Chairman and CEO of Sony Corporation for the film Saawariya in 2008.
Uday also oversaw the establishment of home entertainment operations and television licensing and syndication for Sony Pictures. Further, he facilitated the arrival of Sony Playstation in India.
Uday started his career at Philips India where he held positions in consumer electronics, domestic appliances and multimedia.
An alumnus of Harvard Business School, Singh completed an AMP in 2010.
*The MPA Member Companies include:
Paramount Pictures Corporation; Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc.; Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation; Universal City Studios LLP; Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures and Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.
For more information, visit www.mpaa-india.org
 Swati Singhla
Learning Leader (IP) - GE Global Research, India
 Sunita K Sreedharan
Founder & CEO - SKS Law Associates, India

Sunita K Sreedharan is a lawyer and a patent agent licensed to practice before the High Courts and the Intellectual Property Offices in India. Founder of SKS Law Associates, she along with her team of Lawyers and Patent Agents advice clients on creation, consolidation and protection of their intellectual property portfolio including patents, trademarks, domain names, designs, copyrights, plant variety and matters relating to biological diversity. Author of “An Introduction to Intellectual Asset Management�? published by Wolters-Kluwer, Sunita has published a number of articles in various Indian and foreign journals on matters relating to patents, trademarks, trade secrets, geographical indications, biological diversity and intellectual asset management. She has been the Legal Advisor to the Chairperson of the Plant Variety Authority 2007-2008 and has been empanelled on the Central Technology Management Committee of the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR). As Temporary Advisor to the World Health Organization she was commissioned to examine the health related legislations of India and suggest solutions for the effective implementation of International Health Regulations 2005 which was presented at the WHO - South East Asian Regional Conference at Yangon, Myanmar in April 2013 and later, for Bhutan in August 2013. A member of the core team that drafted the Rules on the Management of Traditional Knowledge under the Biological Diversity laws for the Ministry of Environment and Forests, Government of India, she has also drafted the National Health Law for Bhutan on the invitation of the Bhutan’s Ministry of Health and in her capacity as Advisor to the World Health Organization.

 Munish Sudan
Innovation & IP Management, TATA Steel, India

Munish Sudan is heading IP Cell of Tata Steel since June 2012 and manages patent, copyright, design portfolios of Tata Steel. He is also responsible for managing R&D collaborations and negotiating IP/Licensing/Confidentiality aspects of the Research and technology collaborations. Munish is member of Innovation council and works with researchers and inventors to assess and convert potential new concepts to new products or new technologies from commercialization perspective. He is also a visiting faculty at XLRI Jamshedpur where he teaches Technopreneurship.
Munish is registered with Indian Patent office as a qualified Patent Attorney and holds a post graduate diploma in Intellectual Property law from National Academy of Legal Studies and Research (NALSAR) University. Before getting in to professional career, Munish completed masters in Chemistry from Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee.
Previously, he worked with Evalueservein the capacity of Group Manager and headed a team of 60+ team members providing Intellectual Property asset management and technology research/strategyservices to fortune 100companies in Energy and Chemical domains. He supported one of the leading FMCG companies in open innovation program in Asia-Pacific region and also managed their one of the key product portfolios in the area of Men’s personal care category.His specialization areas include Technology Scouting, Technology Landscaping, Open Innovation, Patent Portfolio Management, NPD, Patent Drafting and Licensing.
As an IP expert, he has made presentations at various national/international conferences (such as CII, WIPO, MIP, FICCI etc.) on topics related to Intellectual property Strategy, licensing, technology scouting, open innovation and patent portfolio management.

 Dr K Sudersanam
Manager-IP Analytics - Airbus Group India
 Dr. Deepa Kachroo Tiku
Partner - K & S Partners, India

Deepa handles drafting and prosecution of patent applications in the areas of biotechnology, microbiology, molecular biology, biochemistry, bio-pharmaceuticals, medical diagnostics, chemistry and therapeutics. She also advises clients on patentability, freedom to operate and infringement analysis apart from managing patent portfolios for clients. She appears before the Indian Patent Office and the Intellectual Property Appellate Board in connection with prosecution and enforcement of patent rights. Prior to joining the firm, Deepa worked as a consultant with one of the renowned IP Firms in New Delhi. Deepa is a regular speaker at various fora and also has a number of publications in reputed International journals to her credit.
Professional Membership(s)
 Bar Council of Delhi

 Dr. Satish Tiwary
Head - IP Airbus India

Experienced professional with extensive knowledge and skills in Technology Development, IP Strategy, Competitive Intelligence and People Leadership.







 Ravi Upasani
Principal and Founder – SMIP LLC, US
Dr. Ravi Upasani is a Principal and Founder of SMIP LLC, providers of Intellectual Property services. Dr. Upasani earned his Ph.D. in small molecule chemistry and his qualifications include a unique combination of extensive experience in medicinal chemistry and expertise in Intellectual Property.
Dr. Upasani was most recently the Senior Director of Intellectual Property at Pharmacyclics. Prior to that, he was the Sr. Director of IP at Renovis, a subsidiary of Evotec, AG. In this capacity, Dr. Upasani was responsible for the management of IP functions, including the development and implementation of patent strategy; drafting and prosecution of patent applications, and managing company’s extensive patent portfolio.
Dr. Upasani has drafted over 200 patent applications and procured patents directed to pharmaceutical compositions of matter, methods of treatment, pharmaceutical formulations, manufacturing procedures, peptoids, and polymers. He is experienced in conducting freedom to operate (FTO) and patentability searches, chemical structure searches, and search analysis. He is registered before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) as patent agent, and has broad experience in his interactions with patent examiners.
Dr. Upasani’s research experience includes directing chemistry discovery groups for biopharmaceutical companies. While his research has been focused in the pharmaceutical arena on the design of new lead compounds in different target areas and the development of structure-activity relationship (SAR), his industrial and academic research spans a broad spectrum of chemical disciplines, including industrial polymers, organo-ferromagnetic materials, super conducting materials and fullerenes. He has authored over 35 publications and is an inventor on more than 15 United States patents.







 Dr. Raghunadh Vajjula
Lead Analyst - SABIC Research & Technology
Dr. Raghunadh Vajjula has over 12 years’ experience in the industry working in various aspects of IP analytics related to portfolio management from creation to utilization across the value chain of feedstock, chemical, petrochemical and material applications. As an in-house analyst working in GE plastics and then in SABIC he has supported the business, technology and legal teams with various technology/competitor landscapes, patent valuation / disclosure rating methodologies, due diligence studies, litigation support & competitive intelligence. He holds a Ph. D in chemistry from NCL, Pune (India). He is currently working as lead analyst in SABIC.






 Dileep Vangasseri
Senior IP Professional - GE Global Research, India






 Meera Vanjari
Senior Vice President – General Counsel Glenmark Pharmaceuticals Limited
Meera has overall responsibility for Glenmark’s legal department worldwide. Her legal team is locates in the India, United States, United Kingdom, Brazil, Russia, and Poland.
Meera loves challenges and spends much of her time grooming her team to meet the global, dynamic and multiple business needs of the growing organization. As a part of her role Meera has to deal with complex matters, spanning different continents and she is always focussed and juggling between value-addition, enterprising initiatives, and reactionary measures.
Her contribution to the business has been recognised by the Company Management, by inducting her into the Executive Management Council of the Company.
She is leading an organization on a growth trajectory with evolving needs and feels that “it’s very important for her team to be strong legal professionals and strong business managers to serve the business well”.
In her previous assignments she has worked as Director – Legal at Johnson & Johnson India Limited, Where she was responsible for overall legal & compliance matters of the medical devices sector.
Meera has also served in the law department at senior level positions with MNC’s such as Kodak Private Limited, Bunge Private Limited, the Indian arm of Bunge Inc. and Marico Industries. She has also worked with one of the oldest and premium law firm in India – Mulla & Mulla & Craigie Blunt & Caroe.
 Dr. Paras Vasanani
AGM (Global Intellectual Property Department) - Amneal Pharmaceuticals, India
Dr. Paras Vasanani is presently associated with Amneal Pharmaceuticals Pvt Ltd as an Assistant General Manager of Global IP Department. He has started his career as IP professional from Alembic Pharma then Zydus Pharma and presently in Amneal Pharma with vast experience in the area of Intellectual Property Management with specific focus on IP due diligence for all type of drug dosage forms and devices, Invalidation and litigation aspects, identifying new product opportunities ANDA & 505b2, Infringement Analysis, Patentability aspects of Innovations, Patent filing & prosecution. He has attended many litigations at US district court & CAFC in person. In the field of IP he has worked for various countries like USA, India, Europe, Canada, Mexico, Brazil and Australia.
Dr. Paras has pursued M.Pharm and Ph.D. with specialization in the field of Pharmaceutical Sciences from M.S.University, Vadodara. He is registered Indian Patent Agent and Trademark Agent. He has spoken at various National & International Conferences, Symposiums and Universities on IP matters. Currently he is pursuing executive MBA from IIMA.
 Divyendu Verma
Mr. Divyendu Verma is an Advocate and Patent & Trademark attorney with over 10 years of experience. Mr. Verma has vast experience in Intellectual Property (IP) Strategy Advisory, Patent Drafting, Prosecution and Analytics. He has handled and managed large Intellectual Property (IP) portfolios for multiple national and international organizations involving drafting IP implementation framework, and assisting clients to build their IP portfolio. He also has rich experience in technology deployment involving implementation of telecom and IT infrastructure, and software development.
Mr. Verma has expertise in technology transfer agreements and drafted/ negotiated intellectual property licensing and cross-licensing agreements. Specifically, in the area of Information Technology, he has handled a variety of issues including protection of software in India through various means. Mr. Verma has drafted many IP crucial IT services contracts and advised on issues related to open source licenses, standard essential patents, technology standards, joint IP, pre-existing IPs, distributed claims and indemnification for Patent/IP infringement.
Mr. Verma holds a Law Degree from the University of Delhi and a Master Degree in Mathematics from the University of Bangalore. He also holds a Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science from the VTU Belgaum. He is a member of several International IP Associations and other professional organizations. He is registered to practice before the Courts in India and the India Patent & Trademark Office and is also registered with the Bar Council of India.
 Rahul Verma
Chairman and Representative Director - IPValueServe, India

Dr. Rahul Verma is the Vice President and Global Head of Operations, Intellectual Property and R&D Solutions group at Evalueserve. He has been with Evalueserve for over 12 years and has been instrumental in growing the IPand R&D Solutions team to the largest IP and R&D solutions group in the world. He is also the President and Representative Director of a Japanese company, IPValueServe, which is a Joint Venture between Evalueserve, Sony and a Japanese Law Firm. He has extensive experience in developing cutting edge solutions in the IP and R&D Services domain and consulting clients in setting up large scale processes for searching, analytics, and drafting and prosecution services. He was the jury member of the Indian Industrial Innovation Awards 2014, and 2015, and has authored a chapter on IP Valuation in a book published by WIPO.

 Ramesh Kumar Verma
Manager – IPR, Tata Chemicals Limited, India

Ramesh Kumar Verma is working as Manager – IPR and leading the IPR team at Tata Chemicals Limited, Innovation Centre, Pune, since 2008. He has also worked at SciTech Patent Art Services Pvt. Ltd and Dolcera. Ramesh has done Post Graduate Diploma in Patents Law from Nalsar University of Law, Hyderabad. He is a registered Patent Agent (India) and a member of Licensing Executive Society India. His key responsibilities include simultaneously working on IP Strategy, driving innovation, participating in ideation meetings and technology management, training people on Patents, Regulatory approvals (Biodiversity, US FDA, REACH Europe) and drafting & prosecution of Patents

 Dr. Suchitra Vichare
Lead IP Professional - Dow Chemical International
Suchitra Vichare brings 8 years of experience in Intellectual Property research. This includes execution and management of different type of IP searches to support business and R&D, like portfolio analysis, competitor benchmarking, freedom to operate, invalidity, opposition, patentability and novelty assessment. She is presently working with Dow Corning India as an Lead IP professional. Before joining Dow Corning she was working with Aranca as research analyst in the IP team. She has also worked in R&D group of Calyx Chemicals & Pharmaceuticals Ltd..
She completed PhD from Bhabha Atomic Research Center, Mumbai and Post Graduate Diploma in Patent Law and Practice from IIPS- NMIMS, Mumbai. She has published ten papers in peer reviewed international journals.
 Etienne de Villers
Partner – MBM Intellectual Property Law Canada
Etienne is a successful Canadian intellectual property lawyer with over 13 years of experience in intellectual property prosecution and litigation. Etienne’s patent practice has focused on the mechanical, electrical and high technology fields to take advantage of his technical background. Etienne’s broad patent drafting and prosecution experience includes medical devices, sensors, document imaging, business methods, automation and manufacturing, construction, mining and ore processing, wireless communication, electronic messaging, device security and encryption, data compression and related technologies.
Etienne has worked on large complex patent litigation matters in the Federal Court of Canada covering areas such as mining, wi-fi routers, construction, and document imaging. He has appeared before the Federal Court, as well as prepared written materials for submission at the Federal Court, Federal Court of Appeal, and the Supreme Court of Canada.
In addition to a law degree, he holds an undergraduate degree in Engineering Physics, a masters degree in Mechanical Engineering. Etienne’s engineering research experience included machine vision, intelligent machining, and medical image processing for CNC machining.
Etienne is the author or joint author of several articles on intellectual property topics published in various print and online publications, as well as a regular speaker for the Federated Press. Etienne is a registered Canadian Patent & Trademark Agent. Etienne also has limited recognition to represent Canadians in patent matters before the USPTO.
 Surendra Vyas
Director IP Strategy – VISA, India
 Bart van Wezenbeek
Head Patent Search & Analysis – VO, The Netherlands
Bart van Wezenbeek started his career in the patent field after he had worked in pharmaceutical research for more than 12 years. H had spent almost three years as a patent information specialist before he switched in 1990 to the patent attorney profession. From his biology education and pharmaceutical experience, Bart is well suited to deal with inventions in all biological and life science areas, from food and feed applications to deep sequencing and from microbiological diagnostics to gene therapy. Bart has further specific experience in plant related inventions and molecular biological diagnostics.
Bart is currently heading our patent search and analysis department. Next to his work at V.O. he is involved in the training of trainee patent attorneys and patent information specialists. Further, he is a deputy justice in the Appeal court in The Hague and a member of the Disciplinary Board of Appeal of the EPO.
 Jeffrey S. Whittle
Partner - Hogan Lovells US LLP

Jeff Whittle provides over two decades of legal experience to clients in the energy and high-tech industries. He advises on strategic and complex technology transactions, licensing, patent protection, portfolio analysis, and other contentious and transactional intellectual property matters including inter partes reexaminations, post-grant reviews, and derivation proceedings, among other disputed cases. Jeff is the current president of the Licensing Executives Society (LES) for the USA and Canada (2015-2016) and has served on the LES Board for over five years. He is a frequent speaker and author, nationally and internationally, on various intellectual property/licensing/technology topics.
Jeff keeps up with the always changing intellectual property field through memberships in various legal and professional associations, including the American Intellectual Property Law Association, Federal Circuit Bar Association, and Institute for Electrical and Electronic Engineers. He also has served on M.D. Anderson Cancer Center's Technology Review Committee, IP Law360's Advisory Board, and Wake Forest University School of Law's Board of Visitors. Jeff is also a member of the Texas Bar College and is a certified licensing professional. Recently he was awarded and recognized with the 2015 Distinguished Service Award from the

IIPSS 2017 HIGHLIGHTS

  • Intellectual Property conference
  • Bringing together IP owners, experts, business leaders and investors
  • Address key challenges and issues faced by companies, start-ups and IP professionals
  • 400+ professionals from over 14 countries expected to attend
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