Panelists / Speakers (2019 and Past)

BIOGRAPHIES

Abhimanyu-Singh
Abhimanyu Singh
Patent Associate - Joyce A. Tan
Abhishek Choudhury
Director, Nanobiz India
Ajay-Panwar
Ajay Panwar
Sr. Counsel Intellectual Property
Akilur-Rahman
Akilur Rahman
CTO - ABB India
Anand-Sharma
Anand Sharma
Manager-IP analytics
Andre Frieden
Chief IP Counsel / AGC Legal Department
Anjali Balagopal
Head of Intellectual Property Practice
Anil-Kumar
Anil Kumar
Head Patent Group Bangalore – LexOrbis
Anisha-Rana
Anisha Rana
Sr. Legal Counsel - Dr. Reddy's Laboratories
Anubhav-Kapoor
Anubhav Kapoor
Akshay Kant Chaturvedi
AVP- Corporate IP and B.D.
ARVIND CHOPRA
Arshad-Jamil
Arshad Jamil
AVP & Head -BIOCON LIMITED
Ashish Bodhankar
Research Manager
Ashutosh-Kumar
Ashutosh Kumar
Aslam-Mohamed
Aslam Mohamed
Partner - RNA IP Attorneys
Avaronnan Harish Chandran
Department Manager (Patents)
Avnindra-Mohan
Avnindra Mohan
President, Essel Group
Balwant-Rawat
Balwant Rawat
Senior Program Manager
Bart-van-Wezenbeek
Bart van Wezenbeek
Head Patent Search & Analysis
Bejoy-Namath
Bejoy Namath
Global IP litigation, UPL Ltd
Biju.K.Nair
Biju.K.Nair
Licensing Lead ( India)
Brandon_Story
Brandon Stroy
Partner at Maynard Cooper & Gayle's
Brian-Beck
Brian Beck
Associate, Zuber Lawler, United States
Bryan Jason Vogel
Bryan J. Vogel
Partner at Robins Kaplan LLP
Calab Gabriel
Managing Partner, Lex IP Care
Chirag-Soni
Chirag Soni
Deputy General Manager, Zydus Cadila
Christof Mathoi
EPO-Responsible for PCT procedural law
Christopher Griffith
Partner, Green, Griffith & Borg-Breen, US
David Dickerson
European & US Patent Attorney
Dr.-A-K-Garg
Dr. A K Garg
Scientist 'F' / Director - Ministry of Electronics
Dr-Abiola-Inniss
Dr. Abiola Inniss
Executive Director, Caribbean and Americas..
Dr Alka-Mehta
Dr. Alka Mehta
Head – IP Cipla Limited, India
Dr. Bharati
Dr. Bharati Nadkarni
V.P. Portfolio Planning & IP Litigation
Dr. Charles Brumlik
Managing Director, Nanobiz LLC, USA
Dr.Debjani-Kapila
Dr. Debjani Kapila
Engagement & Commercialization MGR.
Dr. Deepa-Kachroo-Tiku
Dr. Deepa Kachroo Tiku
Partner - K & S Partners, India
Fabian-Leimgruber
Dr. Fabian Leimgruber
Patent Attorney at ThomannFischer
Dr. Gurpreet Singh Walia
Dr. Gurpreet Singh Walia
Partner, FisherBroyles LLP
Dr.Jayashree Mitra
Partner, Zuber Lawler & Del Duca LLP USA
Dr.Jaya-Murthy
Dr. Jaya Murthy
Manager - Global IPCoE
Dr. Jeff Holman
Partner, Madderns, Australia
K Sudersanam
Dr K Sudersanam
Manager-IP Analytics
Dr. Mahalaxmi Andheria
Vice President IPR - Panacea Biotec Ltd, India
Dr.-Mandar-M-Kodgule
Dr. Mandar M Kodgule
Chairman & CEO - IQGEN-X Pharma
Dr. Nimisha Agarwal
Senior IP Analyst - Dow Chemical International
Dr. Parithosh K. Tungaturthi
Founder, IP Pundit LLC, United States
Dr.Parva-Purohit
Dr. Parva Purohit
VP - IPR - Amneal Pharmaceuticals
Dr.Paras-Vasanani
Dr. Paras Vasanani
Director B.D., Kashiv Biosciences, India
Dr. Pinaki Ghosh
Senior Advisor - KPMG, India
Dr. Rajesh Gulhane
Founder, VKNOW Patent Services, India
Dr.Raghunadh-Vajjula
Dr. Raghunadh Vajjula
Lead Analyst - SABIC Research
Dr.Subramanyam-Santhanam
Dr. Subramanyam Santhanam
Sr. Manager - SABIC, India
Dr.Sanjay-Sarkar
Dr. Sanjay Sarkar
Head IP - SABIC, India
Dr. Satish Tiwary
Head - IP Airbus India
Dr. Sheetal Chopra
India Lead – IPR Advocacy
Dr.Suchitra-Vichare
Dr. Suchitra Vichare
Lead IP Professional - Dow Chemical
Dr. V.S.Ramamurthy
Dr. V. S. Ramamurthy
Ex-Secretary, Department of Science
Debarati Tripathi photo
Debarati Tripathi
Head – Strides Group IP
Deepak George
IP Analyst - Applied Materials
Denise-M.-Kettelberger
Denise M. Kettelberger
Ph.D. Counsel-Patterson Thuente Pedersen
Dileep Vangasseri pic
Dileep Vangasseri
Senior IP Professional - GE
Dipak-Mundra
Dipak Mundra
Partner – LexOrbis India
Divyendu Verma
Divyendu Verma
Patent Attorney at Krishna & Saurastri Associates LLP
Dev-Robinson
Dev Robinson
Partner - Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas
Durga Das Bhatla photo
Durga Das Bhatla
Partner, DJS Legal
Edward D. Pergament
Partner – Pergament & Cepeda LLP, USA
Emer
Emer Simic
Partner, Green, Griffith & Borg-Breen, US
Essenese-Obhan
Essenese Obhan
Managing Partner - Obhan and Associates
Etienne-de-Villers
Etienne de Villers
Partner – MBM Intellectual Property
Faiz-ur-Rahman
Faiz ur Rahman
IP Head, Wipro Ltd
G. Deepak Sriniwas
Partner - LexOrbis, India
Gautam-Bakshi
Gautam Bakshi
Head - IPM & Patent Counsel, Unichem
Ged Owens
EPO-Coordinator for IP5 & Global Dossier
Girma-Wolde-Micheal
Girma Wolde Micheal
Former Deputy Chief IP Counsel
Greg Harrop Griffith
Business Development Executive
Hema-Seetharamaiah
Hema Seetharamaiah
Head - Open Source Policy & Compliance, Wipro
Hemanth Puttaiah
Co- Founder - Indian Patent
Inderpreet-Sawhney
Inderpreet Sawhney
Sr. Vice President & General Counsel
Irfan-Modi
Irfan Modi
Senior IP Law Attorney - IBM, India
Jaithirth-Rao
Jaithirth Rao
Founder and Former CEO - MphasiS
Jay Erstling
Of Counsel - Patterson Thuente IP
Jeffrey-Alan-Hovden
Jeffrey Alan Hovden
Partner - Robins Kaplan LLP, US
Jeffrey S. Whittle
Partner - Hogan Lovells US LLP
Kailash-Joshi
Kailash Joshi
Retired IBM executive - IBM, US
Kavitha Gupta
Senior Counsel-APAC - Hitachi Consulting
Kavita Mundkur Nigam
Kavita Mundkur Nigam
Partner, Krishna & Saurastri Associates
Kalyan Banerjee
Director – US Operations - iRunway
Kartik-Puttaiah
Kartik Puttaiah
Co- Founder - InvnTree IP Services
Krishna-Chellapilla
Krishna Chellapilla
Senior IPR Consultant
Kirit-Palsana
Kirit Palsana
Director - Knovos
Lakshmikant
Lakshmikant
Founder - DOLCERA, India
Lakshmikant Goenka photo
Lakshmikant Goenka
Founder, Dolcera
Lalit Ambastha
Founder - Patentwire Consultants, India
M-Vinod-Kumar
M Vinod Kumar
Inventor with CTO office - Tejas Networks
Manish-Kumar
Manish Kumar
Associate Principal – Corporate Audits
Manish Sinha
Manish Sinha
CTO, Gridlogics Technologies
Manoj-Pillai
Manoj Pillai
CEO & Founder – Clairvolex
Manoj-Radhakrishnan
Manoj Radhakrishnan
Senior Patent Attorney, Ericsson
Mari Korsten
Mari Korsten
Partner, Dutch & European Patent Attorney
Meera-Vanjari
Meera Vanjari
Senior Vice President – General Counsel
Munish-Sudan
Munish Sudan
Innovation & IP Management
Namrata Chadha
Senior Associate, KNS Partners
Navneet Hrishikesan
Director & Head of Service Provider Legal
Neeraj Gupta
Founder & CEO - Formulate IP
Neha Goel photo
Neha Goel
Leader - IP Team, Eaton India
Neelmegh R
Lead Analyst (IP) - GE Global Research
Nirupam Lodha
Partner – Luthra & Luthra Law Offices
Nishant Kewalramani
Founder & Senior Partner, EDIPLIS Counsels
Nitin Sharma
Nitin Sharma
Patent Attorney, Innovation Management and IP Strategy
P. Kandiah
Founder & Director – KASS International
Periadurai T photo
Periadurai T
Sr. Scientist, SABIC Research & Technology
Philip L. Cupitt
Partner - Marks & Clerk LLP, UK
Prachi-Tiwari
Prachi Tiwari
Director (Head) -IP Management at Fresenius Kabi Oncology
Priyanka Paul
Group Manager – LifeSciences
Prof. Dr. Heinz Goddar
Partner - Boehmert & Boehmert
Prof. R Saha
Former Adviser Department of Science
Prof. Vipin Aggarwal
Principal – VBA Associates
R. Lakshminarayanan
General Manger – IPR Mgmt.
Rachna Bakhru
Partner – RNA, India
Ramachandra Kulkarni
Senior IPR Consultant - TCS
Raj-S-Dave
Raj S Dave
President & Founder at Dave Law Group, US
Rajan Ailavadi
Partner - CIP LEGIT, India
Rajeshwari-Hariharan
Rajeshwari Hariharan
Managing Partner, Rajeshwari & Associates
Rahul Verma
Chairman and Representative Director
Ravi Bhola
Patent Chair, K&S Partners, India
Raghu
Raghu Chinagudabha
Director at Microsoft Corporation, US
Rahul Dubey photo
Rahul Dubey
Manager IP & Competitive Intelligence – Baker Hughes, India
Rajeev Gupta
Rajeev Gupta
Legal & IP Lead, JIO
Ramesh Kumar Verma
Manager – IPR, Tata Chemicals Limited
Ram Sitaraman
Head IP – EdgeVerve
Ranjan-Narula
Ranjan Narula
Managing Partner – RNA, India
Ravi Upasani
Principal and Founder – SMIP LLC
Richa-Pandey
Richa Pandey
Partner, Patent Attorney - Krishna and Saurastri Associates LLP
Roopal-Jobanputra
Roopal Jobanputra
Principal Associate - Gowling WLG Dubai
Sasha-Rao
Sasha Rao
Chair of Maynard Cooper & Gale's
Saurabh Anand
Senior Associate, KNS Partners
Sanjaykumar Patel
Sanjaykumar Patel
Heading IPR - B&S group of UK
Selvyn Seidel photo
Selvyn Seidel
Founder and CEO - Fulbrook Capital
Sreeram Appaswamy
Head - Semiconductor IP Consulting Practice
Sharon E. Roberg-Perez
Principal - Robins Kaplan L.L.P
Sharon Wong
IPOS-Director of the Innovation Solutions
Shekhar Khanduja
Associtate Vice President
Shilpi Jha
Senior Legal Counsel for Intellectual Property
Shruti Kaushik
Founder Director - Patentwire Consultants
Shuvajit Mitra
Contracts Manager - Honeywell
Steven Sklar
Steven H. Sklar
Partner - Leydig‚ Voit & Mayer
Steven-Moore
Steven Moore
Head - IP & Technology, Withers Worldwide
Subhadip Sarkar
Senior Director (IP) - Cognizant
Sujith Subramanian
Sujith Subramanian
Sr. Manager, IP & Innovation Samsung R&D
Sunita K Sreedharan
Founder & CEO - SKS Law Associates
Surajit Atha photo
Surajit Atha
Leader, Global Patent Operations, GE India
Suvarna Pandey
Senior Associate – RNA, India
Taranpreet Singh Lamba
Vice President of IP – Glenmark Pharamaceuticals
Tarun Khurana
Partner - Khurana & Khurana (K&K)
Timothy H. Kratz
Partner - McGUIRE Woods LLP, US
Tom Zuber
Managing Partner, Zuber Lawler, USA
UDAY SINGH
Managing Director Motion Picture
Uma Baskaran
Consultant
Vaibhav Parikh
Partner - Nishith Desai Associates
Vanessa Delnaud
Principal Associate - Gowling WLG Dubai
Vanessa Ferguson
Trade Mark Practitioner, Africa
Vennela Nallapusa photo
Vennela Nallapusa
Scientist, SABIC Research & Technology
Vidyut Bedekar
Co-founder - TLA
Vijay Vijayaraghavan photo
Vijay Vijayaraghavan
Chairman and CEO, Sathguru Management Consultants
Dr. Amit Gaikwad
Senior IP Analyst - GE Global Research, India
Shiva Kumar
Partner - K & S Partners, India
Karthik Kumar
Ph.D., focuses on patent litigation
Sriram Jonnalagedda
Vice President – Client Services
Roxana Malladi
Lead IP Professional - GE
Nupur Sharma
Assistant Vice President - iRunway
Surendra Vyas
Director IP Strategy – VISA
Preeti Singh
Lead IP Professional - GE
Swati Singhla
Learning Leader (IP) - GE

& many more….

 

Patent Associate - Joyce A. Tan

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.

Director, Nanobiz India

Abhishek Choudhury

Abhishek Choudhury (M.Sc. Polymer Science) Director, Nanobiz India Private Limited Director, Cocreate Consulting Private Limited Secretary, Indo-Japan Business Council www.linkedin.com/in/choudhuryabhi Mr. Choudhury is a co-founder of a 10 year-old international IP services firm. He manages an international team of experts, searchers, patent drafters, market researchers, and staff. Mr. Abhishek brings an international client perspective to develop the value proposition from each corporate query. By using disciplined methodologies, multi-source information sources, and industry experts, he helps develop practical, actionable opportunities. Mr. Abhishek is a serial entrepreneur who helped build two service companies in the areas of intellectual property management and technology-driven business consulting. Mr. Abhishek worked for 15 years on various aspects of IP and Technology Commercialization and was instrumental in facilitating multiple outside India companies find right business partner and opportunity to explore in India. Mr. Abhishek works with various Corporates as  well as business associations/trade bodies in India and outside of India. Mr. Abhishek keeps advising start-ups and research/technology associations on various business aspects of IP. Mr. Abhishek was also engaged in multiple technology, IP and market due diligence exercises for Venture Capitals and corporates where the investment stakes are ranging from $10mn to $100mn. Mr. Abhishek takes care of material science domain and worked on numerous projects related to nanomaterials and nanotechnology, oil exploration and refining, petrochemicals, catalysis, specialty polymers, conducting and biodegradable polymers, dendrimers, polymer composites, paints and coatings, 3D printing, materials for 5G, solar energy and biofuel. Mr. Abhishek gave more than 20 talks on: – Various aspects of IPR – Interaction with a business client – The art of conducting a market research and primary interview – Various entrepreneurial tips – Cultural aspects of doing business with U.S. and Japan at – Indian and Foreign Academic Institutions – Venture Capital and Angel Investment Platforms – Corporates and – Business Associations/Trade Bodies Mr. Abhishek co-authored multiple peer-reviewed articles and book chapters involving IP, search and analytics. His current research areas include studying the impact of Indian R&D  in helping global multinational companies grow their innovation portfolio, studying university tech-transfer models for emerging economies, and developing TRIZ and other methodologies to analyse complex business problems.

Sr. Counsel Intellectual Property

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.

CTO - ABB India

Akilur Rahman

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.

Manager-IP analytics

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.

Chief IP Counsel / AGC Legal Department

Andre Frieden

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.

Head of Intellectual Property Practice

Anjali Balagopal

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.

Head Patent Group Bangalore – LexOrbis

Anil Kumar

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).

Sr. Legal Counsel - Dr. Reddy's Laboratories

Anisha Rana

Anisha Rana Senior Legal Counsel-Trademarks Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories Ltd Hyderabad, India

Anisha has experience in Trademark prosecution, opposition and infringement action. Having worked in law firms S.S & Rana & Co. and Lall Lahiri & Salhotra (Now Rahul Chaudhry & Partners) for nearly 6 years in Delhi, she has now been in corporate since last 3 years. ”

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

AVP- Corporate IP and B.D.

Akshay Kant Chaturvedi

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.

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.

AVP & Head -BIOCON LIMITED

Arshad Jamil

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.

Research Manager

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.

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.

Partner - RNA IP Attorneys

Aslam Mohamed

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.

Department Manager (Patents)

Avaronnan Harish Chandran

President, Essel Group

Avnindra Mohan

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.

Senior Program Manager

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.

Head Patent Search & Analysis

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.

Global IP litigation, UPL Ltd

Bejoy Namath

Bejoy Namath has around 15 years of experience in Intellectual property rights primarily focused on securing and enforcing patent rights. He started his career as an Examiner of Patents and Designs at Indian patent office and had worked with law firms assisting a number of chemical, pharmaceutical, agrochemical and petrochemical companies in India in securing and enforcing patents covering their products and technologies. Currently, he is responsible for global IP litigation of UPL Ltd, a global agrochemical company having headquarters in Mumbai. Bejoy is known for his skills in managing IP risks and opportunities for multinational organisations, in defending, enforcing and invalidating patents in contentious proceedings and in strategising innovation and road map, providing best-in-class patent prosecution support and in securing  patents globally. He has provided leadership in discussions on spearheading inventive spirit and creating environment of innovation in emerging economies. He has published articles and posts on relevant Intellectual property topics in International media. Bejoy has a PhD in Chemical sciences from Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, and a law degree (LLB) from University of Mumbai. He is also registered to practice before the Indian patent office.

Licensing Lead ( India)

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.

Partner at Maynard Cooper & Gayle's

Brandon Stroy

Brandon is a partner specializing in intellectual property litigation based in Maynard’s San Francisco office. Brandon’s background in Electrical and Biomedical Engineering enables him to advise clients across a range of complex technological areas. He has tried patent cases relating to pharmaceuticals, medical devices, computers and software. He also advises clients on strategic and business issues related to intellectual property, including portfolio management and valuation and licensing. He has extensive experience litigating intellectual property cases for life sciences companies, including Hatch-Waxman/ANDA litigation. Brandon has also represented clients in matters before the United States Patent and Trademark Of3⁄4ce, including post-grant proceedings under the America Invents Act. Brandon was named a Northern California Rising Star for Intellectual Property and Intellectual Property Litigation by Super Lawyers in 2016 and 2017. He received his J.D. from Columbia University. He holds a M.E.M. and a B.S. from Duke University.

Associate, Zuber Lawler, United States

Brian Beck

Mr. Brian Beck focuses on intellectual property and commercial litigation, with a particular focus on patent and trade secret litigation. He has advised clients and litigated cases involving medical devices, novel drug delivery systems, small molecules, and gene editing techniques. He has represented Cadila Healthcare Ltd.’s transdermal product subsidiary Zydus Noveltech in United States ANDA and trade secret litigation, among other foreign clients. He has also written extensively on Section 101 issues and argued Section 101 cases at the Federal Circuit and in district courts, including securing an early dismissal of a method of treatment patent for lack of patentable subject matter

Partner at Robins Kaplan LLP

Bryan J. Vogel

Bryan J. Vogel is a Partner at Robins Kaplan LLP and a founder of the firm’s New York office. He focuses his practice on intellectual property litigation, arbitration and counseling, with a particular emphasis on patent, trade secret and copyright litigation before the Federal Courts, the International Trade Commission, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, the U.S. Patent Trial and Appeal Board, the ICC International Court of Arbitration, and the American Arbitration Association, as well as worldwide coordination and strategy for intellectual property proceedings in various tribunals throughout Europe and Asia. A registered patent attorney with a background in chemical engineering, Mr. Vogel represents clients in a broad range of industries, including pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, life sciences, 3D printing/additive manufacturing, emerging technologies, clean technology, polymer and chemical arts, telecommunications, software, consumer products, electronics and media and entertainment. Mr. Vogel is listed in The Best Lawyers in America and has also been named “Patent Star” and “IP Star” by Managing Intellectual Property and a New York Super Lawyer by Super Lawyers.Mr. Vogel is a frequent lecturer and author on topics related to litigation, trials and intellectual property issues, and he is often a resource for and quoted in the business and legal press.

Managing Partner, Lex IP Care

Calab Gabriel

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

Deputy General Manager, Zydus Cadila

Chirag Soni

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

EPO-Responsible for PCT procedural law

Christof Mathoi

Christof Mathoi, Austrian, studied law and business law in Austria and Spain. He gained work experience in a Vienna – based law firm and in a private company's legal department before joining the European Patent Office in Munich, Germany, in 2011. He works as a lawyer in the EPO's department for International Legal Affairs where he is mainly responsible for PCT procedural law and related legal matters.

Partner, Green, Griffith & Borg-Breen, US

Christopher Griffith

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.

Scientist 'F' / Director - Ministry of Electronics

Dr. A K Garg

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.

Executive Director, Caribbean and Americas..

Dr. Abiola Inniss

Head – IP Cipla Limited, India

Dr. Alka Mehta

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.

V.P. Portfolio Planning & IP Litigation

Dr. Bharati Nadkarni

Managing Director, Nanobiz LLC, USA

Dr. Charles Brumlik

Dr. Charles Brumlik, Esq. U.S. Patent Attorney, Ph.D. Chemist Managing Director, Nanobiz LLC Vice Chair,ACS Chemical Marketing & Economics Group www.linkedin.com/in/brumlik Dr. Charles Brumlik is a veteran U.S. patent attorney and technology-driven business growth advisor with decades of real-world experience. Dr. Brumlik is a serial entrepreneur who created, invested in and exited early stage companies in the U.S. and India. Dr. Brumlik founded his boutique, international consulting firm Nanobiz LLC in 2004 after actively serving at a Princeton based Law Firm, ExxonMobil and Honeywell. Dr. Brumlik and his team advise dozens of Fortune 500 and global companies as well as numerous smaller companies, investment groups and government agencies. As Vice Chair of the Chemical Marketing & Economics Group, http://cmeacs.org of the American Chemical Society (the world’s largest scientific organization), he helps organize monthly presentations and awards with the world’s top science executives. As an innovator Dr. Brumlik filed many patent applications, authored more than 25 technology articles and book chapters. He is a recipient of various innovation awards, the most recent being from the Japan Petroleum Institute. Dr. Brumlik trained hundreds of patent search professionals at major corporations. He presents numerous talks and panel discussions for the American Chemical Society (ACS), Health and Beauty Association (HBA), PIUG, IEEE and others. As an avid global traveler, Dr. Brumlik builds teams and solutions from different business environments, cultures and practical business experiences. He is visiting India for the last 25 years. His academic credentials include a chemistry Ph.D. from Texas A&M, a postdoc at Colorado State University, research collaboration with the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and international academic, government, and corporate research groups, and a law degree from New York Law School. From early in his career, Brumlik assisted in the creation and operation of startup companies for molecular models, energy, business methods, electrically conducting composites, food chemistry. His legal career as a registered patent attorney and corporate attorney includes technology transfer, sponsored research, joint ventures, international business transactions, due diligence and related business law.

Engagement & Commercialization MGR.

Dr. Debjani Kapila

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.

Partner - K & S Partners, India

Dr. Deepa Kachroo Tiku

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

Patent Attorney at ThomannFischer

Dr. Fabian Leimgruber

Partner, FisherBroyles LLP

Dr. Gurpreet Singh Walia

Dr. Gurpreet Singh (“Ray”) Walia is a partner at FisherBroyles LLP. He practices commercial and intellectual property litigation in a variety of disciplines, including pharmaceutical patent litigation and Hatch-Waxman litigation. He represents generic pharmaceutical companies in ANDA litigation. He also practices healthcare, regulatory, and compliance law. Prior to law school, he completed his premedical education from Delhi University and earned a medical doctorate degree from Armed Forces Medical College, the second highest ranked medical school in India. After completing internal medicine and anesthesiology residencies at Johns Hopkins Health System and Albert Einstein College of Medicine, he practiced as an attending anesthesiologist physician in several American hospitals. Dr. Walia earned his J.D. from St. John’s University School of Law where he served as Editor-in-Chief of the New York Real Property Law Journal, Articles & Notes Editor of the American Bankruptcy Institute Law Review, president of the Patent Law Society, and as a member of the Moot Court Honor Society. He previously represented branded pharmaceutical companies in ANDA litigation while at Kaye Scholer LLP, after which he has been representing generic pharmaceutical companies in major ANDA litigations. He is fluent in Hindi and Punjabi, and has conversational knowledge of several other Indian languages. Dr. Walia was recognized as IP Star in 2015-2018 by Managing Intellectual Property magazine, and was also recognized by Super Lawyers in 2017. He presently serves on the Intellectual Property Committee of the Federal Bar Council. Dr. Walia is also co-author and associate editor of the American Bar Association treatises ANDA Litigation: Strategies and Tactics for Pharmaceutical Patent Litigators, and Pre-ANDA Litigation: Strategies and Tactics for Developing a Drug and Patent Portfolio. He has also authored several ANDA related articles for InsideCounsel magazine, and is a frequent speaker for The Knowledge Group and at other conferences. Year Joined Firm: 2017 Education/Alumni:
  • M.B.B.S. Armed Forces Medical College, Pune
  • M.D. (Medicine) Johns Hopkins Health System, Baltimore
  • M.D. (Anesthesiology) Albert Einstein College of Medicine, New York
  • J.D. (Doctorate in Jurisprudence) St. John’s University School of Law, New York
Languages Spoken: English, Hindi, Punjabi Network Memberships: Federal Bar Council Intellectual Property Committee

Partner, Zuber Lawler & Del Duca LLP USA

Dr.Jayashree Mitra

Dr. Jayashree Mitra focuses on patent litigation, including Hatch-Waxman litigation, IPR and PGR proceedings, and trade secret matters. Dr. Mitra has experience with a diverse range of products especially in the pharmaceutical and biotechnological industry including small molecules, protein therapeutics, protein-conjugates, vaccines, injectables, biologics, and biosimilars. She works in federal courts and before the International Trade Commission.
 

Manager - Global IPCoE

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.

Partner, Madderns, Australia

Dr. Jeff Holman

Manager-IP Analytics

Dr K Sudersanam

Manager-IP Analytics – Airbus Group India

Vice President IPR - Panacea Biotec Ltd, India

Dr. Mahalaxmi Andheria

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

Chairman & CEO - IQGEN-X Pharma

Dr. Mandar M Kodgule

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.

Senior IP Analyst - Dow Chemical International

Dr. Nimisha Agarwal

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.

Founder, IP Pundit LLC, United States

Dr. Parithosh K. Tungaturthi

Dr. Parithosh K. Tungaturthi, Ph.D., J.D. Founder & Registered Patent Agent IP Pundit LLC United States Parithosh K. Tungaturthi, Ph.D., J.D., a registered patent agent and the founder of IP Pundit LLC, has been on the cutting edge of intellectual property and business development for over 14 years; in addition to serving as a patent examiner at the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) for over three years. Prior to starting IP Pundit LLC, Parithosh worked at prominent law firms in the Washington, D.C. area for over 10 years. Parithosh and his team help companies identify, evaluate, expand, and monetize on, their intellectual property (IP) and/or business portfolios. From the technological to the management and commercial facets, the IP Pundit team helps business leaders understand, advance, and exploit their IP positions, devise a strategy that lets them better gauge their landscape. Parithosh’s expertise lies in the areas of patent portfolio creation and management (including application drafting and patent prosecution), IP strategy development, patent landscape analysis, product lifecycle management, preparing strategies for novelty, freedom-to-operate, and invalidity arguments, and IP litigation support.

VP - IPR - Amneal Pharmaceuticals

Dr. Parva Purohit

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.

Director B.D., Kashiv Biosciences, India

Dr. Paras Vasanani

Director Business Development – Kashiv Biosciences, 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.

Senior Advisor - KPMG, India

Dr. Pinaki Ghosh

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.

Founder, VKNOW Patent Services, India

Dr. Rajesh Gulhane

Lead Analyst - SABIC Research

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.

Sr. Manager - SABIC, India

Dr. Subramanyam Santhanam

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.

Head IP - SABIC, India

Dr. Sanjay Sarkar

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.

Head - IP Airbus India

Dr. Satish Tiwary

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

India Lead – IPR Advocacy

Dr. Sheetal Chopra

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.

Lead IP Professional - Dow Chemical

Dr. Suchitra Vichare

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.

Ex-Secretary, Department of Science

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.

Head – Strides Group IP

Debarati Tripathi

Head – Strides Group IP
  • Masters degree (Microbiology and Applied genetics) Mumbai University
  • PG Diploma in Patent Law, Patent Agent (Govt. of India)
  • Executive Management Program IIM – Bangalore
A passionate leader with an entrepreneurial approach, over 15years of Corporate experience across Brand and generic pharmaceutical companies in the domain of Patents & IP management – strategy, product development and litigation for small molecules and biosimilars.

IP Analyst - Applied Materials

Deepak George

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.

Ph.D. Counsel-Patterson Thuente Pedersen

Denise M. Kettelberger

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

Senior IP Professional - GE

Dileep Vangasseri

Senior IP Professional – GE Global Research, India

Partner – LexOrbis India

Dipak Mundra

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.

Patent Attorney at Krishna & Saurastri Associates LLP

Divyendu Verma

Mr. Divyendu Verma is an Advocate and Patent Attorney at Krishna & Saurastri Associates LLP. Mr. Verma has vast experience in intellectual property (IP) strategic advisory, patent drafting, prosecution, litigation and analytics. He has handled and managed large 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 telecommunications 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, an M Phil in Graph Theory and Master Degree in Mathematics from the University of Bangalore. He also holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science & Engineering. 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.

Partner - Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas

Dev Robinson

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

Partner, DJS Legal

Durga Das Bhatla

  • Bachelors in Pharmaceutical Sciences, Masters of Sciences in Biotechnology, LL.B (Delhi University) with experience of approximately 17 years in Legal and Intellectual Property Law field;
  • Associated with DJS Legal – Attorneys at Law, as a Partner since October 2013. Leading a team of lawyers and assisting clients in Intellectual Property Law and Corporate Law matters;
  • Expert knowledge in Intellectual Property laws including Patents and Trademarks with experience of Oppositions, Litigations, due diligence, Freedom to Operate, IPR filing and prosecution, Technology transfer agreements etc.
  • Good networking and liasoning skills with clients across geographies, lawyers and law firms– national and overseas.
  • Exposure in high value local & cross border deals including global contracts on large global deals, Merger & Acquisitions, Collaboration Agreement, Joint Ventures, Lease and License agreements.
  • Past experience with Hero Motors Limited, Ranbaxy Laboratories Limited in corporate legal function and leading Intellectual Property Law firms.

Partner – Pergament & Cepeda LLP, USA

Edward D. Pergament

Mr. Pergament litigates patent infringement actions and drafts patent opinions for a variety of clients. Mr. Pergament has a broad patent and technical experience in a variety of fields, including pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, food, medical devices, vapor deposition processes, photography, and optics. At present, Mr. Pergament’s practice is focused mainly on pharmaceutical patent litigation and establishing generic positions, counseling clients in pharmaceutical and chemical industries with respect to life cycle management and other strategic issues. Mr. Pergament was a scientist, an attorney, and an executive with several major pharmaceutical companies, and he has hand-on understanding of legal, business, and technical issues facing a broad range of pharmaceutical products, including NCEs, specialty, generics, formulations, and pharmaceutical solids. Admissions: New York, 2000, New Jersey, 2001; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit; registered to practice before U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (1997). Education: University of Odessa, former USSR (B.Sc., Chemistry/Organic Chemistry, 1985); Case Western Reserve University (M.Sc., Chemistry/Organic Chemistry, 1993); Rutgers School of Law, cum laude, Order of the Coif  (J.D., 1999). Practice Areas: Pharmaceutical Patent Litigation, Pharmaceutical Patent Law, and Counseling

Partner, Green, Griffith & Borg-Breen, US

Emer Simic

Managing Partner - Obhan and Associates

Essenese Obhan

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.

Partner – MBM Intellectual Property

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.

IP Head, Wipro Ltd

Faiz ur Rahman

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

Partner - LexOrbis, India

G. Deepak Sriniwas

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.

Head - IPM & Patent Counsel, Unichem

Gautam Bakshi

Mr. Gautam Bakshi, is an IP Attorney, currently working as HEAD – Intellectual Property Management & Patent Counsel with an Indian Multinational Pharmaceutical Company, Unichem Laboratories Limited. Gautam is an experienced Intellectual Property Management professional with a demonstrated history of working in the Management position in the Pharmaceutical industry with proven track record. Skilled in Strategy, Management & Enforcement of IP coupled with strong Leadership capabilities nurtured with Management Development Programmes focused in Leadership Excellence from Top B-schools like Indian Institute of Management (IIM-C), XLRI & MDI. He has 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 IP Prosecution, Litigation. Licensing, Settlements and subsequent procedures thereof. He has previously worked as Head IP for:
  • Intas Biopharmaceuticals Ltd.
  • Panacea Biotec Ltd (Pharma R&D)
  • Sentiss Pharma
He was also associated in past 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 globally. He has number of publications, has been Guest Faculty for many Institutes, been a panelist and an expert speaker in large number of seminars and workshops on IP rights and education, in India and overseas organized by:
  • CPHI
  • European Patent Office
  • PRV – Swedish Patent and Registration Office
  • George Washington University Law School (GWULS)
  • Confederation of Indian Industry (CII)
  • Indian Chamber of Commerce (ICC)
  • US-India Business Council (USIBC)
  • Biotech Consortium India limited (BCIL)
  • Biotechnology Industry Research Assistance Council (BIRAC)
  • National Institute of Science Communication & Information Resources (NISCAIR)
  • Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR)
  • National Productivity Council (NPC), Govt. of India
  • National Knowledge Commission, Govt. of India
  • UGC Networking Resource Centre
  • Tamil Nadu Technology Development & Promotion Center of CII
  • University Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences, UGC Centre of Advanced Study (CAS), Panjab University, Chandigarh
  • Department of Biotechnology, Punjabi University, Patiala, Punjab
  • Patent Information Centre, Punjab State Council for Science and Technology (PSCST), Chandigarh
  • Institute of Management, Nirma University, Ahmedabad

EPO-Coordinator for IP5 & Global Dossier

Ged Owens

Former Deputy Chief IP Counsel

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.

Business Development Executive

Greg Harrop Griffith

Greg Harrop Griffith Business Development Executive, Minesoft Ltd. UK

Head - Open Source Policy & Compliance, Wipro

Hema Seetharamaiah

Hema Seetharamaiah heads the Open Source Policy & Compliance as part of the Wipro IPR Group. Hema has over 20+ 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 other technology themes such as Cloud, Big Data, Natural User Interfaces, etc. Hema has extensive experience with the open source development, community engagement and compliance aspects and headed the pioneering task force that put in place a robust open source policy framework for Wipro and was instrumental in operationalizing and selecting tools to automate the process.

Co- Founder - Indian Patent

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.

Sr. Vice President & General Counsel

Inderpreet Sawhney

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.

Senior IP Law Attorney - IBM, India

Irfan Modi

Founder and Former CEO - MphasiS

Jaithirth Rao

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.

Of Counsel - Patterson Thuente IP

Jay Erstling

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.

Partner - Robins Kaplan LLP, US

Jeffrey Alan Hovden

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.

Partner - Hogan Lovells US LLP

Jeffrey S. Whittle

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

Retired IBM executive - IBM, US

Kailash Joshi

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.

Senior Counsel-APAC - Hitachi Consulting

Kavitha Gupta

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.

Partner, Krishna & Saurastri Associates

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

Director – US Operations - iRunway

Kalyan Banerjee

Co- Founder - InvnTree IP Services

Kartik Puttaiah

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.

Senior IPR Consultant

Krishna Chellapilla

Director - Knovos

Kirit Palsana

Founder - DOLCERA, India

Lakshmikant

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

Founder, Dolcera

Lakshmikant Goenka

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.

Founder - Patentwire Consultants, India

Lalit Ambastha

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.

Inventor with CTO office - Tejas Networks

M Vinod Kumar

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.

Associate Principal – Corporate Audits

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

CTO, Gridlogics Technologies

Manish Sinha

Manish has 12+ years of experience in Intellectual Property, Patent text mining and categorization, file systems, distributed computing, storage and Information Visualization. He has worked with users across 100+ companies ranging from Fortune 100 to start-ups and provided solutions in form of product or custom software to help streamline their patent research and intelligence gathering workflows. In addition, he has successfully geared the company to launch several market successful products.

CEO & Founder – Clairvolex

Manoj Pillai

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.

Senior Patent Attorney, Ericsson

Manoj Radhakrishnan

Manoj Radhakrishnan is a Senior Patent Attorney and a registered Indian Patent Agent who drives Ericsson’s patent development activities in India. He is a communication Engineer in the field of electronics with an Industry experience of over 20 years. He is also a certified IPR professional from the law school, Bangalore as well as certified by WON Netherlands, Delta Patent Netherlands & by Global Institute of Intellectual Property, GIPP. He has got extensive experience in Patent development, Patent prosecution and Patent Portfolio Management. Prior to Ericsson he also had held positions in the IPR department of Siemens and at the Indian Patent Office. He worked in different capacities as Patent Examiner, Technical consultant, Patent Professional, Patent Manager in various organizations. Apart from Patent development, Manoj also works with teams on policy building, standardization and patent licensing. He is also very passionate in promoting IPR awareness and education in India. Apart from speaking in industry seminars and international conferences he also coordinates technical training programs in new technology area for the Patent Office Examiners & Controllers. He is also a visiting faculty to Rajiv Gandhi National Institute of Intellectual Property Management (RGNIIPM), Nagpur, Govt. of India. Currently he is in the process of authoring a book on the importance of protecting IP specifically focused on Patent protection and associated strategies.

Partner, Dutch & European Patent Attorney

Mari Korsten

Mari has worked at several international (lawyers) offices and in-house at Novartis in Switzerland before he joined NLO as partner in 2011. During his time at Bird & Bird he handled oppositions and court proceedings on behalf of pharmaceutical and chemical clients. In addition, Mari regularly acts in opposition proceedings at the European Patent Office and helps life-science companies to prepare and implement their patent strategy.

Senior Vice President – General Counsel

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.

Innovation & IP Management

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.

Senior Associate, KNS Partners

Namrata Chadha

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

Director & Head of Service Provider Legal

Navneet Hrishikesan

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.

Founder & CEO - Formulate IP

Neeraj Gupta

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

Leader - IP Team, Eaton India

Neha Goel

Neha Goel is the Leader of the Intellectual Property team at Eaton India Innovation Center at Pune. She works closely with IP Attorneys, R&D teams and product groups for identifying, developing, and implementing IP practices across the organization. Neha has over thirteen years of professional experience in Intellectual Property domain. Prior to joining Eaton she held increasing responsibilities with Evalueserve as a group manager leading a team of 25 professionals providing IP consulting and R&D intelligence to several Fortune 100 and 500 companies across multiple technical domains. She has supported and consulted customers on several IP Risk Analysis, Partner Scouting, Technology Intelligence, Competitive Intelligence assignments. Neha holds an Engineering degree in Biotechnology and Master’s in Intellectual Property Law Management from University of Strasbourg, France. Further, she completed an executive program in General Management from Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta. She is a qualified Indian Patent agent.

Lead Analyst (IP) - GE Global Research

Neelmegh R

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

Partner – Luthra & Luthra Law Offices

Nirupam Lodha

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.

Founder & Senior Partner, EDIPLIS Counsels

Nishant Kewalramani

Mr. Nishant Kewalramani is one of the founders and senior partner at EDIPLIS Counsels. Before starting EDIPLIS, he was a partner at Brain League and was heading the consulting practice there. He has been a crucial part of crafting cutting edge IP strategies for some of the largest multinational corporations, coveted educational institutions and public sector undertakings. In addition to being a trademark and patent attorney, his expertise also includes other core IP areas such as copyrights, industrial designs, open source consulting, valuations, entertainment law and private equity. His passion for making start-ups and SMEs IP savvy, brought him to be associated with United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) as a part of their training and awareness initiatives, where more than 100 SMEs in India were chosen from various sectors for improving their IP hygiene. He represented India at the JPO (Japanese Patent Office) under the AOTS (Association of Technical Scholarships program). A dual masters in Intellectual Property and Information Technology, he brings a fusion of both legal and technology perspectives. He has co-authored the book on Patent law for NLS Bangalore. Being a resource person at various national and international conferences and a guest faculty at NALSAR Hyderabad, NLS Bangalore, IIM Bangalore, Indian Institute of Fashion Technology and other coveted institutions, he loves to interact with professionals, students and academicians alike.

Patent Attorney, Innovation Management and IP Strategy

Nitin Sharma

Mr. Nitin Sharma has 21+ years of Software and Wireless Communication industry in the fields of engineering, management and intellectual property. He is currently leading various Intellectual Property initiatives at Qualcomm India. The key responsibilities include participating in developing India IP Strategy, 5G Technology Patent Portfolio management, IP Education and so on. He also works with engineering teams to identify and protect intellectual property. Mr. Nitin Sharma holds Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science and Engineering from Rajasthan University, L.L.B from Osmania University and PGD in Patents Law from NALSAR, Hyderabad. He has extensive global experience in software development in various technical areas like e-Commerce, Wireless communications, embedded operating systems, etc. He has led large multisite team developing SW products and led global teams responsible for engineering support to customer products.  He has worked for Tata Elxsi Ltd, LG Electronics (India and S. Korea) etc. and consulted for Tektronix (US), Sagem Inc (France), REI (US), S-Telecom (Vietnam) etc. He is currently employed with Qualcomm India for past 13 years. Mr. Nitin Sharma is passionate about advocating importance of IP for India as a country, and in particular to academic institutions and start-ups. He provides guidance to startups and entrepreneurs on IP Strategy.

Founder & Director – KASS International

P. Kandiah

Kandiah is the Founder and Director of KASS International, an established Malaysian intellectual property firm with offices in Malaysia, Singapore Indonesia and Myanmar. The firm has been around since 1999 and handles clients from all walks of life, including MNCs, Universities, leading R&D Institutions, SMIs and individual inventors. Mr. Kandiah has experience in assisting local and foreign clients in obtaining patents, registered trademarks and registered designs, having done so since 1987. Has has vast experience in assisting inventors in obtaining strong patents that provide broader scope of exclusivity of the invention; conducting freedom to operate (FTO) analysis; conducting patent, design infringement analysis; assisting ip owners obtain favourable terms in licensing of their IP right; creating new products or processes together with clients that do not infringe third party patent or design rights; carrying out valuation of patents. assisting clients in the formulation of their IP strategy and management of IP assets. He has also been appointed as part – time professor, lecturer and examiner on Intellectual property Rights at Manipal International University, Nilai, Malaysia for its Bachelor Degree Course. Mr. Kandiah has been identified as one of Asia’s leading business lawyers by the Asialaw Leading Lawyers Survey and was counsel in several landmark cases on IP law in Malaysia. Mr. Kandiah has presented numerous papers at IP and technology conferences in Malaysia and overseas. He is a Past President of the Malaysian Intellectual Property Association (MIPA) and the Malaysian chapter of the International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (AIPPI), former member of the Management Committee of the Asian Patent Attorneys Association (APAA). As a resource person for the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), he has been invited to share his expertise on the IP system in many countries such as Mongolia, Myanmar, Cambodia, Fiji Island, Philippines, Indonesia and Bangladesh (for which he was also engaged to draft the Regulations to the Trademark Act 2009).

Sr. Scientist, SABIC Research & Technology

Periadurai T

Periadurai is a registered India Patent Agent with 12 years of experience in IP Analytics that includes experience in competitive intelligence studies, drafting, filing & prosecution of patent applications and Office Action response drafting. Prior to his current role, Periadurai worked with Momentive Performance Materials for 8 years. He holds a master degree in Chemical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology Madras and a bachelor degree in Polymer Science from Madurai Kamaraj University.

Partner - Marks & Clerk LLP, UK

Philip L. Cupitt

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.

Director (Head) -IP Management at Fresenius Kabi Oncology

Prachi Tiwari

Director (Head) -Intellectual Property Management at Fresenius Kabi Oncology Ltd. (India)
  • IndianPatent Attorney
  • DoctorateinOrganicChemistryfrom HBTI, Kanpur (India)in 2001
  • Law graduate from CCS University, Meerut (India) in 2012
  • MBA from Newport University in 1998
  • More than 18 Years of Experience of working in Leading Pharmaceutical Companies like Alembic, Ranbaxy (Presently Sun), Teva Pharma
  • Presently working as Director (Head) –Intellectual Property Management in Fresenius Kabi Oncology Ltd.
  • More than 16 Years of Experience as a Patent Professional, handling a wide sphere of Technological Areas of Patents–Chemistry, Polymorph, Formulations, Drug Delivery Systems, Indication, Biotechnology & Biosimilars, Nutrition.
  • Currentlyresponsiblefor all the Patent matters globally by supporting and Advising to the Research& Development, Business and Allied Functions of the Organization
  • Exploring early market entry opportunities by design around and challenging Road block Patents/applications.
  • Successfully involvedinIndian opposition / Litigation of Patents/applications.
  • Identification of new and potential products, for the inclusion in product portfolio grid.

Group Manager – LifeSciences

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

Partner - Boehmert & Boehmert

Prof. Dr. Heinz Goddar

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.

Former Adviser Department of Science

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.

Principal – VBA Associates

Prof. Vipin Aggarwal

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

General Manger – IPR Mgmt.

R. Lakshminarayanan

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.

Partner – RNA, India

Rachna Bakhru

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.

Senior IPR Consultant - TCS

Ramachandra Kulkarni

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.

President & Founder at Dave Law Group, US

Raj S Dave

Partner - CIP LEGIT, India

Rajan Ailavadi

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

Managing Partner, Rajeshwari & Associates

Rajeshwari Hariharan

Ms. Rajeshwari Hariharan’s impeccable track record and humble attitude along with zeal to excel places her as a visionary in the domain of Intellectual Property Rights. As the Founder of Rajeshwari & Associates, Ms. Hariharan has always believed in building a team of experts and professionals who not only possess knowledge and acumen in IPR but understand the trends and dynamics shaping the intellectual property domain in the developing nations. Holding an inevitable experience of over two decades, Ms. Hariharan founded Rajeshwari & Associates in the year 2009 as a full-service IPR law firm in New Delhi specializing in the fields of Patents & Designs, Trade Mark, Copyright, Plant Variety Registration, Geographical Indicators, besides other regulatory and allied areas. Completing her Graduation in Law and Masters in Biotechnology, Ms. Hariharan has been applauded by her clients as the ‘preferred partner’ for representing their interests before various courts and fora on issues relating to patent and infringement including rendering patentability opinions, drafting technology transfer and know-how agreements, licences, assignments; prosecution of patent applications in the field of pharmaceuticals, biotechnology and biochemistry. Her achievements include winning the first ever compulsory licence for Natco and litigating on the issue right through until Supreme court. Other achievements include strategizing and winning the Glivec battle right from Patent office to Supreme Court wherein the Court gave the much needed interpretation of section 3(d).  She was lauded for her efforts to win the first ever compulsory license granted in India and won the first ever case on interpretation of Bolar provision in India (sec 107A). Along the way, Ms. Hariharan won numerous patent oppositions and developed and managed patent portfolios for Indian and international clients. Looking at her achievements closet, Ms. Hariharan has been awarded the title of Trademark Star by Managing IP for 2019, and Leading Patent Lawyer by Chambers & Partners and Intellectual Asset Management, respectively. Going back to the times that makes her the founding partner of Rajeshwari & Associates are her experiences gained by playing a pivotal role as an active member of the legal team engaged for advising on issues relating to IPR Reform Initiatives in India. Ms. Hariharan has authored various articles, presented her expertise in front of media channels as well as shared her thought leadership at various conferences as a speaker in India and international borders.

Chairman and Representative Director

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.

Patent Chair, K&S Partners, India

Ravi Bhola

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.

Director at Microsoft Corporation, US

Raghu Chinagudabha

Manager IP & Competitive Intelligence – Baker Hughes, India

Rahul Dubey

Rahul Dubey is currently leading intellectual property and competitive intelligence group for Baker Hughes a GE Company located in Bangalore. Prior to this role, he has worked with GE’s R&D center in various intellectual property roles including leadership roles focusing on using IP and technology intelligence as a tool to drive technology and IP portfolio development strategy for various GE businesses encompassing multiple technology domains. Rahul Dubey has more than 15 years of experience in innovation planning, IP (intellectual property) analytics, building IP strategy, and IP monetization. He holds MTech from IIT Kanpur. His experience & expertise include innovation planning, IP portfolio development & management, technology transfer & licensing, and renewable energy policies. Rahul has contributed to several internal and external technical publications and presented himself at several national and international conferences.

Legal & IP Lead, JIO

Rajeev Gupta

Manager – IPR, Tata Chemicals Limited

Ramesh Kumar Verma

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

Head IP – EdgeVerve

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.

Managing Partner – RNA, India

Ranjan Narula

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).

Principal and Founder – SMIP LLC

Ravi Upasani

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.

Partner, Patent Attorney - Krishna and Saurastri Associates LLP

Richa Pandey

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

Principal Associate - Gowling WLG Dubai

Roopal Jobanputra

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.

Chair of Maynard Cooper & Gale's

Sasha Rao

Sasha Rao, based in Maynard’s San Francisco office, is Chair of Maynard Cooper & Gale’s Intellectual Property Practice. Sasha is a seasoned trial lawyer with over 22 years of experience and an established record of success in patent cases including matters for pharmaceutical, medical device and biotechnology companies. Sasha has represented generic and branded pharmaceutical companies in dozens of patent cases. Her physics background has enabled her to quickly master scientific issues, simplify the presentation of complex arguments and provide her clients with winning results in the courtroom. Sasha is registered to practice in the United States Patent and Trademark Office and represents clients in Patent Office trials, including Inter Partes Review invalidity challenges. Sasha’s success and talents in the IP field have earned her recognition by The Best Lawyers in America in the area of Litigation: Intellectual Property. She was selected as an Intellectual PropertyTrailblazer for 2019 by the National Law Journal. She was also named by the Daily Journal in 2019 as one of California’s Top Women Lawyers, Top Artificial Intelligence Lawyers, and Top Intellectual Property Lawyers.  Sasha received her J.D.degree from the New York University School of Law, and has a B.A. degree in physics from Randolph-Macon Woman’s College.

Senior Associate, KNS Partners

Saurabh Anand

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.

Heading IPR - B&S group of UK

Sanjaykumar Patel

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.

Founder and CEO - Fulbrook Capital

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.

Head - Semiconductor IP Consulting Practice

Sreeram Appaswamy

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).

Principal - Robins Kaplan L.L.P

Sharon E. Roberg-Perez

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.

IPOS-Director of the Innovation Solutions

Sharon Wong

Associtate Vice President

Shekhar Khanduja

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.

Senior Legal Counsel for Intellectual Property

Shilpi Jha

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 AssociatesBhasin and Coand 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.

Founder Director - Patentwire Consultants

Shruti Kaushik

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.

Contracts Manager - Honeywell

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.

Partner - Leydig‚ Voit & Mayer

Steven H. Sklar

STEVEN H. SKLAR is a partner with Leydig‚ Voit & Mayer in Chicago where he has been practicing for over 23 years as a registered patent attorney.  Mr. Sklar’s practice focuses on intellectual property matters with emphasis on patent litigation and counseling in the pharmaceutical, biotechnology and chemical fields.  He has particular expertise on issues arising under the Hatch-Waxman Act including Paragraph IV patent litigation.  In addition, Mr. Sklar is a frequent speaker and author on issues relating to pharmaceutical patents. Drug products in which Mr. Sklar is currently representing generic pharmaceutical manufacturers in Paragraph IV litigation or has over the past several years include, for example, Suboxone film, Belbuca, Senispar, Nexium OTC, Butrans, Topicort, Differin, and MoviPrep.  Most recently, he successfully represented Alvogen in litigation over its ANDA for Suboxone film initially at trial in the District of Delaware and then on appeal to the Federal Circuit. Mr. Sklar graduated from the Northwestern University School of Law in 1996 and prior to that received a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from Washington University in St. Louis in 1991.

Head - IP & Technology, Withers Worldwide

Steven Moore

Steven heads up the US intellectual property and technology team at the international law firm of Withers Worldwide. Steve’s practice focuses on intellectual property enforcement and defense.  He is admitted to practice in front of both the United States Patent Office and the International Trade Commission. He has been first chair on many court proceedings, as well as administrative proceedings including inter partes patent reviews and trademark oppositions. While being well-known for his many years in the Hatch-Waxman area, his litigation and administrative challenge practice has been diverse, running the gamut of technologies involving chemical, biotechnology, diagnostics, electrical, software, medical devices, mechanical devises, and even fashion. Steven also carries with him in-house experience, having been the Chief Intellectual Property Counsel for a large biotechnology company. He is probably best known for his successful challenge of USPTO proposed rules in the case of Tafas v. Dudas, for which he won several case of the year awards, and his client was honored with the prestigious Jefferson Medal.  He also heads up the Advertising Compliance Group at Withers Worldwide. In addition to New York, Connecticut, and California, Steve is admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court, US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and several US District Courts (Connecticut, Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, and DC Circuit.

Senior Director (IP) - Cognizant

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.

Sr. Manager, IP & Innovation Samsung R&D

Sujith Subramanian

Sujith Subramanian is Senior Manager, IP & Innovation at Samsung R&D India, Bangalore. He leads patent creation, enhancement, protection and portfolio management for inventions created in the Bangalore center in the fields of Internet-of-Things, Camera, Artificial Intelligence, and Mobile Services. Samsung Bangalore has been recognised for its IP Achievements via the National IP Award Y2018 & Y2015 and CII Patent Award Y2017. He has been working in the field of IP for more than 10 years.

Founder & CEO - SKS Law Associates

Sunita K Sreedharan

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.

Leader, Global Patent Operations, GE India

Surajit Atha

Surajit Atha currently leads the Patents and Analytics CoE (PACE) for GE, based out of John. F. Welch Technology Centre (JFWTC), Bangalore. The PACE team is responsible for IP & Technology Analysis, Competitive Intelligence, IP Strategy and Monetization Analytics for GE’s Research and Licensing divisions globally. Prior to this, Surajit has led different teams in GE, providing IP Analysis, Patent Drafting & Prosecution, Competitive Analysis, and Licensing Analytics support to different GE Business and Research units. Surajit has over 15 years of experience in the field of IP Analytics, Technology Intelligence and IP Strategy. He is also a Certified Six Sigma Blackbelt. Surajit holds a M.S. degree in Materials Science & Engineering from University of Virginia (USA) and a B.Tech degree from IIT Kharagpur (India).

Senior Associate – RNA, India

Suvarna Pandey

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.

Vice President of IP – Glenmark Pharamaceuticals

Taranpreet Singh Lamba

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.

Partner - Khurana & Khurana (K&K)

Tarun Khurana

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.

Partner - McGUIRE Woods LLP, US

Timothy H. Kratz

Timothy Kratz is a veteran trial lawyer, with over 25 years of first-chair courtroom experience. 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 licenses and development, trade and competition, healthcare, securities, professional malpractice and all aspects of business litigation. For the past 12 years, he has built and led teams focused on Hatch-Waxman litigation, serving as lead counsel in all phases of numerous ANDA cases for leading generic pharmaceutical companies. He has significant experience in this field, including serving as lead counsel on more than 65 ANDA applications with Paragraph IV challenges. ​ Timothy is a recognized international speaker on topical issues pertinent to the life sciences industry and patent litigation, having presented at industry conferences throughout the United States, and in South Korea and on numerous occasions in India. He was also his prior firm’s chair of the life sciences industry team, which required him to coordinate multi-disciplinary and multi-office teams of lawyers serving the life sciences industry. Timothy’s courtroom experience spans numerous U.S. jurisdiction. He has argued several appeals before federal and state appellate courts and in fact has been selected on multiple occasions from joint-defense group counsel to argue an appeal on behalf of multiple leading companies in the pharmaceutical field. He has also taught trial advocacy skills to both law students and lawyers in several states. He has been a member of the Georgia bar since 1989.

Managing Partner, Zuber Lawler, USA

Tom Zuber

Mr. Tom Zuber facilitates collaboration among his colleagues and assists them with growing client relationships.  Mr. Zuber also manages intellectual property disputes and deals around the world, and counsels clients in relation to global intellectual property portfolios.  He personally manages relationships with more than 10 of the firm’s Fortune clients, as well as funds and government entities.

Managing Director Motion Picture

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

Consultant

Uma Baskaran

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.

Partner - Nishith Desai Associates

Vaibhav Parikh

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

Principal Associate - Gowling WLG Dubai

Vanessa Delnaud

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

Trade Mark Practitioner, Africa

Vanessa Ferguson

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.

Scientist, SABIC Research & Technology

Vennela Nallapusa

Vennela is currently working as a scientist in the Intellectual property analysis team, legal affairs at SABIC, Bangalore. She has over six years of experience in the petrochemical industry working in various aspects of patent analytics throughout the patent lifecycle from concept to commercialization. In addition to her operational function as a patent information scientist where she is responsible for providing legally significant patent information including patentability, freedom to operate, opposition/ invalidity  and due diligence studies. Vennela also takes lead in deriving effective patent filing strategies, benchmarking studies, portfolio cost estimation, managing patent portfolio throughout its lifecycle and data automation. Vennela received her master’s degree in chemical engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur.

Co-founder - TLA

Vidyut Bedekar

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.

Chairman and CEO, Sathguru Management Consultants

Vijay Vijayaraghavan

Vijay is a technology management professional with three decades of engagement in innovation translation to economic impact creation, intellectual assets management and innovation policy advisory. He combines his academic background in life science, strategic management, intellectual property and translational research to provide global corporations and public institutions vision and strategic direction to lead in their chosen spheres of engagement. In his capacity as the Chairman and CEO of Sathguru Management Consultants, he supports private enterprises in staying on the edge of innovation led competitive advantage. With Sathguru’s presence in USA and emerging regions of Asia, Vijay has extensively engaged in long term advisory to innovation hubs, innovation ventures and large corporations in spearheading change through contemporary innovation and market delivery. Academically Vijay is a faculty with Cornell University, leading teaching and research in innovation and intellectual property management. Over the last two decades he has spearheaded academic technology transfer to markets and designed academic engagement in business translational hubs. He has been twice honoured with the Betterworld award by Association of University Technology Managers for globally spearheading innovation delivery. Vijay has strategically engaged with the Technology Commercialisation Forum of Singapore, Taiwan’s innovation hub and the Life Sciences innovation platform of Thailand. He has been  on the Advisory Board of six global incubation centres that have graduated over 100 ventures in USA and in Asia.  Vijay is Hon. President of STEM, the professional body of Technology transfer professionals in India

Senior IP Analyst - GE Global Research, India

Dr. Amit Gaikwad

Partner - K & S Partners, India

Shiva Kumar

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.

Ph.D., focuses on patent litigation

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

Vice President – Client Services

Sriram Jonnalagedda

Lead IP Professional - GE

Roxana Malladi

Assistant Vice President - iRunway

Nupur Sharma

Director IP Strategy – VISA

Surendra Vyas

Lead IP Professional - GE

Preeti Singh

Lead IP Professional – GE Global Research, India

Learning Leader (IP) - GE

Swati Singhla

Learning Leader (IP) – GE Global Research, India