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.