9th Global Intellectual Property Convention
Subramaniam & Associates
she is an attorney-at-law and a registered patent agent with eleven years of experience. she has a master’s degree in biotechnology with very strong academic credentials with her undergraduate degree in biotechnology, zoology and chemistry with physics as an additional subject. she was also involved in molecular biology research projects at highly esteemed institutes of india, such as bhabha atomic research institute, mumbai and indian agricultural research institute, new delhi. her main areas of expertise are drafting and prosecution of patent applications; filing of pct applications and national phase entries and their prosecution; patent searching; drafting and filing oppositions relating to patents. she also assists senior counsels/lawyers at high court level as briefing counsel and scientific advisor in several contentious matters. she manages large portfolios of important clients and supervises and oversees prosecution of indian patent applications. she also regularly appears in oral proceedings for prosecution and opposition matters and routinely drafts and prepares full case briefs for senior counsels and advocates.
abhai pandey is a partner at lexorbis with over 25 years of experience in corporate, ip and tmt laws. he has worked on a broad range of transactional, advisory and contentious matters in the telecom, it and ip sectors and regularly advises on legal, regulatory issues concerning data protection, privacy, the web 2.0 environment including social media, outsourcing (it or business processes), mergers and acquisitions and joint ventures. his portfolio of cases involves data theft and advisory to various businesses on their complex ip matters in the context of the electronic medium. he regularly represents clients at the forums including intellectual property appellate board, the ip offices, tdsat.
Business Development Manager
achim schaefers studied foreign languages and linguistics at the university of giessen and exeter university. he spent many years of his professional career in various sales and business development roles at idg, the world’s leading provider of it information services. since joining multiling in 2016, achim has focused on improving the quality and efficiency of ip translations and related services for multiling clients and ultimately increase the value of their ip portfolio.
Subramaniam & Associates
aditi possesses a bachelor's degree in law from the university of oxford and a bachelor’s degree in english literature from the university of delhi. she has worked in a number of positions, ranging from that of a law clerk at a top-tier ip law firm in melbourne, to a research assistant at a legal and economic policy think tank in new delhi. she has also worked through secondments at two major indian intellectual property litigating firms.
with expert legal drafting and research skills, aditi is on sna's litigating and knowledge management teams. she routinely briefs senior lawyers for patent and trade mark contentious matters. she also advises clients on data protection, brand management, trade marks, copyrights, pharmaceutical advertising and cyber security. she is a regular delegate at international intellectual property conferences, and represents the firm at national and international seminars. she is also a regular contributor to several international legal publications of repute.
experience of working as joint director (law) in the combination (m&a) division of cci and having retired on superannuation in july 2015 after rendering more than six years of service in cci. post graduate with degree of law, prior to joining the cci in the year 2009, served in the government of india for almost thirty years. serving in the combination (m&a) division of the cci since its inception, had the most unique opportunity and privilege of been actively involved in drafting of the implementing combination regulations and filing forms till their notification on 11th may, 2011, subsequent amendments and finally the enforcement of the m&a regime under the competition act, 2002 with effect from 1st june, 2011.
accordingly been involved in assessment of approximately 300 combination notifications filed during the period june, 2011 and july, 2015, pertaining to almost all the sectors of the economy like pharma, banking, cement, it&ites, retail, packaging etc.
out of these cases, of specific interest were the cases which dealt with issues related to control, minority stake & strategic investment, gun jumping, inter-related transactions, trigger event and trigger document, non compete restraint, belated filing or failure to file cases which attracted penalty provisions and more particularly the m&a cases which underwent detailed phase ii investigation as the cci formed prima facie opinion of appreciable adverse effect on competition, one related to pharma sector and the other related to a global merger in cement sector. these two m&a notifications also proved to be the land mark cases as for the first time the cci subjected its approval to certain modifications (divestiture remedies) with a view to eliminate the likely adverse effect on competition. these combination cases, therefore, proved to be a learning experience for the stakeholders as well as for the cci being of the precedent value for the future investigation in merger review cases.
General Manager - Standards Strategy
amy is the general manager for standards strategy and policy at microsoft, and she leads a team that addresses strategic policy and engagement issues on a corporate-wide, global basis.
amy regularly engages in policy discussions involving standards, intellectual property rights and competition law issues at numerous standards bodies and in many other forums. among other things, she is one of three rapporteurs at the tsb director’s ipr ad hoc group at the itu-t, chairman of the standards policy committee at the intellectual property owners association, chairman of standards and ipr policy committee and a member of the board of directors at the telecommunications industry association (tia), and chairman of the ipr policy committee and a member of the board of directors at the american national standards institute (ansi). she has testified or given presentations on standards-related policy issues upon request by the u.s. federal trade commission and u.s. department of justice (antitrust division), the european commission, meti (the japanese ministry of economy, trade and industry), and cesi, ccsa and cnis (in the people’s republic of china).
amy joined microsoft after serving as the vice president and general counsel of the american national standards institute (ansi) from 1994-2004. prior to joining ansi, amy was an attorney with the law firm of cadwalader, wickersham & taft in its new york office.
General Counsel & Company Secretary
anubhav kapoor is tata technologies’ general counsel and company secretary and is based in pune. mr kapoor is responsible for tata technologies’ global legal, ip, regulatory compliance and corporate governance practices and policies. mr kapoor has about 21 years’ experience; before joining tata technologies, he worked with polaris software, domino’s pizza and allied nippon – to name a few – in a similar role.he has been honored as one of iam magazine’s iam 300, the world’s leading ip strategists. mr kapoor has handled multifarious areas, including structuring strategic business contracts, ip rights, global compliance design and audits, legal due diligence, m&a and arbitration and litigation management. further, as a corporate secretary he has dealt with high-visibility boards and handled complex matters related to corporate governance, sustainability, insider trading, private and public offerings. he is passionate about innovation and ip rights and also heads the corporate sustainability and corporate social responsibility practices globally. mr kapoor’s experience as in-house counsel spans various industries, including automotive, aerospace, pharmaceuticals, food, banking and insurance, software and engineering. he has helped corporations to devise their ip strategy – including setting up ip departments – and led ip teams in large corporations. mr kapoor has also handled contracts and litigations involving complex ip issues and handled patent, copyright, trade secret and trademark infringement cases. he has also been involved with ip issues during m&a, spin-out and joint venture deals during his long career. he has spoken on several national and international forums on ip-related topics and continues to be active on several forums. mr kapoor is a member of the institute of company secretaries of india and a law graduate. he has also completed his master’s in law from the university of michigan, ann arbor, and mba in finance and information technology from the institute of management technology.
Anand & Anand
archana shanker is a senior partner at anand and anand and heads the firm’s patent practice. a graduate of the faculty of law at delhi university, north campus, she went on to complete her postgraduate diploma in bioinformatics and pharmaceutical regulatory affairs. she is an active contributing member of various international bodies, such as the asian patent attorneys association (apaa), association internationale pour la protection de la propriété intellectuelle (aippi) and the federation internationale des conseils en propriete industrielle (ficpi). archana's comprehensive repertoire enables her not only to represent clients in contentious matters in the pharmaceutical industry, but also to advise on protection and prosecution across a number of business sectors including bioinformatics, pharmaceuticals, biotechnology and chemicals, not only limited to india but also in usa, europe, japan and other key jurisdictions. her unique and innovative approach has led to her clients winning important claims of significant commercial value in the area of software, mechanics and electronics. she is leading the firm's efforts in nascent legislation of geographical indications and plant variety. archana handles complex patent litigation issues before various judicial and quasi-judicial forums in india, such as the high court and ipab, and has been involved in advising her clients on patent strategies and regulatory affairs. the client mandates has repeatedly favoured her as a counsel of choice. her practice blends the legal acumen with the business know how of this complex area of practice. she is a regular speaker/panellist at various national and international forums; author of articles in various publications such as managing intellectual property, asia ip magazine, iam magazine and getting the deal through - patents, she also features on the editorial panel of lsipr and her articles are regularly published at various leading industry focused specialised journals. her contributions in the field of patents earned her international recognition and she was named a leading lawyer in the year 2013 by asia law leading lawyers. recently, ms shanker was acknowledged as a highly recommended leading lawyer in the intellectual practice by chambers and partners (asia-pacific) 2013.
Legasis Consultancy services private limited
arun has worked in leadership levels for over three decades in indian and multinational corporations in various functions, of which a large part was in the logistics sector.
arun holds a bachelor’s degree in science from bombay university, a postgraduate certificate in operations research from jamnalal bajaj institute of management, mumbai, and a graduate diploma in materials management from the indian institute of materials management. he also holds black belt certificate in lean six sigma programme conducted by rath and strong management consultants (u.k)
arun’s professional career spans leadership stints at larsen and toubro, duphar interfran, roche products, senco (muscat) and blue dart dhl across different functions. he was involved in bluedart since its formation and was instrumental in driving operations, administration and regulatory matters as a director reporting to the managing director . he was the core member of the team that launched india’s first schedule airline for cargo in bluedart. he was also responsible in setting up the ground operations on a pan india basis. as a part of his responsibility for regulatory matters, he facilitated several unique permissions from regulatory authorities enabling efficient operations thereby enhancing customer satisfaction.
arun was also the ceo and director at transmart india pvt ltd, a third party logistics and warehousing company. transmart operated a state of the art third party warehousing facility near mumbai.
arun has been on board of legasis services p ltd and legasis consulting services p ltd and has been closely associated with management of the company. legasis provides solutions in the area of corporate governance, regulatory compliance and ethics in business. legasis provides legal support solutions though a highly advanced technology platform and is a market leader in compliance solutions in india.
arun is also an advisor to victorinox (india) pvt ltd, a swiss company with operations across the globe. it is known for high quality knives, travel accessories and watches.
arun’s contribution in the field of management was recognised by including his profile in a book along with many corporate leaders. the book, maharashtra big boss, which has had more than 8 editions so far, profiles marathi corporate managers to motivate maharashtra youth. arun is a passionate music lover and has a huge collection of indian classical music albums. he has also deep interest in photography.
Hindustan Unilever Limited
ashima holds a law degree from delhi university and a post graduate master’s degree in biochemistry. she also holds a post graduate diploma in intellectual property rights. she is a registered indian patent agent and has experience of working with or for the industry for about 12 years. she has research experience in the field of neurology from india’s premium institute ‘all india institute of medical sciences (aiims), and has worked with a number of india’s the top tier ip law firms, as well as few of us companies as an ‘in-house’ patent counsel before beginning her stint with hul. at hul she manages complex and diversified category specific patent portfolios of the company which includes forming ip strategies suited to a category. she has also been an active author and speaker in the field of ip for a number of magazine publications and events respectively.
VP of Products
balaji viswanathan is the founder of invento makerspaces, bangalore. previously he has worked for microsoft, black duck, zingfin and limitless in various roles ranging from software engineering to product management. he has a masters in computer science and a masters in business administration. he loves writing and active on a q&a platform named quora. he also takes an active interest in ip and startup related topics.
Bart van Wezenbeek
V.O. Patents & Trademarks
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.
Chief IP Counsel
beat weibel was born in 1966. he studied electrical engineering at the eth in zurich and was trainee patent attorney with abb from 1991 until 1995. in 1995 he qualified as european patent attorney. he was head of corporate ip of georg fischer ag from 1998 until 2000, head of the ip department of abb switzerland from 2000 until 2007, and chief ip counsel of abb ltd. from 2007 until 2012. since 2013 he is the head of the corporate intellectual property department of siemens ag. he was lecturer on patent law at eth zurich and the university of applied science zurich for many years. beat weibel teaches in preparation courses for the swiss patent attorney qualifying examination, he regularly publishes and speaks on actual topics in the intellectual property law.
Biju K. Nair
Licensing Lead ( India)
Open Invention Network
biju.k.nair, is the licensing lead ( india), open invention network and is a litigator having worked in various jurisdictions across india. his areas of practice extend from corporate and commercial law, arbitration & dispute resolution, property 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.
Chandran B. Iyer
mr. chandran iyer is an attorney in the washington, dc office of sughrue mion, pllc. mr. iyer practices in the area of patent law with a focus on patent litigation. mr. iyer, a registered patent attorney, has extensive experience litigating before various federal and state courts. his experience includes litigating patent cases relating to various electrical and mechanical technologies, pharmaceutical products, medical devices, computer software, and internet technologies. mr. iyer’s practice also includes various ex parte and inter partes proceedings before the uspto.
chid iyer is a partner in the washington office of sughrue mion pllc. chid received a b. tech in chemical engineering from iit, bombay in 1984, ms in chemical engineering from university of akron and ms in computer science from the university of tennessee space institute. he received his jd from georgetown university in 1997. chid is involved in all aspects of patent practice including litigation, prosecution and client counseling in a variety of technologies including electronics, computer science, chemical and pharmaceuticals. chid has conducted and presented in various workshops and seminars on patent practice at various locations in u.s, korea, japan, china, europe, middle east and india.
Chitra K. Iyer
Head of Philips Intellectual Property & Standards
chitra iyer is head of intellectual property & standards at philips- india.
she has an educational background in organic chemistry, a llb degree from bangalore university, patent law diploma from nalsar and courses from other institutes.
chitra has a technical background in research (medicinal chemistry and drug discovery) with multinational pharmaceutical giants, spanning over 10 years with experience (nce) and generics.
she also has expertise of over 15 years in the area of intellectual property protection including trade secret protection, enforcement, ip transactional matters and ip advocacy.
she has held leadership positions and has mentored teams both in india and overseas while handling a wide range of technology areas including- chemical, bio-tech, polymer science and engineering to name a few.
chitra was ip– leader, india for e.i dupont before moving to her current role in philips.
she is currently based at the “philips innovation campus” at bangalore along with a team of ip counsels, analysts and other very talented professionals who work collaboratively with indian and global teams.
D. Calab Gabriel
LEX IP CARE
d. calab gabriel has been practicing as an advocate and patent attorney since 1980. he was a partner in a few leading ip firms in india including as a senior partner in k&s partners for 15 years. currently, he is the managing partner of his firm lex ip care.
he has been advising 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, designs. he is also involved in all major patent litigations in india and being an expert in patent prosecution, he 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 the 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 and also in the various sub-committees of these organizations.
he is a patent agent and a member of the bar council of india.
D. P. S Parmar
mr. dps parmar, former technical member (patents) in intellectual property appellate board, is a known name in the indian ip space. he joined the indian patent office in 1983 and was associated with the organisation for 28 years, serving at various positions before his elevation to the post of technical member ipab. he has been associated in drafting of patent amendment legislations and patent rules since 1995. he also held additional charge as of head of intellectual property training institute (ipti) nagpur and was assigned with the responsibility of establishment of international search authority (isa and ipea) in ipo. he has joined lexorbis as a senior consultant.
Daniel E. Altman
Knobbe, Martens, Olson & Bear
daniel e. altman is a partner in our orange county office. he specializes in patent protection and related licensing issues for the biotechnology, pharmaceutical and chemical industries. a particular specialty of mr. altman’s relates to foreign patent protection for these industries. prior to joining the firm, mr. altman was a teacher for the los angeles unified school district, where he taught physical science to seventh and eighth grade students. during law school, mr. altman was an editor for the high technology law journal (now the berkeley technology law journal). he completed an externship with the honorable terry j. hatter, now chief judge, u.s. district court for the central district of california. mr. altman joined the firm in 1989 and became a partner in 1993.
Director - IP Attaché Program
dominic keating is the director of the intellectual property attaché program at the u.s. patent and trademark office. he provides legal and policy direction to u.s. intellectual property attaches based in brazil, russia, india, china, thailand, kuwait, peru, mexico and switzerland.
from 2010 to 2011, he was a patent attorney in uspto’s office of policy and external affairs, where he specialized in patents and health, biotechnology, genetic resources, traditional knowledge, the convention on biological diversity and climate change. he led a team of twelve attorneys to address intellectual property issues in south asia. he also headed a task force to reform uspto’s intellectual property attaché program.
from 2006 to 2010, he served as the first secretary for intellectual property in the u.s. embassy in new delhi, where he promoted high standards of intellectual property protection and enforcement in india and other south asian countries. he was awarded a silver medal by the u.s. secretary of commerce for his work.
mr. keating has served as a patent attorney in uspto’s office of international relations (2003-2006), the intellectual property attaché at the united states mission to the world trade organization in geneva (2001-2003), an attorney-advisor in uspto’s office of legislative and international affairs (2000-2001), a patent examiner at the uspto (1997-2000) and a trademark examining attorney at the uspto (1996-1997). mr. keating has headed numerous u.s. delegations to the world trade organization trade related aspects of intellectual property rights council and to meetings of the world intellectual property organization.
mr. keating is an adjunct associate professor at american university washington college of law. he earned his masters of science degree in biotechnology from johns hopkins university and he has worked as a scientist for american cyanamid corporation.
TELES Patent Rights International
Dr. A.K.S. Bhujanga Rao
President - R&D and Technical
current portfolio: currently president, natco research centre, and director, natco pharma limited, hyderabad heading: all process technologies of generics new drug discovery intellectual property management activities including technical support during patent prosecution and global patent litigation international regulatory filings academic back ground: ph. d from indian institute of science, bangalore collaborative research project head and post-doctoral fellow, university of texas, usa and university of hull, uk. patents and publications: author of over 40 international publications and over 80 patents covering anti-cancer, anti-migraine, anti-depressant and anti-psychotic drugs. recent team awards: national award-2008 for development of indigenous and cost-effective technologies for anti-cancer drugs. gold patents award-2009 for excellence in pharmaceutical patenting: pharmexcil, india international ip-excellence award for asia-pacific region – 2009 visiting faculty: niper, hyderabad for m. pharm, medicinal chemistry andhra university, dept. of organic chemistry, visakhapatnam other pharmaceutical p.g. colleges in hyderabad
Dr. Andra Musatescu
Andra Musatescu Law & Industrial Property Offices
dr. andra musatescu is (i) the founder of andra musatescu law & industrial property offices (amlip), one of the best ip firms in romania, (ii) the vice-chair of the central and eastern european committee of the itechlaw association and (iii) for over 10 years a member of leadership committees of well-known international associations like international trademark association (inta) and european communities trademark association (ecta), american chamber of commerce (amcham) etc. and (iv) on the list of arbitrators and mediators held by world intellectual property organization (wipo). dr. andra musatescu is considered and recognized as “bright, prompt, thorough, commercial and determined [with] a fantastic understanding of her clients’ business” (wtr1000), “an ip expert of “the absolutely highest standard” (legal 500) “a fantastic lawyer” (chambers and partners), “a true expert at what she does” (wtr1000) and “one of the best external legal counsel to be found anywhere” (wtr1000). clients also mention that “she achieves great results and her advice is sound and trustworthy. she partners closely with the client and is like a member of the in-house team” (wtr1000). with her extensive legal experience of over 17 years in the romanian legal system, and with deep understanding of us and uk legal principles from both her higher education and work, dr. musatescu has advised and represented major foreign multinational companies and romanian entities in relation to all ip rights, including trademarks, designs and copyrights. dr. musatescu’s areas of expertise include intellectual property (ip), unfair competition, competition, tax, energy, mining, oil, gas and international law. in ip, her practice encompasses filing, prosecution, litigation, infringements, anti-counterfeiting and representation before the national state office for patents and trademarks, courts (including the supreme court), customs, wipo and ohim. she is also highly involved in giving opinion and drafting amendments to the existing legislation, at the european level and at the national level.
Dr. Ashwini Sandu
Global Head, IPR
ITAG Business Solutions Ltd.
profile summary:- key qualifications: m.pharm in medicinal chemistry and pgdplp (post-graduate diploma in patent law & practice) and presently pursuing phd in ipr present position: sr. gm - ipr at united phosphorus limited associate-course development and faculty at academy of intellectual property studies (aips) professional experience : total experience around 17 years worked earlier as head of mumbai office at s.majumdar & co., ip manager for ratiopharm india, and in various companies like marico, usv ltd., merind india ltd. membership : life membership of i.p.a. pharmacist under the pharmacy act,1948. registered patent agent under the indian patent act participations: participated in providing training to patent examiners of indian patent office, mumbai on chemical and pharmaceutical patent search and examination organized by eu - india trade and investment development programme (tidp) and german development cooperation, gtz office. strategies for company progress, best use of ipr for commercialization.
Dr. C. K. Sehgal
Sehgal IPR Services
c.k. sehgal has completed his ph.d in synthetic and natural products organic chemistry from regional research laboratory [renamed as iiim (indian institute of integrative medicine)] (csir), jammu in 1980. he has also done his 4 years pdf from uk (exeter and warwick universities 2 yrs each). he started his professional career in 1986 with royal/dutch sponsored basic exploratory r&d at nocil for the development of new potential agrochemicals. in 1990 branched out in the product development/marketing technical services for petrochemicals at nocil. mr. sehgal left nocil in 1999 and started consultancy for the polymer industry as technical advisor to additive and filler manufacturers and assisted in starting a polymer compounding plant at mysore. he was associated with bal pharma ltd for their regulatory requirements, business development and api marketing. during this time, he started working in ipr activity. 2004 -2007 he was associated with honeywell for ipr activity. 2007-2008 c .k. sehgal was head-ipr for jubilant organosys ltd. 2008-2013 he was working with arch pharmalabs as head-ipr. currently, he is a senior partner of anm global based in new delhi.
Dr. Carl Richard Haarmann
Boehmert & Boehmert
studied law at the universities of freiburg, heidelberg and münster and as a scholar at the catholic university of louvain, belgium. his thesis deals with particular aspects of contract law. during his university years he extended his knowledge through various practical courses abroad in canada and south africa.
carl-richard haarmann joined boehmert & boehmert in 1997. as a boehmert & boehmert partner his focus is not only on extensive national and international activities in all areas of trademark law but also on looking after leading trademark portfolios for multinational groups and for german medium-sized companies.
an important aspect of carl-richard haarmann's work is his specialisation in infringement proceedings in trademark and patent matters, including the combating of product piracy. in addition, he is extensively engaged in licensing law.
Dr. Claudia Pappas
dr .claudia pappas graduated in law from university of freiburg, germany, wrote her thesis at the max planck institute in freiburg and spent her legal clerkship in berlin. she was a partner with the ip law firm of weber & sauberschwarz in düsseldorf from 1997 since 2015. she joined thyssenkrupp in 2016 and is heading the trademark department. she is specialized in intellectual property law.
Dr. D. Venkat Reddy
dr. d. venkat reddy, an ex member of the indian air force, is the founding partner and the guiding force of this firm. he is a well known figure in the field of ipr, constitutional law, law related to mines and geology, and other civil and criminal litigation in the higher judiciary. a guest faculty to osmania university, hyderabad central university, nalsar, company secretary chapter hyderabad and other colleges spread over india stands as evidence for his unremitting passion for teaching. he is also a member of the organizing committee and vice president of international association for protection of intellectual property (aippi). he is also a member of committees in the federation of andhra pradesh chambers of commerce and industries (fapcci) and is a life member of the national institute for human resource development. currently, he is pursuing his phd in trademark law. qualifications: diploma in chemical engineering diploma in electronic engineering m.a (public administration) ll.m ( jurisprudence ) pgdhrd pgdcl & ipr pgdadr areas of interest: intellectual property rights and related rights, mines and geology, constitutional law, civil and criminal matters. areas of expertise: ipr litigation in various high courts and supreme court of india, mines and geology related cases and matrimonial related matters in various high courts.
Dr. David Winwood
Association of University Technology Managers
Dr. Dean Fanelli
Seyfarth Shaw LLP
dean l. fanelli, ph.d. is a founding partner of the firm whose practice focuses on issues facing the biotechnology, pharmaceutical, and chemical industries. dr. fanelli’s expertise lies in patent portfolio creation and management, counseling, technology transactions, due diligence, and opinion work, including drafting novelty, freedom-to-operate, and invalidity opinions. dr. fanelli also has significant experience with the interplay between patent and fda laws under the hatch-waxman act, and he regularly handles ip issues attendant to mergers, acquisitions, and financing for life sciences companies as well as pre-litigation anda analyses associated with hatch-waxman paragraph iv litigation. prior to founding the firm, dr. fanelli worked with a large international law firm. prior to that, dr. fanelli worked first as a patent agent and then attorney at a leading intellectual property firm where he was responsible for the patent estates of several pharmaceutical companies. his work focused primarily on patent prosecution and counseling of clients in the pharmaceutical, chemical, cosmetic and nutritional industries. dr. fanelli also has expertise with medical products, chemical compounds, polymer compositions, food additives and cosmetic compositions. dr. fanelli gained additional experience in strategic patent management and licensing while working in-house with an international pharmaceutical drug-delivery company and while working with a major consumer product company.
Dr. Deepti Tayal
Ingenious e-Brain Solutions
deepti tayal is the director of ingenious e-brain solutions, a company that provides end-to-end intellectual property management and business research solutions. she has more than eight years of experience in ip searching and maintaining client relationships with innovator companies, ip law firms and research organizations. she is expert in managing and executing different types of intellectual property research and analytics projects such as prior art searching, infringement searching, white space analysis, biosequence/structure searching, and technology licensing & commercialization. she has participated in various international ip conferences such as ip & innovation forum, gipc, les, bio, piug and epo. dr. tayal has presented papers/posters in various national as well as international biotechnology conferences. she holds a doctorate degree in biotechnology and has more than seven years of research experience in molecular biology. she has published four research papers and one book chapter.
Dr. Dhanpat Ram Agarwal
ITAG Business Solutions Ltd.
dr. d. r. agarwal is a fellow chartered accountant by profession (fca) since last 30 years. he conceived the idea behind the global intellectualproperty convention (gipc) to spread ipr awareness in india, and began with a humblestart with an international collaboration with the european union in 2007. he furtheredthe cause to bring forth the largest intellectual property convention held in india every year (organized annually since 2009). he is also an expert in ip accounting, taxation, and valuation and has providing consultancy to some of the fortune 500 companies in india and abroad. he is an expert in ip valuation, licensing, technology transfer and taxation matters. he is also the founder director trustee of institute of international trade.
Dr. Gayatri Bhasin
Subramaniam & Associates
gayatri bhasin is a leading patent agent and advocate with more than 15 years of practical and research experience. she has a ph.d. in toxicology. during her research she has worked in the area of cancer chemoprevention, oxidative stress and photodynamic therapy and has published research papers in international journals of repute. dr. bhasin has worked in ranbaxy laboratories limited as a research associate and has been awarded independent fellowship of council of scientific and industrial research (csir), government of india and women-scientist scholarship in intellectual property rights (ipr) of patent facilitating centre, tifac, government of india. her main areas of practice are drafting patent specifications, prosecution, patent searching in the areas of toxicology, pharmacology, pharmaceutical chemistry, microbiology and biotechnology, filing, prosecuting and defending against third party oppositions, appearing in oral proceedings before the patent office and prosecuting appeals and revocations proceedings before the intellectual property appellate board with a tremendous success rate.
Dr. H. Purushotham
Chairman and Managing Director
National Research Development Corporation
dr. h. purushotham is currently holding the position of chairman and managing director, national research development corporation (nrdc) a central public sector undertaking under the ministry of science & technology, govt. of india w.e.f. 22nd january, 2015.
national research development corporation (nrdc) was established as a (non-profit organization) in 1953 by government of india under section 8 of the companies act to function as a link between scientific r&d organizations and industries to promote iprs and transfer of technologies to entrepreneurs / startups. it has transferred about 5000 technologies in different sectors in india and abroad developed by various csir, dst, icar, icmr, drdo, iits/universities, etc. and has rich experience in technology transfer.
dr. h. purushotham obtained b.tech degree in chemical engineering from andhra university visakhapatnam (1982), m.tech from iit kharagpur, m.b.a. from ignou and phd from osmania university. he has acquired over 30 years of diverse experience across the innovation value chain by working at different government institutions such as regional research laboratory, jorhat, cement research institute, new delhi, central leather research institute, chennai, andaman & nicobar islands integrated development corporation, port blair, arci, hyderabad, technology development board of dst, national institute for smart government/department of information technology, new delhi.
dr. h. purushotham has also served as a director in the nicco corporation, andaman fisheries ltd. and shilpi aqua culture pvt.ltd. and as an investment committee member of uti, india ascent venture fund, gujarat venture fund ltd. and venteneast vc fund and apidc.
he was trained at (i) venture capital institute (vci), washington, usa on “venture capital funding”,(ii) nbia,usa on setting up of “technology business incubators”,(iii) mdi on “how to engage and use consultants” and (iv) asci on “management of r&d systems”.
he is a recipient of "meritorious young consultant award 1991" instituted by consultancy development centre, ministry of science & technology. he has authored/ co-authored 65 project reports,5 book chapters, one book, published/ presented 70 research papers in various journals and conferences, filed three patents and helped industry in commercializing more than 50 technologies in different sectors.
Dr. K. S. Kardam
Sr. Jt. Controller Patents & Designs
Indian Patent Office
i have been working in the indian patent office for last 34 years and held various positions. currently i am holding the post of senior joint controller of patents & designs and heading the delhi patent office. i did post graduation in organic chemistry from agra university agra uttar pradesh. i have also studied law from delhi university and hold master degree from delhi university. i have also done ph.d in the intellectual property law also from delhi university.
i have published several papers in various journals on the topic related to intellectual property. when india joined wto and trips, i had actively participated in the process of amendment to the patents act 1970 in the year 1999,2002 and 2005 and revision in the patents rules.
i was also one of the members of task force constituted for traditional knowledge digital library (tkdl) for protecting indian traditional knowledge and played important role in designing the structure for electronically capturing the information in the traditional knowledge digital library (tkdl) and traditional knowledge resource classification (tkrc) by assigning the international classification in order to make the tkdl searchable.
conduct 6 months research study in japan about utility model and its economic and technological significance to india under wipo sponsored program. i have also widely traveled in many countries and visited their patent offices to understand their ipr system. details are given below.
participated and delivered lectures in several international and national seminars, workshops and symposia organized in the filed of intellectual property rights.
played key role in the preparation of manual of patent office practice and procedure (mpopp), patent office practice (pop for internal working, examination guidelines for the inventions relating to biotechnology, traditional knowledge and pharmaceuticals.
Dr. M. Lakshmikumaran
Director - IPR
Lakshmikumaran & Sridharan
dr. malathi lakshmikumaran has more than 30 years of experience in the field of biochemistry and molecular biology. she is an expert in plant genomics, dna fingerprinting and genetic transformation. she has successfully supervised several ph.d. students in the area of plant molecular biology. she has more than 100 publications to her credit in various international and indian journals. she heads the life science group of the ip division of the law firm lakshmi kumaran & sridharan. she is actively engaged with clients in advising them on patent strategy and portfolio, prosecutions, oppositions etc. she is mainly working on pharmaceutical, chemical and biotechnological patent applications. she advises clients on plant variety protection and registration. she is also actively involved in the area of biodiversity and traditional knowledge. she has delivered several seminars on ipr issues and plant variety protection at different forums such as national law school university of india, mssrf, teri, tifac, ausbiotech, indian patent office, delhi university, bangalore bio, asci, cii, and ficci etc. she has several publications on ip.
Dr. Mahendra B. Thakre
General Manager - IPR
dr. mahendra thakre is an intellectual property professional working as a general manager, ipr - legal at mylan laboratories limited, based at hyderabad. dr. thakre has earned his doctoral degree in pharmaceutical business management, masters in business management, masters in pharmaceutical sciences and pg diploma in patents law nalsar and also has completed a degree in law. he has extensive experience in a wide range of intellectual property and regulatory subject matter, including intellectual property litigations in the us, europe, india and other less regulated countries. he has expertise in freedom to operate study, infringement analysis, invalidation and legal opinion, opposition, revocation, p-iv patent litigation, product selection strategy and business development. dr. thakre has more than 15 years of industrial and academic experience in premier organizations like dr. reddy’s laboratories, national institute of pharmaceutical education and research (niper mohali). he has delivered over 70 invited talks on us, european and indian intellectual property laws and practices in different forums across india.
Dr. Mahesh Gupta
dr. gupta is a seasoned entrepreneur and is also known worldwide for revolutionizing the water purifier industry in india. he is a mechanical engineering graduate from iit kanpur (1975) and post graduate in petroleum conservation from iip, dehradun.
he has been conferred upon with an honorary doctorate degree for the work done by him in providing clean water to urban and rural areas by sri sri university.
dr. gupta’s company the kent ro systems ltd is an indian healthcare products company, headquartered in noida, uttar pradesh. it makes water purifiers, based on the process of reverse osmosis (ro) purification.
kent is a household brand with more than 40% market share in ro water purifiers and it has been bestowed with international awards like:
• india’s most attractive brand 2013
• asia’s most promising brand 2012-13
• india’s most trusted brand 2012-13
• best domestic water purifier award 2006-07, 2007-08 & 2011-12
dr. gupta has been conferred with the distinguished alumnus award by iit kanpur in 2011 and asia’s most promising leader for 2012-13.
he started his entrepreneurial journey in 1999 from scratch by inventing the country’s first dual technology water purifier which was the answer to alarming problems of safe drinking water. in recognition of his contribution to the water purifying industry, he was named as pure water man of the country.
Dr. Markus Engelhard
Boehmert & Boehmert
dr. markus engelhard studied biology, chemistry and biochemistry at the university of cambridge, uk, and the universities of frankfurt am main and witten-herdecke (both germany). after graduation he obtained his phd from the department of biochemistry of the university of cambridge on the folding and structure of proteins as well as highresolution nmr techniques for structure elucidation. after his phd he was a postdoctoral worker at the department of biochemistry in cambridge, and was involved in nmr structural research and undergraduate teaching. his interests lie in all intellectual property aspects of biochemistry, molecular biology, pharmacology and biotechnological applications. markus engelhard advises international organizations, government agencies, technology transfer agencies, law firms, multinational corporations and small- and medium-sized enterprises on acquiring and enforcing industrial property rights. his clients also include start-ups, universities, academic research establishments and pharmaceutical companies. he has lectured on behalf of the world intellectual property organization (wipo) in wipo’s “regional capacity building workshops on patent drafting” for developing countries and has trained patent agents from nearly 30 countries. he is also lectures regularly on patent law issues both in germany and abroad, with much of his work focusing on asia, and in particular on india. the national law university delhi (nlud), india, appointed both to visiting faculty at the beginning of 2014. markus engelhard is a member of the licensing executives society (les), the fédération internationale des conseils en propriété industrielle (ficpi) and the association of intellectual property experts (vpp).
Dr. Nabeela Rasheed
McAndrews, Held & Malloy, Ltd.
nabeela rasheed, ph.d., is a shareholder at mcandrews, held & malloy. her practice concentrates on the acquisition and enforcement of intellectual property rights. dr. rasheed advises clients in all areas of global intellectual property portfolio management, including patent prosecution, validity and infringement opinions, patent opposition proceedings, reexamination, protests, and interferences. in addition, as a trusted counselor to a wide variety of biotechnology companies, dr. rasheed advises clients in a variety of due diligence transactions. she has also served as an independent consultant between parties on inventorship and priority of invention issues. in her patent practice, dr. rasheed focuses on biotechnology and traditional pharmaceutical and medical technologies, including recombinant proteins and methods of production and use of such compositions, humanized antibodies, diagnostics, and therapeutic formulations. representative examples of her technology experience include: growth factors; chemokines; enzymes, macrophage and neutrophil products; vaccines; bacterial antigens; small molecule modifications of macromolecules; processes and compositions for the recombinant production of proteins; diagnostic and therapeutic methods for disorders such as cancer, infection, autoimmune disease, alzheimer’s disease, diabetes, high throughput screening assays, immunotherapeutics, including vaccines, therapeutic formulations, including aqueous compositions, lyophilized compositions, hydrogels and transdermal delivery. being at the forefront of biochemical science, dr. rasheed has been a frequent speaker at various biotech and pharmaceutical conferences across the country and overseas. dr. rasheed has also taken up various committee positions with the association of university technology managers (autm). dr. rasheed graduated from illinois institute of technology/chicago-kent college of law, order of the coif. dr. rasheed obtained a b.sc. in biochemistry, with honors, from the university of wales, swansea (united kingdom, 1989) and completed her ph.d. in biochemistry at the university of liverpool (united kingdom, 1993). after her graduate degree, she pursued two post-doctoral fellowships before making the switch to patent law.
Dr. Niti Dewan
Head of Patents & Business Development
R K Dewan & Co.
dr niti dewan, a medical graduate and a patent and trade mark attorney, heads the patents department at r k dewan & co. she is also responsible for the firm's business development, finance and administration operations. with over 15 years of experience in the ip field, niti’s areas of speciality include: patent drafting, patent searching & analysis, international patent filing and prosecution, and ip portfolio management. niti’s primary sectors of speciality are the life sciences, biosciences, pharmaceuticals and chemicals; however, she has extensive experience in carrying out invalidation and freedom-to-operate searches in all fields of technology including automobiles, it, nanotechnology and material sciences. she frequently advises clients on their ip strategy. niti has been involved in participating and conducting numerous seminars on ip throughout india and overseas. she successfully completed the ‘ipr training course for advanced ip practitioners’ conducted by the japan patent office. she is also a certified patent valuation analyst. niti’s trademark practice encompasses advising clients on creating brands and registering them in india and internationally. she is actively involved in brand valuation and has handled some very interesting cases in this area. niti presented a talk titled ‘differences in trademark practice between india and other countries’ and also moderated a session on ‘customs recordal of rights and post clearance audits: boon or bane?’ at the inta india forum meet in mumbai in february 2013. niti serves on inta’s ‘middle east, africa & south asia’ subcommittee of the ‘famous & well-known marks’ committee. she has been appointed to serve on inta’s government officials education & training committee for the 2014 – 2015 committee term. niti has also been nominated to serve on the patents standing committee of apaa for 2013-2015. niti is a member of aippi, aipla, marques, ficpi and les organizations. she serves on the advisory board of the yenepoya university, mangalore, india. niti is passionate about bonsai, architecture and interior design. her time is also divided between being a busy mother of two and pursuing her law studies.
Dr. Ravi Tumkur
Dr. S. K. Murthy
dr. s k murthy (sk) has exposure to indian and us patent laws. his primary areas of focus are: patent preparation and prosecution; training engineers/professionals on basics of patent law; providing opinion on patentability; and such other patent related issues. his interests also include developing strategies for inculcating, developing, and sustaining ip culture and patent management. he is presently employed with intel technologies india private limited as their patent counsel for india. sk is a qualified indian patent agent with an engineering background (masters degree in electronics engineering) and a legal (pgdipr and llb) background. sk has more than 8 years of experience in preparing and prosecuting us and indian patents and has a total of 16 years of experience. sk is an invited speaker on ipr. recently, sk was a guest speaker at a seminar organized by cii-dipp in bangalore, iisc (bangalore); and a score of engineering colleges and universities. sk is also a co-author on a title: “bio-medical engineering” used as a reference material in undergraduate engineering program. he has also authored articles on ipr. prior to moving into the ip arena, sk has gained experience as a design engineer in leading edge semiconductor processors and telecom products. he started his career as a faculty member in the department of instrumentation in an engineering college of high repute.
Dr. S. Senthil Kumar
Head - IP
ABB Global Ind & Services
dr s senthil kumar is currently heading the intellectual property department of abb in india. his ip experience is largely on patent matters, specifically ip harvesting and patent prosecution. he is passionate about ip and technology, and likes to apply his research and product development experiences in the field of ip. he has several patents for inventions in technology areas of healthcare, power and automation.
dr. s senthil kumar has a bachelor’s degree in instrumentation engineering. he obtained his master of science (engineering) degree and his doctoral degree for research work in high voltage equipment diagnostics from the indian institute of science, bangalore. he has several scientific publications in this area and is academically active, guiding research students and interacting with universities.
Dr. Shantanu Basu
Schwegman Lundberg & Woessner, P.A.
shantanu basu has provided legal and strategic counseling for the development of intellectual property portfolios in biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, and life science-related fields for start-ups, multinational corporations and academic institutions in the us, europe and asia. his practice involves prosecuting patent applications, as well as inter-partes and ex parte procedures in the us and globally. he has been active in litigation of patents involving diagnostics, therapeutics, biologics and medical instruments. he has advised on life cycle management and regulatory issues for pharmaceuticals and biologics in the us and abroad.
prior to founding eckman basu llp, dr. basu was a member of intellectual property groups at the silicon valley offices of major international law firms: morrison & foerster, wilson sonsini goodrich & rosati and mintz levin. dr. basu holds a ph.d. in molecular biology and conducted research at the university of california with dr. harold varmus prior to joining the legal profession.
dr. basu has technical expertise and in-depth experience related to the areas of virology, immunology, small molecules, biologics, therapeutics, drug delivery systems, diagnostics, high throughput screening, biofuels, nanotechnology, gene therapy and bioinformatics. he has lectured throughout the world and has been quoted by scientific, legal and business journals.
Dr. Sheetal Chopra
India Lead – IPR Advocacy
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.
note on ericsson
with over 37,000 granted patents, ericsson has emerged as the company holding the strongest radio communication patent portfolio in the industry covering 2g, 3g and 4g cellular standards.
Dr. Stefan Schohe
Boehmert & Boehmert
dr. schohe, partner of boehmert & boehmert, is a german and european patent attorney based in munich. he joined the profession in 1992, following studies in physics at the univer-sity of karlsruhe and cambridge university and research activity in theoretical and computa-tional physics at the university of wuerzburg. amongst other fields, such as medical devices, lighting technology and physical measurement technology, dr. schohe is particularly active in the field of it and computer-related inven-tions, in which he prosecutes applications before the european patent office and the german patent and trademark office for foreign and domestic clients. apart from prosecution, a ma-jor part of his work is litigation, especially pre-litigation advice, representation of clients in court and coordinating international patent litigation, as well as oppositions before the euro-pean patent office and the german patent and trademark office. he also takes a keen inter-est in alternative dispute resolution and is a trained mediator (mucdr). dr. schohe authored several publications on computer-implemented inventions and regularly talks and teaches on this topic. he is co-editor of the intellectual property journal “mitteilung-en der deutschen patentanwaelte”, vice chair of the dispute resolution committee of lesi, chair of the high technology committee of lesi and chair of the it committee of les germany. the juve survey of business law firms names him as a frequently recommended attorney.
Dr. Stephan Wolke
Head of IP & Services
dr. stephan wolke studied physics, philosophy and macroeconomics at bonn university and graduated in physics. he spent the first five years of his professional career at mckinsey & company. after founding (and having sold) two own businesses stephan was in several functions at bayer ag as well as danaher corp. he joined thyssenkrupp in 2011 and is on corporate level responsible for intellectual property & services (tis ips) as a well as head of management board of the newly founded thyssenkrupp intellectual property gmbh. he is 47 and father of three sons.
Dr. Syed Tarique Abdullah
Daiichi Sankyo India Pharma
dr. syed tarique abdullah has 12 years of experience in r&d and intellectual property (ip) - new drug discovery and generic product. earlier worked with ranbaxy & glenmark, and currently working as assistant director and intellectual property leader for daiichi sankyo india pharma private limited (dsin), gurgaon. facilitating researchers for developing patentable inventions, searching, freedom to operate, drafting, prosecution, opposition, due diligence, research agreement, ip portfolio management, ip awareness, etc are some of the key areas of his work.
Dr. Ute Kilger
Boehmert & Boehmert
studied chemistry at the university of merseburg. she completed her doctorate in biochemistry at the freie universität berlin, with a special emphasis placed on proteins, structures of receptors, and signal transduction. her work on investigating protein structures was carried out with the aid of ftir spectroscopy. she has worked in the patent departments of large pharmaceutical companies for over 10 years. following her doctorate, she embarked on her training as a european patent attorney in the patent department of boehringer mannheim gmbh. for several years, she was a patent attorney for roche diagnostics gmbh in mannheim. in 2002, she joined the patent department at schering ag and since 2004 she was appointed head of global patent business area molecular imaging. during her time at schering ag, she was involved in comprehensive due diligence processes, mergers and acquisitions, and contract negotiations. she was responsible for and has managed large patent portfolios. in 2007 she began her career as a freelance patent attorney. since august 2009, she is working as a partner in the areas of biology/chemistry/pharmaceuticals at the berlin office of boehmert & boehmert. she frequently lectures on ip protection at the university of potsdam and at the charite-universitätsmedizin berlin.
Dr. Vijaya Sarathy
India IP Leader & CoE Manager - Business PACE
my team is responsible for ip strategy development for the next generation of energy (renewables and t&d) and advanced technology programs of ge. we specialize in assessment, management of ip risk and identification of strategic opportunities both in-house and externally.
Dr. Yatin S. Karpe
yatin s. karpe, ph.d. is associate director of the office of technology transfer (ott) at lehigh university, located in bethlehem, pa. dr. karpe’s primary responsibility is to handle all day-to-day aspects of technology transfer and intellectual property management at lehigh, as well as engage with and promote local, regional and national collaborations with industry, state and federal entities. before lehigh, dr. karpe worked as project & technology manager at north carolina state university’s ott. as a result, dr. karpe has experience of, large and small, as well as public and private university ott’s. he has over 10 years of combined experience (primarily in small office) managing all aspects of technology transfer, intellectual property, innovation management, licensing, commercialization, venture development and entrepreneurship in an academic environment. in addition, dr. karpe is actively involved in various regional, national and international collaborations, partnership and economic development initiatives. he is an active member of the association of university technology managers (autm), licensing executive society (les) and university industry innovation network (uiin) serving on several different committees. dr. karpe obtained his b.text degree from university of bombay, ms degree from university of georgia and ph.d. in technology management from north carolina state university.
Erik van der Vyver
Partner and Patent Attorney
érik van der vyver is a patent attorney and partner at von seidels. he specialises in local and foreign patents, inventions in the electrical and it fields and is also involved in generic pharmaceutical patent litigation. he is the head of the patent department at von seidels. érik van der vyver specialises in the preparation and filing of both local and foreign patent applications, particularly electronic and electrical type inventions as well as information technology and computer implemented inventions. érik’s expertise includes the preparation and prosecution of registered design applications in south africa and abroad, patent and general intellectual property litigation, the drafting of patent infringement opinions and drafting of patent licence agreements. he is also experienced in conducting patentability and prior art searches, particularly in relation to chemical and pharmaceutical inventions.
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.
Marks & Clerk Singapore LLP
gianfranco matteucci (partner) heads the group. gianfranco is a singapore registered patent agent and european patent attorney. he holds a laurea in biology and specialises in the fields of biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, chemistry, biomaterials and nanotechnology. he has been practising in the ip field since 1991. he has a wealth of knowledge in intellectual property law having had global experience from practising in europe, japan and singapore. in europe, he represented several pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies and in japan, he was part of the intellectual property department of riken, a japanese government-funded research institute. he has been practising in singapore since july 2003.
Gregory L. Maurer
practice areas : gregory maurer is a partner in the portland office of klarquist sparkman, llp. his practice has focused on the preparation and prosecution of computer-related and bioinformatics patent applications; business methods and intellectual property counseling. technical expertise : mr. maurer's experience includes a wide range of software development, user interface, bioinformatics, and telecommunications technologies, including complex algorithms and numerous programming languages, such as assembly, c++, lisp, java, and various visual and object-oriented languages. bar admissions : oregon, 1997 virginia, 1996 (inactive) u.s. patent and trademark office (reg. no. 43,781) prior professional experience : five years professional computer science experience, with particular emphasis on system integration and software development. senior systems analyst, 1991-1993. professional activities: volunteer, esl member, american intellectual property law association, association for computing machinery, american radio relay league
Managing Patent Counsel – Asia Pacific
guojun is a managing patent counsel in the litigation, licensing, and patents group of intel. he is the main architect for intel's international patent filing and prosecution strategies. he manages a diverse global team of patent attorneys to develop patent portfolios in various technologies globally. guojun is the resident pct expert and the go-to person for foreign-related patent questions within intel's patent group. he is responsible for designing and implementing intel's china patent strategies.
before he became a patent attorney, guojun worked for many years in it industries and academics in china, singapore, and the u.s.. he obtained a phd in electric engineering from duke university and holds a number of u.s. and international patents. his technical background has enabled him to work with inventors and business leaders effectively. he is the lead person to collaborate between the patent group and wireless business groups and to provide patent-related advice to the groups.
guojun has been invited to speak in various legal forums on a range of topics including international patent practice and strategy, functional claim language examination and interpretation, china patent strategy, frand, etc.
Subramaniam & Associates
hari subramaniam is an attorney at law with a background in medical sciences. he is the managing partner of a leading new delhi based ipr law firm, subramaniam & associates (sna). he has been in practice in the field of patents and trade marks for 30 years and has been involved in several important ipr and contentious cases in india and abroad. he has one of the best track records in patent oppositions in india. he was formerly the head of the patents department of one of the oldest ip law firms in world and in that capacity was the first person to initiate mailbox applications in india for pharmaceutical products. his technical fields of expertise include biology, biotechnology, chemistry, biochemistry and medicinal chemistry. he is a major contributor to and a speaker at various workshops in intellectual property laws conducted worldwide including wipo, leading universities around the world, intellectual properties owners association, usa, american bar association, judicial academies, indo pacific juristic forum, and various patent offices. he has authored several articles on patents and is on the teaching faculty of several institutions like indian law institute, new delhi, and academy of intellectual property laws, mumbai. he has been invited several times as an expert witness before the parliament for amendment of patent laws. he was a member of a three-member team which was invited by the mauritius research council headed by the prime minister of mauritius to advise them of patent law amendments in august 2002. he is a member of several international organisations connected with intellectual property and is the president of the asian patents attorneys association, india chapter.
Knobbe, Martens, Olson & Bear
mr. shukla specializes in intellectual property law, with a focus on patent prosecution and litigation. he has worked on a diverse set of technologies including: medical device technologies, including patient monitors such as pulse oximeters, depth of consciousness monitors, and respiration monitors. motility pill technology. signal processing technologies, including respiration rate measurements from acoustic sensors. network management and communication systems, including gateways and time-domain multiplexing technology. software applications, including web-analytics, search recommendation engines, media hub, referral system, education admissions management system. wireless energy transfer technologies. optoelectronic devices and nanotechnologies, including quantum dot nanocrystals, solar cells, photodetectors, and organic light emitting diodes during law school, mr. shukla served as a senior editor of the uc irvine law review. mr. shukla worked as a summer associate at the firm in 2011 and joined the firm in 2012. clerk experience judicial extern for judge josephine tucker (central district of california) education university of california - irvine (j.d. 2012) university of toronto (m.s. electrical engineering 2008) university of toronto (b.s. engineering physics 2006)
Founder and Managing Partner
hemant singh, the founder member of the firm, joined the bar in 1984 and has been exclusively practicing in the field of intellectual property rights for more than two and a half decades. till 1991, he was a partner in an ip law firm where after, he established inttl advocare, an ipr law firm based at new delhi, india. his guidance has seen the firm grow steadily from a national to an international level. he has been instrumental in developing a world-wide clientele, and has handled over 1700 ip litigations. he has been the lead counsel in several land mark ip cases. he is a litigation counsel as well as a registered patent agent. mr. singh is also a member of the inta, aippi, apaa, ipaa, ficci and assocham and supreme court and delhi high court bar association. he has been the chairman of national council on ipr of assocham (associated chambers of commerce and industry in india) (2010-11).
Nakamura & Partners
mr. hironobu hattori is a partner in nakamura & partners in tokyo, japan. he was qualified as a japanese patent attorney in 1998. he mainly practices patent prosecution and litigation, especially in chemical and medical fields for almost 15 years. hironobu hattori received master's degree in law (ip) from university of washington in seattle, wa in 2010. he also received his bachelor of science degree and master of science degree from sophia university in japan. he also studied medical and biotech related ip issues in tokyo medical and dental university.
Howard B. Miller
Girardi & Keese
howard b. miller, of the law firm girardi & keese in los angeles, california, works in the areas of patent, copyright and other intellectual property litigation. he served in 2009-2010 as the 85th president of the state bar of california and is a former professor of law at the university of southern california. his intellectual property cases have included outstanding results in technologies and areas as different as cancer radiation therapy, gps location technology, computer software, trademark issues in consumer products, and copyright disputes involving books, motions pictures and television. he was lead counsel and successfully argued one of the most important recent u.s. intellectual property cases, montz v. pilgrim films, 9th circuit u.s. court of appeals, 649 f.3d 975 (2011), cert. denied 132 s.ct. 550 (2011). the en banc argument before the 9th circuit can be viewed on youtube at “montz v. pilgrim”. he lectures in intellectual property and dispute resolution conferences throughout the world. he serves as a senior advisor on law reform to the mongolian bar association, and is also a fellow of the chartered institute of arbitrators (fciarb).
Kafeza Law office
irene kafeza is a greek advocate specialized in information technology and intellectual property law. she is also faculty (online dba program) at the university of liverpool/laureate, uk. she obtained her phd in “electronic contracts in india” from national academy of legal studies and research (nalsar), university of law, india, her master of laws in information technology and intellectual property law (llm) from the university of hong kong, china and her master of laws in chinese and comparative law (llm) from city university of hong kong, china. she has worked as an assistant professor at nalsar university and her research interests are in law of robots, legal issues in cloud computing and big data and privacy issues in internet of things. she has presented her research in several international conferences like, the abu dhabi international petroleum exhibition and conference (adipec 2016), athens wireless summit (2015), ieee international conference on cloud computing for emerging markets (ccem 2014), etc.
Senior Intellectual Property Law Attorney
irfan modi is senior ip law attorney at ibm india. he has around 12 years of experience working at law firms and mncs. he is a lawyer, registered indian patent agent and an engineer.
in his day to day job at ibm india, irfan is involved in all ip related matters including evaluating invention disclosures, draft patent applications for first filing at uspto, prosecute patent applications at indian patent office (ipo), review and advise on ip related issues/clauses in commercial contracts involving ibm india, handle open source software (oss) and certificate of originality (coo) reviews, keep a close watch on ip related developments in india and drive/contribute towards ip policy related work in india, advise/contribute on matters involving copyrights, trademarks and domain name disputes and manage outside ip counsels (oc).
prior to joining ibm, irfan worked at top tier full service and ip law firms of india – khaitan & co and lakshmikumaran & sridharan where he advised different types of clients (mncs, startups, research institutions including indian institutes of technology (iit)) on a wide variety of ip related issues (in addition to patent drafting and prosecution related responsibilities) including conducting ip due diligences in large m&a transactions, conducting ip awareness and training sessions for employees and senior management of client companies and preparing patentability, patent invalidity, infringement, claim chart analysis and market research reports.
prior to joining ip law profession, irfan worked as biomedical service engineer (around 2.5 years) working at wipro biomed and kaya skin care ltd.
J. Scott Evans
Associate General Counsel
j. scott received his undergraduate degree from baylor university and his juris doctor cum laude in 1992 from the louis d. brandeis school of law at the university of louisville. j. scott is assistant general counsel at adobe systems incorporated where he heads the legal team that advises on trademarks, copyrights, internet policy and advertising issues. on four separate occasions, managing intellectual property magazine voted j. scott one of the 50 most influential people in ip (2009, 2011, 2013, 2015). j. scott was most recently named one of the 50 market shapers by world trademark review magazine. j. scott served as the 2015 president of the international trademark association and currently serves as chair of the nominating committee. j. scott frequently lectures on trademarks, copyright and internet policy.
James H. Grossman
James H. Grossman Arbitration
james h. grossman is an international commercial and technology arbitrator as well as international businessman with over 35 years of experience principally as a corporate and international business lawyer until 2000. since 2001 he has been an arbitrator focused on ip/technology cases both domestic and international. during this period he also has served on the boards of directors of public companies based both in the united kingdom and the united states which have been listed on the london stock exchange, aim, nasdaq, and the tsx venture exchange. he is a graduate of the harvard law school currently based in san francisco. he has had both management and operational experience in business and his corporate law and business experience has served him well in his role as arbitrator. during 2014 he became a director of applaud medical, inc., a medical device company with new technology dealing with a procedure for reduction and removal of kidney stones. he continues to serve as a director of unicorn venture capital trust, the most successful vct in the uk with assets now of gbp 100 million.
profession: international commercial and technology/ip focused arbitrator and mediator; company director of public and private companies;corporate, m & a, and venture capital lawyer; international businessperson.
specialties: international, commercial and technology arbitrator with vast experience; company director for publicly traded companies with focus in technology and oil and gas.
james has a broad practice area advising clients in all aspects of intellectual property including trade marks, designs and copyright, patents, confidential information and domain name disputes and has considerable experience of brand protection programmes acting for multi-national companies including google and elvis presley enterprises as well as for media companies including b4u in the uk. james is a regular writer and speaker on ip law including contributing articles for intellectual property magazine and lecturing on cambridge university's masters in bioscience enterprise (mbe) multidisciplinary biotechnology and business degree course. he is a member of tiplo and inta. james works closely with leading ip professionals around the world and has a wide experience in the coordination of international parallel ip proceedings in multiple jurisdictions and has worked closely with leading ip lawyers in india including acting for the claimant in an international misuse of trade secrets action for the past nine years.
Jay A. Erstling
Patterson Thuente IP
jay erstling is an important advisor to our clients who are doing business on an international scale, as well as those who are considering expanding into global markets. he provides a unique and valuable perspective gained through his career in international ip strategy and role in shaping international intellectual property law policy. prior to joining patterson thuente ip, jay served as director of the office of the patent cooperation treaty (pct) and director-advisor to the director general of the world intellectual property organization (wipo) in geneva, switzerland. there, he helped develop and implement pct policies, including large-scale regulatory reform. he also oversaw the processing and examination of more than 130,000 international patent applications a year.
jay kumar is currently vice president of technology management at tec edmonton, a joint venture of the university of alberta and edmonton economic development corporation in edmonton, canada.
as part of his role, mr. kumar helps create new spin-off companies from inventions developed at the university and also works with inventors and entrepreneurs in the region in commercializing their novel ideas. in his almost 20 years in technology transfer, jay has been directly involved in creating more than 30 new companies and has been a member of the board for some of these companies. in addition, he is a long-standing member of the licensing executives society (usa and canada) and the association of university technology managers.
mr. kumar holds a b sc (honors) and msc physics degrees from delhi university where he also taught physics to under-graduate students prior to moving to canada in 1997. he also holds an mba degree from the university of alberta.
Head Global Patent Litigation Strategy
Novartis Pharma AG
jüergen dressel is responsible for the global litigation strategy at novartis pharma ip with focus on patents. he started his chemistry studies in germany, got a phd in organic chemistry from the ohio state university in columbus, ohio, usa, and did a postdoc in bioorganic chemistry at the eth zurich. he worked as a medicinal chemist at bayer pharma research for nine years until 1997 before he moved to the patents department and qualified as a european patent attorney. in 2002 he joined the generics group in the novartis patents department, in 2004 returned to the originator business and became responsible for patents primary care which included the cardiovascular, metabolic, respiratory, dermatological, arthritis, gastro-intestinal and neuroscience disease areas. from 2007 to 2014 he headed the patent litigation outside the us, and in 2014 he switched to his current role. jürgen’s main experience is preparing for and executing patent litigation between originators and generics.
Justice L. Nageswara Rao
Supreme Court of India, Govt. of India
justice l. nageswara rao is a serving judge of the supreme court of india. he is the 7th person elevated directly from the bar to the supreme court and was sworn in on may 13, 2016. he was a senior advocate and a former additional solicitor general of india.
Grandhi Law Chambers
krishna grandhi is the founder of grandhi law chambers (glc), a multi-disciplinary law firm in hyderabad, india. he is an attorney-at-law registered to practice before the supreme court of ohio, and a patent and trademark attorney registered to practice before the united states patent and trademark office. he is also dual qualified to practice as an advocate before the high court of judicature at hyderabad, and as a trademark attorney before the indian trademark office. krishna is uniquely positioned in the indian legal market, as one of the select few u.s. patent attorneys who live and work out of india, who are also dual-qualified as indian lawyers.
krishna received his b.s. and m.s. in computer science from cleveland state university, j.d. from cleveland-marshall college of law at cleveland state university, and an m.b.a. from cornell university.
in his practice at glc, krishna is probably best known as an outside general counsel to startups in the computer software and hardware technology space, as well as a litigator specializing in the corporate, white-collar and ip space. as part of his technology and ip practice, krishna has drafted a wide-variety of patent applications in cutting-edge technologies such as web 2.0, iots, social networks, mobile apps, guis, and networked databases. in addition, he has drafted a broad range of complex technology agreements, helped with ip commercialization activities, undertook ip due diligence in m&a deals, provided ip opinions, and helped companies generate and sustain worldwide ip strategy. as part of his litigation practice, krishna worked on contentious ip issues that involved cross-border ip litigation between india and u.s.
in addition to his legal practice, krishna serves as a mentor in virtual residence at the johnson school of business at cornell university. the role of the mentor in virtual residence is designed to work with the students and faculty at cornell and to offer mentoring support and business advice for the benefit of various startups and companies that focus on the technology space.
since establishing glc, krishna has been very active in the startup scene in hyderabad, bangalore, mumbai and delhi. he routinely counsels startups on a pro-bono basis to help them understand the intellectual property landscape in india and the u.s. glc is one of the three law firm partners for hyderabad-based t-hub (telangana hub), which is india's largest incubator for startups and a unique public/private partnership between the government of telangana, 3 of india’s premier academic institutes (iiit-h, isb & nalsar) and key private sector leaders.
in 2016, krishna has been recognized as one of “40 under 40” law firm rising stars in india, at the legalera gen next awards in mumbai.
General Counsel and Head- IP Licensing
lakshika has recently joined nucleus software exports limited (nucleus) as their general counsel. nucleus provides lending and transaction banking products to the global financial services industry. as a pioneer in retail and corporate banking software since 1986, nucleus’s software powers the operations of more than 150 companies in over 50 countries, supporting retail lending, corporate banking, cash management, mobile and internet banking, automotive finance and other business areas. at nucleus, lakshika is responsible for overall legal strategy and steering the company towards newer age ip models and licensing practices.
before nucleus, lakshika headed the content licensing and syndication business for the times of india group. she is a qualified lawyer specializing in copyrights. she gave up practice as an independent counsel with a prestigious law firm in new delhi for legal advisory work at the times group more than a decade back. with numerous publications, websites and channels churning out humongous volumes of content every day, content management and monetization became her full time responsibility.
lakshika is a dynamic professional with rich and varied experience in content rights management. she spearheaded digitization of toi archives dating back to 1838 and initiated building a central repository of all times group’s in-house generated content. she has to her credit exclusive ip licensing deals ranging from setting up of the first of its kind physical therapy institute in the country, to music publishing division to times’ city and food guides to launch of new digital properties.
lakshika has been actively involved in numerous discussions on impact of the 2012 copyright act amendments on content licensing, ranging from music and film industry to newspapers and websites. she has been a speaker at some very prestigious ip conferences and seminars. she strives to bring a balance between commercial interests and legal nuances involved in content monetization.
lakshika has been actively involved in numerous discussions on impact of the 2012 copyright act amendments on content licensing, ranging from music and film industry to newspapers and websites. she has been a speaker at some very prestigious ip conferences and seminars. she strives to bring a balance between commercial interests and legal nuances involved in content monetization.
she is responsible for conducting training on effective rights management and ip licensing.
variety and innovation are her driving forces.
Maaike van Velzen
Head of IP Portfolio Management
maaike van velzen has worked in intellectual property at philips ip&s since 2005. she is responsible for ip matters for the personal health, health informatics and population health management businesses in philips. in addition as head of ip portfolio management she oversees the ip&s process of ip creation and ip acquisition.
before joining philips in 2005, ms van velzen worked for nine years as ip counsel at unilever (fast-moving consumer goods) and was responsible for a variety of patent portfolios and business-related activities, such as ip risk assessments.
at philips she has managed the healthcare ip portfolio for several years and has been involved in licensing, acquiring intellectual property and setting up ip regulations for public-private partnerships.
ms van velzen has a master’s degree in chemistry and is a european patent attorney since 2000.
Mahendra Kumar Agarwal
Founder & CEO
GATI KWE Limited
mahendra agarwal is the founder & ceo of gati ltd. – leader and pioneer in express distribution and supply chain solutions. he established gati in 1989 with an aim to redefine the logistics industry. mr. agarwal is the driving force behind gati’s journey to leadership position. his foresight has been instrumental in the company’s exponential growth by venturing into global markets and diversifying into varied domains. he combines his entrepreneurial skills with business acumen to enable a sustainable business model. under his visionary leadership, gati has evolved into a major ilsp (integrated logistics service provider). the indian express cargo industry barely existed in the late 1980s. the concept of door pick up and door delivery, express cargo, retail express cargo, multimodal express delivery, integrated logistics and many such innovative ideas were conceptualised and pioneered by him successfully in india. mr. agarwal is an avid speaker and has been invited to many symposia and forums like the global logistics summit 2006 held at the indian school of business, hyderabad and the logistics 2005 conference. he was also invited by iim (ahmedabad) to interact with the students. in june 2008, he was awarded "best entrepreneur of the year" by hyderabad management association. in sep 2010, he received the lifetime achievement award at the 4th express logistics & supply chain conclave held at mumbai. in the same year he was also conferred with the lifetime achievement award from asbm. in 2012, he was honoured with two more awards - 'executive of the year' award (logistics) by indian chamber of commerce (icc) for his contribution to the indian supply chain & logistics industry and "logistics promoter award" at the logistics talent hunt 2012 international conference. an astute professional, he has implemented the "domino discipline" in his organisation and seeks to make it a way of life at gati. a leader, thinker and philosopher, mr. agarwal is an institution by himself. apart from being on the board of several indian companies, mr. agarwal is also the founder member of sclg india (in addition to being a member of the international board of advisors for sclg global), managing committee member of express industry council of india, elected member of cii southern region council, member of cii institute of logistics advisory council & ficci's civil aviation committee in singapore, he is a board member of singapore indian chamber of commerce & industry (sicci). he holds an engineering degree from bangalore university and a masters in business administration from austin, usa. he loves travelling, golf and swimming. mr. agarwal continues to guide gati towards the future with characteristic passion and a commitment to excel in everything he does.
Gati Kausar India Limited
mr. manish agarwal is director, gati kausar india limited. mr. manish is a bachelor of applied science in engineering and science (major in computer science) and a bachelor of science in economics (concentration in strategic management) from the wharton school, university of pennsylvania. he graduated as part of the jerome fisher program in management in technology at the university. he has also done a summer program in international relations and public policy at the london school of economics. his managerial and information technology background has helped the company in quickly bringing a lot of changes over this time. he is largely responsible for improving the efficiency of operations. he is a hands on person and works closely with the team at large both at office and outside office. he has developed a special rapport with all customers having visited them regularly. he has actively participated at various national conferences to showcase the capabilities of the company. he has knowledge about best practices related to the cold chain business and brings in international experience which is relevant for development of this industry in india
HGF LAW LLP
martyn advises clients on all aspects of contentious and non-contentious intellectual property law with a focus on intellectual property litigation.
he has been involved in numerous high court actions in the fields of patents, trade marks, copyright, design right and misuse of confidential information. he regularly acts for clients at all stages of litigation from pre-action issues right through to trial and appeal. martyn’s work often has an international aspect and he has considerable experience of co-ordinating legal teams in various jurisdictions.
martyn’s clients are drawn from all sectors and include multinational companies, universities and smes. he has been successful in a number of high profile patent infringement actions with technologies as diverse as pharmaceuticals (glenmark generics v gsk  ewhc 148 (pat) concerning gsk’s anti-malarial, malarone), medical devices and complicated hydraulic devices (such as triumph actuation systems inc v eaton limited  ewhc 1367 (pat))
martyn has extensive experience of the intellectual property enterprise court and in 2013 successfully acted for the defendants in the first trial before the new court (manvers engineering v lubetech) he also has experience of entitlement, revocation and ownership disputes before the uk intellectual property office.
Director IP Policy & IP Attorney
meenu chandra, director ip policy & ip attorney (lca) is instrumental in driving microsoft’s ip policy initiatives in india by engaging with industry associations, trade associations, academia and other stakeholders. until recently meenu was the team leader for the ficci committee against smuggling and counterfeiting activities destroying the economy (ficci cascade) as well as lending expertise to ficci ip committee, corporate laws and corporate governance divisions. in this role she was instrumental in raising the policy debate on anti-counterfeiting amongst stakeholders and gaining global recognition for ficci cascade initiative. meenu is a versatile and experienced legal professional with 16 years of post-qualification experience. she has a masters in international trade with distinction from the university of essex (uk). prior to her stint at ficci she has been leading the international commercial and ip practice of a law firm based in new delhi, where her emphasis has been on developing strategies for clients to enable them to minimise commercial risks through pre-emptive contract management, negotiation, conflict management and compliance management strategies. her previous experience also includes research and training in the area of ip law, international commercial law, company law, competition law in uk and indian universities. she has also been previously engaged in policy debates through her role as a wto and ip committee member in assocham and played an active role at ficci in taking these debates forward. she has various publications on acta, anti-counterfeiting, ip and competition law. she is visiting faculty at indian law institute (ili), delhi and amity university for their llm programs.
Miku H. Mehta
IP & Patent Prosecution Counseling
miku h. mehta’s practice focuses on the preparation and prosecution of patent applications before the uspto. mr. mehta has also worked on due diligence projects, including preparation of opinions in the areas of patentability, validity, infringement, and product clearance, as well as patent licensing. his areas of focus include the technology field such as computer software and hardware, networks, internet-related application, environmental technologies, optics, mechanical engineering, business processes, and medical devices. prior to joining procopio, mr. mehta practiced as a partner at sughrue mion pllc in japan and silicon valley. mr. mehta also worked as an associate at fleshner & kim, llp, and as a searcher at prior art searches, inc. in addition to his extensive legal experience, mr. mehta was a lead developer for american management systems, inc where he was involved in the proposal, design, software coding, testing, and user documentation stages for various federal budgeting and scientific information client/server application related to environmental and health agencies. prior to that, he conducted facilities assessment, industrial facility technical analysis, and environmental impact statement for resources application, inc. – where he also performed scientific analysis of federally regulated hazardous waste sites, including contamination migration and toxicity studies. mr. mehta has also directed corporate leadership and teambuilding training, conservation education and training, and recreation outdoors adventure services for action endeavor, inc., a company that he founded, owned, and operated. education jd, george mason university school of law bs (systems engineering, environmental sciences), university of virginia
Director, Fraud Investigation and Dispute Services
Ernst & Young
mrinal jain is a director in ernst & young’s fraud investigation and dispute services team and specializes in valuation and quantification of damages, claims or losses in a dispute, litigation and/ or arbitration scenario. he commenced his professional career with the transaction advisory services team of ey in new york in 2007.
his experience in disputes includes quantification of damages or claims arising from loss of business opportunity, loss of future profits, wasted expenditure, infringement of the ipr, computation of royalty rates as per frand terms and price erosion damages. he specializes in carrying out valuation of company, equity and ipr for varied purposes including disputes, family settlement, shareholder negotiation, joint venture (entry/exit), merger, demerger, acquisition, restructuring, strategic sale /investments and evaluation of pe or vc portfolios. he has advised clients across sectors on more than 50 transactions in corporate finance, m&a, valuation and dispute advisory roles over the period of past 9 years while working at ey new york and other advisory firms in india.
mrinal is also a guest lecturer at nmims school of business management and an active member of young siac forum and lcia india, western india users’ council. mrinal has been awarded with all india economics merit certificate in 2001 post which he graduated in economics honors from st. stephen’s college (delhi) in 2004. he further pursued his mba (finance) from fordham graduate school of business (new york) and has also received certificate of achievement from the american society of appraisers (asa, usa) for completing select specialized valuation courses. queen’s university, canada.
Lakshmikumaran and Sridharan
mukundan chakrapani is a director in the ip division of lakshmikumaran and sridharan (l&s). he oversees patent drafting and prosecution work of a team of dedicated professionals.
mukundan is a canadian lawyer and patent agent. he has substantial experience in the drafting and prosecution of patent applications in electronics, communication, software, semiconductor and medical devices. in addition, he advises on patentability, validity, infringement and freedom-to-operate issues, and conducts ip due diligence. he provides strategic patent counseling and international patent portfolio management services to a wide range of clients, including small and medium-scale enterprises.
prior to joining l&s, he was an associate at borden ladner gervais llp, ottawa, canada. mukundan successfully completed options in law and technology and international law at the university of ottawa. earlier, he was a visiting fellow at the national research council canada. during his academic years, mukundan researched a variety of subjects from polymer nano-materials to biological molecules implicated in alzheimer's disease, and published several peer-reviewed articles.
mukundan is fluent in english, hindi and tamil. he actively participates in the firm's north america/europe initiatives. he routinely travels to europe, canada and the us for client and market development.
Head - IP
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. 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. he was secretary of cognizant in 2005 (iit roorkee tech fast) and was awarded with the best research project on ‘’catalytic activities of vanadium complexes’’.
N. K. Pandey
ITAG Business Solutions Ltd.
mr. n.k. pandey is the chief legal officer of gati-kintetsu express private limited. he has been associated with the company for the past 25 years. he is also director of itag business solutions ltd.
after pursuing ll.b. from the calcutta university, he got enrolled as advocate in the year 1987 with the bar council of west bengal, india, and was associated with the profession for a brief period before he joined the corporate sector in the field of law. while pursuing law, he used to assist at his father's office, who was a leading advocate of calcutta high court in all branches of law more particularly civil, criminal, writ and corporate matters.
he started his corporate career in the field of law with m/s. tci ltd. at bangalore and gained rich experience of working in various capacities at bombay, madras, delhi before he took up the responsibility to head the corporate legal function of m/s. gati ltd. and all its group companies, including tci finance limited.
after successfully handling both litigation and non litigation areas touching upon the laws relating to intellectual properties, contract, company law, joint venture, arbitration, civil laws, criminal laws, company law board matters etc. he has been an advisor to the management and other functions including board of directors on all key legal issues, having bearing on the organization.
he is also one of the directors of itag business solutions ltd., which is a knowledge process outsourcing (kpo) in the domain of all ip services, being patent, trademark, design, copy rights, trade secrets and ip management services and has been advising in all the legal matters of ipr.
McAndrews Held & Malloy, Ltd
AZB & Partners
nandan pendsey is currently a partner in the intellectual property team at azb & partners , one of the most prominent indian law firms. he earned his b.s.l. ll.b degree at the prestigious ils law college, pune in 2001 and further earned his masters degree (ll.m) in intellectual property from the franklin pierce law center, new hampshire, usa in 2003. mr. pendsey is also a registered patent agent with a technical background in biotechnology. the focal areas of his practice intellectual property transactions and licensing, ip litigation and enforcement and patent and trademark prosecution and advisory. mr. pendsey also regularly provides advice on regulatory issues arising in relation to drugs, cosmetics, medical devices and clinical trials. he also has extensive knowledge in the areas of information technology, data privacy, outsourcing, cyber law, registration, protection and enforcement of domain names, and other internet related issues including jurisdictional and enforcement issues and isp liability.
Assistant Director General
mr. prasad has had extensive management and administrative experience at senior levels both with the united nations in wipo and at state and national levels in india. since 2009, mr. prasad has served as the executive director and chief of staff to the director general of wipo. he also served with the united nations industrial development organization (unido) for three years during the 1990s. as a member of the indian civil service, mr. prasad has close to 33 years’ experience with the government of india in various assignments including with the united nations. he served for 15 years in the field of industry and commerce and was india’s focal point for intellectual property issues. mr. prasad holds a double masters degree in arts and economics and was educated at the prestigious st. stephen’s college in delhi university.
Nirav N. Desai
Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox
mr. desai is a director in the firm's litigation and electronics groups and focuses on patent litigation and general intellectual property strategy. he has been involved in various matters before district and appellate courts, as well as the international trade commission in section 337 actions. mr. desai has experience with a wide range of technologies in all phases of litigation including case management and strategy, taking and defending fact and expert depositions, pre-trial and jury trial practice, and critical motions briefing. mr. desai also has experience counseling clients in intellectual property strategy, including patent portfolio development and analysis, licensing, infringement, validity, and freedom to operate opinions, and preparation and prosecution of patent applications.
at the college of william and mary law school, mr. desai was a member of the william and mary law review and was selected as a state scholar. he also served as a judicial extern to the honorable james e. bradberry, u.s. magistrate judge for the eastern district of virginia and as a student law clerk at earle hale and associates for two years while in law school. mr. desai earned his undergraduate degree in computer science from the university of virginia school of engineering and applied sciences, where he also undertook pre-medical studies.
prior to attending law school, mr. desai worked for noblis, inc (formerly mitretek systems) as a senior technical lead in their center for criminal justice technology. while at noblis, inc. mr. desai served as a software engineer and systems analyst in the area of biometric information systems for various government agencies, including the u.s. department of justice and the fbi. mr. desai specialized in software development for fingerprint matcher subsystems, developing front-end latent fingerprint matcher software for use on a variety of back-end automated fingerprint identification system platforms.
additionally, mr. desai is a contributing author of patent office litigation, a two-volume set focused on the new contested proceedings under the america invents act published in 2012 by thomson reuters westlaw. this book examines how the proceedings interact with other aspects of patent procurement and enforcement, and delivers practical analysis and advice.
omesh puri is a managing associate in the trademarks, copyright and designs practice of lexorbis with 10 years experience. he has undertaken a wide array of assignments in the areas of trademarks, copyright and designs and regularly advises clients on anti-counterfeiting strategies, identification, protection, clearance and registration of these forms of ip. in addition, he also has significant experience in litigation at various courts of india and the intellectual property appellate board. he also focuses on transactions across other areas of ip, and has vast expertise in drafting and negotiating contracts related to ip, it and media and entertainment sectors.
Sr. Partner & Country Head
Lakshmikumaran & Sridharan
parthasarathy heads the intellectual property division of l&s. he is responsible for patent procurement, patent opposition and patent enforcement. in addition, parthasarathy is actively involved in wto trade remedy laws and customs valuation. he has represented a number of exporters, importers and domestic industry in anti-dumping, anti-subsidy and safeguard investigations in india, eu, canada, turkey, usa, thailand and korea. before entering private practice, parthasarathy was with the government of india and held various positions such as accountant general, director railway board and that of director ministry of commerce (anti-dumping). he had audited the accounts of un headquarters and had been a undp consultant.
Patrick C. Keane
Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC
patrick c. keane is an executive shareholder with responsibilities for firm wide management of buchanan ingersoll & rooney, pc, a general practice law firm consisting of over 500 attorneys and government relations professionals in offices across 19 cities throughout the united states. patrick is active in the federal circuit bar association, serving as co-chair of the regional programs committee and as vice-chair of the uspto committee.
patrick focuses his practice on all aspects of intellectual property (ip) counseling, including patent litigation, post grant proceedings such as inter partes review and post grant review, and strategic development and enforcement of international ip portfolios to optimize revenue and product sales. patrick has provided strategic guidance on company growth via evaluation of ip and its role in business activities such as joint ventures, mergers, acquisitions, government contracts and franchising opportunities. he focuses on building multi-disciplinary client services teams as appropriate to optimize collaboration with in-house counsel and as business drivers to manage risk and create innovative solutions to legal issues. he has experience with intellectual property law matters directed to both pre-america invents act (aia) procedures and post aia procedures. patrick's litigation background includes more than 20 years of experience representing small, mid and large cap companies in federal court actions and in proceedings before the international trade commission, including litigation for fortune 500 companies, such as lockheed martin and hewlett packard. patrick has been recognized internationally for his breath of ip expertise and favorable resolution of international ip disputes.
in 2013, iam’s patent 1000 publication recognized patrick and noted that he “has a strong foundation in all areas of intellectual property and does a fantastic job no matter what he focuses on. he is a dedicated, resourceful and skilled ip strategist and a creative problem solver.” in addition, patrick was recognized for his work in the intellectual property practice as a 2013 and 2014 ip star by managing intellectual property.
patrick’s experience in patent procurement includes six years as an examiner in computer electronics and software related arts of the united states patent and trademark office. his engineering experience includes work as a design engineer for amp, inc. in harrisburg, pa. patrick has published numerous articles and is a regular presenter at international conferences directed to ip protection, licensing and litigation. he is licensed to practice in maryland and before the maryland court of appeals, the u.s. district court for the district of maryland, the court of appeals for the federal circuit, the u.s. patent and trademark office, and the u.s. supreme court.
Director Business Development
MultiLing Germany GmbH
peter fischer studied computer science at the munich university of applied sciences and started developing complex, document and knowledge management solutions before he moved into sales. during eight years at thomson reuters, peter helped major clients improve their ip information processes globally, which increased their patent quality and reduced litigation risk. since 2012 he has been responsible for multiling sales for all of europe, where he continues to help corporate counsel, law firms and patent agents reduce office actions, litigation risk, and decrease time-to-grant through accurate translation.
Tata Consultancy Services
pooja khemani has a total of 10 years of experience in ip industry with last 2 years in tata consultancy services. she is senior associate of the ip services group of tcs. she focuses on strategic patent consulting, invention mining, ip due diligence, and patent drafting and prosecution. pooja has been instrumental in defining operational and executional initiatives for the ip services group. she has practiced ip law in both lpo and corporate settings, before moving to tcs. prior to her current role in tcs, pooja was working in the capacity of director for an ip services firm specialized in providing ip services to some of the leading companies and law firms in india, usa, and europe. pooja is a registered patent agent with indian patent office. she has a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the national institute of technology (nit), formerly regional engineering college, kurukshetra, india, and a master’s degree with power systems specialization from punjab university of technology (formerly punjab engineering college), chandigarh, india.
Anand & Anand
pravin anand, managing partner of anand and anand completed his law studies in new delhi in 1979 and has been practicing as an advocate and as a patent and trademark attorney since. he has been a counsel in several landmark ip cases including: the first: anton piller order (hmv cases); mareva injunction order (philips case); norwich pharmacal order (hollywood cigarettes case); right of privacy case (bandit queen case); dilution in trademarks case (glenfiddich case); recognition of market survey evidence by judiciary (the time warner case); domain name case (yahoo! case); punitive and exemplary damages (time magazine) phishing (nasscom); the compulsory licensing cases filed against pfizer and roche under the doha declaration where both the innovator companies were successful and host of other cases which have transformed the ip land scape. he serves on the editorial board of several international ip journals including ip asia, entertainment law review and computer & telecommunications law review. he has authored several papers on ip, and written along with his co-author the two intellectual property volumes on halsbury's laws of india. he has spoken extensively at various forums including wipo, aippi, inta, les, iba, law asia and the un conference on ldcs in the digital world. he has served on several international and national expert groups and committees, including the patent law drafting committee for revising and recommending changes to law. he is the chairman of ipr promotion advisory committee (ipac) constituted by the government of india and the it committee set up by ficci. he is the past president of the asian patent attorneys association (apaa india), he was the director on the board of inta in 2008. he is president of the aippi (indian group). he is most innovative lawyer -asia pacific. he has appeared as an expert witness before parliamentary committees to give evidence on amendments to trademark, patent and copyright laws.
Prof. Bernd Wegner
Technical University Berlin
professor dr. bernd wegner was born in berlin in 1942. he is professor for mathematics at the technical university of berlin since 1974. his main research papers are in the areas of geometry, mathematical relativity, topology, convexity, discrete mathematics and structural foundations of mathematics. he was supervisor of several phd theses and habilitations, some of them in foreign countries like spain, poland, portugal, turkey, or egypt. he was organizer of several international conferences in mathematics. he is member of the editorial board of several international journals in mathematics. for almost 40 years he served as editor-in-chief of zentralblatt math, the most complete reference database in mathematics. for a shorter period he was in charge of editing matheduc, a similar service for education in mathematics. as a consequence he took part in or was leader of several projects improving the availibility of mathematics in the web. the subjects were integrated access to distributed electronic resources in mathematics, distributed database production in mathematics, recognition of mathematical formulas in the web and their transfer to computation and automatic theorem proving, development of a digital mathematics libraries by digitally born or retro-digitized matheatical publications. he is still involved in the further development of the mathematics subject classification and its transition into a flexible web service.
Prof. Dr. Heinz Goddar
Boehmert & Boehmert
prof., dr. heinz goddar, a german patent attorney and european patent and trademark attorney, is partner of boehmert & boehmert and of forrester & boehmert, with his office at munich. technical background (as well as phd degree) 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 santa clara, ca, u.s.a., the university of washington, seattle, wa, u.s.a., and the national chengchi university, taipei, and as a consultant professor at the university of huazhong, wuhan, china. he is a member of the professors committee at the institute for international intellectual property (iipp) at peking university (pku), beijing, china, and of the advisory board of the tongji global intellectual property institute (tgipi), shanghai, china. prof. dr. goddar is an adjunct professor and an honorable consultant in international legal services at the national yunlin university of science and technology, yunlin, taiwan. he is also an associate judge at the senate for patent attorneys matters at the german federal court of justice and a director at the global institute of intellectual property (giip), delhi. he is a past president of les international and of les germany and has received the gold medal of les international.
Prof. Dr. V. C. Vivekanand
MHRD IP Chair Professor
NALSAR University of Law
prof. v. c.vivekanandan received his phd in intellectual property laws and also holds his master’s in corporate law & securities and a master’s in public administration. he is currently the ip chair professor of the ministry of hrd at nalsar and also the director of the institute of global internet governance & advocacy at nalsar. he is adjunct visiting professor of buffalo university, suny, new york and also a visiting professor to various institutes in india and abroad. he teaches ipr, internet law, entertainment law and researches on the interface of ip and internet. he had served as the asia pacific representative of alac in icann and also was a member of the nominating committee of icann in between 2008-2011. he was a nwo-icssr research fellow with maastricht university in 2010. he served as the dean of the rajiv gandhi school of intellectual property law at iit kharagpur in 2009-2010 and also as the head of the distance education department at the national law school of india university, bangalore in 2009. he has served as the official indian delegate to wipo sccr meeting in 2013 & 2014 his non-law interests include music, cinema and travel.
Prof. Prabuddha Ganguli
MHRD IP Chair Professor
he is the ceo of ceo at vision-ipr offering services in management of intellectual property rights, information security and knowledge management. he is a leading international expert on ipr and a consultant to the world intellectual property organization for ipr capacity building, an expert on ipr policy to several governments and an elected fellow of the maharashtra academy of sciences. after several years in academic research, he worked in industry for 2 decades in diverse managerial roles including r&d, technology assessment, forecasting & transfer, knowledge management, factory management & business planning. he is honorary. scientific consultant for innovation and ipr matters to the office of the principal scientific adviser, government of india, a member of the advisory board of the iipi, washington, a member of the senate of national institute of fashion technology, india, a member of the advisory board of institute for intellectual property studies (iips), mumbai, and a member of the international editorial board of world patent information. he has also been teaching ipr and innovation management as adjunct faculty in various universities and institutions. he has over 50 publications in technical fields, over 60 publications in ipr and 5 books namely gearing up for patents--the indian scenario universities press (1998), intellectual property rights--unleashing the knowledge economy, tata mcgrawhill (2001), shaping the future, unido-wipo-imtma(2005), technology transfer issues in biotechnology-- a global perspective coedited with dr ben prickril and dr rita khanna published by wiley-vch (germany) (2009) and geographical indications--its evolving contours released in 2009. in february 2011 he was awarded "the chemtech pharma-bio world award 2011 for outstanding contribution in the field of intellectual property". the citation states: "the corporate world especially pharma industry has gained enormously from dr ganguli in terms of ipr related business activities. all these he has done to create and sustain an innovation-facilitating ecosystem in india for its economic growth. in recognition of his immense contribution and services, chemtech foundation is honoured to confer "outstanding contribution" award for intellectual property upon dr. prabuddha ganguli.
Professor Kamal Puri
Professor of Intellectual Property
Queensland University of Technology
professor puri was born in india. after obtaining three university degrees (ba, llb and llm), he won a scholarship to study for his doctorate (phd) at the australian national university, canberra, australia. he was admitted as a solicitor and barrister in the new zealand high court in wellington and was appointed as full professor of law at university of queensland in 1995, which position he now holds at the queensland university of technology (qut). professor kamal puri has established an international reputation in the fields of intellectual property and contracts, including public procurement, by dint of his scholarly publications and extensive contacts with national and international organizations. his contributions to research and scholarship are demonstrated by his six books and over 50 journal articles published in refereed journals in almost all parts of the world, e.g., uk, u.s., australia, japan, france and india. he has successfully completed numerous research projects at an international level at the invitation of unesco and wipo and several other national and regional organizations/institutions, including oxford and cambridge universities. his seminal work in the field of protection of cultural and intellectual property rights of indigenous peoples has helped him to gain an international reputation that has led to numerous funded invitations at international conferences. in particular, he was commissioned by unesco, spc (secretariat of the pacific communities, noumea, new caledonia) and pifs (pacific islands forum secretariat, suva, fiji) to draft a model law and guidelines for the legal protection of traditional knowledge and expressions of culture of pacific islands’ peoples. twenty-six pacific countries and territories endorsed the model law, drafted by him, on 17 september 2002 at a meeting in noumea. professor puri’s research interests include the fields of intellectual property law, protection of traditional knowledge and expressions of indigenous culture, contract law and public procurement law.professor puri has a long and successful career in teaching. his commitment to teaching and learning is confirmed by his commendations for teaching and learning on four occasions under the university of queensland’s excellence in teaching awards. professor puri has played significant role in administration and leadership at university level and through his wide contacts developed several useful international links. he has served his law faculty as deputy dean, acting dean and head. his emphasis on applying legal rules in the real world has led initially to his appointment as the foundation director of the intellectual property commercialisation unit, and presently as general manager, innovation and intellectual property management at the department of employment, economic development and innovation, queensland government, in conjunction with professorship of intellectual property at the queensland university of technology, brisbane, australia. he has been instrumental in establishing the new wipo-qut master of intellectual property law course (lw53) at qut, which is the first of its kind in the asia-pacific region. the first edition of this course was offered in february 2010 and he holds the position of program director.
R. Danny Huntington
areas of concentration: counseling; licensing and transactions; litigation; alternative dispute resolution; appellate; federal district court; hatch-waxman; international trade commission; patent interferences; patent prosecution; biomedical; biology and biotechnology; chemical; pharmaceutical; unfair competition
described as "a great lawyer" (chambers & partners client interview, 2015), r. danny huntington is involved in all phases of intellectual property law, including united states and foreign patent prosecution; litigation in the federal and state courts; licensing; and general client counseling. he has extensive patent interference experience, with particular experience in biotechnology and pharmaceuticals.
he began his career as a chemist at the gillette research institute. shortly after joining the institute, he became the patent liaison to outside patent counsel and later to in-house attorneys at the parent company, the gillette company. finding the interface between technology and patent law fascinating, after earning his law degree he joined the patent staff of the gillette company, where he continued to represent the institute.
after entering private practice in boston, mr. huntington wrote and prosecuted some of the earliest-filed biotechnology patent applications. he was also involved in district court litigation and patent interferences, the latter primarily in the field of pharmaceuticals. in 1981 he moved to the washington dc area and continued a varied practice until the us patent and trademark office started declaring patent interferences involving biotechnology. mr. huntington was one of the few attorneys knowledgeable in both interferences and biotechnology, and soon found himself spending most of his time in interferences involving biotechnology. this led to his being asked to handle interferences involving other technologies. he has now handled more than 200 interferences and frequently lectures on interference practice. mr. huntington has also used interferences as an alternative vehicle for defending against non-practicing entities – sometimes referred to as patent trolls – many of the procedures of which are now employed in the new post-grant procedures under the america invents act. this has led to handling inter partes review proceedings, and he expects to be active in post grant reviews as post aia patents start issuing in greater numbers.
j.d., the george washington university law school - 1976
b.s., chemistry, indiana university - 1972
district of columbia
u.s. patent and trademark office
Innovation Leader & IP Manager
rahul dubey is currently innovation leader & intellectual property manager with the ip group at ge global research center, located in bangalore. ge’s r&d center at bangalore works on research & innovation programs related to different technology verticals, catering to different ge businesses. rahul dubey has more than 9 years of experience in innovation planning, ip (intellectual property) analytics, building ip strategy, and ip monetization. he holds masters in technology from iit kanpur. his experience & expertise include innovation planning & strategy, ip portfolio development & management, technology licensing, and renewable energy policies. rahul has contributed to several internal and external technical publications and presented himself at several national and international conferences.
Director - Patents
mr rahul vartak has completed an advanced degree in intellectual property from franklin pierce law center, concord, new hampshire, usa. he holds a master’s degree in synthetic organic chemistry as well as a bachelor’s in law degree from the mumbai university. he has worked in various pharmaceutical organizations since 1995 in the research as well as patent departments and has held key positions in patent departments of pharmaceutical companies .
Jio IP Lead
Reliance Jio Infocomm Ltd.
rajeev has been associated with reliance jio, the 4g telecom organisation (360 telecom-ict company), an affiliate of reliance industries limited as jio ip lead & legal (contracts). he has been associated with ip on key projects for technologies in smart devices, network, 4g 3gpp standards, cloud, digital payments, digital media, e-commerce, and emerging future technologies. he has first -hand experience of working in india’s largest start up having investment of approximately 2,50,000 cr. he has been closely working on guiding the management on ip. his technical acumen with legal ip knowledge has also helped with vetting and negotiation of telecom and ict contracts. he is also been involved with advocacy on ip policy and strategic positioning of innovative technologies for emerging market.
Department of Industrial Policy & Promotion (DIPP)
as joint secretary, department of industrial policy & promotion (dipp), ministry of commerce & industry of the government of india, rajiv aggarwal is charged with ensuring protection for ip rights at the policy level in the second most populated country in the world. india’s economy is booming, and increased focus on ip enforcement and protection in recent years has resulted in massive jumps in trademark filings. all of this has resulted in ongoing and anticipated changes at india’s trade marks registry, which is overseen by mr. aggarwal and the dipp.
Director - Technical
Anand and Anand
rana gosain is a senior partner at daniel advogados. he has worked in the ip field since 1978 when he joined daniel advogados. his expertise covers patents, designs and litigation strategies with a special focus on life science and cool pharma issues. rana counsels clients on patent filing strategies and best obtaining patent protection. rana has a technical background in civil engineering and pursued a law course at the veiga de almeida university (uva) which he concluded in 2005. he is a brazilian intellectual property agent and a brazilian attorney registered at the brazilian bar association (rio de janeiro and são paulo). rana also holds a post graduate degree in intellectual property obtained from the puc university in collaboration with the brazilian pto. he has a strong focus on life sciences and is on the standing committee of aippi pharma. rana's current role in the daniel advogados law firm is to advise clients on a full range of intellectual property matters and to develop best strategies for protecting and managing ip portfolios.
K & S Partners
he has handled filing and prosecution of several thousands of patent applications for clients in diverse areas of technology such as biotechnology, bioinformatics, software, nanotechnology, pharmaceuticals, electronics, communication, and mechanical. he also has vast experience and expertise in the handling of design applications and issues related thereto.
apart from the above, ravi regularly renders opinions on issues of patents and designs issues ranging from licensing, assignment, pre- and post-grant oppositions, freedom to operate, technology landscaping, due diligence, ip portfolio building strategy, patent pooling and assists clients in negotiations and enforcement of patent rights.
he represents several multinational and domestic corporations on a variety of issues and works very closely with several start-ups and spin-offs. he regularly conducts patent workshops and ‘invention capturing sessions’ for clients.
a regular speaker at various conferences and seminars, ravi is an avid reader of biographies and likes travelling.
prior to joining the firm, ravi worked with a well-known multinational biotechnology corporation.
Krishna & Saurastri Associates
richa pandey is a patent attorney and a partner with the delhi branch of krishna and saurastri associates. she is an advocate and a registered patent agent. her core work areas include patent filing, patent prosecution, patent opposition, patent litigation, patentability opinions, searches, invalidity opinions and portfolio management. ms. pandey holds a degree in law and a bachelor’s degree in science from the university of lucknow. she has been a guest speaker at various national & international conferences on intellectual property.
rowan joseph is a patent attorney and partner at von seidels. his expertise includes the prosecution of local and foreign patents and registered designs. he is an experienced high court litigator, specialising in chemical and generic pharmaceutical matters rowan joseph’s expertise includes the preparation and filing of local and foreign patent applications, registered design applications, intellectual property licensing and copyright matters. rowan also has an active intellectual property litigation practice which includes conducting high court litigation on behalf of clients and the drafting of patent infringement and validity opinions, particularly in the field of pharmaceuticals.
Sanjeev K. Tiwari
K & S Partners
sanjeev leads the patent and design litigation practice at the firm. he specializes in enforcement, protection and dispute resolution in the areas of patent, design, plant varieties and biological diversity laws. besides he also handles transactional work including technology transfer and licensing agreements.
he regularly renders opinions on the validity and enforcement of patents and designs, freedom to operate, infringement analysis and due diligence apart from managing patent portfolios of clients.
sanjeev regularly appears before the indian patent office, intellectual property appellate board and various district and high courts as well as the supreme court of india in connection with enforcement of patents and designs.
prior to joining the firm in 2008, sanjeev practiced as an independent lawyer before the high court of delhi for 9 years, handling commercial and corporate litigation.
Advocate & Founder
Ex Lege Chambers
santanu mukherjee is an advocate and founder of ex lege chambers, advocates and regulatory, policy advisors. the chambers specializes in three areas of practice, statutory, regulatory and policy work that includes drafting, analysis and advisory work; alternate dispute resolution that includes mediation and arbitration; and dispute resolution both at pre-contentious level and litigation stages.
the regulatory, policy work aims to address statutory gaps, regulatory challenges and provide policy analysis-backed pragmatic timely advisory to clients. services include analytical reporting of legalpolicy, statutory and regulatory issues catered to clients’ business interest and appropriate advisory; representations at stakeholders’ meetings, public hearings and engagements with industry chambers; drafting position papers and background notes; creating alliances and consensus building on legal and relevant regulatory, policy issues. the work also includes advising appropriate localized legal policy strategy in consideration of client’s multi-jurisdictional position(s) where applicable. the immediate focus of the regulatory and policy practice is on iprs, competition, international trade and environment.
santanu has worked on different issues related to intellectual property rights, international trade, competition and environment law and policy for the last 20 years. his experience includes focused ip work at d. p. ahuja & co. & s. majumdar & co., ip attorney firms in kolkata and working as a litigator at calcutta high court. he has worked on global policy research on ipr and trade laws at the max planck institute for ipr and competition law at munich, germany. santanu has been actively involved in statutory, regulatory and policy drafting and analysis, at geneva based intergovernmental organizations including wipo, wto and the south centre. at luthra and luthra law offices, where he led the international trade and policy advisory practice as a partner, he was involved in trade policy advisory issues involving diverse clients. he also worked on a cyber law compliance matter that addressed working with different ministries of government of india, settling the matter in favor of the client through focused policy intervention. earlier, he was associated with qualcomm inc., a global wireless technology company, addressing legal policy strategy and government affairs. he worked with different internal clients advising on ipr, competition, trade and cyber law and policy issues in the south asian market. as a delegate of the unfccc observer organization, business council for sustainable energy representing qualcomm, he was actively engaged in the technology-transfer negotiations through tier-two engagements.
santanu holds a ll.b. degree from calcutta university and obtained masters in international law and economics (m.i.l.e.) from the world trade institute, switzerland. he had been a british chevening scholar at the university of law, york, uk and was attached at the littleton chambers, inner temple bar london, uk. he has been fellow of the global salzburg seminar, austria twice on international trade and global leadership. he has published at leading journals and is a regular speaker at national and international forums. he is member of the international bar association (iba) and chairs the ipr & regulatory, policy section of the indian national bar association.
Head - IP
experienced professional with extensive knowledge and skills in technology development, ip strategy, competitive intelligence and people leadership.
Sharon E. Crane
areas of concentration: counseling; litigation; appellate; federal district court; hatch-waxman; patent interference; patent prosecution; post-grant proceedings; biology and biotechnology; biomedical; chemical; pharmaceutical
sharon e. crane is a partner specializing in intellectual property litigation and patent prosecution. dr. crane is experienced in, and counsels clients in all phases of patent law, particularly in the biotechnology area. dr. crane has substantial experience in preparing and prosecuting patent applications in the biotechnology and chemical arts, and devotes a substantial percentage of her time to patent interference practice and post-grant proceedings. she also has experience in patent litigation in the federal courts, and patent appeals at the u.s. patent and trademark office board of patent appeals and interferences. dr. crane has also participated in and managed patent interference appeals at the court of appeals for the federal circuit.
dr. crane received a b.a. in behavioral biology from johns hopkins university, where she researched learning and memory. dr. crane’s graduate training was in the neuroscience training program at the university of virginia and in the biochemistry, cellular and molecular biology program at johns hopkins university school of medicine, where she received her ph.d. in molecular biology and genetics and focused on the study of lentiviruses.
dr. crane is a member of the american bar association (aba) intellectual property law section, a member of the american intellectual property law association (aipla) uspto inter partes patent proceedings and biotechnology committees and a member of fédération internationale des conseils en propriété industrielle (ficpi) cet group 5-technology-related patent issues.
j.d., the george washington university law school – 1994
ph.d., molecular biology and genetics, johns hopkins school of medicine – 1990
b.a., behavioral biology, johns hopkins university – 1984
district of columbia
u.s. patent and trademark office
federal circuit bar
supreme court bar
Head - IP
Tata Consultancy Services
shekhar guha has a total of 27 years of experience in the it industry with the last 26 years in tata consultancy services. he is currently head of intellectual property (ip) core services for tcs as part of the larger ip services group of the organization. he is responsible for tcs’ ip capability building, and growth of ip maturity as well as ip risk management. he is also responsible for enabling proliferation of ip protection of the vast number of innovations happening in the organization, promoting ip usage and monetization as well as enabling ip compliance and safety of tcs’ vast array of products and solutions. in his current role shekhar helps define the company’s ip processes and policies. prior to this role he has played leading p&l ownership roles for large accounts, customers and geographies that included delivery and sales ownership. shekhar guha has a background in software technology and data management. he has a bachelor’s degree in instrumentation and electronics from jadavpur university, kolkata, india, preceded by a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from the same university.
Dr. Shlomo Cohen & Co
highlights: president, israel bar association (1999-2007); chairman, justice ministry committee to revise the registered designs act (1985-1990); member, justice ministry committees to revise the patent and copyright acts (1985-1995); israeli representative to wipo convention to draft treaty for the protection of semiconductor chip design (1989); founder and president (1998-2006), licensing executives society israel chapter; board member, international trademark association (1994-1996). chairman, public committee for the protection of privacy; board member (two terms), israel civil rights association; founding member, betselem, human rights watch organization.
Shri. O. P Gupta
Controller General of Patents, Designs & Trade Marks
Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion, Min
Soumya P. Panda
soumya p. panda concentrates his practice on patent matters within the electrical engineering field including preparation and prosecution of patent applications, litigation, and representation of clients in post grant procedures and ex parte reexamination proceedings. mr. panda has extensive experience in patent matters involving technologies such as wireless communications, satellite networks, digital signal and image processing, computer simulation of multi core processors and computational geometry for video graphics, cloud computing, semiconductors, optics, and medical imaging devices.
Subodh Prasad Deo
Saikrishna & Associates
subodh prasad deo, is a former additional director general of the competition commission of india and presently partner & head of competition law practice at saikrishna & associates. he belongs to the 1990 batch of civil servants. after being with government of india for over 22 years, subodh took voluntary retirement in august 2013 to pursue his passion for competition law.
subodh did his graduation and post-graduation in history from hansraj college, university of delhi, and while being in service, also achieved a degree in law.
subodh has unique & extensive expertise of applying the enforcement provisions of the competition act 2002 in diverse array of sectors. while being in private bar, subodh has leveraged his anti-trust expertise in areas that include intersection of ip laws and competition law. his team has been a pioneer in competition law litigation in relation to standard essential patents applicable to the exploding mobile handset industry in india, an area that has engaged several competition law jurisdictions across the globe.
subodh is known for providing in depth, contextual and practical assistance to clients and appropriately guiding them from steering clear of any potential completion law violation, aligning their business needs to the preservation of competitive process in the market place and to efficiently and effectively assist clients in all contentious and competition compliance law matters.
he is reachable at firstname.lastname@example.org & his mobile no is +91 9910737966.
Head –Patent Cell & Knowledge Center
Aditya Birla Science & Technology Co. Ltd.
sudha kannan is head- patent cell and knowledge centre at aditya birla science & technology company private limited, the corporate r&d centre for aditya birla group, mumbai. beginning a career in the pharmaceutical industry, she worked with some of the largest libraries in mumbai and then moved to the area of patents. having gained experience on patents in the generic pharmaceutical industry, she moved to aditya birla group about eight years ago. she holds a master’s degree in chemistry and library & information science. a diploma holder in patent law & practice, she has been working over the last fifteen years in the field of intellectual property rights, especially patents. she is a registered patent agent with the intellectual property office, india.
Legasis Consultancy services private limited
mr. suhas tuljapurkar is a 'director' at legasis services pvt. ltd.he has worked as in-house counsel with dabhol power, enron, essar group, hindustan unilever, fiat, blue dart express ltd and others. suhas has a specialist experience in the fields of infrastructure projects, corporate laws, joint ventures, m & a, energy/power, vc fund, litigation and dispute resolution. suhas has pioneered in many areas such as developing regulatory practice and privatization of infrastructure super sectors. he has extensively works with mncs, funds and other investors. suhas has also developed various it enabled solutions that provide high quality legal services. suhas has played pivotal role in numerous large infrastructure projects, including energy/power, road, port, aviation, real estate, retail and railways. he has been a thought leader in power regulatory framework, particularly in tariff practices in infrastructure sector. mr. suhas tuljapurkar is a law graduate with a post graduate degree in marketing. he is a member of bar council of maharashtra & goa. mr. suhas tuljapurkar is also a director at future consumer products limited, chloris polymers and pigments private limited, legasis consultancy services private limited, ambitech engineering india private limited and managing partner at legasis partners.
Director Corporate Affairs
tabrez ahmad is secretary general of the organisation of pharmaceutical producers of india (oppi) - a premier association of research and innovation driven pharma/bio-tech/medical devices mncs in india.
tabrez has over 22 years of diverse experience in legal practice, business development and public policy in india and america. before moving to oppi, he was director ip at microsoft corporation; responsible for ipr initiatives, technology standards, interoperatibility, tech neutrality and cyber security. he also researched on intellectual property at the george washington university, usa.
he headed software, hardware, telecom, e-business and ip divisions of ficci during 1997 - 2005. at ficci, he promoted indian businesses in usa, japan, britain, germany, france, sweden, latvia, saudi arabia, dubai, sharjah, abu dhabi, oman, and asean countries. he championed investments friendly climate in these markets for indian companies and technology transfer to india.
tabrez co-chairs the ipr committee of assocham and chairs the public policy division of indian national bar association. he did masters in international business management from indian institute of foreign trade, mca from bharat university and llm - ip from george washington university.
Chairman & CEO
terry ludlow is the founder, chairman and chief executive officer (ceo) of chipworks. he is a recognized leader and pioneer in the use of advanced semiconductor reverse engineering processes to support innovative product design and to extract maximum value from intellectual property (ip). business leaders, technical teams, and legal counsel alike regularly turn to terry for strategic guidance on a broad range of ip issues including improving innovation programs, detecting patent infringement, protecting a competitive position, and strategies for optimizing the value of a technology portfolio. both terry and chipworks’ president julia elvidge have been recognized as two of the world’s most foremost intellectual property strategists by intellectual asset management magazine (iam). terry founded chipworks in 1992 with the vision and goal of offering the most accurate and reliable patent and competitive intelligence across a broad range of products and manufacturers. under his guidance and leadership, the company has grown from a handful of technology enthusiasts to become one of the largest and most respected patent and technology analyst companies with the most sophisticated in-house technical labs in the world. the company now employees over 120 full-time dedicated employees and delivers services around the globe from offices in canada, europe, japan, taiwan, and korea. as ceo, terry continues to be a visionary voice and lead strategist to companies seeking to build a competitive advantage, and protect and grow the potential of their intellectual property. an exceptional and well-travelled speaker, terry frequently addresses industry conferences including the ipbc, and the licensing executives society (les). he holds numerous patents for his reverse engineering innovations and regularly authors articles for publications around the world.
Thomas A. Haag
Founder & Managing Partner
Lakshmikumaran & Sridharan
lakshmi kumaran is the founder and managing partner of the law firm ‘lakshmi kumaran & sridharan’ (l&s). he specializes in indirect taxes such as customs, excise and service tax, wto agreements, international trade laws, intellectual property laws and corporate laws. lakshmi kumaran has handled several high profile litigations in the supreme court of india. his clients include many well known fortune-500 companies and big indian corporate houses. before starting private practice, he held many important positions in the indian revenue service. lakshmi kumaran was actively involved in customs and excise policy formulation and legislation. he founded l&s in 1985 and since then, has represented the interests of many international clients at various judicial fora. as a delegate of the international chamber of commerce, he has attended the wco-hs (world customs organization – harmonised system) committee meetings on classification in brussels. lakshmi kumaran has addressed the wco gatt valuation workshop on customs valuation. a prolific speaker, he regularly delivers talks on diverse topics such as international trade, taxes and ip laws etc. at acclaimed institutions in india and abroad. he has also written extensively on taxation and trade remedy laws for various publications. qualifications: m.sc.( mathematics), university of madras ll.b. (law), university of madras
Head - IP
vaibhav khanna is a recognized intellectual property specialist and the head of intellectual of sterlite-elitecore (india). sterlite is a $450 million a year globally established telecom products manufacturer and telecom network provider. sterlite is a subsidiary of uk based global giant 15 billion usd vedanta resources plc.
vaibhav has over 14 years’ experience in this field which extends to all aspects of intellectual property, including patent portfolio building, licensing, and litigation. at sterlite, he has continuously developed and leveraged intellectual property opportunities to grow the company’s bottom line, acquire new customers and sustainably retain existing ones. he is primarily responsible for driving strategic ip transactions and end-to-end ip solutions delivery for the group of companies.
he has a proven track record of developing and evolving ip functions in telecom, consumer electronics and energy.
prior to sterlite, vaibhav had formidable ip experience from his experience at moser baer as the head of intellectual property. he was instrumental in developing a patent portfolio of 150+ patents, managing 17 licensing transactions, negotiating 4 global litigation disputes, and monetizing the patent portfolio into considerable revenues.
before joining moser baer, he had a stint at evalueserve, an intellectual property industry leader. in addition, he has significant experience in technology assessment and product design gained from working with reliance industries, a global leader in oil and gas. he has a bachelors’ of technology in mechanical engineering from i.s.m. dhanbad, india and was highly trained in intellectual property law (national law school, india) and intellectual property management and technology transfer/licensing (society for technology management).
Vutts & Associates LLP
vaibhav is the founder partner of vutts & associates llp. he has been actively practising intellectual property laws for over 14 years including searches, filing and prosecution of trademarks, domains names, patents prosecution and litigation, design and copyright, assignments and licenses, portfolio management, ip audits, trade mark and patent searches, drafting, and transactional work such as drafting, vetting and negotiating of contracts and agreements. a large part of focus is on conflicts ranging from trade mark, domain names, copyright, design and patent litigation in high courts, intellectual property appellate board and ip offices in different jurisdictions in india.
vaibhav holds an honours degree in chemistry and is a practicing attorney admitted in bar council of delhi and member of delhi high court bar association. he is also a registered patent agent under indian patents act, 1970.
Vaidya D. P.
Lakshmikumaran & Sridharan
vaidya heads the engineering team. he is responsible for engineering and patent consultancy services. he has rich experience in technology deployment involving implementation of telecom and it infrastructure, software development, and development of electronic and mechanical components. he has handled and managed large ip projects for multiple national and international clients involving framing ip strategy and ip implementation framework, assisting clients to identify inventions, drafting patent specifications, performing infringement analysis, patentability analysis, and invalidity analysis. before joining l & s in 2007, he handled a variety of roles including that of vice-president, business head, and cio at hughes communi¬cations india limited (hcil). vaidya has to his credit, a work experience of more than 38 years. he has worked in some of the world’s most respected multinational companies, such as larsen & toubro, philips india, and hughes. he was a guest faculty at management institute for subjects like business processes, it, and supply chain management. he has served as president of vsat services pro¬viders association of india; and also as vice- president of internet service providers association of india.
Vanessa P. Bailey
Senior Intellectual Property Policy Counsel
vanessa is senior intellectual property policy counsel at intel corporation where she counsels on all aspects of patent, copyright and trade secret policy, and legislative reform. she has broad intellectual property experience in both law firms as well as in-house having worked at jones day and dorsey & whitney, and over 10 years at nokia and nokia siemens networks where she developed litigation and licensing strategy including global and domestic issues on frand and seps, and managed various multi-jurisdictional patent litigation cases in japan, china, germany, united states, france, england, belgium, and the netherlands. vanessa received her undergraduate degree in management information systems and her j.d. from the university of texas at austin. she has a ll.m. from the university of london, queen mary and westfield college in commercial law with a specialization in international patent law. in addition to u.s. courts, she is also admitted to practice before the courts of england and wales as a u.k. solicitor.
Shanghai Patent & Trademark Law Office
xitang xie is a partner of shanghai patent & trademark law office, llc.. he obtained a bs degree in chemistry and an ms degree in information science both from east china normal university. he has practiced ip for more than 23 years. he has extensive experience in ip management and patent strategy. he is recoginzed as all china patent information elite and an expert consulatent listed by shanghai government. he is a member of the all china patent agents association, china information science association and shanghai scientific & technological consultation society and aippi etc..”
Japan External Trade Organization
yohei sugahara has played diverse roles in japan patent office apart from being a patent examiner in biotechnology division of third patent examination department. he has currently been made in charge of ipr department at jetro new delhi as director. mr. sugahara has over 15 years of work experience in the field of patent examination and other patent related tasks. he holds msc degree in management of intellectual property from queen mary college, university of london. he specializes in the field of chemistry and biotechnology.