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.