IPBC India 2019 will bring together contributions from some of the foremost thought leaders from major domestic and international IP owners plus industry regulators and disruptors. For information about speaking and participation options, please contact Kint Hui on khui@GlobeBMG.com

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Chandni Agarwal
Head, Patent Quality Team
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Brett Allen
Chief IP Counsel
HP Enterprise
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Pravin Anand
Managing Partner
Anand & Anand
Pravin Anand has been counsel in several landmark IP cases involving the first Anton Piller order, the first Mareva injunction order, the first Norwich Pharmacal Order and the moral rights of artists.

Mr Anand received the National Innovation Foundation Award from the Indian government in recognition of his pro bono work for rural innovators at grass-roots level. He was involved with the first order under the Hague Convention and several significant cases for pharmaceutical clients, including Novartis, Pfizer and Roche.
Anjali Balagopal
Head, IP
Ritu Bhargava
In-house Counsel
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Sheetal Chopra
India lead, IP rights policy
Pritish Gupta
Counsel, IP and IT
Moody's Corporation
Chitra Iyer
Head, IP and Standards, India
Sudha Hooda
General Counsel, India and Board Member
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Gaurav Jabulee
Legal Director, South Asia
Texas Instruments
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Nishant Jaiswal
IP Sales and Licensing, Strategic Business Manager
HP Enterprise
Nishant Jaiswal is Senior Manager, IP Licensing at Hewlett Packard Enterprise. In his role he is responsible for outbound IP transactions at HPE. This includes identifying and closing complex patent divesture and licensing deals, software licensing and source code divesture, administering HPE’s patent pool engagements and providing related counseling to HPE business units, and supporting HPE M&A and corporate development groups in transactions involving HPE IP Rights.

Mr Jaiswal has over 15 years’ experience covering various areas of IP, including portfolio management, patent drafting/prosecution, patent acquisition, IP licensing and litigation for clients that include F100 corporations, NPEs, law firms and IP investment funds. He has worked in India and the United States, and has a deep industry and IP knowledge of both countries.

Mr Jaiswal is registered to practise in California and the US Patent and Trademark Office.
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Arshad Jamil
Global head, IP rights
Biocon Ltd
Arshad Jamil is a patent attorney with extensive experience in the legal and IP rights fields. Mr Jamil is global head of IP rights at Biocon Ltd, where he is responsible for the company’s patent and trademark filings and policy, abbreviated new drug application (ANDA) filings and US litigation. Mr Jamil is also responsible for intellectual property and IP litigation regarding biosimilars filings. He manages the company's IP portfolio of more than 1000 patents and more than 650 trademarks globally.

Previously, Mr Jamil was a senior patent attorney at Sun Pharma, where he handled ANDA litigations, including US settlements. He received his BEng from Mysore University in 1991 and his LLB from Meerut University (now Chaudhary Charan Singh University) in 1998. In 2014 he completed a postgraduate executive management programme at the SP Jain Institute of Management and Research.
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Lakshika Joshi
Lead IP counsel, global
Lakshika Joshi is lead IP counsel, global and part of the legal leadership team at Aricent, a global design and engineering company. Aricent's recent acquisition by the Altran Group has made it a global leader in engineering and R&D services.

Ms Joshi manages large transactions, frames policy, ensures compliance and manages and monetises the Aricent’s intellectual property. She has a penchant for emerging technologies and balancing commercial interests with legal risks. Previously, she served as a general counsel at a public limited company with global operations.

Ms Joshi has practised before the Delhi High Court and the India Supreme Court and has been involved in discussions on technology law, licensing, IP rights, data protection, compliance and policymaking. She lectures and contributes to leading legal and corporate affairs magazines. She has been recognised by the legal community for her acumen as a general counsel and her IP rights expertise.
Atul Juvle
General Counsel, Compliance Officer and Company Secretary, India and South Asia
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Vaibhav Khanna
Head, IP
Sterlite Technologies
Alok Kulshreshtha
Deputy General Manager, IP
Alkem Laboratories
Renju Hari Kumar
Vice President, IP, Asia-Pacific
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R Lakshminarayanan
General manager, IP rights
Samsung R&D Institute
R Lakshminarayanan is head of IP rights management at Samsung R&D Bangalore, and is responsible for championing systematic invention creation, securing enforceable patent protection and building high-quality patent portfolios.

Mr Lakshminarayanan has over 18 years’ experience in the field of IP rights, specialising in software technology patents and managing large global patent portfolios. Under his leadership, Samsung R&D Bangalore won the National IP Award 2015, the World Intellectual Property Organisation IP Enterprise Award 2015, Zinnov’s Great Place to Innovate Award 2015 and the Samsung Special Award 2016.

Mr Lakshminarayanan has a degree in mechanical engineering from the Institution of Engineers (India). He also has an LLB from Karnataka State Law University and an LLM in business law.

Mr Lakshminarayanan is a member of the In-House IP Professionals Forum in India and the Japan Institute of Invention and Innovation, and frequently speaks at various IP forums and conferences.
Irfan Modi
Senior IP Law Attorney
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S K Murthy
Patent counsel
Intel India
S K Murthy works for Intel Technology India Private Limited as its patent counsel for India. He is an Indian advocate and a patent agent with a background in engineering and law. He has 20 years of experience, 11 of which are in patent law.

Mr Murthy is a co-founder of In-House IP Professionals Forum (I-HIPP), which provides a platform for in-house IP professionals from more than 30 Indian and multinational companies to share ideas. I-HIPP has developed into a think-tank for IP policy advocacy in India.

Mr Murthy has led the hi-tech industry in preparing submissions on the draft patent manual, draft national competition policy, draft guidelines on computer-related inventions and the recent national IP rights policy.
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Essenese Obhan
Managing partner
Obhan & Associates
Essenese Obhan is a managing partner at Obhan & Associates. Mr Obhan is an IP lawyer and patent agent, and has a degree in mechanical engineering. He has drafted, prosecuted and litigated cases in the mechanical, chemical, pharmaceutical, software, telecommunication and agricultural sectors. He advises many companies, including some from Fortune 500, and India’s leading businesses on developing and maintaining their patent portfolios and IP strategy and licensing.
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Ajay Bahadur Panwar
Senior Counsel, IP
Mastercard Technology
Ajay Panwar is a senior IP counsel at MasterCard India. He specialises in patent and trademark portfolio management, pre-litigation activities, due diligence, licensing services and providing counselling to business groups. He has approximately 11 years of experience in the field of intellectual property, with domain expertise in software and electronics. Before joining MasterCard in 2016, Mr Panwar worked as in-house counsel for Adobe for six years and played a pivotal role in setting up IP processes in Adobe’s India offices. Before Adobe, Mr Panwar held various positions in legal processing outsourcing firms and in the back office of a US law firm in India.

Mr Panwar is a graduate in electrical engineering from IIT Delhi and a graduate in law from Bangalore University. He is also licensed to practise as a patent agent before the Indian Patent Office.
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Srikanta Patra
Deputy General Manager, IP Management and Product Portfolio
Enaltec Labs
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Nilesh Puntambekar
Senior Manager, Innovation & Intellectual Property, India & South Asia
Emerson Electric
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Faiz Rahman
General Manager, IP
Faiz Rahman is head of intellectual property at Wipro. He has approximately 14 years of experience in handling various aspects of intellectual property.

At Wipro, Mr Rahman is responsible for managing a patent portfolio of over 1,200 patents across seven jurisdictions. He handles IP clearance and licensing for the commercialisation of software products and is also responsible for IP transactions and disputes. Mr Rahman has been instrumental in implementing IP management and compliance systems for Wipro’s information technology services business and he actively advises senior management on issues related to IP risks and acquisitions.
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Subhadip Sarkar
Senior director, intellectual property and licensing
Subhadip Sarkar works for Cognizant Technology Solutions as the senior director and manages intellectual property, technology licensing and business alliances for the company. He is responsible for establishing and driving the IP and technology licensing strategies and implementing various IP practices across the company.

Mr Sarkar has over 17 years’ experience in the field of technology and IP management, including managing multi-scenario IP strategies, risk and compliance management, driving product IP strategies, the commercialisation of intellectual property, M&As, managing complex deal negotiations, pricing and valuating technologies, technology transfers, enabling alliances and managing government affairs and public policies. He has been instrumental in the growth of IP practices in large corporations.

Mr Sarkar speaks frequently at several industry forums, conferences and workshops. He also has several papers, articles and book chapters in national and international journals and books, including a granted patent.
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Jacob Schindler
Asia editor
Jacob Schindler is the Asia editor of IAM. He has been based in Hong Kong for five years, working in a number of editorial and research roles covering intellectual property. He previously worked as a reporter for IAM and World Trademark Review.
Hemang Shah
Senior IP Engineer
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Nishant Sharma
Lead counsel, intellectual property and litigation, Asia
Dolby Technology India
Nishant Sharma is responsible for advancing and propagating Dolby’s patent licensing programme in India. He also oversees the company’s India litigation strategy. As an electronic engineer with a degree in law, Mr Sharma takes a keen interest in the latest developments in technology and the interplay between law and technology. Before joining Dolby, Mr Sharma worked at various firms and has extensive experience in patent litigation, patent prosecution and preparation in various domains, including electrical and electronic engineering, mechanical engineering and biomedical engineering. He has represented clients before various high courts, the Intellectual Property Appellate Board and the Indian Patent Office.

Mr Sharma is keen to spread IP awareness in India and has authored several articles relating to patent law and related issues in IP journals.
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Tuhin Subhra Singharoy
Counsel, IP
Avery Dennison Corporation
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Anindya Sircar
Senior IP consultant
Anindya Sircar is engaged in consulting, strategising, teaching and training programmes in the field of IP management.

Dr Sircar was associate vice president and head of intellectual property at Infosys Limited for over five years. He was responsible for all IP activity at Infosys and its subsidiaries. Before this, he was head of the IP department at Biocon Group – a premier biotechnology company in Bangalore, India – and was instrumental in setting up its IP practices.

Dr Sircar has two PhDs, one in science and the other in law. He has worked extensively in most fields of intellectual property during his career and has spearheaded several acquisitions programmes, in both the in and out-licensing of intellectual property. In 2010 he featured in the Lex Witness’s Hall of Fame: Top 50 as a prominent player in India’s legal sector.
Ram Mohan Sitaraman
Principal Engineer, IP Rights
Mahindra & Mahindra
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Pankaj Soni
Remfry and Sagar
Pankaj Soni is a partner in the patents group of Remfry & Sagar, with more than 19 years’ industry and legal experience. He leads the firm’s patent litigation and prosecution practice in relation to electrical, electronics, computer and mechanical technologies. He has litigated matters in the Indian courts and the US federal courts for Fortune 500 clients. His expertise includes setting litigation strategy and advising corporations on risks and opportunities relating to IP procurement and licensing in India. He has managed due diligence and IP portfolio development projects for start-ups and large corporations. Mr Soni has also led client negotiations for litigation settlements and cross-licensing agreements. His qualifications include a JD from Fordham University School of Law in New York, an MBA and an MSc in computer science from Illinois State University. He is admitted to practise in India, New York and New Jersey.
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Sheetal Talwar
Deputy General Manager, IP
TATA Chemicals
Amit Thukral
Vice President, Asia and Pacific
Alexander Van Eeuwijk
Senior Director
Shankar Venugopal
Vice President
Mahindra & Mahindra
Surendra Vyas
Director, IP Strategy