IPBC India 2018 will bring together contributions from some of the foremost thought leaders from major international and domestic IP owners and industry disruptors. For information about speaking and participation options, please contact Kint Hui on khui@GlobeBMG.com.


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Essenese Obhan
Essenese Obhan is a managing partner at Obhan & Associates. He is an IP lawyer and patent agent and has a degree in mechanical engineering. Mr Obhan has drafted, prosecuted and litigated cases in the mechanical, chemical, pharmaceutical, software, telecoms and agricultural sectors and has been at the forefront of several high-stakes IP licensing and litigation matters in India. In particular, he represented the Indian seed industry in a licensing dispute concerning genetically modified seeds and has represented various Indian mobile manufacturers in standard-essential patent (SEP) discussions with SEP owners. He advises many companies – including some from the Fortune 500 – and India’s leading businesses on developing and maintaining their patent portfolios and IP strategy and licensing.
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Pravin 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.
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S K Murthy
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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Faiz Rahman
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
Subhadip Sakar is assistant vice president at Cognizant and manages its global IP, technology licensing and business alliances. He is responsible for establishing and driving the IP and technology licensing strategies and implementing various IP practices across the company. He architected the corporate IP vision, implemented a structured IP management system and established key best practices in the area. Mr Sakar also works on India government affairs and public policy.

Mr Sakar speaks frequently at industry forums, conferences and workshops, and has written several papers, articles and chapters in national and international publications, as well as a granted patent. He has also received various awards in national and international forums.
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Anindya Sircar

Anindya Sircar is engaged in consulting, strategising, teaching and training programmes in the IP management field. He was most recently employed as assistant vice president and head of intellectual property at Infosys Limited, where he was responsible for the IP activities of the company and its subsidiaries. Previously, he was head of the IP department of Biocon Group – a leading biotechnology company in Bangalore, India, which he was instrumental in setting up.

Dr Sircar is a registered patent agent and has two PhDs – one in science and the other in law. During his long career in intellectual property, he has spearheaded several acquisitions programmes, both in and out-licensing intellectual property. Dr Sircar actively participates in patent awareness programmes and other programmes involving search techniques for patents and commercial information. He is also a visiting faculty on intellectual property at several law schools and universities.

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Ajay Panwar
Ajay Panwar is senior IP counsel at Mastercard India. He manages various IP activities – including organic and inorganic portfolio growth, licensing services and litigation – and provides counselling to business groups in South Asia region. Mr Panwar has more than 12 years’ experience in the IP field, with domain expertise in software and electronics. Before joining Mastercard in 2016, Mr Panwar worked as in-house counsel for Adobe Systems for six years and played a pivotal role in setting up IP processes in Adobe’s India offices. Previously, Mr Panwar held various positions in legal processing outsourcing firms and in the back office of a US law firm in India.

Mr Panwar has a degree in electrical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology Delhi and a law degree from Bangalore University. He is also licensed to practise as a patent agent before the Indian Patent Office.
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Arshad Jamil
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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Ganapathy Narayanan
Ganapathy Narayanan is responsible for driving IP initiatives at Tata Consultancy Services Ltd (TCS), a global IT services, consulting and business solutions company.

Mr Narayanan obtained a degree in electrical engineering, specialising in computer and control engineering. Over three decades, he has worked for various multinational and Tata Group companies in the development and management of numerous technologies, including embedded system, defence, industrial control and media technologies.
Mr Narayanan is a member of the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce’s IP rights committee and is the International Chamber of Commerce IP Commission’s regional ambassador for India.

Mr Narayanan has been with TCS for more than 15 years. His previous roles have included managing the Open Source Software Initiative – including the Open Source Software Licence compliance process across TCS – sitting on the Technology Advisory Board of the Entertainment Technology Centre, University of Southern California and driving TCS’s media technology initiatives.
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Suni Augustine
Suni Augustine is a seasoned IP expert with approximately 18 years’ experience in the IP knowledge field. He qualified as a lawyer in 1999, completed his LLM in IP rights in 2001 and earned his PhD in well known trademarks from Mumbai University in 2007. Dr Augustine heads the worldwide litigation team at Jet Airways (India) Ltd and manages the company’s IP portfolio. Previously, he practised as an advocate before becoming an in-house counsel. Dr Augustine is experienced in the steel manufacturing, telecommunications, media and entertainment, non-renewable energy, pharmaceuticals and service sectors and has conducted legal research on IP rights, pharmacovigilance, trademark acquisitions, patents and international trademark filing. He has served on the editorial boards of various legal magazines and has been involved in developing new IP strategies for numerous companies. He has handled several patent and trademark infringement suits in India, the United Kingdom and Germany.
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Balwant Rawat
Balwant Rawat leads the IP and innovation management group at Mercedes-Benz R&D India (MBRDI) Ltd. He has more than 16 years’ experience in the IP services industry across a diverse range of technical domains. Before joining MBRDI, he was head of the IP Centre of Excellence team at Eaton India Engineering Centre and managed the IP operations team at Evalueserve.

Mr Rawat has filed two US patent applications as an inventor, developed innovative IP services, authored several research papers and IP articles and participated in many IP conferences as a speaker. He is also a visiting faculty at the Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Indore, where he teaches IP strategy to MBA students.

Mr Rawat is a registered patent agent with the Indian Patent Office. He has a BTech in computer science and engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology (BHU) Varanasi and an MBA from IIM Indore.
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Nehal Bhatt
Nehal Bhatt has more than 14 years’ experience in intellectual property in the pharmaceuticals industry. He has been associated with companies such as Actavis (now Teva), Glenmark Pharmaceuticals and Cadila Pharmaceuticals. At Amneal Pharmaceuticals, he is involved in strategising non-infringement or invalidity positions, patent filing and prosecution, IP due diligence for mergers and acquisitions, ensuring compliance with statutory obligations connected with Paragraph IV filings or 505(b)(2) filings in the United States and marketing authorisation filings in the European Union, product identification and selection support. He also provides IP support to the new chemical entities being developed by Amneal.

Mr Bhatt has a BPharm from KB Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research, an MPharm from LM College of Pharmacy, Gujarat University, and a postgraduate diploma in patent law from Nalsar University, as well as a diploma in business administration. He is a registered patent agent.
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Surajit Atha
Surajit Atha leads General Electric’s (GE’s) global patent operations (GPO) team in India. He is based at the John F Welch Technology Centre, Bangalore, which is GE’s largest multidisciplinary R&D facility and develops technology and engineering programmes for various GE businesses. The GPO India team has approximately 70 IP professionals dedicated to patent drafting and filing, IP and technology analysis and competitive intelligence – catering to all of GE’s businesses and research centres worldwide.

Previously, Mr Atha led teams of patent drafters and IP and competitive analysts, supporting GE’s global research centre and licensing business. He has more than 13 years’ experience in the IP field.

Mr Atha has an MSc in material science and engineering from the University of Virginia and a BTech from the Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur.
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Patrik Hammarén is a patent licensing manager at Nokia Technologies and head of Nokia’s patent out-licensing activities in India. Nokia Technologies is an entity within the Nokia Group and is responsible for developing advanced consumer and professional technology products, as well as licensing Nokia’s industry-leading innovations and the Nokia brand for mobile devices.

Mr Hammarén has a master of laws and a master of science. He is based in Hong Kong and is responsible for creating and implementing strategies for various licensing and litigation projects within Asia, especially those relating to standard-essential patents. During the past decade, he has worked for Nokia in various IP-related roles based in Austria, Finland, Germany and Hungary.
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Shwetasree Majumder

Shwetasree Majumder is an IP litigator and founder of Indian IP and technology boutique firm Fidus Law Chambers. She advises a wide variety of clients on IP protection and enforcement strategies in India. She was the first woman from India to serve on the Board of Directors of the International Trademark Association (INTA). Ms Majumder regularly speaks and writes on a wide variety of legal issues, teaches university law students and trains the judiciary, customs and law enforcement in India.

Ms Majumder has had extensive policy engagement with the Central Board of Excise and Customs and was a member of a governmental working group tasked with developing materials for children on the subject of IP rights under India’s national education policy.

She is chair of the Trademark Enforcement Policy and Advocacy Group of INTA’s Enforcement Committee and co-chair of INTA’s Presidential Task Force on Small to Medium Enterprises.

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Lakshika Joshi
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.
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Anand Bopardikar
Anand Bopardikar is a qualified chemical engineer, management graduate and registered Indian patent agent. During the first 11 years of his professional engineering career he contributed to the fields of operations and product/process development. He has been associated with Reliance industries Ltd since 2003. In 2009 he moved to the IP field and since then he has been associated with the central IP team. His expertise and responsibilities include all key areas of IP strategy and management, with a focus on freedom to operate evaluations, confidential information management, third-party engagement management, patent portfolio management, developing business-aligned IP strategy and IP systems and processes.
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Guojun Zhou
Guojun Zhou is director of patents for the Asia-Pacific region at Intel. In the past 15 years, he has worked on patent prosecution, portfolio management, global patent strategies and patent analysis to support licensing and litigation activities. He is experienced in various international patent-related areas of the law, including foreign filing licences, inventor remuneration, utility model practices, export regulations and Patent Cooperation Treaty practice across various jurisdictions. Mr Zhou obtained his BS and MS degrees in electrical engineering in China and also has a PhD in electrical engineering from Duke University. He earned his JD cum laude from the Northwest School of Law of Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon.

Mr Zhou has worked as an engineer in China, Singapore and the United States and holds several patents.
Vishnumohan Rethinam

Vishnumohan Rethinam is a partner at Remfry & Sagar and leads the firm’s copyright team with more than 15 years’ legal experience. His practice focuses on contentious and non-contentious trademark work, including prosecution, oppositions, cancellations and appeals before the Trademarks Office and Intellectual Property Appellate Board. He has developed and implemented enforcement strategies, facilitated complex negotiations and successfully argued several opposition and cancellation cases and appeals for clients across a diverse range of industries. He also advises clients on emerging technologies, social media and internet issues with a focus on intellectual property and compliance mechanisms.

Mr Rethinam has authored several articles and frequently delivers presentations on various IP subjects at forums in India and overseas. He is a member of the IP Committee of the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry. Previously, he served on the Asia-Pacific Sub-committee of the International Trademark Association’s Amicus Committee.

Rajeev Gupta
Rajeev Gupta is a partner in Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP’s Washington DC office. He focuses his practice on patent litigation in the US district courts and the US International Trade Commission, strategic patent prosecution and client counselling. Dr Gupta also represents clients in post-grant proceedings at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board. His areas of expertise include a number of computer-related technologies, wireless communications, software and optics. Dr Gupta has broad experience in all aspects of patent litigation, including those involving standard-essential patents. He is also experienced in post-grant proceedings – having acted as co-lead counsel for several proceedings – and reexamination matters. In addition to his litigation practice, Dr Gupta advises clients on a wide variety of transactional patent matters, including licensing, strategic prosecution matters and monetisation strategies for issued patents. He leads Finnegan’s diversity and inclusion committee.
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Nishant Sharma
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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Cecilia Emanuelson
Cecilia Emanuelson has been IP counsel at Inter IKEA Systems BV for more than 20 years.
Inter IKEA Systems BV is the worldwide owner of the IKEA concept, which includes the IKEA trademarks.

Inter IKEA Systems BV is the franchisor of the IKEA retail system for the operation of IKEA stores worldwide.

Ms Emanuelson has substantial in-house experience in the development and enforcement of worldwide trademark strategies, portfolio management and litigation management. She recruits and manages outside IP counsel in over 80 countries. She also advises and educates business units on IP rights matters, providing a business and practical approach to IP issues that arise in the IKEA retail environment.
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Arvind Pachhapur
Arvind Pachhapur heads Clarivate Analytics’ commercial business in South Asia. His responsibilities include all key client segments, including corporate and R&D departments, pharma and life science companies, government agencies and academic institutions.

Mr Pachhapur has held various strategy and business roles in the United States, the United Kingdom and India. Previously, he was vice president of strategy for the emerging markets business unit of Thomson Reuters. He was also part of the management team for Thomson Reuters’s legal business in the United States. Before that, he worked at McKinsey & Company. Mr Pachhapur holds a BTech in mechanical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology (Bombay). He also has an MS in engineering and an MBA from the University of Minnesota.
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Raj Hirwani
Raj Hirwani has almost four decades’ techno-commercial experience in research and industry. He is a Fulbright scholar and received a Hubert Humphrey fellowship in technology policy and management from the US government. He joined CSIR-URDIP at the National Chemical Laboratory (NCL) in 1984, where he was responsible for research planning and business development. He generated contract R&D business from various multinational corporations and licensed NCL technologies and patents. He created, for the first time in the publicly funded system, an R&D service unit that recovers its full revenue budget by providing services to external clients. Dr Hirwani is a technical adviser at CSIR and handles the IP rights management of major national CSIR programmes. Previously, he was head of the IP directorate at CSIR. He has acted as a consultant to World Bank projects and various UN agencies. Dr Hirwani is president of the Licensing Executives Society India.
Madhav Kulkarni
Madhav Kulkarni is global Intellectual Capital Manager for Dow’s 2nd largest business. He has 18 years of experience in R&D, IP influencing innovation and business development. His work influences the whole cycle of Ideation > Invention > IP Protection > Commercialization, through integrated technical/strategic insights based on IP and Competitive Intelligence. Madhav has experience in pharma, biotech and chemical industry and has worked earlier at Serum Institute and Biocon. He is registered Patent and Trademarks agent in India. He is certified Six Sigma Green Belt Project leader and has topped Executive Education program in Strategic Management from IIMK. Earlier Madhav earned his masters from UDCT (ICT), Mumbai.