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Amarjit Singh

Founding Managing Partner at Amarjit & Associates

Mr. Amarjit Singh has experience of around four decades in the field of IPR. He was one of the founding Partner of Anand & Anand.In the year 1999, he also founded Amarjit & Associates, a prestigious IP Boutique Law Firm, specializing in the protection and enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights and Cyber Laws.

He started his career as an Intellectual Property litigator and crusader against counterfeiting and over the years has handled thousands of contentious litigations all around the world. His love for Academia has inspired him to associate with Institutes like IIPS, AIPPS, Patent Gurukul, and Bureau of Parliamentary Studies.

Subhash Bhutoria

Partner, DSK Legal

Subash is currently handling the IP and art law practice at DSK Legal. He has been practicing intellectual property rights and art law for over a decade now. Besides mainstream IP practice, he has been assisting clients with due diligence, brand strategies, advisory relating to personality and privacy rights, and IP licensing.

After a great stint with leading Indian law firms including Lall and Sethi, Lakshmi Kumaran & Sridharan Attorneys, and Luthra & Luthra Law Offices, he founded the IP and art law practice at Krida Legal in 2017 to focus on niche areas of sports IP and art laws.

Dr. Avinash Dadhich

Director /Dean at Manipal Law School (Ex - CCI, White & Case LLP, Deloitte and E&Y)

Dr. Avinash Dadhich has worked with the Competition Commission of India, the Ministry of Corporate Affairs, Govt of India, Ernst & Young (EY) Deloitte, and White & Case LLP Brussels on a number of high-profile investigations as an Expert in Competition Law. He has also worked with Gide Loyrette Nouel LLP, Paris, France & White & Case LLP, Brussels, Belgium.

Armed with a Ph.D in Competition Law on full scholarship from Bangor University, Wales, UK, he completed his Master of Laws (LL.M) with a focus on International and European Competition Law from Toulouse 1 Capitole University, Toulouse in France on a full scholarship awarded by the French Government and earned his first degree in Law (LL.B) from Delhi University.

In April 2015, Dr. Dadhich was invited by Department of States’, USA Government to visit New York, Washington DC, Iowa City, and San Francisco as Antitrust Fellow to meet senior people from Antitrust law authorities (FTC & DoJ), law firms, Supreme Court judges and business executives

Dr. Dadhich has also been a Visiting Scholar to various international universities of repute such as King’s College London, Max Planck Institute of IP and Competition Law, Munich, Germany and Institute of European Studies, Brussels, Belgium. He has also taught Competition law and IP at many prominent law colleges and Institutes including Toulouse Law School, France and the School of Competition Law & Regulation, Indian Institute of Corporate Affairs, and National Law University, Delhi.

He specializes in the area of Intellectual Property, Competition Law, and Legal Regulation in AI, Robotics, Cyber, and other emerging technologies laws.

Madhu Rewari

Partner at Anand and Anand

Ms. Madhu Rewari has an experience of around a decade in the field of Intellectual Property Laws. Her focus practice area is Trademark Law and she specialises in trademark prosecution matters before the Trademarks Registry as well before the Intellectual Property Appellate Board. Her result oriented approach ensures that the clients benefit in terms of having the most efficient solution.

Madhu advises on trademark law to companies in various industries, in particular to pharmaceutical, banking and finance and retail companies. She is known in the legal community for providing commercial and practical advice on the extent to which a brand is available for use and gives an in-depth and analytical approach on availability and registrability of a brand. Her core work areas also include drafting of trademark applications, oppositions, rectifications, counter statements, evidence affidavits to be filed before the Trademarks Registry as well as Intellectual Property Appellate Board.

Prior to joining Anand and Anand, Madhu worked as Legal Officer with North Delhi Power Limited, a Tata Power and Delhi Government joint venture. She also has many national and international publications in her name.

Dr. Geeta Gouri

Former Member, Competition Commission of India

Dr. Geeta Gouri is an economist with vast and diversified experience in academic and administration. A doctorate in economics from Jawaharlal Nehru University, her career initially was in academics starting at Lady Shri Ram College for Women, (Delhi University), later at the Institute of Public Enterprises, and thereafter at Industrial Development Bank of India (IDBI) before shifting to Andhra Pradesh Electricity Regulatory Commission as Director (Tariffs)

Dr. Gouri has authored several books and articles which include among books "Pricing for Welfare; Petroleum Products in India"; "Privatization and Public Enterprise: The Asia-Pacific Experience"; "Efficiency through Competition in Public Utilities - Policies for Restructuring"; "Towards Equity: New Economic Policy and Equity" with several articles in major academic journals on power sector reforms, public enterprise restructuring, privatization; and risk management in infrastructure projects.

Dr. Gouri has been a visiting scholar at London Business School and a resource person in seminars in India and abroad, in the areas of power sector reforms and privatization.

Sushrut Kulkarni

Global Head of IPDO at Reddy's Laboratories

Mr. Sushrut Kulkarni has completed his M. Pharm, from Mumbai Universityin the year 1994. After completing his Master’s degree he started with Rhone Poluenc (I) Ltd, followed by Sandoz Private Limited, then Torrent Pharmaceuticals and Glenmark. He has spent more than 20 years in various R&D driven companies.

In the year 2005, Sushrut joined the Zydus group, Cadila Healthcare Ltd. Ahmedabad as Dy. GM. He is presently, working as the Global Head of Integrated Product Development Organisation at Reddy's Laboratories. His interest lies in Intellectual Property Rights, Pharmacokinetics, Packaging Development, and Analytical Development Labs. & Technology Transfer.

Sushrut is an Inventor as well and holds around 100 patent applications filled in different countries in his name. He also visits Educational Institutions / CROs & National Seminars in India to give technical talks on Formulations / Pharma Industries etc. He is also associated with many educational institutions for delivering lectures and creating Industry – Academic bonds stronger.

Gandhimadhy Thambidurai

Vice President - Legal at ICICI Venture Funds Management Company Ltd.

Ms. Gandhimadhy Thambidurai is associated with ICICI Venture Funds Management Company Ltd. for the past decade. She has more than 15 years of experience in Corporate Laws, Drafting & Management of Legal Documents /Agreement, Private Equity / Venture Capital Investments, Negotiations, Structuring Private Equity / Venture Capital Funds, Legal Due Diligence and Portfolio Company Management, Compliances etc.

She holds Master Degree in Law and in past has worked with prominent law firms in India.

Dr. Sheetal Vohra

Managing Partner, Vohra & Vohra

Dr. Sheetal Vohra has an in depth and holistic experience of about 15 years in the field of Intellectual Property Laws with special thrust on trademarks. In the past, she has worked in two top IP boutique firms of India, where her profile included prosecuting trademarks in India and abroad as well handling litigation pertaining to passing off and infringement of trademarks before District Courts, High Courts and right upto the Supreme Court of India.

Cases argued by her have been reported in Law Journals. She has also handled high profile cases before Intellectual Property Appellate Board. Besides giving consultancy to Indian conglomerates, Fortune 500 companies and entrepreneurs across varied industries on how to protect their trademark in holistic way, she has also assisted them in managing their trademark portfolio by working closely with their legal teams and creating a full strategy based on their needs. She is one of the select few practicing Legal Counsels in South East Asia, who to have picked up a Ph.D in Intellectual Property Law, along with host of other certificate and diploma courses in IPR from prestigious institutes.

Richa Pandey

Partner and Patent Attorney at Krishna & Saurashtri

Ms. Richa Pandey is a Patent Attorney and a Partner with Krishna and Saurastri Associates, Delhi (Gurgaon) office. 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. She has comprehensive exposure in handling spectrum of IP matters including matters related to chemical, bio-chemical, pharmaceutical & electrical fields.

Richa holds a Degree in Law and a Bachelor’s Degree in Science from the University of Lucknow.

Richa has also been a guest speaker at various national & International conferences on Intellectual Property.

Dr. GVS Sesha Kumar

VP & Head of Intellectual Property, Proprietary Products, Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories Inc.

Dr. G V S Sesha Kumar is currently based out of New Jersey, United States of America, where he heads the Intellectual Property group of Proprietary Products at Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories Inc. He has around 15 years of experience in handling various Intellectual Property in the Pharmaceutical Industry viz., patent drafting/global patent prosecution/patent lifecycle management/patent risk mitigation strategies.

He is also experienced in the areas of patent infringement/patent litigation, IP budget management, patent risk mitigation plans, patent prosecution/litigation matters, IP due diligence, client counselling, legal agreement drafting, establishing IP compliance structure etc. He has vast experience in handling various complex patent matters especially in India, US & EP.

At Dr. Reddy’s, Dr. GVS is also responsible for devising and implementing business driven IP strategies and recruiting and nurturing new talents.

He holds doctorate in chemistry and degree in Law from Osmania University

Rohit Jain

Partner, Vaish Associates

Mr. Rohit Jain is a senior member of the Tax group. He has experience of more than one and a half decade, in the field of direct taxation. His practice covers all aspects/ areas of direct tax laws, including income tax and wealth tax. He has been involved in several complex tax litigations and restructuring activities, involving mergers, demergers, slump sale, etc. He has gained considerable experience and specialization in various aspects relating to domestic taxation.
Rohit regularly appears before Courts, Tribunals and other appellate/ quasi-judicial authorities and has successfully argued several matters relating to taxation. He has handled various matters related to search and seizure and has been involved in representing various matters before the Income Tax Settlement Commission.
He has addressed several seminars and conferences on various issues relating to direct taxation. He is also a fellow member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India.

Preetam D’Souza

Partner, Kochhar and Company

Mr. Preetam D’Souza has an experience of around 13 years in Corporate and Commercial laws. He has assisted various multinational companies in setting up their businesses in India. These assignments have included negotiating with proposed joint venture partners and providing advice and assistance in preparation of documents for various transactions. In relation to these M&A and joint venture transactions, he has also been involved in conducting due diligence on target companies in India.

Preetam graduated from University Law College in Bangalore, where he obtained a degree in Arts and Law. He has also earned a masters degree in Human Resource Management from Christ University in Bangalore.

Preetam has also advised and assisted several multinational companies on various issues involving exchange control, corporate, contract and labour related laws. His expertise extends to assisting clients on preparation and review of service level agreements, documents in relation to recruitment and termination of services of employees, vendors, etc.

Tarun Khurana

Co-Founding Partner at Khurana & Khurana, IP Consultants and Advocates

Tarun has over 12 years of experience in a broad range of Intellectual Property subject matters, and is the Co-Founding Partner and Patent Attorney of Khurana & Khurana, which is among the Leading IP Practices in India with 4 Offices and over 65 Practitioners. Tarun is among the top 12 Patent Prosecution Practitioners in India as rated by IAM and has executed numerous assignments related to exercises of Patent Portfolio Creation, Protection, Prosecution, Litigation, Valuation and Commercialization for over 1750 Indian and International Corporates ranging from Small Start-ups to Fortune 500 companies including Google, ABB, Emerson, Bell Helicopter, L&T, Cipla, Piramal, Alembic, Glenmark, Mastercard, FLSmidth, Halliburton, IISc, Tejas Networks, Ameriprise, Haier, Electra, Indian Oil Corporation, CDOT, CDAC, Battelle, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Crompton Greaves, Furuno, Liteon Corporation, Matrix Cellular, among many others.

Tarun focuses on the Patent Preparation, Patent Valuation, Commercialization, Prosecution and Litigation opinions for Electronics, Computer Implemented, and Mechanical subject matters. Tarun has, apart from handling Indian and International Clients for filing and prosecuting cases in India, helped numerous US and European Patent Attorneys in providing Patent Support Services including Patentability Searches, Invalidation Searches, FTO, Infringement Analysis, Patent Preparation and Responding to Office Actions.

Tarun is very well versed with the US and Indian Patent Laws and has been practicing in the domain for the last 12 years. Tarun has drafted and prosecuted over 900 patent applications and represents large Corporates on complex infringement and invalidation matters. Tarun has a Bachelors in Engineering from Pune University, a Masters in Software Systems from BITS Pilani, Bachelors in Law, an MBA from IIM Lucknow, and is in pursuit of his PhD.

Prabhu Tandon

Partner at Kochhar & Co.

Mr. Prabhu Tandon heads the Intellectual Property (IP) practice in the Delhi office of Kochhar & Co. He is handling various IP portfolios (litigation and prosecution) for a wide range of multinational corporations in the field of Banking & Financial services, Confectionery, Pharmaceutical, Tools & Equipment, Education, Liquor, Tobacco, Fashion, Beauty & Cosmetics, Health Care Equipment, Entertainment & Broadcasting, Telecommunications & IT etc.
Prabhu also has extensive experience in IT and IP transaction agreements and has negotiated various such agreements with Companies such as IBM, TCS, Wipro, TechM, Oracle, Microsoft and HP to name a few.
He regularly speaks as a guest Lecturer in few colleges and his lectures are mostly related to IP strategies, Brand Enforcement and Comparative Advertising & Disparagement. He holds an LL.M. Degree in Intellectual Property Rights from Kings College, University of London and is a Qualified Solicitor in England and Wales. He is a member of Delhi Bar Association and International Trademark Association.

Ravichandra S. Hegde

Partner, J Sagar Associates, Advocates & Solicitors

Mr. Ravichandra S. Hegde is Partner at J Sagar Associates, Advocates & Solicitors at Mumbai. He has an experience of more than 12 years in the field of Litigation and Dispute Resolution. He has been handling Corporate Commercial, Securities, and Business & Mercantile law and White Collar Crimes. He has been involved in many high profile disputes before the Supreme Court, High Court, Tribunals and various other Fora. Mr. Hegde regularly advises clients in matters involving complex regulatory disputes in matters pertaining to money laundering issues, investigation by Enforcement Directorate, CBI and SEBI.

He has advised and assisted various clients in matters related to acquisitions and takeovers, overseas company incorporation and assisted various international entities. He was previously associated with AZB & Partners, one of the top leading law firms in India.

Narendra Dingankar

Partner, DSK Legal

Mr. Narendra Dingankar has an experience of over a decade in the areas of corporate and commercial laws, property laws, competition law and other related fields. He has advised large multinational and domestic clients in structuring, documenting and negotiating complex commercial transactions, more particularly those relating to mergers and acquisitions, corporate restructuring schemes, strategic alliances, private equity investments and joint ventures. Mr. Narendra also has experience in and advises in estate planning.
Mr. Narendra has diverse professional experience and has worked with one of the leading Indian law-firms and with a leading international consulting firm in its tax and business advisory practice before joining DSK Legal.
Mr. Narendra has advised clients engaged in various fields, including, manufacturing, media, technology, energy and utilities, software, infrastructure and the services sector.

Rahul Dev

Co-founder and Managing Partner at Tech Corp Legal LLP

Mr. Rahul Dev has experience of more than a decade in the field of Patents, Trademarks, Intellectual Property Rights Strategy, Technology Laws, Corporate and Securities Law. He co-founded Tech Corp Legal LLP, an international law firm headquartered in India in the year 2010. He also hold the post of Director at Tech Corp International Consultants Pte. Ltd. (Singapore).

Rahul is specialist in Litigation, Patent Litigation, Patent Infringement, Corporate and IP Strategy, Startups: Incorporation, Funding, Brand Management, Contracts and Agreements. In past, he has worked with prominent law firms such as Amarchand Mangaldas and also in IP Department of prestigious corporate houses. He is Regional Chapter Leader of World Law Alliance.

Bidyut Tamuly

Partner at Archer & Angel

Mr. Bidyut Tamuly is an alumni of Campus Law Centre and has been associated with Archer & Angel since 2008, prior to which he was working with Lall Lahiri & Salhotra.

Mr. Bidyut Tamuly is famous for providing responsive, communicative and creative solutions to complex IP issues. He advises his various clients on every aspects of IP. He also advise his clients on IP aspect of Corporate Transactions, Franchisee and License Agreements, Technology Transfer; Regulatory Compliances more specifically of FMCG and F&B Industries; Liaison with Government Authorities. With the unique combination of a Degree in Science (Zoology Hons.) and strong expertise in domestic and international IP disputes, he is a trusted advisor for top companies on IP issues.

His favorite quote is “Making every struggle a victory”.

Amitava Chakraborty

IPR, Space Law & Technology Consultant (India, US, EU)

Mr. Amitava Chakraborty is an IPR, Space Law, Health-IT Laws and Technology Consultant with a versatile geographical exposure in India, US and EU. His primary areas of expertise includes IPR Prosecution & opposition, IP asset negotiations and relationship building in IPR consulting processes for startups, university funded projects etc. Having gained experience from US Counsels and leading boutique IP law firm in India, Amitava offers a rare blend of IP Analytic, Prosecution, Business Development and Negotiation, Technology Valuation, Advisory and e-discovery services across a wide range of industries. Being a Registered Indian Patent Agent, Mr. Chakraborty successfully prosecuted more than 460+ patent applications across different jurisdiction worldwide.

On the other side of the coin, Mr. Chakraborty is an inventor cum applicant with two patent applications in India and that work was duly published in Germany, US and UK. He also worked as an Assistant Professor at School of Law, KIIT University, Odisha, India. He associated with NLUO, Cuttack as a visiting faculty for IPR drafting. He also showed his multifaceted expertise as visiting professor in ‘IP law and Master’s in Business Administration (MBA)’ at KSOM, KIIT and Mentor cum Patent facilitator to KIIT-Technology Incubation Centre (KIIT-TBIC). Further Mr. Chakraborty is associated with MSME (Micro Small and Medium Enterprises), NRDC (National Research Development Corporation), Govt. of India for Patent/IPR promotion, and awareness programs in different states across India. He is also a motivational IP speaker and resource person at several National and International events.

Tarun Gandhi

Partner at Chadha & Chadha IP

Mr. Tarun Gandhi is associated with the firm Chadha and Chadha IP since year 2009 and he has extensive experience in Patent & Trademark Prosecution cases and advises a balanced mix of domestic and international clients on patent and trademark matters. He is a qualified Patent Attorney and has also completed his LL.B. degree from University of Delhi. He has also undertaken a patent drafting course and has been actively involved in contributing to the Firm's newsletter.

Tarun has prosecuted patent applications in various fields of his technical education. He has also undertaken numerous filing and prosecution of Trademark Applications and Opposition matters. Mr. Tarun Gandhi has been regularly representing the Firm at various events organized by TiE (The Indus Entrepreneurs) and has been closely involved in advising numerous startups for building their IP portfolios. He has a keen interest in educating the entrepreneurs on procedures of IP protection and ways to leverage their IP portfolios.

Tarun is a FICPI member and currently acting as Co-Chair of India Subcommittee of IP Practice in the Far East Committee of AIPLA. He is also serving second term at Trade Marks Reporter Committee at INTA.

Debosmita Nandy

Senior Legal Manager, ITC Ltd.

Ms. Debosmita Nandy started her career as an Associate at Khaitan and Co. where she worked extensively on a number of ad-hoc domestic and international commercial arbitration, mainly in the area of engineering contracts, foreign investment and cross-border trade, appeared in diverse civil and commercial disputes before different fora and worked on a number of corporate mergers and amalgamations.

Thereafter, she joined ITC Limited where she is working presently as Senior Legal Manager. She advises the company on day-to-day operational legal issues, drafts and negotiates contracts and assists the company in various disputes all over the country. She has an overall experience of seven years post her qualification from WB National University of Juridical Sciences, Kolkata. She has also written a number of books and has multiple publications to her name.

K.K. Sharma

Managing Partner and Founder of K K Sharma Law Offices (First Director General & Head Merger Division of Functional CCI)

KK Sharma is former Director General & Head of Merger Control and Antitrust Divisions of the Competition Commission of India (CCI) and Commissioner of Income Tax, Ministry of Finance. He has to his credit the distinction of drafting the competition law and regulations in India and overseeing their enforcement thereafter. Mr. Sharma has investigated several cases of competition law violations falling under a number of sectors as the first Director General of the functional CCI. The creation of Merger Review Format for India, drafting of merger regulations and overseeing the first few merger clearances was done under his leadership.

He has a comprehensive experience, of nearly three decades, in various Government departments and public bodies, including direct tax administration, the Competition Commission of India as well as the private sector. A regular speaker at national and international Conferences on competition law, he is an active member of International Competition Network (ICN) Merger Working Group.

Dr. Sharma has completed his Bachelor and Master degree in Mechanical Engineering form Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee. He is trained in competition law economics and IPR Laws from King’s College, London and National Law School of India University respectively. He is a Doctoral Candidate in Competition Law at Bangor University, Bangor, United Kingdom.