R Saha is a B Tech from IIT Kanpur in Aeronautical Engineering. He got his Master’s degree from Cranfield University in England. He served the Government of India for 35 years in different capacities and handling different responsibilities including research and development and retired as Scientist G and Adviser from the Department of Science and Technology, Government of India. He has wide experience in technology evaluation and assessment, intellectual property rights management, regulatory processes and R&D policies and project implementation. He has been a pioneer in leading the national efforts in policy making and capacity building in the area of IPR. He planned and conducted two training programmes on IPR for developing countries drawing a participation of about 30 countries. He was invited as an international resource person to speak on IPR in Bangladesh, Indonesia, Namibia, Sri Lanka, Egypt, Oman, Malaysia, China, Philippines, Mauritius, Mexico and Uganda. He conducted more than 400 IPR workshops in India and other countries. 20 Patent Information Centers at state levels and 60 university IPR cells were set up in India under his leadership. He has been helping universities in developing their IPR policies. About 1000 patent applications were filed under his guidance on behalf of universities and R&D institutions. He represented India in discussions at WIPO and, was involved in negotiating international agreements on IPR in the context of scientific research and development.
He was appointed a consultant by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) to prepare a National Study on IPR and MSME in India as a part of WIPO’s Development Agenda. The study was completed in 2012.
He has been the Senior Adviser to CII since 2011, advising them on IPR policies and other substantial issues being faced by the Indian industry like preparing policy papers, conducting round table meetings with industries, international organizations etc.
He is also the Chairman of the committee set up by the Department of Electronics and Information Technology, Government of India for providing IPR support to start ups and conducting awareness programmes. He was the MHRD Chair Professor in IPR at the Tezpur University, a Central university. Presently, he advises many institutions like IIT Delhi, IIT Kharagpur, C-DAC, NRDC, Indian Council of Medical Research and many government departments on IPR matter
Professional Experience Expert, Directorate for Financial and Enterprise Affairs, OECD Policy advisory role on competition and international commercial law. Includes:
Drafting in-depth papers on legal rule design; on judicial proceedings in complexeconomic matters, including private competition law claims; on merger control; onthe transportation sector; and on the regulation of the digital economy.
Responsibility for internal project on “Competition, Innovation and the DigitalEconomy”. Co-managing the process of Accession of Costa Rica and Lithuania to the OECDin the field of competition policy
Working on multiple country reviews (including Australia, Costa Rica, Lithuania,Morocco, Peru, Portugal, Spain Vietnam, and Ukraine)
Advising on legal reforms and on the drafting of statutory acts in various countries
Multiple speaking engagements on topics such as: the institutional design ofcompetition systems, complex economic litigation, private antitrust enforcement,specialised courts, impact assessment, the challenges of competition law in thedigital age, and competition in regulated sectors (pharmaceutical, energy, telecommunications)2015-current
External Counsel, DAC Beachcroft
Advising on Competition Law, State Aid Law, EU Law, litigation, and other areas of law.
Associate, Linklaters LLP Legal trainee (from 2005 to 2007). Associate from 2007, acting as a Portuguese andEnglish-qualified lawyer. Experience in competition law, EU law, state aid, internationaltrade, and commercial and public law litigation. On leave / working part-time from 2008 to2012.
The Constitutional Court of the Portuguese Republic Providing legal and administrative support to judges of the Portuguese ConstitutionalCourt. Academic Experience
Lecturer in Law, University of Reading
Course convener and lecturer in EU Law, Competition Law, International Economic Law,International Investment Law and International Arbitration; member of the Commercial LawGroup (EU, IP, Commercial, Arbitration Law); Commercial Law External Liaison Officer. Tutorial Fellow, University of Oxford
Graduate teaching assistant (2009-2010) and tutor on EU and Competition Law.2009-2015 Visiting Lecturer at a few Universities
Including Lisbon Catholic University (2011), University of Lille (2016) and University ofLund
Muthu is an Associate Professor (Senior Lecturer) in Entrepreneurship and Innovation and Deputy Assistant Dean at Birkbeck, University of London, UK. Her research investigates strategies and practices adopted, opportunities pursued, and organizational forms designed in relation to co-creation, intermediation and university-business interactions. She has published in Research Policy, Journal of Organizational Behaviour, International Small Business Journal, Technological Forecasting and Social Change, R&D Management Journal and Studies in Higher Education and received best paper awards in Innovation by the BAM Conference in 2015 and 2016. She has secured major grants from Innovate UK, Intellectual Property Office, EU and British Academy/Leverhulme, and British Academy of Management. She is a fellow of Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce.
Archana Shanker is the senior partner and head of Anand and Anand’s Patents and Designs practice. Archana has been recognised as an institution in herself when it comes to complex patent prosecution. She is credited with shaping the patent jurisprudence of India. Archana advises the government on IP matters with same assiduity with which she has been working on progressive development of patent jurisprudence of the country.
Behind her is 29 years of dedicated practice in prosecution, litigation and opposition across industries from pharmaceuticals to life sciences, software, ICT, telecom, mechanical, electronics and biodiversity. Speaking of Archana, IAM says, “Archana Shanker’s ability to advise on patent matters of near infinite variety sets her apart as one of the best-rounded private practitioners. She has a faculty for complex prosecution and litigation, and has cultivated strategic wisdom having handled many matters of first impression in India”. She is a leading patent attorney for IP strategy, patents and designs prosecution and contentious. She also actively litigates in adversarial proceedings before the patent office, Intellectual Property Appellate Board and Courts. Big-ticket domestic and international clients rely on her matchless experience and prowess with she leads her team. She has been a lead counsel in noteworthy judgements involving Monsanto’s Supreme Court judgement, matters involving PREVNAR, Pioneer overseas Corporation (case which paved the way for DNA fingerprinting in case of disputed IPR in plant varieties), Novo Nordisk, Roche, Merck, Sterlite and many more.
Dr. Raman Mittal teaches Law at University of Delhi. Prior to that he has worked at the Indian Law Institute, New Delhi. He holds LL.M. and Ph.D. from Panjab University, Chandigarh together with M.S.S. from International Space University, France. His research interests include Intellectual Property, Contract and International Laws. He has published extensively in national and international journals and has also authored many books. Dr. Mittal has visited various national and international legal institutions in the capacity of visiting faculty; the prominent being Max Planck Institute of Intellectual Property and Competition Law, Munich and University of Washington, Seattle. Dr. Mittal has advised the Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India in treaty negotiations and has been a member of the Drafting Committee that was tasked with the drafting of Copyright Rules, 2013.
TMI Associates (Associate, 2008-Present)
TMI Associates Kyoto Office (2019-Present)
DSK Legal, India (2013-2014)
Kochhar & Co., New Delhi, India (2011-2013)
Part-time Lecturer at Kyoto University, Graduate School of Bio Studies (2012)
Legal Training and Research Institute of the Supreme Court of Japan
Kobe University School of Law (J.D., 2006)
Kyoto University (Faculty of Science, 1999; Graduate School of Bio Studies, M.S, 2001; Ph.D., 2004)
General Corporate Legal Practice / Patents / Other International Practice / Pharmaceuticals, Medical Care, Health Care and Biotechnology / IT and Communications Matters / International Trade and Investment Practice
Mr. Amit Singhania is a Partner in the Firm's Tax Practice Group. Prior to joining Shardul AmarchandMangaldas, he has worked with PricewaterhouseCoopers Private Limited for four years.
Amit is a member of tax committee of CII, FICCI and ASSOCHAM. RSG Consulting have recognised him as a prominent tax practitioner. He is also ranked by Chambers and Partners in their 2020 edition for Taxation.
At the firm, Amit is working very closely on matters pertaining to cross border investments and financial services sector. He has recently finalized the structures for inbound investments for Idea Cellular, Essar Morgan, Rabo Bank, Mayfield, Canaan Advisors, Google, BMO Nesbitt Burns, etc. Mr. Singhania has recently worked closely on matters pertaining to negotiating contracts and escrow mechanism in cross border buyouts. In this regard, he has advised Goldman Sachs, AT&T Inc., etc.
He has extensive experience in mergers and acquisitions and other transaction advisory, where he provides holistic solutions to clients. Amit also advises clients on transfer pricing issues, strategizing tax litigation matters, representation before courts and tax authorities, and policy advocacy. Amit has recently represented Walmart in acquisition of Flipkart.
Mr. Singhania is a customary orator at the Regional Council of Institute of Chartered Accountants of India and has contributed articles on direct taxes in various leading journals and newspapers. He is also the member of Study Circle of Income Tax Appellate Tribunal Bar Association, New Delhi.
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SUMA ATHREYE is Professor of Technology Strategy at Essex Business School and is a member of the Management Science and Entrepreneurship Group. Suma's main research interests lie in the fields of Economics of Innovation and International Economics and she has published over 50 papers on these subjects and won several research grants for work in these areas. She is on the Editorial Board of the academic journals Research Policy, Journal of International Business Studies, Industrial and Corporate Change, Perspectives on Globalisation and Development, International Journal of Technological Learning, Innovation and Development and Multinational Business Review. She also advises the Big Innovation Centre and the UK intellectual Property Office on their research as member of their research advisory boards. She has consulted to the World Intellectual Property Organisation, worked closely with the UK Intellectual Property Office and was Rapporteur of the European Research Area (2008) report Opening to the world: International cooperation in Science and Technology. Qualifications
Mr. Rajendra Kumar is one of the founding members of the firm. He chairs the trade marks practice of the firm and also heads the litigation practice in respect of trade marks, copyrights and geographical indications at the firm.
He has extensive experience of nearly 35 years in handling all aspects of prosecution and enforcement of intellectual property rights. His expertise extends to the handling of TRIPS related issues, protection of copyright in the digital context, domain name disputes and intellectual property aspects of the entertainment industry and the Internet. Rajendra regularly appears before the Trade Marks Office, Intellectual Property Appellate Board and various District and High Courts as well as the Supreme Court of India.
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Umakanta is a managing director in Duff & Phelps based in Mumbai. In his current capacity, he is responsible for the overall financial valuation practice in Mumbai.
Umakanta joined Duff & Phelps in 2015 through the firm’s acquisition of American Appraisal. He has over 15 years of experience in financial advisory services including valuation, fairness opinion, disputes, equity research, credit research and other advisory services. Umakanta has managed a range of mandates including business valuation, intellectual property valuation, complex capital structure valuation.
He has also advised several clients on swap ratio determination, corporate finance, business plan development and review, exit strategies and dispute consulting.
Umakanta has managed and executed a range of financial advisory engagements for energy, utilities, infrastructure, private equity, insurance and financial services healthcare, telecom, media and entertainment, retail and IT and ITES industries for mergers & acquisitions, accounting and tax reporting, transfer pricing, litigation, dispute resolution and strategic purposes.
His specialization includes valuation of complex financial instrument (such as complex convertible instruments, earn-out and contingent payments, cross-currency interest rate swaps, options and other hedging instruments). He has also advised several companies on distress debt transaction, earn-out structuring and ESOP structuring.
Prior to joining American Appraisal, Umakanta has worked with the Financial Advisory Services practice of Deloitte and Investment Research & Valuation team of Evalueserve.
Umakanta holds a Master of Business Administration degree and a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. Umakanta is also a Member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (MRICS) under Valuation of Business and Intangible Assets pathway, and holds the Certified in Entity and Intangible Valuations™ (CEIV™) credential from the American Society of Appraisers.