Martin Brassell's specialist area of expertise is in the use of intellectual property in finance, and the identification, scoring and valuation processes needed to facilitate it. He has worked extensively with banks, investors and policy makers across the UK, Europe, and Asia to develop new approaches that recognize the importance of this asset class for business growth.
Martin is best known as co-founder of Inngot Limited, established with Professor Iwan Davies in 2007. Martin has written and co-authored several influential publications on IP utilization. These include the 2013 Banking on IP report and the 2017 Hidden Value report on IP valuation markets, both for the UK Intellectual Property Office. Martin has also led two investigations into company intangible asset investment for ACCA, and coauthored a book for Oxford University Press, Economic Approaches to Intellectual Property, with Dr Nicola Searle.Martin is a member of the Commercialization Committee of the Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys and a Fellow of the RSA.
John Augustyn represents clients in high stakes intellectual property litigation, client counseling, and prosecution. John has been lead counsel in patent and trade secret litigations throughout the country at the trial and appellate levels.John performs due diligence for mergers and acquisitions involving various technologies. The due diligence often involves an analysis of the patents, trademarks, trade secrets, licenses, agreements, software, marketing, manufacturing processes, and standards by standard setting organizations. Representative matters are provided below.He successfully negotiates and prepares agreements relating to well-known products and brands for both the seller/ licensor and the buyer/ licensee, including patent licenses, technology licenses, trade secret agreements, joint venture agreements, trademark agreements, and research and development agreements. John advises clients on trade secret matters including: litigating trade secret cases, negotiating trade secret agreements, advising clients on the best techniques for protecting their trade secrets, and helping clients decide whether to use trade secret versus patent protection.
John Augustyn received a B.S. in Engineering, with honors, from the Illinois Institute of Technology and attended on an athletic scholarship for soccer. He received a J.D. degree from Loyola University Chicago, where he graduated at the top 10% of his class.
Roberto Moro Visconti, chartered accountant and statutory auditor, is professor of corporate Finance at the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart, Milano and is the director of studio Moro Visconti – chartered accountants and financial consultants.
Prof. Moro Visconti manages a consolidated financial boutique that derives from a deep-rooted tradition of professional consultants in Milan.The interdisciplinary approach to professional issues is based on core competences linked with long termed relationships with other professionals, in order to provide a tailor-made service to the client.Long-term relationships with foreign and domestic clients are a key added-value, pursued mixing accuracy with pragmatism and reliability.
The academic background is analytically focused on problem solving issues. A systematic approach to complex professional issues is associated to innovative solutions, based also on empirical research, even profiting from international experiences and best practices.
Interactions mainly concerns professionals in the legal area (corporate lawyers, notaries, tax advisors, etc.), as well as the managerial sector (strategic consultants, engineers, scientists, managers, technical advisors, etc.). The target is to achieve synergistic added-value for the client, even from a relational standpoint.
Margherita is the IP Commercialization Specialist at the World Intellectual Property Organization
(WIPO), where she works with national and international stakeholders to help enterprises, innovators
and creators drive business growth through IP commercialization.
Prior to joining WIPO, she worked at University College London (UCL) where as Head of Global Innovation Services she was leading a section advising R&D intensive small-medium enterprises (SMEs), spinouts and startups on how to commercialise new technologies and grow through international collaborations, tech repurposing and IP commercialization. She worked in close collaboration with UK government on innovation funding for deep tech companies and led a number missions to facilitate international technology transfer and joint ventures. Margherita also worked at CERN’s Knowledge Transfer Department, with a particular focus on translating detector-related tech (semiconductors, microelectronics and digital tech) for industrial applications.
Margherita is a graduate of the London School of Economics (LSE) and holds a postgraduate diploma in Intellectual Property Law and Practice from Oxford University.
Mr. K.R. Pradeep is a Graduate in Business Management, a Fellow Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India, has been the President of the Income Tax Appellate Tribunal Bar Association, a member of International Trademark Association, was chairman of infrastructure development committee of FKCCI, served on the Board of several companies, has practiced as a Chartered Accountant for 33years and presently practicing as an Advocate specialising in Tax Law at Bangalore. He has represented India in the World Moot Court Competition held at New York and secured 2nd Prize for the Country. His practice includes litigation and advisory in Tax related matters, including Taxation of Intellectual Property Rights and he regularly appears before the Supreme Court, High Courts, Income Tax Appellate Tribunals, Settlement Commission, and the like.
Dr. Khanna heads the Patent Department and is in-charge of both patent prosecution and litigation at the firm. She has more than 21 years of work experience with 17 years in the field of patents. Dr. Khanna oversees and handles work in different technology domains including chemistry, pharmaceutical, medical devices, electrical and mechanical inventions, telecommunication to name a few.
She engages with her clients in strategizing protection and enforcement of patent rights in India. She is actively involved with the Patent Office and the Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT) and organizations like the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and Invest India etc. in policy decision making and regularly engages with them in this regard. A few examples of such engagements are participation in commenting and contributing towards CRI guidelines, pharmaceutical inventions' guidelines, working statement requirements, SEP (Standard Essential Patents) paper (issued by the DPIIT) etc. Dr. Khanna is a member of APAA, INTA, AIPPI and IPO association.
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 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.
Magesh heads the Technology Management Group at CSIR-National Chemical Laboratory (Pune), and works with partners in taking technologies to the market, formulating technology strategy and managing innovations at NCL. He also works on policy recommendations in climate change and solid waste management.
Magesh has over 20 years of experience in research, innovation management and technology commercialization. He has a PhD (in Polymer Science) and an MBA (in Finance) - both from the University of Connecticut, USA. He was awarded the Chevening Rolls-Royce Science Innovation Leadership Fellowship to study at the University of Oxford, UK. He has been instrumental in creating over ten technology spinoffs, and has mentored innovators on early stage business planning and fund raising.
Dr. Ajay is a registered pharmacist, patent analyst, technology scout experienced in broad range of IP with keen insights on Patent Law. He deals in IP technology transfer, licensing, Technology Readiness assessment (TRL), Technology valuation, and developing Proposals for Commercial Opportunities Dr. Ajay is actively involved in developingstrategy term sheet based BATNA negotiations and for technology Licensing &commercialization. Dr. Ajay is further involved in patent and scientific literature research including secondary state of the art search &concept Based Search Strategies, structured 2D/3D search, image search, EPO Search Matters Training, patent landscape, whitespace, technology forecasting, and TRIZ analysis. Further, Dr. Ajay is involved in competitive intelligence including competitor trend market export analysis, merge acquisitions, competitive alerts, patent watches
His keen interest also lies in development of digital and patinformatics tool which significantly contributesinknowledge management and transfer especially of implicit and tacit knowledge. Also, he is actively involved in patent informatics tool developed new software tool (IPAT: Intelligent Patent Analysis Tool) for both retrieval and landscape analysis of patent information.
Ms. GouriPuri is a partner with the tax practice group of the firm. Ms. Gouri works closely on international tax planning matters and digital taxation. She is experienced in tax aspects of mergers and acquisitions, investment structures, establishment of funds and private capital arrangements, joint venture formations, restructurings, spin offs, cash-repatriation techniques and cross border transactions. She has represented clients such as Facebook, Walmart, Ctrip, Flipkart, Hutchison Telecommunications International Limited, Bata, Kagome, American Express, American Insurance Group, among others. Ms. Gouri is actively involved in various thought leadership initiatives and policy advocacy through her collaboration with industry chambers, business and legal media. She regularly contributesarticles to leading business journals and publications including Mondaq, Indian Business Law Journal, Legal 500, Thomson Reuters, Economic Times, Financial Express, Mint, Financial Times, and Indian Express.
Ms. Gouri holds a master's degree in taxation laws from Harvard Law School. Gouri is admitted to the New York State Bar and Bar Council of India. Prior to ShardulAmarchandMangaldas, she has worked as a tax associate with Lakshmikumaran and Sridharan.
Pauline is a managing director in the Disputes practice and leader of the Intellectual Property practice in EMEA and Asia. She has nearly 25 years of experience in the analysis of damages related to intellectual property infringement matters and commercial disputes, forensic accounting issues as well as the assessment of license and contract compliance. She has worked with clients across a wide range of industries and geographic regions, including U.K., USA, Canada, Asia, and Europe.
Pauline has served as a testifying and consulting quantum expert in IP infringement, licensing, joint venture, and commercial disputes in various dispute fora, including in State and Federal Courts of the USA. and Canada and various international arbitration institutes. She also serves as Independent Accountant under Settlement Agreements resolving IP infringement disputes and assists with the negotiation of such agreements.
She works with clients to assess the risk of IP and revenue leakage in IP portfolios, performs royalty audits to identify both monetary and non-monetary compliance issues
Educated in Scotland, Ms. Booth earned a bachelor's degree in business administration, with a concentration in management. She is a fellow of the Massachusetts Society of Certified Public Accountants, a member of the Chartered Governance Institute (formerly the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators), the Licensing Executives Society, the Association of University Technology Managers, the American Bar Association and the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners.
Sadhana Srivastava holds a doctorate degree in biosciences and is a qualified patent agent. She was an intern at the Cornell University and Office of Technology Transfer, NIH, Washington to gain experiences on IPR and other policy issues. She is also closely working with the UK-based MIHR-Centre for the Management of IP in Health R&D. Dr Srivastava was part of the Government delegation in WHO Inter-Governmental Working Group on Intellectual Property & Public Health meeting held at Geneva; 63rd World Health Assembly of WHO led by Honorable Minister of Health & Family Welfare held at Geneva on May, 2010. She participated in Annual Meeting organized by Association of Technology managers AUTM held on March, 2010 at New Orleans, USA as only Indian representative and in Khorana Program Technology Transfer Course Award, Illinois USA, 2012. Dr. Srivastava was shortlisted for Human resource development scheme of Department of Health Research, for Short term fellowship at University of Wisconsin, USA and got advanced training on intellectual property rights, licensing of biomedical inventions, technology transfer and translational research in areas of modern biology for a period of twelve weeks starting from the end of March 2017 to the end of June 2017.
Dr Srivastava is a senior scientist with the Indian Council of Medical Research, New Delhi looking after the IPR Unit.
Ulrich Moser is a certified German public auditor, tax advisor and Certified Valuation Analyst (CVA). Until September 2022 he holds a Chair for Accounting and Finance at Erfurt University of Applied Sciences. Furthermore he acts as management consultant in the field of Intellectual Property Valuation and Intellectual Property Management.
Ulrich Moser has more than 30 years of experience in the field of valuation with a strong focus on valuation of intellectual property rights and portfolios of them, valuation of early-stage technologies and valuations for purchase price allocations (ASC 805/820, IFRS 3). Recent projects of Ulrich Moser comprise the valuation of a portfolio of more than 100 trademarks, the valuation of a portfolio of more than 800 patents and patent application and the valuation of the product portfolio of a software company. He spends a considerable amount of his time to support strategic business decisions of his clients based on advanced valuation techniques.
Since 2000 he published more than 50 articles on corporate finance and valuation topics, e.g. patent valuation, application of multi-period excess earnings method and analysis of goodwill. In September 2017 the second edition of his book "Valuation of intangible assets – principles, application illustrated by a case study, accounting for goodwill" was published in German language ("BewertungimmateriellerVermögenswerte – Grundlagen, AnwendunganhandeinesFallbeispiels, BilanzierungGoodwill").
Ms. Rojas Vega has a solid experience in IP management, including patent drafting, registration of trademarks, patents, copyrights, utility models and industrial designs, interaction with IP authorities (such as responses to official actions of the patent and trademark office). She has also been performing a review of technology transfer terms for the management of agreements related to intangible assets.
Ms. Rojas Vega held the position of head of an Intellectual Property Center in a Research Center "Instituto Nacional de Ciencias Médicas y Nutrición Salvador Zubirán" in Mexico City (Mexico). She also holds a degree in Biomedical Sciences, a Diploma in Pharmaceutical Management, a Master in Intellectual Property and Innovation and a PhD in Biomedical Sciences.
Aviral Jain is a managing director and India co-leader in the Valuation Advisory Services practice and the Restructuring practice, based in New Delhi. Aviral also serves as the city leader for Kroll’s New Delhi office.
Aviral joined Kroll through the firm’s acquisition of American Appraisal Associates. He is a financial advisory professional with over 17 years of experience in valuation, corporate finance and restructuring mandates. His experience includes valuation of business enterprises, intangible assets including intellectual property, and financial instruments.
Aviral has advised clients on transactions involving domestic and cross-border M&A, restructuring of distressed assets, insolvency and bankruptcy, disputes and litigation, and tax reorganizations.
Prior to Kroll, Aviral worked with the Corporate Finance practice of KPMG, and he was responsible for the management of the firm’s Valuation practice in North India. He has also worked with the Financial Advisory Services practice of Deloitte early in his career.
Aviral has been a speaker at several events organized by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India, The Economic Times, Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), ASSOCHAM and VCCircle. Additionally, he is regularly quoted by the financial press on valuation-related matters, and his research on valuation of technology startups has been featured in various publications. He also authors the study on celebrity brand valuations, our annual thought leadership publication, which has found its coverage in some of the leading financial newspapers in India.
Aviral received a Master in Business Administration in finance from the Faculty of Management Studies, University of Delhi, and an undergraduate degree in commerce from Shri Ram College of Commerce, University of Delhi. Additionally, he holds the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation and is a member of the CFA Society of India. He has also attained the Accredited in Business Valuation (ABV) designation and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA). Further, Aviral is a member of various esteemed committees like the CII’s National Committee on Regulatory Affairs, the CII’s National Committee of Intellectual Property and the Stressed Asset Committee of the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FICCI).