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Core Practitioners/Team

Core Practitioners/Team

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Vinod (Head Litigation Practice Group)

is a Senior Partner at IIPRD and Khurana & Khurana, Advocates and IP Attorneys. Vinod, along with heading the IP Litigation Team which represents some of top Indian and Global Business Brands on Passing Off, Counterfeiting, and Fraud Investigation/White-Collar Crime Issues, is also the Head of the IP Commercialization/Licensing Team and overlooks at Valuation and Negotiation of all major Out-Licensing Deals at IIPRD. Vinod has been in the field of Business Legal Finance for the last 35 years with core focus on Commercialization, Licensing, and Valuation of Intellectual Property. Vinod represents top Indian and International Corporate Houses for Licensing their Technologies and other Intellectual Properties. Mr. Khurana has also been researching and educating on fighting thefts and frauds of Intellectual Properties and white-collar crimes, by practicing a mix of Law, Intellectual Property, Accounting, Ethics and Criminology coupled with his professional qualification being a B.Com, PGDFA, MBA, AICWA, CFA, LLB among other specialization qualifications in Investigation and Commercialization of Intellectual Property. He has extensive experience in conducting Investigation & Litigation and has represented numerous corporates for devising their Prosecution and Litigation Strategies such as Indian Oil Corporation, ITC, Bharti, Matrix Cellular among many others. Vinod has also undertaken various dedicated Workshops and Seminars for well established corporates such as Wockhardt, IOC, ITC, TVS Group, CSIR, among others. Department of Economic Affair, Ministry of Finance, Govt. of India has also empanelled him for appointment as Special Director on the Board of Sick Industrial Companies.

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Tarun (Head Software Practice Group)

has over 14 years experience in a broad range of Intellectual Property subject matters. Tarun has executed numerous assignments related to exercises of Patent Portfolio Creation, Protection, Valuation and Commercialization for corporates ranging from Small Start-ups to Fortune 500 companies. Tarun focuses on the Patent Preparation, Prosecution and Litigation Opinions for Computer Implemented, Electronics and Mechanical subject matters. He has, apart from handling IP Matters for over 600 Indian and International Clients including Indian Oil Corporation, Bharat Petroleum, Glenmark, Shasun Pharmaceuticals, Vixs Systems, Furuno, CDAC, CDOT, TIFR, Ameriprise Financial, Indo Asian, Globachem, Emory Healthcare, RFS Pharma, Engineers India Limited, Ballette Alliance, Haier, among many others, worked with numerous US, European, Singapore, Israel, and Australian Patent Attorneys of leading IP Law Firms in providing Patent and IP Litigation support services including Patentability Searches, Invalidation Searches, FTO, Infringement Analysis, Patent Preparation and Preparing Responses to Office Actions. His education includes a Bachelors in Computers from Pune University, Masters in Software Systems from BITS Pilani, Bachelors of Law from CCS University, and MBA from the prestigious IIM Lucknow. He also has certifications from IIT Delhi, WIPO, Asian School of Cyber Laws, Indian Law Institute, and International Software Testing Board among many others and has been a speaker at numerous Institutes and Corporates including Moserbaer, Tata Chemical, NALSAR, IIM Lucknow, Delhi College of Engineering, K S Oils, NTPC among many others.

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Meenakshi (Head Pharmaceutical Practice Group)

is a Partner and Patent Attorney at Khurana & Khurana and IIPRD. She engages herself in patent application preparation, prosecution, patent infringement and validity opinion practice, Freedom-to-operate, patent licensing studies, and counseling clients in devising global patent strategies. Her main areas of specialization are pharmaceutical, chemical and biotechnology arts including small molecules, new chemical entities, pharmaceutical formulations and drug delivery technologies, crystalline forms, stereoisomers, organic and inorganic chemistry, peptide chemistry, biochemistry and various biotechnology related subject matters. She began her career in patents in 2005 with one of the leading Pharmaceutical Companies Panacea Biotech in its Drug Discovery R&D Group and focused on handling Patent Matters ranging from Patent Drafting, Searching, Designing Around strategies, to devising strategies for Patent Filing/Prosecution. Meenakshi is a Registered Patent Agent admitted to practice before the Indian Patent Office. She has a degree of B.Sc. (Chemistry Hons.) and M.Sc. (Chemistry Hons.) from Panjab University. She holds one year Post Graduate Diploma in Patents Law from NALSAR University and a couple of IP certifications from WIPO. She has an LL.B degree from CCS University. Meenakshi is a member of Asian Patent Attorneys Association (APAA) and Association of Biotechnology Led Enterprises (ABLE).

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Abhishek (Head Chemical Practice Group)

is an ardent promoter and believer of IPR, and has worked in different areas of IPR over a stretch of 7 years as an IP practitioner, entrepreneur, legal expert and a trainer. Abhishek has dealt with various types of IPR matters including Patent Searches, Patent Drafting, Patent Prosecution, Patent Commercialization, Trademark Litigation, Domain Name Dispute Resolution with UDRP, Copyright and Database Infringement Counseling. He started his stint in Intellectual Property with Evalueserve where he worked with several multinationals on their IPR projects, after which he joined Netscribes India to develop their in-house IP team. In 2010 he decided to take a plunge and started his own IPR solutions firm closer2patents, which supported over 300 clients in 16 countries having completed over 1000 IPR projects, and is now a part of Khurana & Khurana after a strategic acquisition, making Abhishek a partner and head of Mumbai office of Khurana & Khurana. He also undertakes several IP training & awareness programs at colleges, NGOS and government institutes and is a faculty for IPR at The Institute of Company Secretaries, Thane of India & MSME Development Institute, Mumbai, and in his quest to strengthen the IP ecosystem has made submissions to the Governments of India & Japan. He has the distinction of being invited consecutively for the President of India’s National awards for his patent pending inventions. In terms of qualification, he is a B.Tech-Chemical from UDCT(Mumbai) and a practicing lawyer and a registered patent agent.

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Rajesh (Head Mechanical Practice Group)

is a graduate in mechanical engineering from IIT Kanpur with over 35 years of experience of working in Power Sector and Indian Ordnance Factories. He has rich experience of handling technology related matters like technology transfer, technology assimilation, documentation, product design and development, their trials and production-including selection of production technologies, setting up facilities culminating in production. He has worked on varied products and production technologies in the field of Boilers, Automobiles, Bullet Proof Vehicles, Small Arms, Mine Protected Vehicles, Battle Tanks and Infantry Combat Vehicles – including their Engines, Transmission, Armour, Armament, Vision devices – passive as well as thermal, Laser Range Finders, etc. Currently focuses on Patent Prosecution and Opinion work for large Engineering, Automotive, and Clients in the allied Industries.

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Hardeep (Electrical Practice Group)

is a graduate in Electrical Engineering from Delhi College of Engineering followed by an MBA from Faculty of Management Studies, Delhi University, Diploma in International Business from AIMA and an LLB from the Law Faculty, Delhi University. He has about thirty years of wide techno-commercial experience in domains of Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution, Clean and Renewable Energy technologies, Heating, Ventilation and -conditioning , Pumping systems, Automotive technologies, Building Automation Systems and Office Automation in Corporates both in India and abroad. Currently focuses on patent drafting, patent searches, legal opinions on patent infringement and invalidation and patent commercialisation.

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Gyanveer (Head Information Technology Practice Group)

is a Senior Associate at Khurana & Khurana and IIPRD with over 7 years of experience in a broad range of Intellectual Property subject matters with a special focus on patent related matters. Gyanveer has got diverse experience in working with academicians, bureaucrats, in-house councils, R&D engineers and entrepreneurs. He is a well experienced hand for Patent Portfolio Management, IP Strategy, IP Evaluation, Patentability Search, Patentability Opinion, FTO Analysis, Technology/Patent Landscape analysis, Invalidation Studies, Infringement analysis, Claim charting and Patent drafting in electronics and computer science related matters. He is engineering graduate from Indian Institute of Information Technology, Allahabad. Gyanveer is also an inventor for several US and EP patents filed on his name. His experience to work with engineers, in-house council, Portfolio Managers, IP lawyers and being inventor by himself, make him sync well with the client to understand their specific requirements and provide them a customized and complete IP solution.

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Tushar (Sr. Patent Associate – Computer Science Practice Group)

is a Senior Associate at IIPRD and Khurana & Khurana, Advocates and IP Attorneys. He worked in various capacities in prominent MNCs and brings 8 years of immense experience in variety of roles. He holds B.Tech in Computer Science and Masters in Information Technology. He also contributed in various roles in research and academics and always engages himself in advance technologies. Tushar is an expert contributor for patentability search, FTO analysis, Prosecution History Analysis, Validity/Invalidity, Evidence of Use, Competition Analysis, Claim charting etc for international clients. Tushar is instrumental in developing diverse IP Solutions and plays a pivotal role as an advisor for different stages of patent life-cycle. He is a professional in forming and mentoring teams to provide IP support services to clients worldwide.

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Suresh (Chemistry Practice Group)

joined the Indian Navy after completing his post-graduation from the Delhi University. He superannuated from the Indian Navy after completing 33 years of service and after gaining rich experience in the multifarious fields of naval armament inspection/ quality assurance, Project Management and HR management during his tenures with naval ships and establishments, Naval Headquarters, Missile System Quality Assurance Agency (MSQAA), DRDO and interactions with Ordnance Factories, PSUs and Private Trade firms. He was a core team member at DRDO responsible for the highly successful Project Dhanush during its, design, development, documentation, integration, and demonstration of the successful launch of the naval variant of the Prithvi missile from a naval ship and its subsequent induction in the Indian Navy. He also helped in defining and consolidating the requirements for the 6000 tonnes ocean going class of research vessel (ship) required for the conduct of flight trials for indigenously developed missiles by DRDO. He has degrees in BSc (Hons) Chemistry and MSc (Chemistry) from Delhi University, MSc (Defence Studies) from Madras University and PGDBA (Finance) from Symbiosis School of Distance Learning, Pune. Currently, he focuses on Patent Searches, Opinions, and Prosecution/Preparation projects at IIPRD and Khurana and Khurana.

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Antony (Sr. Patent Associate - Pharmaceutical-Life Sciences Practice Group)

is a Senior Patent Associate at Khurana & Khurana and IIPRD with over 9 years of experience in patent matters relating to technologies in the field of chemistry and pharmaceuticals. He has expertise in all kinds of patent searches, legal opinions on patent infringement and invalidation, patent opposition, patent drafting and prosecution . He has worked at in-house Patent cells of pharmaceutical companies including Neuland Laboratories and Shasun Pharmaceuticals. Antony also worked as a Senior patent analyst with Quatrro Legal Solutions Ltd. preparing comprehensive patent landscape reports and patent analyses in the field of organic chemistry, API molecules, Drug Formulations and Finished dosage forms. Prior to entering the patent field, Antony gained hands-on technical experience in synthesizing and developing various organic chemicals and pharmaceutical ingredients in the laboratory at Orchid Chemicals. Antony post-graduated from Bharathidasan University, Tamilnadu specializing in Chemistry. He is a certified patent agent with Indian Patent Office and also holds PG diploma in patents law from NALSAR University of Law, Hyderabad.

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Swapnil Sanap (Software Practice Group)

Swapnil is a software engineer with Bachelor of Engineering (B.E.) & Master of Engineering (M.E.) degree in Information Technology from Savitribai Phule Pune University (SPPU), formerly the University of Pune. He has substantial experience in Innovation management and support services. He has extensive experience of working with US and Indian Patent Laws. He also has several publications, as IEEE research papers, to his credit in leading journals and conferences with ISBN and ISSN numbers.

He started his career as a Patent Engineer with Legasis Services Pvt. Ltd in July, 2011. As a Patent Engineer, his core job was to Search, Draft, and Prosecute Patent Applications in accordance with IN jurisdiction in the field of electronics, telecommunication, mobile communication, software, and the like. He was trained by in-house Patent Attorneys to do his job. After spending two years with Legasis, he joined TecEsq Intellectual Property Solutions Pvt. Ltd in August, 2013. In his company, he trained his team in Patent Searching, Patent Drafting, and Patent Prosecution in the fields of software, image processing, mobile communication, telecommunication, and the like.

Thereafter, Swapnil joined S. Majumdar & Co, Patent and Trade Mark Attorneys in March, 2014. In S. Majumdar & Co, Swapnil was involved in Patent Drafting, Patent Prosecution, Patent Litigation, and Hearings at Patent Offices, also trained his team in Patent Searching, Patent Drafting, and Patent Prosecution in the fields of software, image processing, mobile communication, telecommunication, and the like

Presently, Swapnil is Principal Associate at Khurana & Khurana. His responsibilities in the firm include patent drafting, prior art searches, office action response drafting, Infringement Analysis, clearance searches, and on projects relating to sophisticated technologies ranging from electronics, computer sciences, electronics and telecommunication, mechanical and business domain.

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Tapan (Sr. Patent Associate – Pharmaceutical-Life Sciences Practice Group)

With ~4 years of experience in providing specialized services in patents and related intellectual property rights, Tapan has expertise in the technical domains of Organic Chemistry, Medicinal Chemistry, Pharmaceuticals, Biotechnology and Medical Devices. He holds Masters Degree with specialization in Medicinal Chemistry from National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research (NIPER, Mohali). Prior to joining the team of Khurana & Khurana and IIPRD, Tapan has worked as Assistant Manager (Operations) at Effectual Services Pvt. Ltd. and has diverse experience of providing patent related search services to Fortune 500 Pharmaceutical and Chemical companies, US and European Law firms, Independent patent attorneys and In-house patent counsels. Tapan has conducted more than 150 structure, reaction and sequence searches on various databases using STN as database host and is well versed with Patentability/Novelty/Knock-out searches, FTO analysis/Clearance searches, Technology/Patent Landscape analysis, Invalidation studies, Infringement analysis, Claim chart/EOU preparation and Patent Portfolio Management.

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Jignesh (Sr. Patent Associate – Pharmaceutical-Life Sciences Practice Group)

Jignesh is a Doctorate in Medicinal chemistry from University of Tromso, Norway. He worked as a research scientist pharmaceutical company and is co-author on many scientific articles published in peer-reviewed journals. He focuses on assisting clients in building a strategic patent portfolio. He assists clients regarding patentability and patent infringement matters and development of technology-based agreements and new business due diligence. He has a total experience of 3 years in the field of patent analytics and has managed a good number of studies for national and international clients. He is well versed in conducting prior patent portfolio management, patentability search, infringement analysis, prior art searches, patentability studies, FTO analysis, technology scouting, patent landscape analysis, patent strength analysis, and invalidation studies. He has gained experience in project estimation, project outlining, project management and project execution which involves client interactions and people/ team management.

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Rakesh (Electronics Practice Group)

is a post graduate with specialization in Electronics. He completed systems analysis and design training from Regional Computer Centre, Chandigarh. He has over 20 years of experience in the Information and Technology sector where he managed various projects for national and international customers. At Khurana & Khurana and IIPRD, he focuses on Patent Preparation, Rendering Infringement Opinions, and Conducting various Patent Searches/Analytics. Rakesh is also well versed with project estimation, planning and tracking, risk management, requirement gathering, people management, and client management, etc. and has also worked in very professional environments in the UK, Indonesia, Thailand and India and has managed large onsite and offshore teams in USA, Russia, Belarus and India.

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Ankur (Head Licensing Practice Group)

is the Head of Licensing at IIPRD, with expertise and experience in Patent Matters, New Busniess Development and Integrated Solutions. Post completion of his BE in Industrial Engineering and Management from RV College of Engineering, Bangalore, he has worked in the Business Development space, having handled accounts of various large Corporate houses, working closely with clients, understanding their needs and providing complete end to end solutions up to their level of satisfaction. Having worked in Patent domain, he has handled projects involving Novelty/Patentability Studies, Freedom-to-Operate Searches, Validity/Invalidity Searches, landscape analysis and has drafted Patent Specifications in the Mechanical and related technology fields. This combination of expertise in Business Development and a strong understanding of technologies and Patents, allows him to provide comprehensive solutions with respect to end-end licensing mandates.

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Jayaprakash (JP) (Chemical Practice Group)

is a Patent Consultant in the Chemistry Practice Group at IIPRD and has an experience of over 37 years in the Chemical and Pharmaceutical domain. JP has worked as the Deputy General Manager of Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) for over 30 years in R&D dept. and has been involved in preparing patent applications, preparing responses to office actions, and rendering Infringement and Validity opinion especially in the organic and polymer chemistry and catalyst/lubricating oil compositions. JP has a Masters (M.Sc) in Chemistry and has focused on extensive research in the areas of Hydrocarbon processing and Lubrication Technology.

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Mohinder (Head Trade Mark Practice Group)

is a Senior Trade Mark Attorney at IIPRD and Khurana & Khurana, Advocates and IP Attorneys with over 30 years of experience. Mohinder specializes in all aspects of Trade Mark Law with focus on Trade Mark Clearance Searches, Opinions, and Prosecuting Indian and International TM Applications by assisting Foreign Associats in preparing Legal Opinions, Conducting Searches, and preparing responses to Office actions. Mohinder has been a sought after Attorney for Trade Mark Offshoring practice by virtue of his experience and understanding of Trade Mark Laws and Practices at multiple jurisdictions such as OHIM, ARIPO, USPTO, CIPO among others. He has worked with more than 300 Corporates in India and represented them for Prosecution/Opposition cases across TM Offices. Mohinder has a B.Ed from Delhi University followed by a LLB from Delhi University and practices Litigation at the Bar Council of Delhi.

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Dr. Kamal (Electrical Practice Group)

is a Patent Consultant with IIPRD having over 20 years of experience in the Electrical and Fiber Optic Communication Industry and has been extensively involved in Patent Application Preparation and Search Opinions for a number of Indian and International Clients. Kamal has drafted Indian and International patent applications for subject matters ranging from Microwave Electronics to Optical Communication to Satellite mounted microstrip antennas to parallel computing subject matters. Kamal has expertise in preparing and filing patent applications along with conducting Analysis relating to Patentability, Invalidity and Infringement through multiple Patent and Non-Patent databases. Kamal has been actively involved in IP Research and Creation of subject matters pertaining to Analog Domain and has also focused on transistor level design & simulation of Analog circuits in Cadance tools Vituoso, and Spectre RF. Kamal has been further involved in Patent Preparation for US and EP Patent Attorneys for inventive concepts relating to Digital Domain focusing on designing RTL and testing in VHDL. Kamal has a Bachelors in Physics from MDS University, a Masters in Microwave Electronics from MDS University, a M.Phil in Complex Dielectric Permittivity of Soil Samples at Microwave Frequencies, and a Ph.D in Microstrip Antennas.

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Dr S B Mehta (Sr. Patent Consultant)

is a senior IP professional with vast experience in field of Biomedical and life Science Technology. He has been a consultant on Biomedical Technologist for research projects with Rajiv Gandhi Cancer Institute and Research centre and is on the panel as Scientific Adviser to Controller General of Patent Designs & Trademarks (India). He is Project Advisor on Adaptive delivery of Accurate & Precise Treatment at Philips Innovation Campus, Bangalore. He is an approved PhD guide of Manipal University guiding students pursuing their doctoral work in field of “Numerical Modelling of Cerebral Arteriovenous Malformations”. He has more than thirty two years of experience in the field of and Development (R&D), and Intellectual Property (IP) while working with Philips Corporate Technology (NL), at Bangalore India, General Electric, (Corporate R&D) JFWTC, Bangalore India and NMR Research Centre Institute of Nuclear Medicine and Allied Sciences (INMAS), Defence Research and Development Organization. During his working with Philips IP&S, Bangalore applications for three patent disclosure on MR image analysis (one granted) and three invention disclosures were filed by him. He has more than 50 scientific papers/ publications in National and international Journals to his credit. He has currently completed his project on “Development and clinical validation of parametric based MR imaging technique: Ktrans and tissue diffusivity for evaluation of breast cancer” which was funded and supported by Department of Science and Technology, GOI. Dr Shashi has done his Master in Engineering (Electronics & Communication) from Delhi College of Engineering, University of Delhi, Delhi, India and PhD from College of Engineering/I.I.T Delhi. University of Delhi, India.

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Varun Khurana (IP Valuation Practice Group)

heads the IP Valuation Team and has over 10 years of experience in dealing with IP Commercialization and Licensing Matters from the Financial Perspective. Varun is a Chartered Accountant and along with qualifications of ACA, AICWA, CISA, ISA (ICAI), LL.B, ISMS LA (ISO 27001), focuses on Conducting Valuation of Intellectual Properties. Varun has been a part of over 60 Licensing deals from Khurana & Khurana and its leading Intellectual Property Consulting Firm IIPRD, and has helped clients value their Intellectual Property. Varun has also been part of the negotiations during the out-licensing and in-licensing deals and has developed an expertise in precise valuation of the IP through comprehensive analysis of the Patents/IP’s and evaluation of the market scenario. Varun works with the Patent Attorneys at Khurana & Khurana to complete the IP Commercialization process for technologies engaged by K&K for licensing.

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Dr. Prafulla (Sr. Client Executive - US)

is a Senior Client Executive for IIPRD, located in the USA and is responsible for business development activities in the region. He focuses on marketing, sales and promotion activities in the IP, legal and litigation support services for IIPRD. He is a Subject Matter Expert in the area of Life Sciences and has over 2 years of Technology assessment, Patent search, Analysis, writing technology proposals and consulting experience. Dr. Prafulla’s knowledge and expertise include technologies related to DNA diagnostics, Bioassays, Regenerative medicine, Biomarker discovery, Biomaterials and Biotechnology. He has a strong educational background in Biology, including a Ph.D. in Biotechnology from Pune University and 6 years of Postdoctoral research experience in the USA.

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Parvez (Head Business Development Group)

is a Senior Associate at Khurana & Khurana and IIPRD. His expertise lies in consultancy, business development and client relationships relating to Patent Drafting, Searches, Analysis, Prosecution, Training and Commercialization. Parvez has been an Inventor, Patentee and Entrepreneur and has obtained patents for his inventions in India & USA. He has experience of developing & inventing software, drafting & prosecuting patents, conducting patent workshops, commercializing patent rights and managing a Software IPR related startup company. He has a degree in B.Sc. (Maths) and is a Registered Patent Agent admitted to practice before the Indian Patent Office.