Program Flow


07:30 PM
Welcome Reception, Dinner & Cocktails

The conference begins with an invitation based Welcome Reception, Dinner & Cocktails. Interested may register to reserve their seats. Please note that these seats are available on a first cum first serve basis only and are chargeable both for members and non-members, other than guests who have received special invites from The Secretariat, LES India. You may reserve your Welcome Reception tickets here.

Please Note: All Sessions earmarked as A would be conducted in the DESIRE Hall and the ones earmarked as B would be conducted in the INSPIRE Hall.

08:00 AM
Delegate Registration and Networking
09:55 AM
Welcome Address by Raj Hirwani, President, LES India
10:00 AM
Address by Chief Guest – Hon’ble Justice Dipak Misra, Former Chief Justice of India
10:30 AM
Special Address by Hon’ble Justice Shiva Kirti Singh, Chairperson, TDSAT
10:45 AM
Address by Guest of Honour – Rajiv Aggarwal, Joint Secretary, Department of Industrial Policy & Promotion, GoI
11:15 AM
LESI Presidential Address by Francois Painchaud, President, LES International
11:30 AM
Plenary Session I – Transforming the IP Regime – India, US, Europe, Japan and Singapore Perspectives

Sameer Swarup, Deputy Controller of Patents & Designs, IT Division, Patent Office, Govt. Of India – MODERATOR
Alfred Yip, Director, Intellectual Property Office of Singapore
Daniel Ryman, Director, Office of Patent Quality Assurance, USPTO
Georg Weber, Director, European Patent Office
Takehiro Takei, Director – Intellectual Property Rights, JETRO

This panel discussion will focus on the views of each patent office on transforming the IP regime. It will cover topics ranging from examination of ICT patents, business methods Patents, Patents in AI, other emerging technologies, patent filing growth and trends. It will also highlight digitization initiatives and other steps to deal with pendency, issues faced by examiners and procedures which add to the patent office’s workload, working statements and much more.

01:00 PM
Networking Lunch
02:00 PM
Plenary Session II – Artificial Intelligence, IP and Licensing

Lakshika Joshi, Global IP Head and Legal Leadership, Aricent Inc. – MODERATOR
Dr. S. K. Murthy, Patent Counsel, Intel India
Dr. Santosh Mohanty, Vice President of IP and Product Engineering, Tata Consultancy Services
Garima Sahney, Partner, Saikrishna & Associates
John Paul, Partner, Finnegan and LESI Board Member
Nikhil Narendran, Partner, Trilegal

This panel will discuss challenges and views in the area of IP and licensing as related to AI, its socio- economic impact, benefits and liabilities, ownership of IP for those building AI systems and AI created works/data. Besides these, the session will also focus on Infringement issues in the area of AI and ways to tackle them, training of AI systems, AI policy and regulations to deal with machine ethics. Technological advancement pitted against human ethics, cross-border licensing are some of the other topics.

03:00 PM
Session 3A: What does a Successful IP Licensing Group Look Like?

Patricia Bunye, Senior Partner, Cruz Marcelo & Tenefrancia and Past President, LESI – MODERATOR
Prof (Dr) Subhash Gupta, Pro Vice Chancellor, K.R. Mangalam University
Kaushik Gala, IP Manager, Tata Consultancy Services
Sukla Chandra, Managing Director India, GE Licensing And Technology Ventures
Tanvi Bhatia, Senior Manager – Rights Management, Pearson

This session will explore key factors that make an IP licensing group successful. Panellists will share the typical profile of an IP licensing team, and the IP models, tools, processes & systems for effective licensing. The impact of new technologies, outsourcing, and new business models on IP licensing will be discussed. The panel will also consider the nature of recent IP deals and their impact on IP licensing operations.

03:00 PM
Session 3B – Biotech and Drug Patents – Where are we going now?

Richa Pandey, Partner, Krishna & Saurastri – MODERATOR
Dr Ajay Sharma, Director- Policy, Organization of Pharmaceutical Producers of India
Dr. Archana Chugh, Associate Professor, Kusuma School of Biological Sciences, IIT Delhi
Prof. (Dr.) Rekha Chaturvedi, MHRD IPR Chair, University of Delhi
Dr. Usha Rao, Assistant Controller of Patents & Designs, Delhi Patent Office

Regulatory agencies have considered the need to publish a clear regulatory pathway outlining requirements to ensure comparable safety, efficacy and quality of a Similar Biologic to an authorized reference Biologic. This panel will discuss the developments made in the pharmaceutical industry on whether DCGI has made an error, where should the regulatory pathway lead, relevancy of rules made under Drugs & Cosmetics Act, 1940 and necessary elements for qualifying as a Biosimilar – comparative assessment, preclinical and clinical data package and market authorization.

04:00 PM
Networking Break
04:30 PM
Session 4A: Blockchain/Distributed Ledgers and IP Considerations

Hasit Seth, Advocate, Bombay High Court – MODERATOR
Arnab Das, VP, Global Business Development, IOT, Edge Innovations & Analytics, Aricent
Mayank Lau, Principal Consultant, DSCI
Subodh Kumar, IP Program Head, Tata Consultancy Services
Vishal Nigam, Chief Blockchain Evangelists, DIYblockchain

This panel will discuss the future of Blockchain technology and distributed ledgers, its models centred on decentralization and security, and related IP and licensing. Patterns/insights emerging from patents filed in this area (including cryptocurrencies), impact on data management, and contextualization for various industries will also be discussed.

04:30 PM
Session 4B: Start Ups, Innovation & IP

Ichiro Nakatomi, President & CEO of NanoCarrier and Past President of LES Japan – MODERATOR
Dr. Hemang Shah, IP Engineering (Innovation, Product and Business Strategy), Qualcomm
Narendra K. Sabharwal, Chair – IPR Committee, FICCI, Former Deputy Director General – WIPO, Former Convener Member – Think Tank on IP Policy, GOI
Ravi Bhola, Partner and Chair of Patents Practice, K&S Partners
Subramaniam Vutha, Past President, LES India

A panel discussion on nurturing and facilitating IP in start-ups. Some salient points that will be covered are Practical transformations needed in start-ups to create and use IP as business enhancer, how start-ups are getting IP mentorship and guidance and how venture capitalists evaluate and/or emphasize IP.

07:00 PM
Cultural Night & Gala Dinner

Please Note: All Sessions earmarked as A would be conducted in the DESIRE Hall and the ones earmarked as B would be conducted in the INSPIRE Hall.

08:00 AM
Delegate Registration and Welcome Refreshments
10:00 AM
Session 5A: Media and Copyright Licensing

Sanjay Mehra, Head of Multimedia and Partnerships, Asian News International (ANI) – MODERATOR
Dominic D’souza, VP – Legal, Hinduja Ventures
Lakshika Joshi, Global IP Head and Legal Leadership, Aricent Inc.
Monica Datta, Partner, Saikrishna & Associates
Raghavender G. R., Joint Secretary, Department of Justice, Ministry of Law and Justice, Government of India

This panel session will cover aspects related to copyrights for media and entertainment industry and impact of 2012 amendments on licensing scenarios, who drives the licensing terms – the creator or commerce, will we see an open source equivalent movement in the content industry? Is it the last call before death of cable television or will we see a new era of digital rising? Has the industry learnt any lessons from telecom downturn? Are we geared for the IPTV rising?

10:00 AM
Session 5B: Technology Transfer & IP Commercialization

Dr. Hemang Shah, IP Engineering (Innovation, Product and Business Strategy), Qualcomm – MODERATOR
Fiona Nicolson, Partner, Bristows and President Elect, LES International
Kaushik Gala, IP Manager, Tata Consultancy Services
Ningling Wang, Partner, Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP
Supreet S. Saini, Senior Associate, Houlihan Lokey

This panel session will focus on Technology Transfer and discuss best practices adopted by successful Technology Transfer Offices across the globe. The participants will share several criteria that determine the success of a tech transfer program including knowledge, information, resources and/or funding. The panel will explore how various parts of the open innovation ecosystem – academic, start-ups, corporates, incubators & accelerators, investors, government funding agencies, etc. – play an important role from IP creation to IP commercialization. Given the paucity of early- stage capital for IP-led projects/ventures, the panel will discuss innovative sources of funding such as crowdfunding, social venture capital, leveraged prizes/challenges, corporate sponsorships, etc.

11:00 AM
Session 6A: Business Plan Competition for Start-Ups Focus on IP being a Key Component of Business Strategy
11:00 AM
Networking Break
11:30 PM
Session 6B: IPR and Open Innovation

Ganapathy Narayanan, Lead – Corporate IP Governance, Tata Consultancy Services – MODERATOR
Dr. Kshitij Kumar Singh, Assistant Professor at Campus Law Centre, University of Delhi
Aahit Gaba, Senior Open Source Counsel, Hewlett Packard Enterprise
Ashish Gupta, Partner, Krishna & Saurastri
Subhankar Pal, Assistant Vice President, Innovation, Aricent

The panel will discuss the challenges and views on IPR implications as related to open innovation, open invention and open source software initiatives. How do IP protection, proprietary software and open source software go hand in hand to achieve a workable balance? What are the typical scenarios/issues that one encounters in IP licensing as pertaining to FOSS and what are the best practices to deal with the same? Are there any compliance models in place to ensure a successful IP strategy (involving Open Source software)? How does the open invention and co-innovation model work? How do non-aggression pledge and patent pools work and what are the related challenges?

12:30 PM
Session 7B: Data Protection & IPR – Is Data the New Oil?

Santanu Mukherjee, Advocate and Head, Ex Lege Chambers Advocates & Regulatory Policy Advisors – MODERATOR
Erick Robinson, Partner, Simone IP Services Asia
Vikas Yadav, VP IT Risk Management and CISO, Max Life Insurance
Srinjoy Banerjee, Founder, Excaliburancy
Rama Vedashree, CEO, DSCI

This panel will cover the following – What to do when you don’t know what to do? Data Protection vs. Data Exclusivity? Curation and collection of data; Big Data and Data analytics; Data science and ethics; Licensing data and analysis.

01:30 PM
Networking Lunch
02:30 PM
Session 8A: IPR and Competition Law

Pravin Anand, Managing Partner, Anand and Anand – MODERATOR
Dr. Heinz Goddar, Partner, Boehmert & Boehmert
Manoj Pandey, Adviser (Law), Competition Commission of India
Pratap Shanker, Founding Partner, Legal Consultus
Vladimir Biriulin, Partner, Gorodissky & Partners

With the digital/gig economy, IPR and Competition Law often arise as challenges. To mention a few, M&A (E.g. Dow-DuPont Merger and the Analysis of Impact of Innovation) to Agreements (Exclusivity, Tie-ins), Abuse of Dominance (E.g. Google CCI case). This panel will discuss aspects related to IPR and Competition Law – Patent Debate continues over enforcement i.e. SEP/FRAND, recent court cases, economic impact, international landscape, antitrust issues involving standards and national policies to help shape Innovation, IP and antitrust policies.

02:30 PM
Session 8B: Convergence of Plant Biotech Inventions and Plant Variety

Archana Shanker, Senior Partner at Anand and Anand – MODERATOR
Dr. K.C. Bansal, Senior Fellow & Area Convenor, Nano Biotechnology Centre, TERI
Dr. K.S. Kardam, Senior Joint Controller of Patents & Design, Indian Patent Office, New Delhi
Dr. Paresh Verma, CEO, Bioseed
Dr. Sunil Archak, Officer in charge Biotechnology (Plant Science) agriculture Knowledge Management Unit, ICAR-National Bureau of Plant Genetic Resource

Innovations centred on Plant Genetics have always been under fire for several reasons. The impact of the recent Delhi High Court order in the Monsanto case will be examined by this panel to see whether the order and other government policies will impact innovation in plant genetics and is a solution to deal with the agony of the farmers in India.

03:30 PM
Session 9A – Building Brands: Trademarks, Trade Names, Protecting Non-Conventional Marks and Trade Dress

Vishnumohan Rethinam, Partner, Remfry & Sagar – MODERATOR
Priya Rao, Partner and Head of Enforcement and Criminal Litigation, K&S Partners
Puja Tiwari, Senior Manager – Legal, IPR and International Business, Godfrey Phillips
Shilpi Jha, Officer-in-Charge, USPTO, Office of South Asia
Surup Ray Chaudhuri, Corporate Director – Legal, Taj Hotels Palaces Resorts Safaris

This panel discussion will focus on building brands through trademarks and service marks, trade-dress and non-conventional trademarks and how to protect them. It will also cover best practices for effective management of a trademark portfolio and its licensing aspects, things to watch out for and recent trends and technological overlaps.

04:30 PM
Valedictory Address & Announcement of BPC Winners
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Terms & Conditions

Participants are to adhere to the Terms and Conditions of the Business Plan Competition (BPC) as stated below. The Organizer reserves the right to amend the Terms and Conditions at any time without prior notification and without assuming any liability, and all Participants to this Competition.

Participants are to adhere to the Terms and Conditions of the Business Plan Competition (BPC) as stated below. The Organizer reserves the right to amend the Terms and Conditions at any time without prior notification and without assuming any liability, and all Participants to this Competition.

Non-Confidentiality: Given the nature of participation, the Organizer – LES India and includes reviewers, judges, attendees are under no obligation to keep the contents of the submission confidential and therefore, the participants should not consider that they receive rights on the confidentiality of the data/ information that is presented at the BPC.

Participation Eligibility

The participant must be a registered company in any jurisdiction where there is a LES society (for more details visit http// in the Asia Pacific Region, i.e. Australia & New Zealand (ANZ), China, Chinese Taipei, Hong Kong, India, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, and Thailand or a university research group. The annual revenues of the participant should not exceed $1.5Million (USD) and the total funding raised should be less than $1Million (USD). Intellectual Property must be an important aspect for the participant. At the minimum, the participant should have filed for at least one patent or registered trademark or is licensing key intellectual property components including know how and software. Only one entry per company will be accepted for consideration. All costs will be borne by the participant.

Submission Disqualifications

Submissions which are incomplete will be deemed void and disqualified from the competition. Submissions should be the original work of the Participants. Plagiarized submissions will be disqualified. The ownership and the Intellectual Property (IP) of the Business Plan remain with the Participants. The Organizer will not be responsible for any IP disputes.