Vinod Khurana (Senior Partner and Trademark Attorney)
Vinod is a Senior Partner at IIPRD and Khurana & Khurana, 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 also specializes in all aspects of Trade Mark Law with focus on Trade Mark Litigation. Vinod represents top Indian and International Corporate Houses for Licensing their Technologies and other Intellectual Properties. Vinod 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 an 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. Vinod is also a member of International Trademark Association (INTA). 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.
Tarun Khurana (Partner and Patent Attorney in Software/Electronics/Mechanical Group)
Tarun has over 14 years of 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, Telecommunication, Electronics and Mechanical subject matters. He has, apart from handling IP Matters over 3000 Indian and International Clients including Huawei, Xiaomi, Google, Emerson, ABB, L&T, Cadence, Daimler, SABIC, Tejas Networks, 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 Bachelors in Computers from Pune University, Masters in Software Systems from BITS Pilani, Bachelors of Law from CCS University, an MBA from the prestigious IIM Lucknow, and is in pursuit of a PhD. He also has certifications from IIT Delhi, WIPO, Asian School of Cyber Laws, Indian Law Institute, and International Software Testing Board among others and has been a speaker at numerous Institutes and Corporates. Tarun is also a member of APAA, AIPLA, NASSCOM, INTA, AIPPI, and LES.
Meenakshi Khurana (Partner and Patent Attorney - Pharmaceutical Practice Group)
Meenakshi is a Partner and Patent Attorney at Khurana & Khurana and IIPRD with over 13 years of experience in patents. She engages herself in patent application preparation, prosecution, patent infringement and validity opinion practice, FTO, 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 Panacea Biotech Ltd. in its New 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 Punjab University. She holds one year Post Graduate Diploma in Patents Law from NALSAR University and a couple of IP certifications from WIPO. She is also a holder of a degree of Bachelor of Laws. Meenakshi is a member of APAA and ABLE.
Abhishek Pandurangi (Partner and Patent Attorney - Chemical Practice Group)
Abhishek is a Partner and 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 ICS, Thane of India & MSME Institute, 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 and a practicing lawyer and a registered patent agent.
Mita Sheikh (Principal Patent Associate - Pharmaceutical-Life Sciences Practice Group)
Mita is a Principal Patent Associate at Khurana & Khurana. She has over 25 years of experience in patent matters relating to technologies in the field of chemistry and pharmaceuticals. She has expertise in all kind of patent searches, patent drafting and patent portfolio management. She has worked at in-house Patent cells of pharmaceutical companies including Reliance Life Sciences, Dr. Reddys, Ajanta Pharma, Themis, and Excel Industries. Mita also worked as a Senior Patent Associate with Krishna and Saurastri and has been actively involved in client counselling, preparing patent specification, undertaking hearing and prosecution mandates, and rendering various Patent infringement and other opinions in the field of organic chemistry, API molecules, Drug Formulations and Finished dosage forms. Prior to entering the patent field, Mita gained hands-on technical experience in synthesizing and developing various organic chemicals and pharmaceutical ingredients in the laboratory of above-mentioned companies. Mita did her Bsc in Chemistry from Mumbai University, BSc. In Botany from Mumbai University, and Masters in Plant Physiology from Mumbai University. She is a certified patent agent with Indian Patent Office and also holds PG diploma in patents law from NALSAR University of Law, Hyderabad.
Rajesh Jain (Director - Patents)
Rajesh is Director at Khurana & Khurana and IIPRD. He is a graduate in mechanical engineering from IIT Kanpur with 40 years of experience of working in Indian Ordnance Factories, wherein, his job responsibilities involved 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 automobiles, bullet proof vehicles, small arms, battle tanks and infantry combat vehicles-including their engines, transmission, armour and armament, vision devices-passive as well as thermal, laser range finders, etc. Currently, at K&K, Rajesh focuses on handling Patentability, Patent invalidation, FTO studies and analyses, technology/patent landscape analysis, drafting patent applications, due diligence studies and preparing responses to office actions for a number of clients in Engineering, Automotive and allied industries.
Hardeep Sodhi (Assistant Director - Patents)
Hardeep 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 Air-conditioning, Pumping systems, Automotive technologies, Building Automation Systems, Office Automation and Information Technology in Corporates both in India and abroad. Currently focuses on patent drafting, patent searches, legal opinions on patent infringement and invalidation and patent commercialization.
Lalit Suryavansi (Principal Associate - Electronics/Telecom/Software Practice Group)
Lalit is designated as Principal Associate at K&K/IIPRD. He is registered with the Indian Patent Office as a Patent Agent [Reg No. IN/PA-2425], and his credentials include Masters in Telecom Technology, Bachelors in Electronics and Communications Engineering, and Bachelors of Law(LL.B). He has got broad experience of handling IP assignments such as e.g., Patent Application Drafting, Patent Prosecution/FER Response Drafting, Prior Art Search especially Invalidation Searches, Infringement Analysis/Evidence of Use/Claim Chart preparation, IP Due-Diligence, Patent Portfolio Management, Technology Landscaping, and Freedom to Operate(FTO) among others. He takes keen interests in handling IP assignments for advanced technologies including Robotics, Nanotechnology, Cloud Computing, Communications, Semiconductors, Medical Electronics, Electro-Mechanical Systems to name a few. On the management front, he oversees/mentors a team of associates for the swift delivery of projects at hand. Further, he likes to coordinate with Inventors/Clients to understand their IP requirements and makes sure that the clients’ expectations are fulfilled to the utmost level of quality within the stipulated timeframe.
Antony David (Principal Associate - Pharmaceutical-Life Sciences Practice Group)
Antony is a Principal Associate at Khurana & Khurana. He has over 10 years of experience in patent matters relating to technologies in the field of chemistry and pharmaceuticals. He has expertise in all kind of patent searches, patent drafting, prosecution, opposition and patent portfolio management. He has worked at inhouse 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.
Swapnil Sanap (Principal Associate - Software/Electronics/Mechanical Group)
Swapnil is Principal Associate at Khurana & Khurana. 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, and has over 7+ years of experience in IPR domain. Swapnil has worked for US and Indian clients for patent research, patent drafting, patent filing, office actions etc. He has worked in domains like Electronics, Semiconductor, Telecommunication, Mechanical, Software, Instrumentation, Automobile and Electrical for patent research and drafting projects. His primary responsibilities in the firm includes patent drafting, office action response drafting, prior art searches, Infringement Analysis, clearance searches, and on projects relating to sophisticated technologies ranging from electronics, computer sciences, IT, electronics and telecommunication, mechanical, biomedical devices, and business method domain. Swapnil is currently focused on product conceptualization, getting early adopters and client acquisition, Business development, building team, creating business systems / business processes, running business at best possible profitability and operations activities at Khurana and Khurana.
Suresh Bahadur (Senior Associate - Pharmaceutical-Life Sciences Practice Group)
Suresh 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 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, 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 prosecution projects at IIPRD and Khurana and Khurana.
Tapan Shah (Principal Associate - Pharmaceutical-Life Sciences Practice Group)
With ~6 years of experience in providing specialized services in patents and related intellectual property rights, Tapan holds expertise in the technical domains of Organic Chemistry, Medicinal Chemistry, Pharmaceuticals, Biotechnological products 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 and sequence searches on STN databases 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.
Ankur Sehgal (Senior Associate - Licensing)
Ankur is a Senior Patent Associate at IIPRD and K&K. Ankur brings over 5 years of experience in Patent Searching, Preparation, Due-Diligence, Portfolio Management, Patent Drafting, Portfolio Analysis, Landscape Studies, and Patent Illustration experience. He handles projects involving Novelty/Patentability Studies, Freedom-to-Operate Searches, Validity/Invalidity Searches, Patent Drafting relating to Mechanical, Automotive, Sensors, Telecom, and Defence Related Technologies/Domains. He holds a Bachelor of Engineering in Industrial Engineering and Management from RV College of Engineering, VTU and a Bachelor of Laws from CCS University. Ankur is actively involved in Business Development at IIPRD where he handles multiple key accounts at the firm. He has also worked on multiple in licensing and out licensing mandates at IIPRD with universities, start up’s, individual inventors and corporates.
KC Jayaprakash (Patent Consultant - Pharmaceutical-Life Sciences Practice Group)
Mr. Jayaprakash has an experience of over 37 years in the Chemical and Pharmaceutical domain. Mr. Jayaprakash has worked as the Deputy General Manager of Indian Oil Corporation for over 30 years in R&D and has been preparing patent applications and response to office actions for over a decade now especially in the organic and polymer chemistry and catalyst/lubricating oil compositions. Mr. Jayaprakash has a Masters (M.Sc) in Chemistry and has focused on extensive research in the areas of Hydrocarbon processing and Lubrication Technology. Mr. Jayaprakash heads the Chemical group of Khurana & Khurana and involves primarily in drafting, filing, prosecution of patent applications, and in conducting infringement analysis and invalidation searches.
Mohinder Vig (Partner and Head - Trademark Prosecution)
Mr. Vig is a Partner and Senior Trade Mark Attorney with over 30 years of experience. Mr. Vig specializes in all aspects of Trade Mark Law with focus on Clearance Searches, Opinions, and Prosecuting TM Applications. Mr. Vig has worked with more than 2000 Corporates in India and represented them for Litigation and Opposition cases across TM Offices. As a Senior Trade Mark Attorney at the firm, Mr. Vig receives and handles all new Client Requests and assists them in strategizing their IP Protection for maximum enforceability. Mr. Vig has worked extensively on matters relating to global trademark portfolio management, global brand protection, Intellectual Property enforcement and anti-counterfeiting matters. Mr. Vig also works with Attorneys that form part of the Worldwide Associate Network of the firm for prosecuting TM Applications for Indian clients overseas. Mr. Vig drafts all responses to office actions and also consults Foreign Attorneys on Trade Mark issues. Mr. Vig has a B.Com from Delhi University followed by a LLB from Delhi University and practices Litigation at the Bar Council of Delhi.
Dr. S B Mehta (Sr. Consultant - Biomedical-Life Sciences Practice Group)
Shashi is a Sr. Patent Associate at IIPRD and Khurana & Khurana dealing with patent matters related to Biomedical/Life Sciences domain. He handle projects involving Novelty/Patentability Studies, Freedom-toOperate Searches, Validity/Invalidity Searches, IP Valuation and Technology Licensing & Commercialization for both Indian and Global sectors. He also focuses on drafting patent specifications in the domain of basic techniques including biophysical/biochemical techniques, biomedical instrumentation, chromatin biology skills, biomedical genetics and Immunological techniques. Shashi holds Ph.D. from Delhi College of Engineering/I.I.T Delhi, University of Delhi and Masters in Engineering (Electronics & Communication) from Delhi College of Engineering. Shashi has got diverse experience in working with academicians, bureaucrats, in-house councils, R&D engineers and entrepreneurs like Philips Corporate Technology (NL), General Electric, (Corporate R&D) JFWTC, NMR Research Center Institute of Nuclear Medicine and Allied Sciences (INMAS) and Defence Research and Development Organization DRDO). He has also served as on panel Scientific Adviser to Controller General of Patents Designs and Trademarks (India), Consultant at “Rajiv Gandhi Cancer Institute & Research Centre” for Biomedical technologist research projects. He has also contributed to more than 50 scientific contributions/publications in National and International Journals.
Varun Khurana (Head - Valuation Group)
Varun heads the IP Valuation Team and has over 15 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 250 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.
Dr. Prafulla Chandra (Sr. Client Executive - US)
Dr. Prafulla 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.
Parvez Kudrolli (Senior Associate - Software/Electronics Practice Group)
Parvez Kudrolli 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.
Julio C. Cassels
Julio C. Cassels, a results-driven B2B and B2C marketing and business strategy professional with comprehensive analytical skills in finance, statistics, business processes re-engineering and software platforms. Having worked for world-class law practices, IP & patent law defense consultants, globally branded professional management consulting and professional advisory companies in New York City, Washington DC and now Miami, he recently led economic development and procurement services for the US Department of Commerce. An avid participant in the South Florida start-up ecosystem and tech community, he led business development initiatives for early stage companies and organizations that promote the development of Miami as a tech and innovation hub. He has built a network among business development, tech and start-up leadership circles in Miami and South Florida, including eMerge Americas (an international tech conference) and notable organizations that foster greater tech and entrepreneurial advancement in Florida’s burgeoning economy (The LAB Miami, Beacon Council, Enterprise Florida, Miami Downtown Development Authority). His business experience spans from a range of industries and corporate sizes right from start – ups to large multinationals: Accenture (Strategy Practice), Capgemini, White & Case LLP (an elite Wall St. law firm), Ford Motor Co., Lucent Technologies, Standard & Poor’s, NY-based software developers (Flatiron Apps/a taxi app called “Zab Cab”), and video platform companies and tech start-ups based in Miami’s Wynwood and Brickell business and art districts.
Mr. Dhakshina Moorthy C (Principal Associate - Pharmaceutical-Life Sciences Practice Group)
Dhakshina is a Principal Associate at Khurana & Khurana and IIPRD. He has over 10 years of experience in patent matters and handles patent drafting and prosecution relating to technologies in the field of chemistry, polymer, specialty chemicals, agrochemicals, personal and health care, material science, biochemistry, pharmaceuticals and bio-pharmaceuticals. He has expertise in all kind of patent searches, patent drafting, prosecution of patent applications worldwide, patentability and FTO opinions, patent due diligence and patent portfolio management. He has worked at in-house Patent cells of leading pharmaceutical companies including Orchid Pharma, Piramal and Suven Life Sciences Ltd. Prior to entering the patent field, Dhakshina gained hands-on technical experience in process research and development for active pharmaceutical ingredients and intermediates in the laboratory of Orchid Pharma. He has patent publications as an inventor and also presented poster to his credit at ACS conferences, Philadelphia. Dhakshina did his Masters in chemistry from University of Madras. He is a certified patent agent with Indian Patent Office and also holds PG diploma in patents law from NALSAR University of Law, Hyderabad.
Pradip Kumar Roy (Principal Associate - Pharmaceutical-Life Sciences Practice Group)
Mr. Pradip Kumar Roy is a Principal Associate at Khurana & Khurana and IIPRD. He has around nine years of experience in patent matters relating to technologies in the field of chemistry and pharmaceuticals. He has expertise in all kind of patent searches, patent drafting, patentability and FTO opinions, patent due diligence and Pharmaceutical product portfolio management. He has worked in a senior position in the Global IP Department of Teva Pharmaceutical Industries, world’s largest generic pharmaceutical Company. Before entering the field of IP, Pradip gained considerable experience in the synthesis of organic molecules as a Research Fellow at a CSIR Laboratory. Pradip did his Masters in chemistry from IIT Kharagpur, and also earned his LL.B. (specializing in IP) from the Law School of the same Institute (IIT Kharagpur). He is also a Registered Patent Agent with Indian Patent Office.
Bhavya Goyal (Principal Associate – Litigation)
Bhavya is an IP Attorney at Delhi(NCR) office of Khurana & Khurana, Advocates and IP Attorneys with 4 years of experience. He specializes in Intellectual Property Law, Corporate Advisory and Litigation. Besides having an extensive experience of handling prosecution for more than 4000 trademark applications, he has advised and successfully represented numerous clients ranging from Start-ups to Fortune 500 companies in contentious litigations before various courts in India. He is a member of the Delhi High Court Bar Association. His education includes a Biotech Engineering degree from Amity University, an advanced course on Biotechnology and Intellectual Property from WIPO, a Post Graduate Diploma in Patent Laws from NALSAR and a Law degree from the prestigious Faculty of Law, Delhi University.