A diverse group of industry, academic and government experts gathered to share their views on the prospects of the innovative environment in India in the wake of the National IPR Policy. The panellists highlighted the ability of strong IP protections to drive innovation and the need for an action-oriented approach towards the policy.
Ms. Meenu Chandra, Chair – AmCham IPR Committee and Senior Attorney, Corporate Legal and External Affairs, Microsoft, gave the opening remarks which were followed with the keynote address by Mr. Rajiv Aggarwal, Joint Secretary, DIPP, Government of India.
There were two panel discussions. Panellists in the first session shared their views on the hits and misses from the National IPR policy. The panel was moderated by Ms. Kalpana Reddy, Senior Director, GIPC and other panellists included Ms. Lohita Sujith, Director – Corporate Communications, MPAA, Ms. Sheetal Chopra, India Lead – IPR Policy, Ericsson India Ltd., Mr. BK Sahu, Deputy Manager – IPR, National Research Development Corporation (NRDC), Ministry of Science and Technology, Government of India and Mr. Narendra Sabharwal, Chair, FICCI – IPR Committee, Ex. Convener Member, IPR Policy Think Tank, GOI, Former Deputy Director General, World Intellectual Property Organization.
In the second session, panellists shared their views on the effective implementation for a synchronisation between practice and policy. The session was moderated by Ms. Sanjit Kaur Batra, Co-Chair – AmCham IPR Committee and Legal Head – South Asia, E.I DuPont and the other panellists included Ms. Archana Shankar, Partner, Anand & Anand, Mr. Pulak Bagchi, SVP, Star India Pvt. Ltd., Ms. Komal Kalha, Senior Counsel, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), and Dr. Brij Uberoi, CEO, CropLife.
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