Brand Strategy India 2020 will bring together contributions from some of the foremost thought leaders from the jurisdiction. For information about speaking and participation options, please contact Rebecca Learoyd at Rebecca.Learoyd@LBResearch.com 

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Suni Augustine
Head, Legal
Hotel Leelaventure
A legal professional with 20 years’ experience in the legal arena, Suni Augustine holds an LLM in intellectual property rights and a PhD on trademarks. He started his career as an advocate handling IPR cases and trademark registrations, and he worked as an examiner of trademarks at the Trademarks Registry in Mumbai. He completed his PhD on “Well Known Trademarks” at Mumbai University in 2007. Dr Augustine began working in the corporate sphere in 2004 and has worked in various sectors including the steel manufacturing, pharmaceuticals, MNCs, business process outsourcing, telecommunications, media and entertainment, wind power, aviation, hospitality and real estate sectors. His experience includes coining of new trademarks, trademark acquisitions, mergers and acquisitions, and trademark assignments worldwide. Dr Augustine has filed several trademark applications for various corporates in-house and has been actively involved in IPR strategisation at his present and past companies. He also has experience of IPR litigations, including complex issues related to technology transfers in JV arrangements, etc.
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Suvajit Chakraborty
Corporate Counsel, India and South Asia
Suvajit Chakraborty is currently working as the Corporate Counsel and Head of Legal for PerkinElmer, the Indian subsidiary of an American global corporation focused in the areas of diagnostics, life science research, food, environmental regulation and industrial testing to make the world a better place. Previously, Mr Chakraborty worked in the pharmaceutical sector with Cipla Limited/Cipla Health Limited and media sector with STAR TV and the Times Group looking after diverse legal and regulatory issues. Mr Chakraborty completed his dual degree of law and management at Symbiosis Law School, Pune, scoring a first class with distinction. In 2011, he was awarded the prestigious Liberal Arts Fellowship on a full scholarship by the Young India Fellowship in association with the University of Pennsylvania.
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Dominic Dsouza
Head, Strategy, Legal & Regulatory
Skystar Entertainment
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Ashish Gupta
Head – Legal & Company Secretary
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Bharadwaj Jaishankar
IP Counsel, Asia
Bharadwaj is the IP Counsel-APAC at Diageo. He has been practicing as an attorney, in the field of IP for the last more than 11 years, with his areas of specialization being trade marks, copyrights, designs and geographical indications. Before joining Diageo last year, Bharadwaj worked with leading IP firms in Delhi. He has a deep knowledge and understanding of various contentious and non-contentious aspects of IP law including devising strategies for IP adoption, protection, enforcement and commercialization. In his current role at Diageo, Bharadwaj, and his team, work to protect and enforce Diageo’s IP assets across APAC. In addition, he also supports IP commercialization activations, as well as supporting on innovation projects. Bharadwaj is also an active member of INTA, and is a member of the Brands and Innovation Committee, having served past terms with other INTA Committees.

Outside of work, Bharadwaj is an avid Ultimate Frisbee player, and is learning to play the trumpet.
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Shilpa Joshi
Deputy General Manager, Legal (IPR)
Mahindra & Mahindra
Shilpa Joshi is Deputy General Manager of Legal at Mahindra, with a focus on IP, dispute resolution and general commercial documentation.
After graduating, Ms Joshi worked at Mahindra & Mahindra’s legal department, focusing on IPR, consumer protection and criminal matters. She then entered private practice at Manilal Kher Ambalal & Co, where she represented corporates in contractual, civil, debt recovery and intellectual property related disputes.

In 2012 she rejoined M&M to develop an in-house IP team to focus on all IPR related matters across the Mahindra Group. She currently leads the IP vertical within the Group Legal Department (IP Team). She has shaped the function to offer a one-stop shop for all IP matters ranging from registration to litigation to IP provisions in M&A agreements and other advisory matters. She has undertaken digitisation efforts for efficient management of over 3,000 trademark portfolio matters and several litigation matters. She was instrumental in listing the Mahindra and M&M well-known marks with the Indian Trademark Registry.

Ms Joshi graduated with a BLS/LLB integrated degree from ILS Law College, Pune. She has also completed a diploma in intellectual property rights and cyber law, and a diploma in corporate law, and she completed WIPO’s online certificate course on intellectual property laws.

A frequent speaker at international conferences, including INTA and ACCA events, Ms Joshi is also actively involved in Mahindra’s Early Leaders and Women Leaders Program.
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GM, Group Head of Litigation
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JLN Murthy
Former General Counsel
Red Bull
JLN Murthy is an international arbitrator.

Mr Murthy is a former general counsel with 20 years’ experience. Currently an independent director with a legal focus with multinational corporations in India and abroad, he is a highly accomplished and seasoned legal professional with a wide range of experience on corporate and judicial trainings in ADR. He has handled several arbitration matters both domestic and international.

Mr Murthy is a panel arbitrator, mediator and conciliator for SIAC, HKIAC, KLRC, ICC, ICADR, NAC and WIPO. He has participated in training more than 1,200 judges, 3000 advocates and others in arbitration, conciliation and mediation. On the corporate side, he has conducted corporate training for over 40 companies on ADR (arbitration, mediation, conciliation), IPR, cyber law, taxation, criminal law, contracts and agreements, commercial law, employment law, labour law, competition law, etc.
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Ganesh Naidu
General Counsel
Metro Brands
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Ranjan Narula
Managing Partner
RNA, Technology and IP Attorneys
Ranjan Narula founded the specialist IP law firm, RNA, in 2004, and is now its Managing Partner. He has twenty nine years’ post-qualification experience working on contentious and non-contentious IP and technology issues. Mr Narula has been practising as an advocate and patent attorney since 1991 handling a wide range of IP, IT and technology matters including IP management issues, strategic advice on IP clearance, acquisition and enforcement. He has worked in-house and in private practice including a stint with an international IP practice heading its India operations. In 2019, Mr Narula was invited to join the INTA board of directors.

Mr Narula has been ranked as a leading IP practitioner by various publications including WTR 1000, IP Stars (Managing IP), WIPR Leaders, Who’s Who Legal, Asia IP Experts and others. He is regularly invited to speak by universities and chambers of commerce on IP issues. He has authored several articles and papers on key IP issues that are published by IP magazines and blogs such as IAM, World Trademark Review, Bloomberg, Lexology, IPKat, etc.
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Debolina Partap
General Counsel
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Siddhartha Patnaik
Lead Counsel, Group Corporate Legal & Overseas Litigation
Essar Group
Mr. Siddhartha Patnaik is the Lead Counsel, Group Corporate Legal& Overseas Litigation in Essar Conglomerate in India. Mr. Patnaik is having an overall experience of around 19 years as a practicing advocate in Supreme Court of India, various High Court, Tribunals, Law Firms, and also have the experience of being an In-house Counsel in various Indian & Multi- National Companies like Etisalat Telecom, Vodafone India & Reliance Power etc.

Mr. Patnaik has been a Corporate Generalist Attorney with substantial experience on providing preemptive legal support to the business by keeping focus on pre-defined procedures in the areas of contract management, litigation, corporate laws, domestic & international commercial arbitration, including various regulatory issues and legal compliance etc.

Mr. Patnaik also has the experience in successful Litigation Dispute Management and handling high stake litigation's in South Asian Countries while formulating appropriate legal strategy in consultation with the business team to avoid exposures in issues relating to white collar crime, Governance , Risk & Compliance, financial, legal, environmental & product and personal liability matters.
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Jitendra Kumar Sharma
Unit Manager Legal IPR
Jitendra Kumar Sharma is an IP attorney with around 11 years of legal experience in procuring, maintaining and protecting intellectual assets for diverse companies and organisations. An expert in online brand protection including internet policing for trademark and copyright infringement and domain name disputes, recovery actions and enforcement, he is also an expert in identifying and analysing legal issues in a fast-paced and rapidly changing business environment, both online and offline, and on various social media platforms. He has experience removing content from social network sites which infringe trademarks and copyright.

Currently Mr Sharma is working with MetLife and is responsible for its online brand protection, including internet policing of MetLife’s brands on all social media platforms, and domain name disputes, recovery actions and enforcement. He works closely with the global brand and marketing team and assists in defining strategies for the world wide web and on all social media platforms.

Mr Sharma has conducted various training sessions for businesspeople and academics on brand awareness and has conducted several faculty development programmes in several universities and colleges in India.
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Kamal Sharma
Brand Protection Manager and Legal Counsel
Procter & Gamble – Indian Subcontinent
Kamal Sharma is the Brand Protection Manager for P&G Indian Subcontinent and the Brand Protection Legal Counsel for P&G IMEA. He is responsible for designing and implementing the company’s strategy to fight counterfeiting and protect P&G’s product portfolio across the Indian subcontinent. Kamal has over 13 years of experience dealing with critical IPR related issues and conflicts that are detrimental to the business and kicking off enforcement proceedings against IPR infringement and counterfeiting. Before working at P&G, Kamal has worked with a Tier 1 IP law firm advising and counselling clients across industries like FMCG, automobiles and healthcare, on litigations involving trademarks, copyrights and designs. Kamal is a strong advocate of protecting retailers and consumers from counterfeiters and counterfeit products and has been leading these discussions across various committees and forums.
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Harshitha Thammaiah
General Counsel
Harshitha Thammaiah is the General Counsel of Xiaomi India. With over 14 years of extensive experience in advising on corporate, technology and IP matters, Ms Thammaiah set up Xiaomi’s legal and compliance team in India. Prior to this, Harshitha spent over a decade at top-tier law firms advising large multinationals and start-ups on general corporate and technology matters including mergers and acquisitions, private equity and venture capital, entry strategy, intellectual property, data protection and the viability of new technology business models.

Ms Thammaiah has advised on IP due diligence in cross-border mergers and acquisitions, regulatory issues relating to transfer of intellectual property, escrow arrangement, open source issues, IP filings and registrations, disputes and enforcement strategy. At Xiaomi, Harshitha regularly advises the business on IP filing and portfolio management, IP enforcement and prosecution, IP litigation matters and on brand protection and anti-counterfeiting strategy and its implementation.
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Harshitha Vasanth
Manager, Legal, IP
Garg Vyas
Manager, Legal (Head IPR)
Bajaj Electricals