Advisory Board


Gary J Speier

Registered U.S. Patent Attorney at Carlson Caspers

Gary has a strong technical and scientific background, as well as extensive, first hand experience in USPTO practice and procedure. For the past several years, Gary has devoted significant time to preparing opinions relating to pharmaceutical patents, and has prepared and served numerous Hatch Waxman “Paragraph IV” notice letters and detailed statements.

Professional Recognition

  • Gary provides counsel on a broad range of patent-related matters and regularly conducts pre-suit investigations, intellectual property valuations and IP due diligence.
  • Gary provides freedom-to-operate clearance reviews and opinions relating to infringement and validity, and develops patent procurement and patent prosecution strategies for domestic, international, and foreign jurisdictions.
  • Gary has a strong technical and scientific background, as well as extensive, firsthand experience in USPTO practice and procedure.
  • Gary has devoted significant time to preparing opinions relating to pharmaceutical patents, and has prepared and served numerous Hatch Waxman “Paragraph IV” notice letters and detailed statements.
  • Gary also has represented generic pharmaceutical companies in ANDA patent litigations

Professional Activities

  • Gary has done his M.Sc. Chemistry from Villanova University.
  • He has done his M.B.A., Finance from University of Massachusetts, Amherst and law from Temple University School of Law.
  • During law school, Gary worked as a law clerk in the patent group at SmithKline Beecham (now Glaxo SmithKline).
  • Gary has co-authored several peer-reviewed articles published in scientific journals and is a named inventor on several U.S. patents.
  • He has been an invited lecturer in the United States, Europe and Asia on various IP matters, including freedom to operate, Paragraph IV opinions and IP valuation.
  • He is also the owner and moderator of the Freedom to Operate (FTO) and IP Due Diligence discussion group on LinkedIn.
  • In 2004, he was named by Super Lawyers as a “Rising Star.”

Dr. Anindya Sircar

IP Expert

Innovative, profit oriented personnel with demonstrated success in setting up and streamlining all IP activities in multiple industry domains, achieving cost reductions and improving client satisfaction in customer-facing operations in large, diverse organizations. Expertise in IP acquisitions, management and implementation of complex corporate acquisition and successful organizational integration.

Professional Recognition

  • Dr. Anindya Sircar currently engaged in consulting, strategizing, teaching and training programs in the field of Intellectual Property management.
  • His last employment was as AVP and Head of IP with Infosys Limited and was responsible for IP activities of Infosys Limited and its subsidiaries.
  • Prior to this he had a long stint heading the IP Department Biocon Group – a premiere biotechnology company in Bangalore, India. He was instrumental in setting up the IP Department for the Biocon Group.

Professional Activities

  • Dr. Sircar is a registered Patent Agent, has a unique distinction of two Ph.D's – one is Science and the other in Law. During his long professional involvement in IP he had spearhead several acquisitions programs, both in and out licensing of IP.
  • He has figured in the Lex Witness’s Hall of Fame – Top 50 as a prominent player in the India’s legal sector in 2010.
  • He takes active participation in patent awareness programs and other programs involving search techniques for patent and commercial information.
  • He is also in the Editorial board of several IP Journals and Magazines.
  • Additionally, Dr. Sircar is a Visiting Faculty on IP with several Law school and Universities.

Amitabh Anand

Assistant Professor at SKEMA Business School

Amitabh Anand, is an experienced professional in the field of academics, corporate relations, & tutoring. He is into research on knowledge management, uncertainty, knowledge sharing, generosity & humility.

Professional Recognition

  • Amitabh has a rich experience in training students with latest concepts on emerging management/business themes, and also trains students on building confidence, improving personality soft skills, providing relevant career sources, etc.
  • He also has multicultural experience of working in Europe & South Asia with excellent communication in English with working knowledge of French. Strategically well connected & networked across globe for research by active participation in forums, webinars, events, conference etc.
  • Amitabh has been affiliated to many colleges and universities few of them include IAME B-School, Bangalore; Australia's Southern Cross University; NEOMA Business School, France and SKEMA Business School, France

Professional Activities

  • Amitabh has completed his graduation from Vishweshwaraiah Technological University; M.B.A from Stockholm University School of Business and Ph.D from SKEMA Business School, France
  • He is also the author to the article "Should Knowledge be Shared Generously: Tracing Insights from Past to Present by Describing a Model"
  • Amitabh has also been on the advisory board of Info-bridge Information Consultants; Expert Membe of the Indo European Chamber of Commerce and Industry andEvaluator, EU-COST Project Proposals, Brussels - Belgium

Mr Raghu Ram V

Co Founder at Merald Technologies Pvt Ltd

Raghu Ram specializes in IP commercialization, Technology Transfer and R&D Management. He has over 20 years experience in commercializing intellectual assets and creating value, by transforming intangible intellectual assets into tangible cash flows.

Professional Recognition

  • Raghu Ram worked as Head, Regional Office, National Research Development Corporation at Bangalore. In this role he is responsible for strategic advice on a range of commercialization approaches, as appropriate, from IP rights assertion to technology licensing and enablement to spinouts, new venture formation and new market building activities.

Professional Activities

  • Raghu Ram has wide experience in evaluating and understanding a variety of Intellectual Property assets (patents & technologies) in a business context. He has hands-on-experience in executing turnkey projects globally and be responsible to revenue focused licensing project needs.
  • Raghu Ram presently consults many Corporates, Academic and Research Institutions on issues relating to IP Management,IP Audit’s and Technology Commercialization.

Dr. Anant Koppar

Founder Chairman
KTwo Technologies

Dr. Anant Koppar with around 30 years of industry experience is a Serial Entrepreneur. Koppar currently is the founder Chairman of KTwo Technology Solutions, a company focused on innovative health care products and solutions.

Professional Recognition

  • He was the Founder President of Kshema Technologies, one of India’s first venture capital funded software services companies.
  • He worked as the President of the Technologies Division of MphasiS BFL Limited post the acquisition of Kshema by MphasiS.
  • Chamber of Commerce in the year 2000 and was also recognized as “Entrepreneur Extraordinaire” at the Asian Conference for Young Entrepreneurs in 1999.

Professional Activities

  • A certified “Project Management Professional” by PMI, Anant Koppar was the first CEO in India to get this certification.
  • With a Masters Degree in Computer Engineering from IIT Kharagpur, he started his career in Wipro.
  • Anant who has a doctorate degree from Mysore University was awarded the prestigious Karnataka Rajyotsava Award 2008
  • He was also recognized as the “Entrepreneur of the District” by the Gadag District.

Dr S Rama Murthy

Centre for Emerging Technologies, Jain University, Bangalore

Dr. S. Rama Murthy is a Professor at Centre for Emerging Technologies, Jain University, Bangalore since year 2009. He is a Member of the panel of Scientific Advisor of Indian Patent Office. He is a Visiting Professor to Indian Institute of Science to teach IPR courses. Dr Murthy was a Patent Specialist at a US legal firm M/s. Intellevate from 2003 to 2009.

Professional Recognition

  • He has served as a Research Scientist from 1973-2003 at National Aerospace Laboratories.
  • He is an inventor of Foil Air bearings, holding 2 Indian patents and 3 foreign patents, along with many publications. .

Professional Activities

  • Dr. Murthy holds a Degree of Science, Degree of Mechanical Engineering, Masters Degree in Machine Design (First Rank) and PhD (IIT, Chennai).
  • He was trained on IPR at Business Management School, Manchester, UK, WIPO and M/s. SLW, USA.

Dr Mannan Bakthavathsalu

Senior Technologist

Dr Mannan Bakthavathsalu is a Senior Technologist with a total experience of 11 years in Intellectual Property specializations. He was a Group Manager, Intellectual Property (IP) Analysts Group in Philips Intellectual Property and Standards (IP & S). His responsibility included training and capability development of the IP Analysts and delivering high quality patentability searches, evaluation searches and invalidation searches for the entire prior art requirements of worldwide teams of Philips Researchers and IP professionals.

Professional Recognition

  • He was trained by the Institution of Patent Information Specialists at The Netherlands in novelty searching and patent landscaping.
  • He was also trained in European patent law and patent drafting. Dr Mannan served for 22 years in prestigious Govt. of India organizations such as Indian Air Force, Department of Space and Defence Research and Development Organisation and Ministry of Defence.
  • He has also served for Digital Global Soft and GE-John F Welch Technology Centre.

Professional Activities

  • Dr Mannan obtained his BE from Government College of Technology, Coimbatore.
  • He has obtained M.Tech and Ph. D. from Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur.
Mohammed Talib

Mohammed Talib

Associate Vice President, Mphasis Limited

Talib specializes is responsible for all the Intellectual Property initiatives within the organization, which includes identification, protection and commercialization of the IP portfolio.

Professional Recognition

  • Talib has an extensive experience in the corporate role and has led inorganic growth for companies.
  • He has worked on multiple strategic transactions equivalent to USD 2.0 Bn including cross border acquisitions, technology licensing & partnerships, joint ventures and fund raising
  • He also has hands-on experience on valuation models and good understanding of various business models

Professional Activities

  • Talib is a qualified Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA), Financial Risk Manager from GARP
  • He also holds an MBA in Marketing