Dr. Gopakumar G. Nair – Chairman
Dr. Nair has been actively participating in WTO based negotiations commencing from Uruguay Round. He has interacted on behalf of Industry Associations and Export Promotion Council with Dr. Arthur Dunkel (Dunkel Draft) and US Trade representatives during 1990-1995. Dr. Nair has also contributed actively to the Patent Act Amendments consequent to India signing WTO-TRIPs Agreement.
In the field of Intellectual Properties, Dr.Nair was the Dean of Institute of Intellectual Property Studies (IIPS) at Hyderabad, India. Presently he heads his own IP boutique firm, Gopakumar Nair Associates and is also CEO of Patent Gurukul, reputed and well-known training centre for Patents. He is Hon. Chairman of Gnanlex Hermeneutics Pvt. Ltd., a well-known LPO/KPO. Dr. Nair is a registered Patent & Trademark Agent and also Scientific Adviser to the Patent Office under Rule 103 of the Patents Rules, 2003. Dr. Nair is a Ph.D from National Chemical Laboratory (NCL), Pune and has Diploma in Management & Patent Law.
Dr. Nair is also a Law (LL.B) graduate from Mumbai University. He is IPR Committee Chairman of Indian Drug Manufacturers’ Association (IDMA). Dr. Nair has many articles and publications to his credit, including valid granted Indian patent, as an Inventor.
40 years in Pharma Industry as Director, Managing Director & Chairman of various public limited pharma companies, Dr.Nair has also served Industry Associations for more than 35 years in various capacities, latest as President of Indian Drug Manufacturers’ Association (IDMA), during 1999-2000. Dr. Nair is also Editor and Editorial Board Member of various publications and journals, relating to pharma, biotech and chemicals, including IDMA Bulletin and INDIAN DRUGS.
Dr. P. Aruna Sree – Vice-Chairman
Pursued bachelors in Law, having specialization in Intellectual Property Rights; Registered patent agent; Registered Trademark agent, a Member of Bar Council of Maharashtra and Goa, holds doctorate in organic Chemistry. Hands on experience of over 15 years in handling the clients related to Pharma, API, biotech companies in the area of intellectual property such as patents and trademarks. Specific experience includes Literature Search; Patentability Assessments; Drafting the Patent Specification; Indian and PCT Filing; Prosecutions and other related activities; Analysis of International Search Reports/Responding to International Search Reports & Office Actions from various Patent Offices and interacting with various Overseas Attorneys in relation to Prosecutions; Validity/Invalidity search and analysis of Patents/Publications to provide FTO/Patent Non Infringement Opinions; Drafting and filing Pre- Grant, Post-Grant Oppositions, revocation applications and related activities; Attending hearings at Patent Office and IPAB in Patent Prosecutions/Pre and Post grant Opposition proceedings.
Mrs. Srividya Ravi – Vice-Chairman
Srividya Ravi is a Masters in Pharmaceutical Sciences and a PG Diploma in Patents Law, and is currently pursuing a Doctoral degree. She has worked in the pharmaceutical industry for over 12 years in various sectors such as QC, QA, Formulation Development, Projects, Audits, Documentation and so on. She is serving in the field of IPRs for the last nearly ten years, mainly in an inventor facing role. Currently she handles the CSIR-NCL account of the Pune office of Gnanlex. She has been a resource person for various IPR seminars and lectures at both national and international levels.
Mr. Sajeevkumar S. Nair – Secretary General
Sajeevkumar S Nair is a Commerce graduate and a Law graduate. He is also a P.G. Diploma holder in Patent Law & Practice. Sajeev is a registered Trademark Agent & a member of Bar Council of Maharashtra & Goa. He has over 26 years of experience in the field of Pharma/IP/TM/Patents. He is currently handles the Trademarks Division of an IPR Boutique firm. He has been selected for scholarship from The Japan Patent Office (JPO) to attend The JPO/IPR Training Course for Trademark Experts in Tokyo, Japan organized by The Overseas Human Resources and Industry Development Association [HIDA] jointly with Asia-Pacific Industrial Property Center (APIC) and Japan Institute for Promoting Invention and Innovation (JIPII) in 2014.
Ms. Andreya Fernandes – Member (Treasurer)
Andreya Fernandes holds Master’s degree in Intellectual Property Law (LLM) and Biotechnology, respectively, and PG Diploma in Patents Law. She also holds a graduate degree in LLB (Law) and Microbiology & Biochemistry, respectively. She is an Advocate and a practicing Patent and Trademarks Agent. She is working in the field of IPRs for the last 12 years. She has been a resource person for various IPR seminars and lectures in India.
Ms. Shweta Shailesh Vichare – Member
Shweta Shailesh Vichare is a Masters in Analytical Chemistry and a PG Diploma in Patents Law. She is serving in the field of IPRs for the last nearly eight years, mainly in Patent Prior Art, State of the Art Search and Analysis, Patent Non Infringement Status (PNIS) and Freedom To Market (FTO) Opinion, Infringement Analysis.