About Conference

Innovation is essential not only for a thriving ICTE sector but also positively impacts the overall economic climate. Intellectual property as an essential ingredient to spur innovation and entrepreneurship, aids businesses to develop ICTE solutions, create jobs and wealth and most importantly to compete successfully on a global scale.

Understanding this business imperative, MeitY and EPO is consistently working together in fostering a robust IPR-ICT ecosystem to help capitalize on the growth-enhancing effects of innovation vis-à-vis ICTE.

This year’s conference aptly titled “Creating a Robust IP Ecosystem for ICT in the 21st Century” organised by Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC), a premier R&D organisation, takes a holistic view of some of the key issues facing the Indian and European ICTE industries.

As emerging technologies such as IoT, Cloud, Big Data Analytics, Blockchain evolve rapidly disrupting existing businesses and create opportunities for new value chains, we take a look at how IPRs can actually serve to foster rather than hinder innovations.

Computer Related inventions are another area that has been the subject of numerous discussions with respective jurisdictions developing its own set of parameters to evaluate. As legislators set out to devise a clear and comprehensive approach to patenting of computer related inventions, we take a look at the evolving global legal perspectives. Finally, we look at the software product entrepreneurship industry and assess the role of innovation and intellectual property rights as a foundation of the software industry.

Launch of Indo-European IPR Platform

Within the framework of Bilateral Co-operation between MeitY and EPO, it has been agreed to create an Indo-European IP collaboration platform that facilitates the filing, protection and commercialisation of ICT patents within and across the two constituencies.

The Indo-European IP platform, the first of its kind, provides a gateway to the patent systems in India and Europe and is designed to help innovators, especially SMEs, start-ups, universities and individual investors, to successfully navigate the respective patent landscapes with a view to fostering bilateral collaboration, investment and trade.

4 December

New Delhi




Raimund Lutz

Raimund Lutz

EPO Vice President

Following completion of his law degree, Raimund Lutz worked for three years as a Judge and public prosecutor in Munich before working at the Federal Ministry of Justice, Bonn, in the division for commercial and economic law. In 1989, he joined the German Patent Office as the Head of the Berlin division, and from 1997 he was, in addition, the director of the trade mark division at the Office in Munich. From 2000-2005 Mr Lutz was Deputy director general for commercial, economic and intellectual property law at the Federal Ministry of Justice in Berlin. In 2006, he was appointed President of the Federal Patent Court in Munich where he worked until joining the European Patent Office as Vice-President and Director General of the Directorate General "Legal and International Affairs" in 2011

Rajiv Aggarwal is presently serving as Joint Secretary in-charge of administering Intellectual Property Rights in the Ministry of Commerce & Industry, Government of India. He is thus the key person in dealings with WIPO, as also bilateral and multilateral negotiations in the field of Intellectual Property. In addition, he was also the Controller General of Patents, Designs and Trade Marks during the past year, responsible for implementation of industrial property rights including GIs. He has thus had the opportunity of working very closely in the field of IPRs both at policy and execution levels. An officer belonging to the Indian Administrative Service, Rajiv Aggarwal has more than 22 years of administrative experience. He has served in various capacities in the fields of Land Revenue Management, Agriculture & Rural Development, Housing, Urban Development & Planning, Food & Civil Supplies, Public Administration, Home etc. His vast experience includes being the District Magistrate in 9 districts such as Varanasi, Allahabad, Muzaffarnagar. In this capacity, he has handled events that attract millions of people annually. He has also undertaken the challenging assignments of Commissioner, Food & Civil Supplies and Managing Director of Lucknow Metro Rail Corporation. Rajiv Aggarwal possesses a Mechanical Engineering degree from the prestigious Indian Railways Institute of Mechanical & Electrical Engineers, as also in Business Management.

Rajiv Aggrawal

Rajiv Aggrawal

Joint Secretary, DIPP
Debashis Dutta

Debashis Dutta

Group Coordinator (R&D in Electronics), MeitY

Dr. Debashis Dutta obtained his Master’s in Technology (M.Tech) from Electrical Engineering Department of Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi (with specialization in Integrated Electronics and Circuits) and PhD in Electronics and Electrical Communication Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur for his thesis entitled “Low-power Analog Bipolar and CMOS-CCII based circuit design Techniques and its application to Translinear filters”. His research interests include low-power analog circuit design, biomedical electronics and neural networks. He is in the committee of reviewers for IEEE TCAS-II. He belongs to the 1981 batch of the Indian Engineering Services. Dr. Dutta has worked in M/s Semiconductor Complex Ltd., Mohali, as an R&D Engineer in Wafer Fab during the year 1981 to 1983. Subsequently, he joined the Wireless Planning and Coordination Wing of the Ministry of Communications, Govt. of India. During 1984, he joined the Department of Electronics (now Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology), where he has worked in various capacities. He headed the Industrial Promotion - Electronics & Hardware Manufacturing Division of the Department from 2007 to 2010. Dr. Dutta is the Group Coordinator for R&D in Electronics in MeitY from August, 2010. He is also the Programme Director for Special Manpower Development Program in VLSI Design & related Software (SMDP-II). He is holding the additional charge of DG, C-DAC from February,2017.

Ajay Sawhney is an IAS Officer of Andhra Pradesh cadre (1984 batch). He has handled various assignments in the State of Andhra Pradesh, covering land administration, law and order and quasi-judicial functions, rural development, health & family welfare, communication & information technology, e-governance and elections etc. He played a lead role in the Total Literacy Campaign taken up in Nizamabad district in the early nineties. He has also catalysed the establishment of the International Institute of Information Technology in Hyderabad and its emergence as one of the premier institutions in computer science education and research in the country. He has spent more than ten years in assignments relating to information technology and e-governance and has led the formulation of innovative policies and implementation of several major e-governance, communications and broadband projects. He has also worked as the Principal Secretary to Chief Minister of AP after the reorganization of the State of Andhra Pradesh. He has also worked in the Govt. of India as Joint Secretary Training in the Department of Personnel and Training and as the President and CEO of the National e-Governance Division, which assists the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology in the implementation of the National e-Governance Plan, and as Additional Secretary in the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas before his current role as Secretary, Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology.

Ajay Sawhney

Ajay Sawhney

Secretary, MeitY

Grant Philpott

Grant Philpott

Chief Operating Officer, Information and Communications Technology of EPO

Grant Philpott has been Principal Director in the search and examination area of the European Patent Office (EPO) since March 2012. In 2014 he brought together the EPO’s computer and telecommunications patenting operations, and now manages the resultant information and communication technology unit comprising over 700 highly qualified patent examiners based in The Hague and Munich. Prior to 2012 Mr. Philpott was responsible for the EPO’s semiconductor patenting directorate in Munich. During his 26 years at the EPO he has worked across a broad range of technical fields including mechanics and industrial chemistry, as a committee member of the European qualifying exam, in the EPO’s Controlling Office and for several automation projects. Before joining the EPO Mr. Philpott spent several years as director of the Brazilian subsidiary of a German electrical components manufacturer and as an engineering officer in the British Army. He holds an engineering degree from Cambridge University.

Nicholas Körnig coordinates the European Patent Office's bilateral cooperation programmes with ARIPO, Australia, Canada, India, Israel, Korea and South Africa. Before this he was responsible for the EPO's co-operation programmes in South-East Asia, including the EC-ASEAN Intellectual Property Rights Cooperation Programmes (ECAP). In 2012 he briefly joined Saana Consulting in London, managing the company's Intellectual Property, Innovation & Technology practice. Before joining the EPO, Nicholas worked as a consultant at the Programme Management Unit of ECAP II in Bangkok, Thailand. Nicholas holds a first class Bachelor's degree in International Relations from the University of Leicester, a Master’s degree in EU Politics from the London School of Economics, and has undertaken an IP law specialisation programme at the University of South Africa

Nicholas Körnig

Nicholas Körnig

Administrator International Co-operation European Patent Office

Heinz Goddar

Heinz Goddar

German Patent Attorney and European Patent and Trademark Attorney

Heinz Goddar, Prof., Dr., a German Patent Attorney and European Patent and Trademark Attorney, is a partner of Boehmert & Boehmert, with his office at Munich, Germany. Technical background (as well as PhD degree) in physics, with a focus on polymer physics. He teaches Patent and Licensing Law as an Honorary Professor at the University of Bremen, Germany, as a Lecturer at the Munich Intellectual Property Law Center (MIPLC), Munich, Germany, as a Visiting Professor at the University of Washington, Seattle, WA, U.S.A., and the National ChengChi University, Taipei, and as a Consultant Professor at the University of Huazhong, Wuhan, China. He is a member of the Advisory Board of the Tongji Global Intellectual Property Institute (TGIPI), Shanghai, China. Prof. Dr. Goddar is an Adjunct Professor and an Honorable Consultant in International Legal Services at the National Yunlin University of Science and Technology, Yunlin, Taiwan. He is also a Director at the Global Institute of Intellectual Property (GIIP), Delhi. He is a Past President of LES International and of LES Germany and has received the Gold Medal of LES International. In 2014 he has been inducted into the IP Hall of Fame. Contact and further information: goddar@boehmert.de, http://www.boehmert.de.

Gerard is engaged in the "IP5 Cooperation" at the EPO, working with the patent offices of China, Japan, Korea and the US, and WIPO in Geneva. Gerard is responsible for coordinating EPO initiatives relating to IP5 Working Group 2, “IT related initiatives”, including the Global Dossier and the Global Dossier Task Force. Gerard is also responsible for coordinating EPO activities relating to the interactions between the global patent system and international standards development, concerning for instance “smart phones” and the Internet of Things / “Industry 4.0”. Gerard liaises with standards development organisations, with the European Commission, and with other stakeholders in this area. Gerard has been working at the European Patent Office (EPO) in Munich for 30 years. Holding degrees in Biochemical Engineering, and Human-Computer Interaction, he worked as a patent examiner, then for many years on managing business and user-related aspects of computer projects. He has also coordinated bilateral activities between EPO and WIPO, and Public Policy Issues, including the interactions of the global patent system with initiatives in climate change, standards, and life sciences.

Gerard Owens

Gerard Owens

EPO Coordinator for IP5 including the Global Dossier; and “Patents and Standards”

Ganapathy Narayanan

Ganapathy Narayanan

Lead-IP Governance, Tata Consultancy Services

Ganapathy Narayanan is currently responsible for designing, conceptualizing and implementing the governance of IP and Engineering initiatives at Tata Consultancy Services Ltd., a global IT Services, Consulting and Business Solutions Company and a part of the global industrial conglomerate, the Tata group. He holds a graduate degree in Electrical Engineering, specializing in Computer and Control Engineering. In a career spanning over 34 years, he was worked in various multinational and Tata Group companies in development and management of a wide spectrum of technologies that include embedded systems, defense, industrial control and media technologies. He is also currently a member of the IP committee of FICCI, Vice President – West of LES India, and the Regional Ambassador for India for International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) IP Commission. He also features in the IAM strategy 300 – 2017 list. He has been with TCS for over 17 years in different leadership roles. Prior to his current role, he was managing the operations of the IP and Engineering group, implementing the IP policy and Operating principles. Earlier, he was managing the Open Source Software Initiative in TCS, and institutionalized the Open Source Software License compliance process across TCS [2009-2012]. He also was driving media technologies initiative in TCS earlier. He was then also the TCS nominated member of the Technology Advisory Board at the Entertainment Technology Center, University of Southern California, [2008] driving and researching on the adoption of cutting edge media technologies.

Nikhil Malhotra is the head of Maker’s Lab, a unique Thin-q-bator space within TechMahindra with over 16+ years of experience in a variety of technology domains. Nikhil has been working with TechMahindra for the past 10 years and is now leading the growth of Digital within the organization. Nikhil has a vast experience as a consultant and as an enterprise architect and has an extensive experience in interacting with clients across the world. In his present avatar he is leading the development of innovative IPs around customer experience , solutions that include artificial intelligence, augmented reality, emotions tracking to name but a few. Nikhil has also designed an indigenous robot in his lab, as a personal assistant. He lives by a dream of creating smart machines that would wed human emotions with artificial intelligence to make lives better. His perseverance of creating an IP based incubator paid off in many forms; one being the idea of replicating Maker’s Lab , his brain child across the world.

Nikhil Malhotra

Nikhil Malhotra

Head-Makers Lab, Tech Mahindra

Georg Weber

Georg Weber

Director ICT, EPO

Georg Weber began his career at the European Patent Office (EPO) as an examiner in the technical field of food chemistry, pharmaceuticals and cosmetics but also agriculture, mining and general process engineering. In 2003 he became director of a department for biomedical engineering. Since 2005 has been a director in the ICT field and followed the patent filing trends in this strong growing area over more than one decade.

K R Sanjiv is the Chief Technology Officer and Senior Vice President of Wipro's global IT Business. Sanjiv leads the company’s technology vision and strategy. As a senior industry leader, he has been a major influencer of how Wipro assesses and uses emerging technologies to incubate ideas that create new business models for global clients. His responsibilities include nurturing the organization’s ecosystem for innovation and IP creation, fostering industry and academic alliances, driving architectural standards and defining governance models. Sanjiv joined Wipro in 1989 and served as the Global Head of Analytics & Information Management for several years, carrying a P&L responsibility, before taking on the role of CTO. His experience includes consulting, application and technology development across multiple industries. Sanjiv is a member of a variety of industry forums and is also a regular speaker at CxO summits, industry and academic conferences where his views, particularly on Business Technology, are closely followed. Sanjiv holds a bachelor's degree from the Birla Institute of Technology and Science (BITS), Pilani, India.

K R Sanjiv

K R Sanjiv

Chief Technology Officer and Senior Vice President of Wipro's global IT Busines

Pravin Anand

Pravin Anand

Managing Partner, Anand and Anand Advocates

Pravin Anand, Managing Partner of Anand and Anand, completed his law studies and was admitted to the Bar in 1979. Since then, in a career spanning almost 4 decades, he has become a leading figure in intellectual property law and as well as representing many of the World’s leading companies and institutions he has worked tirelessly to create one of the most innovative and forward thinking law firms in India. Mr. Anand has been counsel in a large number of landmark IP cases including the first Anton Piller order (HMV cases), the first Mareva Injunction Order (Philips case), the first Norwich Pharmacal Order (Hollywood Cigarettes case), the first order under the Hague Convention (Astra Zeneca case) and many significant cases for Pharma clients such as Merck, Roche, Pfizer and BMS.

He is President, CMAI Association of India- (Communications Multimedia & Infrastructure); Chairman Emeritus of Telecom Equipments Manufacturers Association of India (TEMA); Vice Chairman, ITU APT India, Member Governing Board of Telecom Equipment & Services Export Promotion Council (TEPC), Chairman CTIA, India and is actively involved in policy formulations and development of industrial policies specially related to Telecom, Mobile and ICT sector. CMAI is integrated ICT association in India with over 48,500 members and 54 MOU partners worldwide. TEMA is first telecom/ICT specific industry association established since 1990.

NK Goyal

N.K. Goyal

President, CMAI Association of India

Dr. Viswanathan Seshan

Dr. Viswanathan Seshan

IP&S Manager, Healthcare at Philips

Dr. Viswanathan Seshan holds the position of IP&S Manager, Philips Intellectual Property and Standards. He manages a team of IP Counsels that handle the global IP portfolio of various businesses such as Monitoring & Analytics, Therapeutic Care and Digital Pathology Solutions. The activities he overseas include IP portfolio management, business counselling on various types of negotiations and contracts, IP risk assessments, M&A, IP scouting and acquisition, etc. Prior to this, Dr. Seshan headed IP&S India, which included about 25 IP professionals involved in a range of activities such as IP analysis, business counselling, formal regulatory and standards, patent drafting and prosecution, business intelligence, paralegal support, IP scouting and brand protection. He was also a member of the Management Team of Philips Innovation Campus, Bangalore, where he also headed the Technology Innovation Management function, which focused on fostering and celebrating innovation at PIC. In addition, he continued to work as an IP Counsel in the Healthcare portfolio, counselling the Philips Healthcare business in the APAC region on contract negotiations, performing due diligence for M&A, conducting risk analysis for new product introductions, etc.

Since 2016 General IP Counsel Southeast Asia, KR, JP with Continental in Singapore. In 2015 Admission as European Patent Attorney. In 2012 Patent Counsel with Continental in Frankfurt (focus: Safety Telematics & V2X Communication). In 2012 Passing of the German Patent Attorney Examinations. In 2009 Double Degree Diploma at the Technical University of Darmstadt and Ecole Centrale Lyon in Mechanical Engineering.

Daniel Lee

General IP Counsel SEA, KR, JP, Patent Attorney Continental Automotive Singapore


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Event Highlights


Welcome addresses and keynote speech by Dr Debhasish Dutta


Panel discussion on the Role of IPRs in emerging technologies (IoT, Cloud, Big Data Analytics, Block chain)


Panel discussion on evolving global legal perspectives w.r.t Computer Related Inventions (CRI) (EU, Chinese, Japan, USA)


Panel discussion on Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Role of IPR in Software product Industry

Tentative Agenda

Registration Help Desk 08:30-09:00 hrs
Welcome addresses and keynote speech • Welcome Address by Mr. Rajiv Kumar,
Joint Secretary, International Co-operation Division, MeitY

• Lightening of Lamp

• Special Address by Mr. Rajiv Aggarwal,
Joint Secretary, DIPP

“Overview of National IPR Policy”

• Keynote address by Mr. K. R. Sanjiv,
Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer (CTO), WIPRO

• Address by Guest of Honour Mr Raimund Lutz,
Vice-President, EPO
Mr. Ajay Sawhney, Secretary, MeitY

• Address by Chief Guest Mr. Ramesh Abhishek,
Secretary, DIPP

Presentation on Indo-European IPR Platform by
Mr. M D Kulkarni, Associate Director and HoD GIST, CDAC Pune

Official launch of Indo-European IPR Platform
Vice-President, EPO, Secretary, DIPP and Secretary, MeitY

• Setting the Conference Agenda and Vote of Thanks by Dr. Debhasish Dutta,
Group Coordinator (R&D in Electronics), MeitY

09:00-10:45 hrs
Coffee Break 10:45 hrs-11:15 hrs
Panel discussion on the Role of IPRs in emerging technologies (IoT, Cloud, Big Data Analytics, Block chain etc.) Co-Chaired by Dr. Debashis Dutta, Group Coordinator (R&D in Electronics) MeitY
Mr Raimund Lutz, EPO Vice President

Speakers: Mr Grant Philpott, Chief Operating Officer ICT, EPO
Mr Viswanathan Seshan IP&S Manager, Healthcare at Philips
Mr. V Lakshmikumaran, Founder and Managing Partner of Lakshmikumaran and Sridharan (L&S)
Mr Ganapathy Narayanan Lead-IP Governance, Tata Consultancy Services
Mr. Daniel Lee General IP Counsel Southeast Asia (IN, KR, JP Intellectual Property), Continental Corporation
11:15 hrs-12:30 hrs
Lunch Break 12:30 hrs-13:30 hrs
Panel discussion on evolving global legal perspectives w.r.t Computer Related Inventions (CRI) (EU, Chinese, Japan, USA etc.) Co-Chaired by Mr Pravin Anand,ANAND & ANAND
Mr Grant Philpott,EPO

Speakers: Mr Georg Weber, Director ICT, EPO
Mr. Rajiv Aggarwal, Joint Secretary, DIPP
USPTO Representative (tbc)
Prof. N. K. Goyal President, CMAI Association of India
Ms. Teresia Fredriksson European Patent Attorney, Ericsson
Mr. B. P. Singh Deputy Controller of Patents and Designs, IPO
13:30-15:00 hrs
Panel discussion on Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Role of IPR in Software product Industry Co-Chaired by Dr A. K .Garg,MeitY
Mr Grant Philpott,EPO

Speakers: Prof. Heinz Goddar, European and German Patent and Trademark
Attorney, Boehmert & Boehmert
Mr Gerard Owens Patents & Standards Expert, EPO
Mr. Nikhil Malhotra, Head-Makers Lab, Tech Mahindra
Mr. Poul V. Jensen Director, EBTC
Mr Nakul Saxena iSPIRT Foundation
15:00-16:30 hrs
Tea Break 16:30 hrs-16:45 hrs
Vote of Thanks Mr. R Y Deshpande, Director (Legal and Admin), C-DAC Pune 16:45 hrs-16:55 hrs

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