TEAM
Founders
NISHITH DESAI
SAM PITRODA
Founders
NISHITH DESAI

Nishith Desai is the founder of the multi-skilled, research-based international law firm,
Nishith Desai Associates. He is an international tax and corporate law expert,
researcher, published author and lecturer in leading academic institutions around the
world.

Nishith Desai is listed in the Lex Witness "Hall of fame: Top 50" individuals who have
helped shape the legal landscape of modern India. He is also the recipient of Prof.
Yunus "Social Business Pioneer of India" - 2010 award. He has been voted "External
Counsel of the Year 2009" by Asian Counsel and Pacific Business Press and the
"Most in Demand Practitioners" by Chambers Asia 2009.

He has been ranked No. 28 in a global Top 50 "Gold List" by Tax Business, a UK-
based journal for the international tax community. Nishith Desai holds a special licence
from the State Bar of California to practice Indian law.

SAM PITRODA

Mr. Sam Pitroda is an internationally respected telecom inventor, entrepreneur,
development thinker, and policy maker; he has spent over 50 years in the field of
information & communications technology (ICT) and related global & national
developments.

Board of Advisors
VAIBHAV PARIKH
GOWREE GOKHALE
DR. MILIND ANTANI
Board of Advisors
VAIBHAV PARIKH

Vaibhav Parikh heads Nishith Desai Associates’ Bangalore operations. He is actively
involved in the Intellectual Property Practice and is in charge of industry focus group
for IT, Telecom, and Media. He has been nominated as one of the world’s leading
practitioners in ‘Who’s Who Legal’ for Regulatory Communications. He is
recommended by Legal 500 as an expert in TMT and competition law in 2014. He has
been ranked number one for TMT by Chambers and Partners in 2015.

GOWREE GOKHALE

Ms. Gowree Gokhale heads the IP, technology, media and entertainment law practice
of Nishith Desai Associates. Her specializations include pharmaceutical and life
sciences laws, international litigation and dispute resolution, franchising, commercial
laws, HR laws. She has led several IP, technology and HR litigations. She is involved
in patent oppositions and devising patent litigation strategies for clients.

Gowree is a solicitor and a registered Patent & Trade Mark attorney and has been
practicing for the last 15 years. She has authored research reports and articles on a
variety of subjects and has presented at various national and international seminars &
conferences on IP, pharmaceutical, media and technology laws.

DR. MILIND ANTANI

Dr. Milind Antani is a Partner-in-charge of the Pharma & Healthcare practice at Nishith
Desai Associates. He is also in charge of Social Sector Practice group and
Nanotechnology practice. He represents clients in matters including JVs, M&As,
Collaborations, Regulatory advice, IP, and licensing matters. He has authored and co-
authored many articles, publications related to the pharma and healthcare industry
including a book on CRAMS. He is a regular speaker and panelist at various national
and international forums on the subjects of pharma, biotech, IP, clinical trials,
healthcare, CSR, FCRA.

He has been included as one of the world's leading practitioners in ‘Who's Who Legal’
for Life Sciences 2014 and 2015 in the ‘Regulatory’ section as the only lawyer from
India.

Leadership
ABHAY PORWAL
SHAURIR ANAND
Leadership
ABHAY PORWAL

Abhay helms overall operations at IPpro. With over 10 years of experience in the IP
industry, Abhay leads our team in assisting clients create and manage their IP
portfolios by steering project planning and driving execution. He also heads
recruitment and continuing education initiatives for our team. Abhay is a registered
patent agent with the IPO. Prior to joining IPpro, Abhay worked as an integral member
of Honeywell International Inc.'s in house IP team supporting their R&D group. He
holds a degree in electrical engineering from the prestigious Indian Institute Of
Technology (IIT) Powai and is based out of our Bangalore offices.

SHAURIR ANAND

Shaurir spearheads IPpro's marketing and business development strategy and is
responsible for the company's client outreach and growth initiatives. Additionally, with
over 12 years of experience as an attorney specializing in IP, he consults with our
clients to build robust processes and long term strategies geared towards achieving
their IP goals. Prior to joining IPpro, Shaurir worked as an IP Litigation Associate with
Perkins Coie LLP at the firm's Silicon Valley offices.Shaurir holds a LLM (Master of
Laws) in International IP from James E. Beasley School Of Law at Temple University,
Philadelphia. He has also earned BSL (Bachelor Of Socio Legal Sciences) & LLB
(Bachelor Of Laws) degrees from ILS Law College at Pune University, India.

                         
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