The Grand Master 2017 – Bengaluru Edition – 3rd March 2017

09:00 AM – Morning Refreshments & Registration

09:30 AM – Welcome Note by Lex Witness
09:35 AM – Special Address by Dr. Lalit Bhasin, President, SILF
09:45 AM – Opening Remarks by The Summit Chair

10:00 AM – The Evolving Role of a General Counsel – Are You Still in the Race?

  • Paradigm shift from being a Cost Center to a Collaborator
  • No more a Risk Spotter but a Strategiser
  • A General Counsel’s Journey to the Boardroom – Success Stories
  • Demystifying the Boardroom Talks – Expectations, Imperatives, Controling the Pulse
  • Developing a strong outreach and access to Government Machineries
  • Creating an ideal in house Legal Mission
  • Integrating Legal Function with other Function Desks of the Organization
  • Success Secrets to Managing External Counsel – Advisory, Efficiency, Billing
  • The General Counsel Swags – Leadership & Soft Skills, Technical Expertise etc.

11:00 AM – Networking Break

11:30 AM – The Big Face Off – A General Counsel’s Take on The External Counsel & Vice Versa

12:00 NOON – The IPR Sagas – Creation to Enforcement

  • National IPR Policy: A Step Towards An Innovative India?
  • IP Assets – Creation, Protection, Valuation & Monetization
  • IP Enforcement in India – Any Change in the MakeOver
  • Demystifying the current Trade Mark Litigation Scenario In India
  • DIPP’s Statutory Licensing Scheme for Online Broadcasting
  • Interplay Of Section 63 And Section 64 Of Indian Patent Act, 1970
  • Interplay Of Section 51 And 52 Of The Copyright Act, 1962
  • Taxability on Income from Transfer of a foreign owned IP
  • Taxation on Royalty & Fee For Technical Services On Foreign Companies In India
  • Copyright Act on the Online Media – Impact Assessment
  • SEPs And Their Availability Under FRAND Terms
  • Medicines Patent Pool’s Voluntary Licensing
  • Focusing on Single Embodiment Limit vis a vis Patent Specification
  • Intellectual Property Insurance: A Futuristic Perspective
  • Intellectual Property Due Diligence
  • Data Theft & Former Employees
  • Non-Obviousness: Comparison Between India, Europe And The US
  • Indian Trademark Law: India Vs. Global Benchmarks
  • Geographical Indications Law
  • Reverse Payment Deals In Patent Disputes And Its Impact On Competition
  • Need for Utility Patents in India
  • Trade Dress: Laws Relating To The Protection Of Websites
  • The Conundrum Of Compulsory Licensing

01:00 PM – Networking Lunch

02:00 PM – The Court Room Talks – Litigate – Mediate – Arbitrate

  • Evolution of Arbitration Landscape In India
  • Is Fraud Open To Arbitration?
  • The Arbitration and Conciliation (Amendement) Act – Delhi High Court Rules, Question Of Applicability, Court’s Powers Under Section 27
  • The Commercial Courts, Commercial Division And Commercial Appellate Division Of High Courts Act, 2015
  • The Litigation & Dispute Resolution Act 2016
  • The Mediation And Conciliation Under The New Companies Act
  • The Art of Contracting – Can there be litigation proof contract?
  • E-Contracts – Legal Validity And Jurisdiction
  • Mediation Rules – A Boon or a Bane?
  • Dispute Resolution In The Construction Industry
  • Indian Courts & Anti-Arbitration Injunctions
  • Arbitrability of Disputes arising in a Trust Deed – The Indian Trust Act, 1882
  • Unresolved Uncertainty on Choice of a Foreign Seat

03:00 PM – Coffee With A General Counsel – A General Counsel’s Conversation with An External Counsel on Liberalization of the Indian Legal Sector

03:30 PM – The Regulatory Rage – Is India Inc. Still Struggling Through?

  • Combination Regulations, Individuals & Leniancy Program in India
  • Competition Law & The Cement Cartel Classics
  • Coincides of Competition Law in Joint Ventures, Mergers and Acquisitions
  • The Conundrum Of Composite Combinations
  • The FDI Fiesta – Key Developments in 2016-17
  • The GST Gist – Way Forward, Adaptation & Impact Assessment
  • Taxation Aspects In Cross Border Mergers
  • The Maternity Benefit (Amendment) Bill 2016
  • Acquisition Transactions and Labour Law Limitations
  • Enforceability of Employment Bonds
  • Employment Contracts in India
  • Employee Data Protection
  • The Payment of Bonus (Amendment) Act, 2015

04:30 PM – Networking Break

05:00 PM – Demystifying the Governance, Risk & Compliance Maze. Are You Compliant Enough?

  • UK Bribery Act & USFCPA
  • The GRC Quotient – Risk Identification, Assessment and Reporting
  • Role of Technology and Processes in Implementing Effective GRC Mechanisms
  • Improve the enterprise risk assessment process to provide a comprehensive view of risk
  • Leverage technology more effectively across risk functions
  • A Walk in the Cloud – Legal, Risk and Compliance Assesments
  • Cybersecurity Risks – BYOD & Mobility Strategy
  • The Companies Act – Time to Refine and Refresh?
  • Dire Need to Redefine the Role of Independent Directors
  • Developing a robust and full proof board-level risk and compliance program
  • Tackling absense of enterprise wide standards and protocols
  • Creating ability to interplay business and GRC domains
  • How to Identify, Process and Control Compliance Gaps – Risk Assessment
  • Success Secrets to managing regulatory complexity and control costs of compliance

06:00 PM – Gala Lucky Draw followed by Closing Remarks by Lex Witness

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Meanwhile, here are the Grand Masters so far;

Invited & Confirmed Speakers

Aditi Jha, General Counsel – India, LinkedIn
Agnidipta Sarkar, Global Information Risk & Continuity Officer, HP Enterprise
Alok Dhir, Founder & Managing Partner, Dhir & Dhir Associates
Ameet Datta, Partner, Saikrishna & Associates
Anjali Balagopal, Head of Intellectual Property Practice, Infosys
Ashok Kumar P, AVP – Lead Legal Counsel, ABB, India
Avik Biswas, Partner, INDUSLAW
Dattatri HM, Head – Legal & Secretarial, Essilor India
Faiz ur Rahman, Head- IP, Team Legal, Wipro
Hemanth Ram, Vice President, The Blackstone Group
Hiranmai Rallabandi, Exec Dir & Associate GC – India & South East Asia, Cushman & Wakefield
Jagdish Prasad Rajguru, Vice President & Head-Legal, Bangalore International Airport
K.S. Suresh, General Counsel, ITC
Lomesh Kiran Nidumuri, Partner, INDUSLAW
Lalit Ambastha, Founder & Patent Attorney, Patentwire
Mahasweta (Bose) Ghosh, Director, Legal, Avery Dennison
Mandanna A.B., Senior Vice President (Legal), Embassy Property Developments.
Navita Chaubal, General Counsel – South Asia, Wipro GE Healthcare
Navneet Hrishikesan, Director & Head of Service Provider Legal for Asia Pacific & Japan, Cisco
P.M. Devaiah, Partner and General Counsel, Everstone Capital Advisors
Pawan Ladhha, Director Legal, Freecharge PayTech
Pawan Singhal, Executive Director of Legal and General Counsel, 3M India
Rahul Phukan, Legal Director, Decathlon Sports
S. Mahadevan, Executive Vice President – Legal, Compliance & Risk Management, Hinduja Global Solutions
S. John Vijayakumar, Vice President & Head Legal, Puravankara Projects
S. Ravi Sankar, Senior Partner, Law Senate
Sabu Wahab, Senior Group Counsel- South Asia, Associated British Foods
Satish Tiwary, Head – IP , Airbus India
Shelly Kohli, Asst. General Counsel, Levi Strauss & Co.
Shobhana Nikam, Vice President and Head Legal, Fidelity Investments
Subhadip Sarkar, Senior Director – IP, Cognizant Technology Solutions
Subodh P. Deo, Partner, Saikrishna & Associates
Sudha Munireddy, Vice President Legal, Hinduja Global Solutions
Surendra Vyas, Director, IP Strategy, Visa
Tanmay Amar, General Counsel, Omidyar Networks
Vasanthika Srinath, Head Compliance, Concentrix
Vinod Kumar. B, Head Legal, Strides Shasun
Vishal Bhat, Vice President & Legal Head, Shriram Properties

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