Thank you to everyone who participated in the US – India Symposium on Intellectual Property Rights.

The AUTM Foundation and our partners, Apio-iX and Biswajit Sarkar, are immensely grateful to the US Consulate Kolkata for their support of this program. Among the copious outcomes of this four-day event were new partnerships between US and Indian commercialization professionals, enhanced connections between stakeholders in the US and Indian governments, as well as important questions and ideas raised about the future of intellectual property rights in India. The Symposium team hopes that attendees left feeling informed and inspired. We look forward to future programming like this in the coming years.

To read more about what we took away from the US – India Symposium on IPR, please see the program’s final report.


Join us June 28-29 and July 1-2, 2019 at the Westin Kolkata for the U.S. – India Symposium on Intellectual Property Rights!

The AUTM Foundation is excited to partner with Apio Innovation Transfer and the US Consulate in Kolkata to host the US – India Symposium on Intellectual Property Rights.

The Symposium consists of two 2-day workshops: one for intellectual property practitioners in academia and law, and a second for local and regional entrepreneurs and businesses. It is rooted in a mandate to understand intellectual property rights (IPR) challenges and best practices, expand innovation and entrepreneurial activity in India, and connect Indian and US businesses.

Primary Symposium Objectives

  • IPR Workshops: Discuss intellectual property rights, intellectual property protection strategies, impact of current case law, the impact of PTAB decisions, and the importance of intellectual property in innovation economies.
  • Connecting people: Facilitate interactions both before and after the IPR workshop to connect and enable personal connections between individuals and businesses in the United States and India.
  • Knowledge and Building Capacity: Produce a white paper that will discuss intellectual property protection issues in the context of U.S.-India relations.

The symposium program will consist of the following components:

  • Pre-workshop Networking via group video calls
  • IPR Workshop for intellectual property attorneys law college faculty and students. 1.5 days of topics designed to facilitated discussion regarding challenges and best practices. A half-day leadership summit with panels discussions on (June 28 – 29).
  • IPR Workshop for entrepreneurs and business professionals. 1.5 days of topics on the role, importance, and value of intellectual property in technology-based business. A half day summit following the symposium will discuss the challenges in protecting intellectual property in various industry sectors.
  • Post-IPR Workshop Networking to solidify new relationships.
  • Academic white paper describing IPR challenges in the US and India.

Sponsorship Opportunity:

The AUTM Foundation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit with the mission to enhance and support the development of intellectual property and technology transfer activities. We are seeking tax-deductible gifts of $2-5,000 from companies who are engaged in and passionate about intellectual property, technology entrepreneurship, and international trade.

Should you decide to partner with us, your support and advocacy mean increased visibility and you will receive:

  • Name and logo on all printed material
  • Social media sharing, mentions, and engagement
  • Name, logo, and URL on program website
  • Opportunity to present at workshop
  • Potential for co-authorship on journal article

Please contact Liz DiVito at for additional information.

Registration / Attending the Workshop

The workshops will be taking take place on June 28-29 and July 1-2, 2019 at the Westin Kolkata.
Please note that space is limited and the number of attendees will be capped at 40 per workshop. Attendees will be selected for experiential and organizational diversity. Register here. 

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Thanks to our Partners

Meet the Speakers


President and Co-Founder, APIOiX

A member of the AUTM since 1988, Arundeep was elected as the president of the AUTM in 2009 and the AUTM Foundation in 2010. He served on the AUTM Board of Trustees 2006 to 2010. He has also served on the boards of many startups.

In 2012, Arundeep co-founded APIOiX, LLC and also worked for Foresight Science & Technology as their vice president. Arundeep is the president at APIOiX, and works with clients across the US, Europe, China, Thailand and Saudi Arabia on training and mentoring, technology transfer, strategic and business plans, policy matters, and as an expert witness. He is on the professional development faculty at AUTM and has been an invited speaker on licensing, intellectual property management, negotiations, innovation assessment, technology transfer operations, entrepreneurship and startups at national and international meetings.

Arundeep is passionate about engaging with innovators and entrepreneurs to learn about their research and work with them to determine its commercial viability, develop business plans, and commercialization strategies.Working with clients across the world, Arundeep values the many different needs within an innovation ecosystem and the differing nature of innovation ecosystems based on available resources. Whether it’s through licensing, collaborations, or joint ventures and the different roles that academic institutions can undertake.

He is experienced in technology commercialization in the fields of agriculture, chemicals, software and electronics. Arundeep has also worked extensively with city, state and federal economic development agencies to promote technology commercialization and regional economic growth. Arundeep is an expert in negotiations, strategy, operations and management as well as forging multi-partner, multi-national alliances.

Arundeep received his B. Pharm (Hons.) from the Birla Institute of Technology and Science and Masters from the University of Utah. He started working at the University of Utah’s technology transfer office in 1987 and subsequently established the technology transfer office at Colorado State University in 1999. In 2004, he moved to Portland, Oregon to head the office at Oregon Health & Science University.


Director, APIOiX

Michael Batalia is a serial entrepreneur and an expert in academic technology commercialization.  He is also a member of the Mission II Team for the Perlan Project, an effort to fly engineless aircraft to the edge of space.

Michael has over 16 years of experience in academic technology transfer, intellectual property management, and licensing.  He served for 12 years at Wake Forest University as executive director of commercialization, and 4 years at North Carolina State University as associate director then director of technology transfer.  In addition, Dr. Batalia has been active regionally and internationally in support of technology transfer and biotechnology.  He has served on the Boards of AUTM, the North Carolina Biotechnology Center, the Biotechnology Advisory Committee of Piedmont Triad, and the North Carolina Center of Innovation for Nanobiotechnology.

In addition to his work as director with APIOiX, Michael is a co-founder of Wide Eyed Technologies which develops 3D printing solutions for mass manufacturing, and the CSO for Arctic, Inc. which commercializes technologies for agricultural applications.

Dr. Batalia received his Ph.D. in biochemistry from the University of Texas at Austin and his B.A. in chemistry from the University of Chicago. He is a Certified Licensing Professional with the Licensing Executive Society.


Intellectual Property Attorney

Biswajit Sarkar is widely regarded in industry circles as one of the pioneers of Intellectual Property Law. When he started his professional career, it was a challenging move. Trademark protection was, by and large, restricted to the registration and issuance of caution notices. Copyright was mainly limited to music and publishing industries. Patents were few and far between.

After signing the TRIPS agreements, India has now become the country with the maximum potential for Intellectual Property Right matters.

In 1990, Mr. Sarkar started his own law firm and since then the firm has grown through several offices within the country. Due to dedicated professional services, the firm has now grown globally to meet the needs of international clientele.

Today, Biswajit Sarkar is one of the most sought-after lawyers in the country for Intellectual Property related matters and in allied fields. His clientele includes industry leaders and blue-chip companies. Mr. Biswajit Sarkar is empaneled with different Embassies, Consulates and various Chambers of Commerce.

To give back to society, his firm regularly takes interns from various law institutes within the country and worldwide. Mr. Sarkar is regularly invited by Universities, Law Colleges, National Judicial Academy, Government Bodies and various Chambers of Commerce to deliver speeches on IPR.

Mr. Sarkar is closely associated with Missionaries of Charity and his firm is rendering voluntary services from time to time for protecting various intellectual property rights created by Mother Teresa. In the passage of time, the blue bordered religious attire of Missionaries of Charity has become known worldwide as a color trademark, which has been registered by Government of India. It is an homage to the great Saint of Calcutta.

Symposium Agendas

Agendas subject to change.