Legally speaking and patenting it

Prity Khasgir Partner & Patent Attorney, Tech Corp Legal

Coming from a family of doctors, Prity Khasgir had always been passionate about science and technology. What fascinated her about the medical fraternity is the way the patients have been treated with different innovative medical devices over the years. With a view to learn more about the latest technologies across the globe, she thought of taking a different path in her career after completing her masters in Biotechnology. She entered the field of patent law to have better understanding of laws related to technology. Integrating technology with law seemed to be a right blend of choice for Prity and she cleared the patent examination conducted by Ministry of Commerce, India.

Today, Prity serves as a Partner & Patent Attorney at Tech Corp Legal with expertise in IP portfolio management in ASEAN countries, cross-border technology transactions, licensing agreements, due diligence analyses, patent product clearance, freedom-to-operate, patent infringement, & validity (Patent Invalidation) analysis, research & opinions. Tech Corp Legal LLP is a full-service law firm in India uniquely positioned to provide strategic patent and intellectual property, corporate, contract reviewing and business advisory services (www.techcorplegal.com). She also serves as Advisory Board Member at Centre of Excellence for Entrepreneurship – Bimtech (Birla Institute of Management & Technology). She is a 10k alumni of ISB Goldman Sachs program. She worked with US law firms in her early career days.

High point in career

My decision to pursue patent law while my peers took the conventional route to PhD after Masters. Generally, students pursue MBA or PhD after Masters  program. It is challenging to do something new and risky at the same time. However, the motivating factor is much more when one selects the difficult path. Patent field is rewarding if you are good with your research and analytical skills.

Most challenging assignment so far

“Working with a Fortune 100 company for which I handled research and analysis of patent portfolio of 1000 patent applications for lawsuits to be filed and executed in multiple countries around the same time. I had to work in different time zones to coordinate with foreign associates and made sure that we did not miss a deadline. The overall experience was rewarding as I made so many new acquaintances and my work was appreciated by the company’s board members.

Greatest inspiration

Kiran Mazumdar Shaw is my role model and she had an eye to spot opportunity early in the emerging area of bio-pharmaceuticals in India. We all know about first mover advantage. I think multitasking is in our genes, we are engineered with special attributes like strong people skills, and the zeal to excel in a man’s world. When I entered the intellectual property field there were very few individuals from science background and mostly the field was dominated by lawyers. However, the perception has changed over the years and more people are entering the intellectual property field. I read somewhere about Ms. Shaw that she mentioned about being the differentiator and business attracts customers when it is something different from what is actually there in and around the market. Having said that, I have been advocating the same in my business. My proud moment was when I shared cover page coverage with Ms. Shaw in Biospectrum Asia in 2010.

Most important milestone in life

My decision to pursue law after my masters was an important milestone in my life.

Women are the better halves. What does it mean?

For me, 1 plus 1 is equal to 11 and there is no greater force on earth if we are able to achieve this bond in the institution of marriage. I don’t think women are only the better halves, they are the building blocks, foundation, and concrete of a strong house.  As I stated earlier, it is embedded in our DNA to be multitasking. It is the most important factor that separate us from men. Time and again it has been proven that we are much more motivated to achieve the goals without shortcuts.