Surya Mani Tripathi, is Legal Counsel at ICRISAT, Hyderabad.
He holds a law degree (LLB) from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kharagpur, carried out with a Microsoft IPR scholarship. He also holds a PhD, realized with a CSIR fellowship and an international fellowship provided by UNIDO and the Government of Italy.
He is a registered lawyer in India, and is engaged in the management of legal and regulatory issues pertaining to operations and research of ICRISAT, along with legislative advocacy and statutory compliances. His areas of work include legal drafting, legal risk management, international law, legal compliances and advisory, contracts and project negotiations, IP portfolio analysis and licensing, bio-prospecting, TK and biodiversity, and biotech research regulatory norms. As a techno-legal expert and solicitor, he is also facilitating the transfer of agricultural technologies and IPR commercialization. He has several publications, including book chapters.
Expertise in: Legal and regulatory compliances; International law, treaty and convention; institutional policy, regulatory issues, and devising effective legal strategies; corporate transactions and contracts; Internet governance and cyber laws; employment laws; laws related to agriculture and food, biotechnology, environment, biodiversity and benefit sharing; Intellectual Property Rights, technology evaluation, valuation, transfer and commercialization; and legal documentation and litigation
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