Dr. Astha Agarwal

India Patent Agent, PhD (Biotechnology)

Email: astha.agarwal@davelawgroup.com

Tel: +91 9560697530


Astha has an experience of more than 3 years in handling Intellectual Property matters, primarily in Patent and Design drafting and prosecution in India. She has specialized in enzyme technology and advanced gene editing techniques. She has authored numerous peer reviewed research papers and book chapters. She has tutored DL-320 course ‘Basics of Patent Drafting’ on WIPO distance learning platform. She has also done many certificate courses on WIPO and IP discovery.

Work Experience

May 2018 to January 2019

Law Firm (Kan & Krishme), New Delhi, India

Patent Scientist / Consultant

Patent search, Preparing response to FER and hearing, Tracking Renewal fees, Counselling on patents and intellectual property law.

July 2017 to April 2018

Intellectual Property Office, New Delhi under Kiran-IPR program of TIFAC, India

Women Scientist

Patent search, Docketing, IPC classification of patent application, Promotional activity to spread IP awareness.

September 2015 to April 2017

Indian Institute of Maize Research, New Delhi, India

Senior Research Fellow

Involved in CRISPR-Cas9 mediated gene editing, small RNA next genome sequencing (NGS) studies and maize and Aradidopsis transformation.


Birla Institute of Technology, Ranchi, India
PhD (Bio-Engineering)

Vellore institute of Technology, Vellore, India
B.Tech. (Biotechnology)

Registered Indian Patent Agent (IN/PA 3582)

External Publications

A Agarwal, P Yadava, Kumar K, Singh I, Kaul T, Pattanayak A, Agrawal PK (2018) Insights into maize genome editing via CRISPR/Cas9. Physiology and Molecular Biology of Plants.

Agarwal A, Nigam VK (2015). Enhanced production of nitrilase from Streptomyces sp. MTCC 7546 by response surface methodology. Proceedings of the national academy of sciences, Biological science (NASB) DOI 10.1007/s40011-015-0638-2

Agarwal A, Nigam VK (2014) Nitrilase mediated conversion of Indole-3-acetonitrile to Indole-3-acetic acid. Biocatalysis and Agriculture Biotechnology. 3: 351-357

Nigam VK, Dhar R, Agarwal A, Khandelwal AK, Mohan MK, Vidyarthi AS, Ghosh P (2014) Studies on the production of fungal secondary metabolite lovastatin. International Journal of Advanced Research. 2: 978-986

Arfi T, Agarwal A, Nigam VK (2013) Bioproduction of Nicotinic acid. International Journal of Pharmacy and Technology. 5: 2622-2631

Agarwal A, Nigam VK, Vidyarthi AS (2012) Nitrilases- An attractive nitrile degrading biocatalyst. International Journal of Pharma and Biosciences. 3: 232-246

Nigam VK, Khandelwal AK, Agarwal A, Mohan MK, Vidyarthi AS (2012) Production of a thermostable nitrilase in a lab scale stirred tank reactor. International Journal of Bioscience and Biotechnology. 4:81-90