Vijeta Sharma, Ph.D.

Technical Specialist
LexpertConsilium LLP (Back Office of Davé Law Group)
vijeta.sharma@davelawgroup.com

Dr. Vijeta Sharma focuses her practice in counselling clients on domestic and international patent preparation and prosecution, as well as on patent evaluation, portfolio management and landscape or competitor analysis.

Vijeta provides patentability opinions, prepares new patent applications, and prosecutes Indian and foreign applications. She has experience in prosecuting office actions, preparing and filing for NBA (National Biodiversity Authority, India) approval, IP due diligence and supporting the litigation team.

In addition to her patent counseling and prosecution practice, she also provides strategic advice and pre-litigation analysis and prepares freedom-to-operate, enforceability, and infringement opinions.

Vijeta’s technical experience includes DNA and protein therapeutics, biomarkers, stem cell technologies, genetic engineering, transgenic animals, gene therapy, molecular and cellular biological screening assays, vaccines, mammalian bioprocess, algal fermentation, methods of nucleic acid amplification, AI solutions for life sciences and healthcare including discovery platforms, amplification technologies, genetic screening, sequencing technologies including next generation sequencing, systems biology, process analytical technology, OMICS technology, fermentation, and biologics manufacturing processes.

With a multidisciplinary educational background of biotechnology, chemistry, and computer science, Vijeta assists clients with the complex and interdisciplinary nature of modern inventions. Vijeta has been handling inventions in several diversified technologies, including biotechnology, bioinformatics, pharmaceuticals, synthetic organic chemistry, chemical engineering, hardware and software technologies, information technology, machine learning, IoT and smart devices.

Prior to joining LexpertConsilium, Vijeta has worked at a law firm. Vijeta has received her Ph.D. from the School of Biotechnology, Jawaharlal Nehru University. Her research work was on improving mammalian expression systems using tools of systems biology to increase integrated viable cell count (IVCC) and sustain expression capability in a bioreactor. Post Ph.D., she worked as research associate on a project titled ‘RICEFUEL: Engineering enzymes, bacteria and Bioconversion processes for advanced Biofuels from waste grain straw’ and was involved in molecular cloning, directed evolution, fermentation, and bioreactor data analysis. After getting diploma in Patent law, she earned significant experience as a patent associate during on-job training provided by the Patent Facilitating Centre of the Department of Science and Technology, India.


Representative Experience

Anthem Biosciences Private Limited, India: Assisted Anthem Biosciences, a contract research and innovation service provider specialized in organic synthesis, process development, analytical chemistry, discovery biology and regulatory compliance in patentability search, in preparing patent specifications (both provisional and complete) and drafting relevant forms to be filed in Indian Patent Office with the previous employer. (e.g. WO2019053605)
Bharat Fritz Warner Limited (BFW): Assisted BFW, the India’s largest machine tool builder in prior art search, in drafting several patent specifications with claims and in preparing relevant forms to be filed in Indian Patent Office with the previous employer.
Centre for nano and soft matter sciences (CeNSE): Assisted CeNSE, an autonomous research institute under the Department of Science and Technology (DST), Government of India, in preparing several patent specifications with claims; in preparing relevant forms, in preparing responses to Indian Patent Office actions; and in preparing responses to International Search Report (ISR) and written opinion issued by World Intellectual Property (WIPO) with the previous employer. (e.g. WO2019053494)
Knoetik Solutions Inc, USA: Assisted Knoetik Solutions, a SME in Federal Enterprise Aviation and Space Systems, in patentability analysis, drafting patent applications along with claims, and in preparing preliminary amendment with LexpertConsilium.
M/s. Healthline Private Limited, India: Assisted Healthline Private Limited and its branch company Sericare in preparing several patent specifications with claims; preparing relevant forms, in preparing responses to US and Indian Patent Office actions; and in preparing responses to International Search Report (ISR) and written opinion issued by World Intellectual Property (WIPO) with the previous employer. (e.g. IN4947/CHE/2015, IN2716/CHE/2012)
Pal Labs Inc, USA: Assisted Pal Labs, a foreign profit corporation which deals with inventions related to financial transactions in patentability analysis, in drafting patent applications along with claims, and in preparing preliminary amendment with LexpertConsilium.
RL Fine Chem Private Limited: Assisted RL Fine Chemicals, a fastest growing research based pharmaceutical company in preparing patent specifications with claims; preparing relevant forms, in preparing responses to US and Indian Patent Office actions; and in preparing responses to International Search Report (ISR) and written opinion issued by World Intellectual Property (WIPO) with the previous employer. (e.g. WO2020044102, IN201741004702)
Troy Life Sciences, India: Assisted Troy Life Sciences, a company with technical competence and experience in the field of synthetic organic chemistry, process research and pharmaceutics in preparing patent specifications with claims; preparing relevant forms, in preparing responses to US and Indian Patent Office actions; and in preparing responses to International Search Report (ISR) and written opinion issued by World Intellectual Property (WIPO) with the previous employer. (e.g. WO2018158674)
Christ University, India: Assisted Christ University in prior art search, drafting provisional applications and preparing relevant forms with the previous employer.
Indian Institute of Science (IISc), India: Assisted IISc in preparing several patent specifications with claims; preparing relevant forms, in preparing responses to US and Indian Patent Office actions; and in preparing responses to International Search Report (ISR) and written opinion issued by World Intellectual Property (WIPO) with the previous employer. (e.g. IN201641003899, WO2019069262, WO2018146592, IN201641017315, IN4639/CHE/2015)
Vellore Institute of technology, India: Assisted VIT in prior art search and drafting provisional applications with the previous employer.


Representative Patent Drafting and Prosecution Experience

• WO2019053571 titled “Area Specific Metallic Foams by Friction Stir Processing”
• WO2019175721 titled “Actuator Material and Method Thereof”
• WO2019053605 titled “Synthesis of Tocotrienols From o-Cresol Derivatives”
• WO2019053571 titled “Area Specific Metallic Foams by Friction Stir Processing”
• WO2020044102 titled “Bromine Free Preparation of 5H-Dibenzo [A,D] Cyclohepten-5-One”
• WO2018158674 titled “Asymmetric Synthesis of (S)-3-(1-(Dimethylamino) Ethyl) Phenylethyl(Methyl)Carbamate and its Salts”
• WO2019069262 titled “A Memory Device Comprising Aluminium Oxide Phosphate with Tunable Traps and Method Thereof”
• WO2019053494 titled “A Process for Preparation of o-Desmethyltramadol and Salts Thereof”


Professional Highlights

• Patent executive, IBHA IP Solutions, Bengaluru, India, 2018-2019
• Research Associate, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi, India, 2015-2016


Honors and Awards

• Received fellowship under KIRAN-IPR Women Scientist-C Scheme by Department of Science and Technology, India.
• Received research fellowship by Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, India.


Education

• NALSAR University of Law, India, 2018, Diploma (Patent Law)
• Jawaharlal Nehru University, India, 2016, Ph.D. (Mammalian Bioprocess/Biotechnology)
• Punjab Technical University, India, 2008, M.Sc. (Biotechnology)
• Devi Ahilya Vishwavidyalaya, India, 2005, B.Sc. (Computer Science, Biotechnology and Chemistry)


Membership

• Life membership of The Cytometry Society, India.
• Accepted as AAAS member through AAAS/Science Program for Excellence in Science for 2 years from 2010 to 2012.


Presentations

• Presented poster on “Engineering CHO-DG44 Cells for the Enhanced Production of Rituximab” at Indo-US workshop on Cell Factories, at IITB, 2016 Authors: Manual Tripathi, Vijeta Sharma, K. J. Mukherjee
• Presented poster on “Correlating Exometabolome Profiles with Monoclonal Antibody Production in Modified and Unmodified CHO Cell Lines” at Bioprocessing India-2015 conference, organized by IITM, 2015, Authors: Richa Guleria, Vijeta Sharma, K. J. Mukherjee
• Presented poster on “Designing Improved Mammalian Expression Systems Using Metabolic Engineering” Asian Biotechnology Congress, at IHC Delhi organized by IITD and AFOB, 2013, Authors: Vijeta Sharma, K. J. Mukherjee


External Publications

• Sharma V, Tripathi M, Mukherjee KJ “Application of System Biology Tools for the Design of Improved Chinese Hamster Ovary Cell Expression Platforms", J Bioprocess Biotech 6: 284. doi:10.4172/2155-9821.1000284 (2016)


Ph.D. Thesis

“Designing Improved Mammalian Expression System Using Tools of Systems Biology” under the guidance of Prof. K. J. Mukherjee, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India. The thesis consists of 4 chapters and discusses preparation of robust cell lines using cell engineering and use of metabolic foot-printing and proteomic analysis to enhance and analyze the performance of modified cell lines. Chapter 1 gives a brief introductory note of the problems related to small productive life span of the CHO cells in a bioreactor and need of a holistic approach to solve the problems. Chapter 2 discusses the literature review to address the highlighted problems. Chapter 3 discusses the method used to solve the problems. Chapter 4 discusses results obtained from methods adopted in chapter 3.


Languages

English and Hindi