Komal Kalha
Komal KalhaSenior Counsel & Officer-in-Charge, USPTO,
Office of South Asia

Komal is a seasoned corporate attorney and trusted government advisor. Her expertise allows her to work across multiple sectors to resolve complex domestic and international policy and business challenges. She counsels healthcare and life sciences, technology, media and entertainment, and IP-intensive industries.

Currently, Komal leads the United States Patent & Trademark Office’s (USPTO) attaché program in South Asia. She is the Principal Strategic Advisor to the United States Government (USG) on all aspects of Intellectual Property (IP) for India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Afghanistan, and the Maldives (collectively South Asia) and is responsible for promoting the development and improvement of IP systems.

Komal engages with policymakers and advises the USG on the negotiation and implementation of IP provisions in trade agreements. Her legal experience as a commercial attorney has allowed her to better understand the practical challenges raised by both industry and government as new policies are considered. Her profile includes advising various USG agencies, including the Department of Commerce and Office of the US Trade Representative (USTR), on a full range of IP policy matters, including technology transfer, trade and market access barriers, and investment protection issues.

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