Komal Kalha, senior counsel, is a policy and legal advisor on all aspects of intellectual property (IP) for India and other South Asian countries. She serves as the lead IP specialist for India. Ms. Kalha promotes high standards of IP protection and enforcement, as well as cooperation between the United States and South Asian governments on IP matters.
Ms. Kalha started her career at Amarchand Mangaldas, one of India’s leading law firms. In addition to her attorney experience, she has designed and taught courses on IP law and related subjects at various universities in India and has advised Indian states on IP policy matters.
Ms. Kalha holds a BSc and LLB (Hons) from the National University of Juridical Sciences, Calcutta, India, and an LLM in IP from the George Washington Law School, Washington D.C.
About the USPTO and the Office of Policy and International Affairs
Aside from the issuance of patents and registration of trademarks, the USPTO has a statutory mandate to advise the President and all federal agencies, through the Secretary of Commerce, on national and international intellectual property (IP) policy issues, including IP protection in other countries. In addition, the USPTO is authorized by statute to provide guidance, conduct programs and studies, and interact with IP offices worldwide—and with international intergovernmental organizations—on matters involving IP.
The USPTO’s Office of Policy and International Affairs fulfills this mandate by leading negotiations on behalf of the United States at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO); advising the Administration on the negotiation and implementation of the IP provisions of international trade agreements; advising the Secretary of Commerce and the Administration on a full range of IP policy matters, including in the areas of patent, copyright, trademarks, and trade secrets; conducting empirical research on IP; and providing educational programs on the protection, use, and enforcement of IP.