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Ajay Panwar is a senior managing counsel working at Mastercard Technology Private Limited, managing IP matters for South Asia, Middle East and Africa region with a team of IP attorneys. He specialises in driving innovations and establishing IP processes in alignment with business goals, IP portfolio generation and management, IP enforcement, litigation, due diligence, mergers and acquisitions, licensing, negotiations and in providing counselling to business groups. He has more than 16 years of experience in the IP field, with domain expertise in software, financial technology and electronics. He is an avid speaker on various domestic and international forums.
Mr Panwar has played a pivotal role in driving a culture of innovation at Mastercard, which resulted in Mastercard winning various innovation awards including the Great Place to Innovate category, Zinnov awards. Before joining Mastercard, he worked with a leading software giant and set up IP processes at its India offices. Mr Panwar has also worked with various legal process outsourcing firms and has successfully led and mentored large teams in these roles.
Mr Panwar is a graduate in electrical engineering (power) from IIT Delhi, a graduate in law from Bangalore University, and holds a postgraduate diploma from NLSIU Bangalore.