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C R Jacob – Partner (Electrical Sciences)

Jacob is the managing partner at IP Astra. He steers the firm in its day to day activities and is involved in laying out the vision and strategy along with the advisory board.

Jacob has over 15 years of experience spanning across research, academia and intellectual property field. He has held senior management roles and has represented as a key player in merger and acquisition deals, including that of a deal involving a Fortune 50 conglomerate. His practice areas focusses on patent drafting and prosecution with emphasis on sensors, semiconductors, analog, digital, mixed signal, biomedical, video codecs, mobile communications, and consumer appliances.

Prior to founding IP Astra, Jacob worked as Deputy General Manager, Operations at Biozeen, an equipment manufacturing, consulting and training company. In this role, he was responsible for strategic growth of the company, general operations, IT, procurement and research and development initiatives. He was earlier associated with Evergreen valley law group (EVLG), as patent engineer, senior patent engineer and contracting partner. Prior to EVLG, he worked with Unicita Consulting as technical patent analyst. Before entering the patent profession, he worked as Research Associate for two terms on a project funded by Vikram Sarabhai Space Center, Indian Space Research Organization. He also undertook a brief stint as lecturer at VIT.

He has done his M.Tech in Sensor Systems Technology, under the School of Electrical Sciences from Vellore Institute of Technology.