Assistant Manager of Patents Division
- B.SC. Biotechnology (AIMST University)
- M.SC. Agrobiotechnology (Universiti Putra Malaysia, UPM)
- Registered Patent Agent (Malaysia)
- Tissue Culture
- Genetics Engineering
Sharrmila graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Biotechnology from AIMST University and a Master’s degree in Agrobiotechnology from Universiti Putra Malaysia. Here at KASS, she handles patent drafting and prosecution work and conducts patentability, equivalent and state of the art searches. She also conducts Freedom to Operate (FTO) and Invalidation searches and issues infringement, patent validity and invalidity opinions. She is proficient in handling responses to examination reports issued by the Southeast Asian (ASEAN) region patent offices as well as international patent offices including IP Australia, USPTO, EPO, JPO and CNIPA, to name a few. Sharrmila works on patent searches, drafts patent specifications and handles examination responses for inventions in Chemistry, Biotechnology, Tissue culture, Cryopreservation, Agrobiotechnology, Biochemistry and Genetic engineering fields. Her expertise also lies in advising on “method of treatment” claims and their patentability requirement for the ASEAN region.
She maintains a portfolio of local and international clients and attends to their IP related queries. She is proficient with the patent laws of the ASEAN region and also assists clients in accelerating their patent grant using relevant patent acceleration programs such as PPH, GPPH and ASPEC.
She is also actively involved in giving talks in the biotechnology domain to provide clients clear insight on patentable subject matter and scope of protection in the biotechnology domain.
Amongst other feathers in her hat, she advises on plant variety protection in Malaysia and also assists clients with their applications to the Department of Biosafety, Malaysia to obtain approval for field trial and import/export of genetically modified plant varieties.