2016 Panel Sessions

Manisha Desai, Assistant General Patent Counsel, Eli Lilly (US)

Speaker in Pharma Session 1 – “In(gene)ious” but not patentable? Patentable subject matter

Monday, September 19, 2016 from 09.00 to 10.30


Manisha A. Desai is Assistant General Patent Counsel at Eli Lilly and Company, Indianapolis, Indiana.  Since joining Lilly’s patent division in 1999, she has worked on the procurement and enforcement of patents worldwide.  She currently manages patent litigation in the US and in various emerging markets, including Latin America, Russia, the Middle East, and South Asia.

In addition to speaking on IP policy matters at national and international meetings, Manisha has represented various industry organizations during negotiations in the Convention on Biological Diversity and the World Intellectual Property Organization.

Manisha conducted neuroscience research for 10 years before obtaining a law degree from Indiana University School of Law, Bloomington, Indiana.  She obtained a PhD in pharmacology from Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia, and a BA in chemistry, with a minor in Russian, from Duke University, Durham, North Carolina.