2023-2024 BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Immediate Past-President and Immediate Past-Chair
Womble Bond Dickinson LLP
Karthika Perumal, an LES member for over 15 years, has served as a Co-Chair for the 2018 LES (U.S.A. and Canada) meeting in Boston, and Chair for the LES Life Sciences Sector Executive Committee. Karthika is currently a partner at Womble Bond Dickinson (U.S.) LLP where she specializes in protection and commercialization of intellectual property assets including patents, copyrights, data rights, and trademarks in the technology space. Karthika works with clients in the healthcare and energy sectors to protect, defend and monetize their innovations and to develop strategic IP portfolios. Her IP transactions practice includes: technology licensing and other commercialization agreements; multiparty collaboration and joint venture agreements; product manufacturing, supply, and distribution agreements; and software development/support and service agreements, among others. She previously was an Associate Director for Technology Development at the Univ. of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB). In that role, she developed commercialization strategies for various technologies, and led numerous successful technology commercialization deals, including helping to structure six life sciences start-up companies. She has been recognized by Texas Super Lawyers® as a Rising Star in Intellectual Property in 2018 and 2019. In addition to her significant technology transfer practice, Karthika also has experience in the prosecution of patents and trademarks for large corporate entities, research institutions and independent inventors. Ms. Perumal is a Certified Licensing Professional (CLP) and received her J.D. from University of Houston Law Center and her Ph.D in Pharmacology from Baylor College of Medicine.