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Summary

Presently, I am working at LUMS as in-house legal counsel. Prior to joining LUMS, I have worked at Zafar and Associates - LLP as an Associate Attorney where I gained considerable amount of experience in the fields of Intellectual Property, Contract, and E-Commerce.

I have also served as legal research associate to Justice (R) Nasira Iqbal - a renowned legal personality and a philanthropist in Pakistan. During my service with her, I worked on several documents including Pakistan’s initial State reports on United Nations Treaties i.e., the ICCPR and UNCAT.

I also worked with different Non Profit Organizations and have played key roles in the organizations that I have worked with, for instance, I have served as District Chairperson Publications at Rotaract International District 3272, and Executive Director at Hollaback! International (Lahore).

Work History

February 2017Present

In-House Counsel at LUMS

Lahore University of Management Sciences

At LUMS, I am responsible to, 

-review and draft agreements including but not limited to Sponsorship Agreements, Grant Agreements, Memorandum of Understanding (MoUs), Confidentiality Agreements, and Consultancy Agreements to be signed by and between LUMS and external stakeholders. Major agreements may include, but not limited to, Agreement between Ignite and LUMS for the establishment of National Incubation Centre at Lahore and other one at Quetta. Also, the Agreement between KP Govt. LUMS for the establishment of Incubation Centres at 9 different universities at KP. 

-maintain and update policies related to sponsored programmes and research applicable at LUMS.

-manage all Intellectual Property (IP) related matters, including patent, copyright, trademark drafting and filing with IPO (Pakistan), WIPO and IP Offices across the world and also to facilitate commercialization of IP at LUMS.

-follow up on opportunities for applied research and explore opportunities for technology transfer and the commercialization of university research (including incubators and research parks).

-manage and organize IP related events, workshops and seminars.

- guide and train in legal matters the startups based at National Incubation Centre, Lahore

Apart from that, I am representing LUMS at Technology and Innovation Support Centers Network Pakistan as focal person. 

September 2014February 2017

Associate Attorney

ZAFAR & ASSOCIATES - LLP

Patent & Trademark Attorney with expertise in IP portfolio research, cross-border technology transactions, licensing agreements, product clearance, freedom-to-operate, patent infringement & validity (Patent Invalidation) analysis, research & opinions. Core practice includes trademark, copyright and patent drafting, clearance searches, drafting office action responses for USPTO, EUIPO(OHIM), IPO-Pakistan, IPO-Bangladesh, NIPO-Srilanka, IPO-India and IPO-Afghanistan. Have advised clients in structuring and negotiating transactions in which they exploit their intellectual property rights or in acquiring them from others.


Drafting of co-operation Agreements, License Agreements, Franchise Agreements, Infringement Suits, Legal Notices, Cease and Desist Letters, Distance Contracts, Non-Disclosure Agreements, IP Protection, briefing documents, business policies, memorandum, and other legal documents have also been her core areas of expertise.

Her network of clients includes some of the top notch companies, such as Subway International, Master Group, Super Asia, Harbinger International, Orient Electronics, The Vitamin Company, Medipak, Murree Brewery, Geepas (UAE), Sparco Paints, Tara Crop Sciences, Silver Star Group (Nike Football Manufacturers), Master Paints, Citropak etc.

 

20162016

Legal Compliance Researcher

Nestle Pakistan Ltd

I have  worked as an Research Assistant to Compliance Officer at Milk Collection Dairy Department and her major role was to review and evaluate external compliance issues. Her research work majorly dealt with the Food Law, Employment / Labour Laws, Taxation Laws, Health Care,  Environmental Laws, Industrial Machinery Laws etc.  

Oct 2013Nov 2014

Research Associate

Justice (R) Nasira Iqbal

As a Research Associate to Justice (R) Nasira Iqbal,I had been drafting and reviewing the petitions concerning human rights and other related documents including Pakistan’s initial State reports on the UN Treaties i.e., ICCPR and UNCAT.

20162017

Chairperson International Services

District 3272 (Pakistan & Afghanistan)

I was responsible for enhancing members knowledge, understanding and appreciation of worldwide needs, problems and opportunities, as well as cultural differences. The International Service Director is also responsible for developing activities to promote international understanding and goodwill. 

Responsibilties in this portfolio include maintaining the club's relationship with it's sister clubs overseas, maintaining and growing the club's micro-finance fund, organising events that promote international understanding and other cultures, promoting events for members to attend, including Rotaract conferences overseas. 

Apr 2015Apr 2016

Executive Director

Hollaback! Inc.

Hollaback! Lahore is a project branching our of an International Non-Profit Organization Hollaback! Inc. based in New York, United States. Hollaback is a movement to end harassment powered by a network of local activists around the world. Hollaback! Lahore have arranged several workshops and events including the "Not an Object" in collaboration with organization "Say No to Harassment" and US-Pak Alumni Network ( U.S. Embassy Islamabad).

May 2014May 2015

District 3272 (Pakistan & Afghanistan) Chairperson Publications

Rotaract International District 3272

My core duty was to collect all the data concerning the activities conducted throughout the District 3272 and compile the Report for the Higher Officials. Besides, was an editor to the DRR's Monthly Newsletter which is projected throughout the Rotary International. 

Education

20112014

LL.B.

University of Punjab, Pakistan

20092011

B.A

University of Punjab Pakistan

Political Science and Psychology

Certifications

20182018

 Training on Patent Database Searches

World Intellectual Property Organization, Higher Education Commission, and Intellectual Property Organization Pakistan  
20182018

Business Law for Executives 

Lahore University of Management Sciences 
July 2016August 2016

General Course on Intellectual Property

World Intellectual Property Organization
May 2016June 2016

Certification on Patent Cooperation Treaty

World Intellectual Property Organization
20112012

Cyber-space Law

Quaid-e-Azam Law College, Lahore.
20122013

Street Law Clinics

Quaid e Azam Law College, Lahore

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