Archana Bhuta is the Associate General Counsel, Head of IP Legal at SRI International. SRI is an independent, nonprofit research center that works with clients to take the most advanced R&D from the laboratory to the marketplace. For more than 70 years, SRI has led the discovery and design of ground-breaking products, technologies, and industries – from Siri and online banking to medical ultrasound, motorcycle riding robots, cancer treatments, and much more.
Previously, Ms. Bhuta was the Director of IP Portfolio at LeEco (US) where she headed the development of IP. LeEco is a global technology company that provides breakthrough experiences through its open, integrated ecosystem of streaming content, platforms, and smart devices that fit perfectly into a broad spectrum of lifestyles including content spanning smartphones, TVs, sports, film, live entertainment and connected mobility.
Prior to joining LeEco, Ms. Bhuta was the Director of IP at Pebble Technology Corp. Pebble was the world’s most successful independent smartwatch company, having launched two successful, record-breaking Kickstarter campaigns and selling well over one million watches globally. Ms. Bhuta headed IP at Pebble where she created global programs and strategy for patents, trademarks and copyrights.
Prior to joining Pebble, Ms. Bhuta was the Director of Patents at Juniper Networks. Juniper Networks delivers innovative software, silicon and systems that transform the experience and economics of networking. Ms. Bhuta managed the overall patent program at Juniper as well as counseled Juniper’s software, routing and switching business groups on patent portfolio growth and management. Prior to this role, Ms. Bhuta acted as chief counsel for Juniper's security related business group where she led the IP due diligence and IP integration of the $95M acquisition of Altor Networks, $70M acquisition of SMobile Systems, Inc., IP asset acquisition of Blackwave, Inc. and the acquisition of patents from Bitgravity, Inc.
Prior to joining Juniper Networks, Ms. Bhuta was at Sun Microsystems where she was responsible for patent litigation, patent portfolio development, copyright counseling and IP licensing and in private practice at Weil Gotshal & Manges focusing on IP litigation and at Blakely Sokoloff Taylor & Zafman focusing on patent prosecution, due diligence and opinion work.
Ms. Bhuta obtained her J.D. degree from the John Marshall Law School and a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Purdue University.