counsel Europe - IP, patents & technology
Amira Mukhtar is Counsel Europe for Mars Wrigley, with over 10 yearsâ€™ in-house IP experience.
She graduated from the University of Liverpool with a First-Class honour's degree in Chemistry with Pharmacology and a Doctorate in Medicinal Chemistry. During her undergraduate studies she was awarded several prizes including the British Petroleum Practical prize, the Edith Kearton prize and the Chemistry with Pharmacology award for best performance. Her interest in IP was sparked during her PhD studies when developing a new class of aminoquinoline based antimalarial drugs and being exposed to the process for drawing up a patent application.
Ever since then she has had a broad range of roles in the field of IP more recently working extensively in the FMCG sector, specialising in the confectionery industry with some of the world's largest multinational companies as a Patent Attorney and IP Manager. She has experience in developing business aligned IP protection strategies, partnering with global R&D, commercial and marketing teams as well senior business stakeholders including board members, developing and prosecuting global patent portfolios including design rights, managing patent budgets, drafting patent applications, providing Freedom-to-operate clearances, managing EPO oppositions, IP due diligences and negotiating ownership of IP for a wide range of agreements.
In 2019, Amira joined Mars Inc. a family owned business with more than a century of history making diverse products and offering services for people and the pets people love. With almost $35 billion in sales, the company is a global business that produces some of the world's best-loved brands: M&M, SNICKERS TWIX, MILKY WAY, DOVE, PEDIGREE, WHISKAS, EXTRA, ORBIT, SKITTLES, UNCLE BEN, MARS DRINKS and COCOAVIA