Alumni Spotlights

Pervin Taleyarkhan, J.D., '13

Legal Associate, Purdue Research Foundation Office of Technology Commercialization

Pervin Taleyarkhan, J.D., '13

It was encouraging to hear that my work in IP law is worthy of recognition on an international level.

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Pervin Taleyarkhan has turned her IP studies into a job as a legal associate with the Purdue Research Foundation Office of Technology Commercialization.

In her new job, Taleyarkhan will provide strategies for Purdue intellectual property portfolios, evaluate technology-based innovations for IP protection, draft patent and trademark applications, and present applicaitons to relevant federal agencies, in addition to other duties.

She was editor-in-chief of the Indiana Health Law Review, and also demonstrated an affinity for IP law during her studies at IU McKinney.  During Spring 2013, she won first prize and $500 in the inaugural "Pondering Intellectual Property Competition," an international writing contest.  Her paper, titled "Intellectual Property: Protecting the Intellect or the Property," was part of the competition sponsored by the National University of Juridical Sciences, the Intellectual Property and Technology Society, and Spicy IP.

The topic for the competition was "Should the process of creating an invention or work determine its protectability as an intellectual property?" In her paper, Taleyarkhan argued that the process involved in the creation or invention stages should not determine a particular invention or work's protectability. In doing so, she analogized IP to Warren Buffet's investment philosophy: "Price is what you pay, value is what you get," which stresses the crucial difference between price of company stocks and the company's ultimate value. The link with IP is that the "price paid" is the process of arriving at an innovation, while the Buffet concept of "value" is how much society values a particular innovation. Taleyarkhan points out that the two are wildly different and thus one should not depend on the other.

Taleyarkhan said of the win, “It was encouraging to hear that my work in IP law is worthy of recognition on an international level.”

She lives in Lafayette, and graduated in 2009 from Purdue University with a bachelor of science degree in chemical engineering. Throughout her undergraduate studies, she worked as a student researcher, conducting studies in cardiovascular engineering under the mentorship of the late Professor Leslie A. Geddes, a pioneer in electrical/biomedical engineering and recipient of the National Medal of Technology in 2006.

During her studies at IU McKinney, Taleyarkhan was awarded an Outstanding Service Award for her pro bono service, served as both an advocate and a coach for the IP Moot Court team, and worked as a research associate for the Center for Intellectual Property Law and Innovation.  She was also recently nominated for the 2013 Jan Jancin Competition.