Overview

Sonia Baldia brings business and technology savvy to her global practice, which encompasses U.S. and international commercial, transactional, and intellectual property (IP) expertise across multiple industries including life sciences, banking and finance, healthcare, energy, information technology (IT), manufacturing, and software. She advises on a wide array of sourcing, technology, and other commercial transactions and helps companies navigate legal issues raised by data, emerging technologies, and digital transformation, both on the buyer and provider side. Sonia routinely advises clients on IP strategy, management, and monetization arrangements, leveraging her technology background and registered patent attorney credentials.

In addition to her U.S. bar admissions, Sonia is also qualified to practice law in India and she leverages that combined experience on behalf of clients in India-related matters.

Prior to rejoining the firm, Sonia was a partner in the Washington, D.C. office of an international law firm where she was part of its technology, IP, international commercial, and India practices. Sonia has also served as a consultant to the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the U.S. Department of Commerce in Washington, D.C. where she advised foreign governments on IT, telecom and IP-related development projects. She has also served as associate professor of law, teaching courses in IP, technology transfer, and corporate law.

Sonia has been ranked by Chambers USA: A Guide to America's Leading Lawyers 2020 in technology and outsourcing for her expertise in outsourcing deals involving India and her broader technology expertise, in addition to being recognized by Chambers USA in prior years. She has also been consistently recognized by Legal 500 amongst the leading practitioners in technology, media, and telecom outsourcing category (2009-2020; and as the “New Generation Partner” in 2020). Sonia is a frequent speaker and writer on digital transformation, global sourcing, IP, and technology topics and she has authored many articles and book chapters.

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Experience

*Structuring, drafting, and implementing innovative and complex IT and business process sourcing and tech transactions and advising on all phases of transaction lifecycle, including regulatory and operational issues, governance, data security, privacy, and risk mitigation.

*Advising tech companies in setting up next generation offshore captives or centers of excellence focused on high value software development, product design/engineering, automation, and data analytics.

*Structuring contractual frameworks for new product lines and customer-centric digital transformation initiatives, contracting for cloud services and infrastructure, SaaS and other as-a-service platforms, APIs, data licensing, e-commerce, joint ventures, R&D, tech acquisition, and supply chain.

*Counseling on all aspects of IP strategy, licensing, due diligence, collaboration and commercialization, and managing IP and technology aspects of corporate and transactional matters.

*U.S.-India inbound and outbound foreign investment projects, commercial contracts, dispute management, and market entry strategy.

*Experience gained by attorney prior to rejoining Kilpatrick Townsend

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Education

George Washington University Law School, Washington, DC, S.J.D., Intellectual Property Law

University of Georgia School of Law, Athens, GA, LL.M., emphasis in International Business/Trade

University of Delhi Faculty of Law, Delhi, India, LL.B.

Punjabi University, Patiala, India, B.S., Chemistry and Biology

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Admissions

District of Columbia (2007)

Bar Council of Delhi, India

New York (2000)

Court Admissions

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (2002)

Indian Patent and Trademark Office

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

Professional & Community Activities

International Association of Outsourcing Professionals, Member

Licensing Executives Society (LES), Member

American Bar Association, Member

Information Technology Law Association (ITECHLaw), Member

Northern Virginia Technology Council, Member

U.S.-India Business Council, Member

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