Sonia Baldia

Sonia Baldia

Partner
Baker & McKenzie LLP

Biography

Sonia Baldia brings business and technology savvy to her global practice, which encompasses US and international commercial, transactional and IP expertise across multiple industries, including life sciences, banking & finance, healthcare, energy, 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. She routinely advises clients on IP strategy, management and monetization arrangements, leveraging her technology background and registered patent attorney credentials. Sonia is recognized for her tech transactions and outsourcing work by Chambers USA and Legal 500.

Previously, Sonia served as a consultant to the USAID and the US Department of Commerce, advising foreign governments on IT, telecom and IP-related development projects. She has also served as associate professor of law, teaching courses in IP, tech transfer and corporate law. She is a dual qualified lawyer with bar admissions in the US and India.

Representative Legal Matters

  • 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.

  • US-India inbound and outbound foreign investment projects, commercial contracts, dispute management, and market entry strategy

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • International Association of Outsourcing Professional
  • Licensing Executives Society (LES)
  • American Bar Association
  • International Technology Law Association (ITechLaw)
  • Northern Virginia Technology Council
  • U.S. India Business Council

Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit~United States
  • District of Columbia~United States (2007)
  • New York~United States (2000)
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office~United States (2002)

Education

  • George Washington University Law School (S.J.D.)
  • University of Georgia (LL.M.)
  • Delhi University (LL.B.)
  • Punjabi University (B.S.)

Languages

  • Hindi
  • Punjabi

Speaking Engagements

  • Presenter, "Data as an IP Asset," iTech Law Conference, Bangalore, India, February 2020

  • Presenter, "Software Development: Key IP Concepts and Best Practices," Client Training Program, January 2020

  • Host, Roundtable with India's Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and senior industry executives, Washington DC, October 2019

  • Presenter, "Setting Up Global In-House Centers (offshore captive innovation centers)," PLI's Outsourcing 2019 Innovation & Disruption, Chicago and New York City, October 2019

  • Presenter, "Negotiating Liability for Data Breach in Vendor Contracts Part I and II," Client Training Program, July 2018