Dr. Kirti Gupta is a Senior Director of Economic Strategy at Qualcomm Inc. She is responsible for leading the substantive direction of the global Intellectual Property (IP) and Competition policy efforts and for conducting original research on issues related to IP and competition law and economics. In prior work, she has been responsible for developing models for determining Qualcomm’s optimal IP strategy world-wide and on designing algorithms for IP portfolio valuation.
Prior to her role as an economist, she spent over a decade as a wireless systems engineering expert, working primarily on the research and development of third and fourth generation (3G and 4G) wireless cellular systems that are the communications engine for most of the mobile devices today. She has also worked on products including mobile payment platforms, and push-to-talk technologies. Over the course of her engineering career, Kirti has represented Qualcomm in various global technology standards bodies, including the Third Generation Partnership Project (3GPP), 3GPP2, Open Mobile Alliance (OMA) and Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF). She is a co‐inventor of 35 patents in the field of wireless communications. Utilizing her standards engineering experience in the trenches, and her IP and Competition economics training, her research focuses on issues at the intersection of IP and Competition, and on evaluating policy proposals related to Technology Standards, Standard Development Organizations (SDOs), and Standards Essential Patents (SEPs). Dr. Gupta holds a Master's degree in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University, and a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of California, San Diego.