Deepak Syal

Deepak Syal, Co-Founder, and Director of GreyB is a thought leader in corporate patent strategy. Deepak has more than 10 years of experience consulting clients across the globe which includes Fortune 500 companies and many SMEs. He was accorded with the SBR Management Excellence award and IAM’s top 300 strategists.

I was always fascinated by the things I used to see around me. At the age of 8, I wondered why we watch TV on a small screen at home when there are large screens in movie theatres. So one day I decided to make one for myself. I picked few mirrors, torchlight, lenses, and other spare parts from the garage and built a projector that could project photographs on a large wall.

At 10, I got my first remote control car from my uncle. Rather than playing with it, I was more interested to break it to see how it is actually working. Result: The car was screwed open the first day and I was introduced to RF. At 11, my uncle gifted me another one, but this time, it could work even without a remote. He clapped to control the car. Once I figured out the control mechanism, I couldn’t stop thinking about the ways how this technology could change the things around us. We could switch ON the TV with a clap, change the channel with two claps, start the car without a key, etc. My mind couldn’t stop thinking. The building became my hobby.

This continued from school to college where I built an operating system for computers.

I started my career in an R&D department of a software publishing company and quickly got introduced to the amazing world of patents. I co-founded GreyB when I figured out that there is a need for a jump in the way patent research was being done and the companies are not ready to take that risk.

At GreyB, we built our own IP in the form of search strategies and algorithms. These algorithms were designed in such a way that, if used, they can drastically change the insights that can be derived from the analysis. I am the inventor of many such patents that cover these algorithms.

I have been invited as a speaker on Innovation and Patents at various institutes, such as IIM Bangalore, IIT Delhi, and IIT Kanpur. Apart from patents, I have authored many papers in international publications related to business intelligence and the commercialization of innovations.

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