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Swayam Central

Patent Law For Engineers And Scientists

By Prof. Feroz Ali   |   IIT Madras
The course shall give an in-depth understanding of patent law to engineers and scientists. This course will help person with a science background to understand the fundamentals of patent law, know the requirements of patentability, learn how to read and interpret patent specifications, analyze patent office procedures and court cases and develop the basic understanding for drafting a patent specification. This course will cover the syllabus of Paper 1 of the Patent Agent Examination conducted by the Intellectual Property Office, Government of India.

INTENDED AUDIENCE: Engineering and Science Graduates and Students
PREREQUISITES: A background degree in Science or Technology is preferable. Students who enroll for this course may also benefit from the course "Patent Drafting for Beginners"
INDUSTRY SUPPORT:   Would be beneficial for candidates preparing for the Patent Agent Examination

Learners enrolled: 4846

SUMMARY

Course Status : Ongoing
Course Type : Elective
Duration : 12 weeks
Start Date : 29 Jul 2019
End Date : 18 Oct 2019
Exam Date : 16 Nov 2019
Category :
  • Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Level : Undergraduate
    This is an AICTE approved FDP course

    COURSE LAYOUT

    Week 1:      Introduction to the Indian Patent System Patent Laws as Concepts; Understanding the Patents Act, 1970; Understanding the Patents Rules, 2003;Preliminary Sections; Preliminary Rules; What’s New in the Patents (Amendment) Rules, 2016; Easy way to read the Patents Act and Rules
    Week 2:      Patentability of Inventions Statutory Exceptions to Patentability; Novelty and Anticipation; Inventive Step; Capable of Industrial Application; Person Skilled in the Art
    Week 3:      Patent Specification Provisional and Complete Specifications; Structure of a Patent Specification—Title, Abstract, Description, Claims, etc.; Reading a Patent Specification—Fair basis, Enabling Disclosure, Definiteness, Priority; Introduction to Patent Drafting.
    Week 4:      Patent Prosecution: Patent Applications  Patent Application—Who Can Apply, True and First Inventor, How to Make a Patent Application,What to include in a Patent Application, Types of Patent Applications, Patents of Addition, Dating of Application; 
    Week 5:      Patent Prosecution: Publication and Examination - I Publication of Application; Request for Examination; Examination of Application—First Examination Report
    Week 6:      Patent Prosecution: Publication and Examination – II Expedited Examination of Application; Search for Anticipation—Procedure, wthdrawal of Application; Consideration of Report of Examiner
    Week 7:      Patent Prosecution: Powers of Controller Powers of Controller—Examination Stage, Consideration of report by examiner, Refuse or Amend Applications, Division of Applications, Dating of Application, Anticipation, Potential Infringement; Putting Applications in Order; Amendments during Prosecution
    Week 8:     Patent Prosecution: Opposition Pre-grant opposition; Post-grant opposition; Wrongful obtaining of invention; Mention of Inventor; Opposition in General.
    Week 9:     Patent Prosecution: Practice at the Patent Office- I Secrecy Provisions; Grant of Patents; Rights Conferred by Grant; Rights of Co-Owners; Term of Patent; Restoration of Lapsed Patents; 
    Week 10:   Patent Office and Patent Prosecution, Surrender; Revocation—Grounds for Revocation; Register of Patents, Patent Office and its Establishment; Patent Agents; Use and Acquisition by Government; Penalties.  
    Week 11:   Compulsory Licensing
                       Compulsory Licensing—Working of Patents, Grounds for Grant of Compulsory License, Revocation; Patent Licensing;
    Week 12:   Patent Enforcement, International Arrangements and Other Miscellaneous Provisions
                       Intellectual Property Appellate Board; Declaratory Suits, Infringement Suits; International Application—Convention Application,
                       PCT Application, Application Designating India, Multiple Priorities; PCT Timeline; Fees—Application, In Relation to Grant of Patents; Timelines, Application, Examination, Publication etc. 

    BOOKS AND REFERENCES

    • Feroz Ali, The Law of Patents, LexisNexis
    • Ronald D. Slusky, Invention Analysis and Claiming – A Patent Lawyer’s Guide, Second Edition, American Bar Association, 2012.
    • Feroz Ali, The Touchstone Effect – The Impact of Pre-grant Opposition on Patents, LexisNexis, 2009.

    INSTRUCTOR BIO

    Dr. Feroz Ali is the Chair Professor on Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Madras. He teaches intellectual property laws and business laws. He is the author of three books on patent law. He is a practicing advocate at the Madras High Court. He litigates and counsels in intellectual property law, corporate law and competition law but his primary focus has remained in patent law. He has appeared before the Supreme Court, the High Courts, Intellectual Property Appellate Board and the Patent Offices.

    COURSE CERTIFICATE

    • The course is free to enroll and learn from. But if you want a certificate, you have to register and write the proctored exam conducted by us in person at any of the designated exam centers.
    • The exam is optional for a fee of Rs 1000/- (Rupees one thousand only).
    • Date and Time of Exams: 16 November 2019, Morning session 9am to 12 noon; Afternoon Session 2pm to 5pm.
    • Registration url: Announcements will be made when the registration form is open for registrations.
    • The online registration form has to be filled and the certification exam fee needs to be paid. More details will be made available when the exam registration form is published. If there are any changes, it will be mentioned then.
    • Please check the form for more details on the cities where the exams will be held, the conditions you agree to when you fill the form etc.

    CRITERIA TO GET A CERTIFICATE
    • Average assignment score = 25% of average of best 8 assignments out of the total 12 assignments given in the course. (use as per duration of the course)
    • Exam score = 75% of the proctored certification exam score out of 100
    • Final score = Average assignment score + Exam score

    YOU WILL BE ELIGIBLE FOR A CERTIFICATE ONLY IF AVERAGE ASSIGNMENT SCORE >=10/25 AND EXAM SCORE >= 30/75
    • If one of the 2 criteria is not met, you will not get the certificate even if the Final score >= 40/100.
    • Certificate will have your name, photograph and the score in the final exam with the breakup.It will have the logos of NPTEL and IIT Madras. It will be e-verifiable at nptel.ac.in/noc.
    • Only the e-certificate will be made available. Hard copies are being discontinued from July 2019 semester and will not be dispatched.

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