ONE YEAR ADVANCED DIPLOMA IN PATENTS LAW

About the Programme

India is ranked as the fastest emerging economy and a major global player in the years to come. The country has the largest scientific and technical human resources among top five countries in the world. With the advent of WTO regime, it has integrated its IP legislations in compliance with TRIPS agreement and is poised to be a destination for research and innovation.

Such transformation requires capacity building in the field of IPR human resources. Acquisition of patents, prosecution and protection require training and skills of IP law for technical and legal professionals.

Patents law is an area, which needs the close collaboration of the inventors with that of the professional lawyers to successfully file for a patent, and hence those inventors need to know the basic principles of law to communicate with the lawyer about the technical aspect in a legal language. Therefore the target groups of learners include policy makers, researchers, technical and legal professionals.

The Patents Law course for technical and legal professionals has been designed to disseminate the Indian Patent Law on one hand and the comparative regime in developed countries on other hand, as Patenting is a Universal phenomenon not restricted to national space. It meets the Professional needs of the working professionals in the Research and Development industries. The Course structure will expose the candidates to the basics of the Patent law, the various approaches in getting a patent, the litigation issues by way of case law discussion, the patent drafting skills, international dimensions of the Patent regime and transactional issues in monetizing Intellectual property.

Eligibility

a. Bachelor’s Degree or an equivalent Degree in any discipline from any recognized University; or

b. Candidates who complete three years of their 5-Year Integrated LL.B. Degree Programme in Law; or

c. Candidates appearing for the final year examination of Graduation / Engineering are also eligible to apply.

Admission Procedure

Direct Admission subject to fulfilment of the eligibility criteria.

Duration, Continuation and Termination

The duration of the programme is one year and the maximum period for completion of the programme is two years including the year of admission.

Every candidate admitted to the course shall pay the prescribed fees at the time of admission. If a candidate is required to continue the course beyond the academic year because of his/her non- fulfillment of the prescribed requirements for the award of the Advanced Diploma, he/she shall pay the Continuation Fee to continue their course in the subsequent year.

The marks secured in the papers already appeared by the candidate shall be carried forward during the span of the eligibility for the programme.

After completion of the maximum period, if the candidate fails to fulfill all the requirements for the award of the Advanced Diploma, the admission stands automatically cancelled. In such cases they need to enrol afresh for the programme.

Fee Structure :

Course fee : Rs. 30,000/- p.a. (5% fee concession to the candidates belonging to SC / ST / PWD Category)

  • Repeat examination / Supplementary Examination fee : Rs.500/- per paper
  • Continuation fee beyond the minimum duration of the course till the maximum period : Rs.3,000/- per year
  • Re-evaluation Fee : Rs. 1,000/- per paper
  • Boarding & Lodging charges at campus (subject to availability) during classes / exams will be extra as per the University Rules.
  • Convocation fee will be charged separately as per the University Rules.

Note: The University reserves the right to revise the fee structure from time to time.

Course Structure

The courses syllabus is broadly divided into four Subjects:

Subject Code Subject
1.1 Introduction to Intellectual Property
1.2 International Treaties & Conventions on IPR
1.3 Patent Law & Practice in India
1.4 International Patent Regimes

Based on the aforementioned four subjects, examination will be conducted for two theory papers (one combining subjects 1.1. & 1.2. and another combining 1.3. & 1.4.) and two practical based examinations covering all the subjects. Each paper consists of 100 marks. The details of the examination are given below:

Paper Subject Total Marks Credits
Paper I (Theory) Introduction to Intellectual Property & International Treaties & Conventions on IPR (Covering subjects 1.1 & 1.2) 100 Marks 4
Paper II(Practical) Exploitation of Patents – Drafting, Specification & Patent Writing (Covering all 4 subjects) 100 Marks 4
Paper III(Theory) Patent Law & Practice in India & International Patent Regimes (Covering subjects 1.3 & 1.4) 100 Marks 4
Paper IV(Practical) Abuse / Infringement of Patents (Covering all 4 subjects) 100 Marks 4
 
Conduct of the Programme

The Advanced Diploma Programme will be for a period of one year. Personal Contact Programme (PCP) sessions will be held twice in a year by the subject experts. The candidates can contact / communicate through email with the subject experts for queries, if any, on the concerned subject. Relevant course material will be uploaded on the website and can be accessed through their login id. The Self Learning Materials (Reading Materials) printed copies will also be sent to the enrolled candidates.

PCP sessions will be conducted for four days twice in a year at Hyderabad by the subject experts. Suggested reference guidance would be provided at the contact sessions. Each subject shall consist of 12 teaching hours which will come to 48 teaching hours for the total programme. The recorded videos of the classes will be uploaded on the dedicated website and can be accessed by the candidates through their login ids. Attendance at the PCP is not compulsory but candidates are advised to attend the classes as they are important to understand the subject and successfully complete the course. The learners are also expected to put in at least 30 hours of study for each credit.

The website will be the main delivery system in terms of updating the information on the subject. The access to the website will be deactivated after the completion of the minimum duration and will be revived on the payment of the continuation fee.

Academic Calendar

Admission Process From February to June every year

S.No. Name of the Activity Tentative months
    From To
1 Distribution of course material July August
2 Personal Contact Programme (First Round) September October
3 Personal Contact Programme (Second Round) February March
4 Examinations May June
5 Declaration of Results July August
6 Repeat / Supplementary Examinations October November
Evaluation Scheme & Award of Advanced Diploma
Examination

There will be one annual examination for each paper. Each paper shall carry 100 marks.

Award of Grades

The performance of all the candidates in all courses shall be evaluated on a 10 point scale with corresponding grade values as mentioned below:

Percentage of Marks Grade Grade Value
90 and above O+ (Exceptionally Outstanding) 10
85 – 89 O (Outstanding) 9
80 – 84 E+ 8.5
75 – 79 E (Excellent) 8
70-74 A++ 7.5
65-69 A+ 7
60-64 A 6.5
55-59 B+ 6
50-54 B(Pass) 5.5
Below 50 F(Fail) 0
Calculation of CGPA

Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) is arrived at by dividing the sum of the products of Grade Values and the Course Credits in each subject by the total number of credits in all the subjects.

A candidate to be successful should obtain a minimum of 50% marks or the equivalent grade, i.e., B in every subject. However, the candidate who fails to obtain the minimum grade (i.e., B) shall be given chance(s) to re-appear for the examination whenever the same is conducted till the completion of the maximum period, i.e., two years from the date of admission on payment of repeat / supplementary examination fee and the continuation fee as prescribed. No candidate who has cleared the subject by securing 50 marks or above is allowed to re-appear in the examination for improving the marks / grade.

Rounding off and Award of Grace Marks

In case a candidate obtains fractional marks, the fraction will be rounded off to the nearest whole number.

The Course Coordinator with the approval of the Director, DDE may add FIVE grace marks in total for all the subjects to enable a candidate to pass the examination. The said provision will not be applicable in case of re-evaluation and/or for improvement of grade.

Provided that under no circumstances, a candidate shall be granted more than five grace marks to be distributed in all subjects.

Award of the Advanced Diploma Certificate

A candidate to be eligible for the award of the Advanced Diploma in Patents Law should secure 50% marks or ‘B’ grade in all the subjects obtaining atleast CGPA of 5.50 out of 10.00.

A candidate admitted to the program has to complete all the prescribed requirements within a maximum period of two years from and including the year of admission in order to be eligible for the award of the Advanced Diploma.

Procedure for Re-counting / Re-evaluation

The candidates desiring of re-evaluation have to apply in writing along with the re-evaluation fee within 15 days from the date of declaration of results. On the receipt of the request for re-evaluation, the paper would be sent to subject expert other than the evaluator and the results of the same will be communicated within 45 days. A change in the original score shall be made only when, upon re-evaluation, the change is FIVE marks or more. The Re-evaluation result is final and there will be no further appeal to the same.

No candidate who has cleared the subject by securing 50 marks or above is allowed to re-appear in the examination or apply for re-evaluation for improving marks / grade.

The recounting of the paper would be done without collecting any fee but on the written request to the Director, DDE by the candidate. The change, if any, shall be incorporated accordingly.

Misconduct Rules

The Vice-Chancellor on the report and recommendation of the Course Co-ordinator can cancel the registration of a candidate and also debar them from examinations and further enrolment if he or she is found to be indulging in abusive, unruly behavior with the faculty or staff of the University. Such behavior will also include abusive mails, phone calls or defamatory tweets / posts / blogs etc.

The NALSAR University Academic Mis-Conduct Regulations, as approved by the Executive Council of the University will apply suitably for the candidates enrolled for this programme.

Refund of Fee in case of withdrawal of admission

a) In case of withdrawal within 15 days from the closure of the admission, 10% of the course fee paid shall be retained by the University towards administrative charges;

b) In respect of candidates who withdraw their candidature after 15 days from the closure of admission, total course fee paid by the candidates shall be retained by the University.

c) All other fee other than course fee, once paid is non-refundable.

Note: The University reserves the right to modify the admission process, fee structure, course structure, course content, the evaluation scheme and other Rules from time to time.

ONE YEAR ADVANCED DIPLOMA IN PATENTS LAW

Faculty

 
In-House Faculty :

Prof.V.C.Vivekanandan (On Lien)
IPR Chair Professor, NALSAR & Director,
Directorate of Distance Education

Prof.V.C.Vivekanandan received his PhD in Intellectual Property Laws and also holds his Master’s in Corporate Law & Securities and a Master’s in Public Administration.

Prof.V.C.Vivekanandan is on lien and has joined as the Founder Dean of the School of Law, of Bennett University an initiative of the Times of India Group from June 2017. He was the IPR Chair Professor of the Ministry of HRD at NALSAR and also the Director of the Directorate of Distance Education at NALSAR. He teaches IPR, Artificial Intelligence & law, Entertainment Law. He was also the Centre Head of the NC Banerjee Centre for IP Studies and the Editor in Chief of the Journal of Intellectual Property Law.

Mr. Sourabh Bharti
Assistant Professor
NALSAR University of Law

Mr.Sourabh Bharti did his B.Sc. from Govt. Gandhi Memorial College, Jammu, J&K, and LL.B. from Faculty of Law, University of Delhi and LL.M. from NALSAR University of Law, Hyderabad.

Visiting Faculty :

Dr. Anindya Sircar
Senior IP Consultant

Dr. AnindyaSircar is currently engaged in consulting, strategizing, teaching and training programs in the field of Intellectual Property management.
Dr. Sircar had been Associate Vice President and Head of IP with Infosys Limited for over five years and was responsible for all IP activities of Infosys Limited and its subsidiaries. Prior to this he was heading the IP Department Biocon Group – a premiere biotechnology company in Bangalore, India and was instrumental in setting up the IP practices for the Biocon Group.

Mr.G.R.Raghavender
Joint Secretary, Department of Justice, Ministry of Law & Justice at Government of India
Former- Registrar of Copyrights

Mr.G. R. Raghavender is currently is a civil servant from Central Secretariat Service (CSS) 1988. At present, he is posted as Joint Secretary, Department of Justice, Ministry of Law & Justice, Government of India, New Delhi. Previously, he was Joint Secretary in Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion, Ministry of Commerce & Industry, Government of India, New Delhi from August 2015 to January 2017. He also held additional charge of Director General, National Productivity Council (NPC) from November 2015 to May 2016.

Mr.P.V.S.Giridhar
Senior Partner
Giridhar & Sai Associates, Chennai.

PVS Giridhar is Senior Partner of Giridhar & Sai Associates, a Chennai-based law firm handling civil and corporate law practice, including litigation.
Giridhar joined the Bar in 1987 and initially worked as a junior in the Chambers of P.Chidambaram, Senior Advocate. His expertise includes Intellectual Property, Information Technology, Cross-border licensing and technology-related contracts, including software licensing. He practices in the Madras High Court, the Supreme Court of India and High Courts in other states.

Mr.R.Muralidharan
Advocate, Law Lecturer
Patent & Trademark Attorney
Manu Associates Bangalore

Mr. R. Muralidharan is an Advocate, Law Lecturer, Registered Patent Agent & Mediator.
He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology and Chemistry (1976) and a Masters Degree in International Law and Constitutional Law.(1980). As a final year Law student, Mr. Muralidharan represented India in the Philip. C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition held at Washington D.C. USA (March 1979).

Ms.Swapna Sundar
CEO, IP Dome, Chennai

SwapnaSundar is a Patent Agent with 10 years of experience in Industrial and Intellectual Property law and related services such as filing, prosecution and litigation support in various areas of IP including patents, trademarks, copyright, designs, Geographical Indications, plant varieties and protection of trade secrets and traditional knowledge. She is an IP Management and Strategy Professional with IP Strategy experience of four years in corporate sector and institutional arenas.

Mr.T.V.Madhusudhan
Deputy Controller of Patents & Designs
Patent Office of India, Chennai

T.V. Madhusudhan holds a Masters Degree in Organic chemistry with specialization in pharmaceuticals and drugs. He has been working as Deputy Controller of Patents and Designs at the Patent Office in Chennai since 1997.

Prof.V.K.Unni

Dr. V.K. Unni is a Professor in the Public Policy and Management Group at IIM Calcutta. He has a Ph.D. in Law and was awarded the Max Planck India Fellowship by the Max Planck Society Germany in 2008.

Course Coordinator

  
Mr.Sourabh Bharti
Assistant Professor
Ph : +9140 – 23498224
 
 

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Administrative Contact

Ms. B. Nagalakshmi
Assistant Registrar
Ph : +9140 – 23498402

Ms. G. Usha Devi
Junior Assistant
Ph : +9140 – 23498404

Mr. R.Ravi
Junior Assistant
Ph : +9140 – 23498404

Mr. B. Vijay Kumar
Record Assistant
Ph : +9140 – 23498404

 

Postal Address

Directorate of Distance Education
NALSAR University of Law
Justice City, Shameerpet, Medchal District,
Hyderabad - 500101, Telangana, India.
Ph : +9140 – 23498404;Fax: +91 40 23498403

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