Semester Offering: August

This course will expose the students to diverse aspects of the process of the technology development and its strategic management to maximize economic value from technology. Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) occupies a centre stage in such a process. A module on IPR will be integrated in this course to enable the students internalize IPR as an inseparable entity in their learning. The module will have lectures and practical training through assignments and projects. Further, students will also be exposed to the aspects of proposal writing in this course.


Patent, Intellectual Property Rights (IPR), IPR Commercialization, IPR international conventions.




I.             IPR Significance and International Conventions/Treaties
1.      Knowledge Dynamics
2.      Impact of International Conventions on IPR
3.      Role of World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO)
4.      GATT
5.      WTO
6.      TRIPs

II.         IPR Tool kit
1.      Diverse IPR tools… what are they and what do they protect?
2.      Copyright, Trademark, Integrated Circuits
3.      Design, Geographical Indications
4.      Patents

III.      Exploring Knowledge Mine
1.      Patent Searching
2.      How to read and interpret patent information
3.      Patent Mapping

IV.       Patents
1.      Structure, significance and presentation
2.      Creative Problem Solving
3.      Preparation of Technical Draft for Patent
4.      Inventive Step
5.      Design of Experiments
6.      Tailoring Inventions
7.      Patent Drafting
8.      Patent Systems Around the World

V.          Patent Cooperation Treaty
1.      The Concept, Benefits
2.      PCT Procedures

VI.       Enforcement of IPR
1.      Litigations
2.      Opposition
3.      Revocation
4.      Infringement
5.      Relevant Case Laws

VII.   IPR Commercialization
1.      IP contracts
2.      IP licensing
3.      Confidentiality Agreements
4.      Anti-competitive Practices in Contractual Licenses

VIII.      IPR as a Strategic Asset
1.      Organizational IP policy
2.      IP practice
3.      Knowledge Management


Tutorial Sessions


Class Notes and Lecture Notes


1.     Nanotechnology Regulation And Policy Worldwide (Hardcover) by Jeffrey H. Matsuura (Author) , Artech House Publishers; 1 edition (June 30, 2006), 206 pages, ISBN-13: 978-1580531061
2.     Intellectual Property Rights: Unleashing the Knowledge Economy: Prabuddha Ganguli
3.     Mapping Nanotechnology Innovations and Knowledge: Global and Longitudinal Patent and Literature Analysis Series: Integrated Series in Information Systems , Vol. 20 Chen, Hsinchun, Roco, Mihail C. 2009, XX, 332 p. 116 illus., 99 in color., Hardcover ISBN: 978-0-387-71619-0
4.     Patenting of Nanotech Inventions: A Debate by C. Sri Krishna (ed.). The ICFAI University Press, 52, Nagarjuna Hills, Punjagutta, Hyderabad 500 082. 193 pp.
5.     Technology Transfer in Biotechnology: A Global Perceptive: Prabuddha Ganguli, Ben Prickril, Rita Khanna 
6.     Intellectual Property Rights for Engineers: Vivien Irish
7.     Gearing up for patents: The Indian Scenario: Prabuddha Ganguli


1.     World Patent information
2.     Research Global
3.     Journal of Intellectual Property Rights
4.     International Journal of Intellectual Property Management


The final grade will be computed from mid-term exam (20%), final exam (30%), and assignments (50%). open-book examination is used for both mid-term and final exam.