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Structure of the Program

The Training Program will involve 30 hours (15 sessions of two-hours each) of interactive sessions, which will include lectures, problem solving sessions, tips for tabulating and memorising key information, analysis of case laws, and Q&A sessions. The Training Program will be taught over a period of 8 weeks in 2-hour sessions conducted every week. All the study material will be circulated during the Training Program. At the end of the 30 hour instruction, there will be a mock exam conducted for 2 hours in an examination setting. Model answers of the mock examination will be shared with the participants. A participation certificate will be issued upon successful completion of the Training Program.

Each 2-hour session will typically comprise of:

  1. Lecture on Patents Act, Rules and Key Concepts in Patent Law – 30 minutes
  2. Problem Solving – 20 minutes
  3. Analysis of case laws – 10 minutes
  4. Lecture on Drafting and Interpretation – 30 minutes
  5. Tips for tabulating and memorising key information – 10 minutes
  6. Q&A session – 20 minutes

Reading Assignments

Participants will be given reading materials in advance which they will have to go through before coming for the class. The lecture will either be based on the reading material or will involve discussions on the reading material.

Writing Assignments

Participants will be given a writing assignment at the end of the class which they have to complete before the next class. The model solution to the writing assignment will be shared in the following class.

Multiple Choice Questions

The instructor will use the GoToTraining Platform to conduct polls during the class or soon after it to ascertain the level of comprehension and attentives of the candidates.

Mode of Teaching

The Training Program will be taught using the GoToTraining Platform developed by Citrix. GoToTraining is a powerful web-conferencing subscription platform that can be used, apart from delivering lectures, to generate group discussions by sharing PDFs, images, videos (useful for circulation of study material), to have breakout sessions with interactive hands-on activities (useful for problem solving), and to foster student collaboration with real-time document editing (useful for engaging in patent drafting exercises).

Syllabus

Paper I (Topics to be covered in the lectures)

  1. Introduction to Patent Law
  2. Patentability of Inventions
  3. Novelty
  4. Inventive Step
  5. Industrial Applicability
  6. Pharma & Biotech Inventions
  7. Computer-related Inventions
  8. Specification
  9. Patent Prosecution
  10. Grant and Term of Patent
  11. Patent Office & Central Government
  12. Opposition of Patents
  13. Intellectual Property AppellatBoard
  14. Amendment of Patents
  15. Revocation of Patents
  16. Declaratory Suits
  17. Infringement Suits
  18. Patent Licensing
  19. Compulsory Licensing
  20. Government Use and Acquisition

Paper II (Topics to be covered in the lectures)

  1. Patent Drafting
  2. Construction of Patents (Claim interpretation)

Reference Books

For Paper 1

  1. Feroz Ali, The Law of Patents – With a Special Focus on Pharmaceuticals in India, LexisNexis, 2007.
  2. Feroz Ali, The Touchstone Effect – The Impact of Pre-grant Opposition on Patents, LexisNexis, 2009.

For Paper 2

  1. Jeffrey G. Sheldon, How to Write a Patent Application, Third Edition, Practising Law Institute, 2016.
  2. Ronald D. Slusky, Invention Analysis and Claiming – A Patent Lawyer’s Guide, Second Edition, American Bar Association, 2012.
  3. Robert C. Faber, Landis on Mechanics of Patent Claim Drafting, Fifth Edition, Practising Law Institute, 2004.
  4. Feroz Ali, The Law of Patents – With a Special Focus on Pharmaceuticals in India, LexisNexis, 2007.