IIPTA (Indian Institute of Patent and Trademark Attorney) has announced open admissions for January session of Post Graduate Diploma in Patent Law and Management a unique program covering the management aspects of patent world. The curriculum is divided into 10 books each covering different aspect of Patent Management.

Curriculum

1

PRIMER TO INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY
·         Patents

·         Trademarks

·         Copyright

·         Geographical Indications

·         Integrated Circuits

·         Plant breeders rights

2

INTERNATIONAL PATENT CONVENTIONS
Paris Convention for Protection of Industrial Property :

·         History

·         Principal Provisions

·         Administrative and Financial Provision

Patent Corporation Treaty :

·         Introduction

·         The Functioning of the PCT System

·         Advantages of the PCT System

Budapest Treaty on International Recognition of Deposit of Micro- organisms :

·         Background to the Treaty

·         Summary of the Treaty

·         Main Advantages of the Treaty

International Convention for the Protection of New Varieties of Plants :
Introduction

·         The International Union for the Protection of New Varieties of

·         Plants (UPOV)

·         The 1991 Act of the UPOV Convention

·         Developments in Plant Variety Protection

The Agreement on Trade Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights :

·         Introduction

·         General Provisions, Basic Principles and Final Provisions (Parts I and VII)

·         Standards Concerning the Availability, Scope and Use of Intellectual

·         Property Rights (Part II)

·         Enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights (Part III)

·         Acquisition and Maintenance of Intellectual Property Rights and

·         Related Procedures (Part IV)

·         Dispute Prevention and Settlement (Part V)

·         Cooperation between the World Intellectual Property Organization and the
World Trade Organization

·         The Strasbourg Agreement Concerning the International Patent Classification

3

PATENT LAW
Indian Patent Act 1970 (Salient Features):

·         Indian Patent Office

·         Definitions and Interpretations

·         Inventions not patentable in India (Section 3 (d))

·         Procedure of Indian Patent Filing

·         Procedure of PCT Patent Filing

·         Opposition and Revocation

·         Working of Patents and Compulsory Licensing

·         Power of Controller

·         Infringement and Defenses

United Sates Patent Law (Salient Features) :

Title 35 of the United States Code :

Part I–United States Patent and Trademark Office

Part II—Patentability of Inventions and Grant of Patents

Part III—Patents and Protection of Patent Rights

Part IV–Patent Cooperation Treaty

European Patent Law (Salient Features)

Indian vs. USA vs. EU

4

INNOVATION MANAGEMENT
·         Types of innovation

·         Breakthroughs vs. Improvements

·         Broad vs. narrow

·         How innovation drives growth

·         Competition law

·         IP as profit center

·         An innovation culture

·         When is it innovation?

·         Creating an innovative environment

·         Matching market needs to technology

·         Cost – Benefit analysis

·         Designing the product portfolio

·         An open search for ideas

5

QUALITATIVE AND QUANTITATE ANALYSIS
·         Patent Searching :

·         State of the art search or technology survey

·         Technological Search

·         Patentability Search

·         Technology landscape

·         Freedom to operate

6

OPERATIONS
·         Patenting :

·         Mechanics of Patent Drafting

·         Provisional and Complete Specification

·         Claim Drafting- Independent, Dependent, Omnibus, Chemical structure etc.

·         Prosecution

·         Conflict

·         Infringement

·         Opposition

·         Revocation

·         Ownership of patent

·         Rights of inventor

·         Disputed Ownership

·         Employee Service

·         Changes of ownership

·         Mortgage

·         Assignment

·         Unfair competition

7

STRATEGY
·         Introduction to Patent Strategy

·         Defensive

·         Best Practices of defensive strategy

·         Building patent portfolio

·         Patent Protection

·         Enforcement

·         Cost Centric

·         Best Practices of cost-centric  strategy

·         Scrutiny of  patent portfolio

·         Profit Centric

·         Best Practices of profit-centric  strategy

·         Adopting licensing strategy

·         Integrated

·         Best Practices of integrated  strategy

·         Orienting  IPM with corporate strategy and vision

·         Visionary

·         Best Practices of integrated  strategy

·         Working for disruptive innovations

8

FINANCE
·         Economics of patent law

·         The growing role of unseen wealth

·         The Measurement Problem

·         Accounting

·         Patent Valuation

·         The Cost Approach,

·         The Income Approach and

·         The Market Approach

·         Market Events Can Indicate Value

·         A Lost Patent Indicates Value

·         Early Stage Technology Valuation

·         Measuring Patent Portfolio Performance

·         IP Performance Metrics

·         Non- Financial Metrics

·         Patenting Activity as indicator of Revenue Growth

·         Economics of Patent litigation

·         Using Patent Portfolios to predict Stock Portfolio Performance

·         Patent Taxation

9

MONETIZATION
·         Commercialization Models

·         So you have an idea for money?

·         What factors are to be considered?

·         How to make the decision?

·         Commercial Options- Business start up , Spin – Outs, Licensing

·         Patent Licensing

·         Basic of Contract Law

·         Patent Licenses

·         Patent License Agreement (Paid-Up)

·         Patent License Agreement (Running Royalty)

·         Technology License Agreement

·         Royalty Rates Calculation

·         Negotiation

·         Open Source Licensing

·         Licensing Models in Software industry

·         University Technology Transfer

·         Technology Transfer Goals

·         Harvard University – Royalty Sharing Model

·         Spin – outs

·         Venture Investment

·         Introduction

·         Patent Based Deal Flow

·         Patent Investment Deal Structure

·         Patent security agreement

·         Patent Asset Backed Financing

·         Patent Branding Strategy

10

STUDY FILES
·         Patents in Software Industry

·         History of Software Patents

·         Cases

·         Diamond vs. Diehr – Algorithm Patent Case

·         Apple Computers – Code Protection

·         Cloud Computing

·         Patents in Technology Companies

·         IBM Success Story

·         GE Success Story

·         Patents and Bioinformatics

·         Patentability of Genes

·         Patents and Pharmaceuticals

·         Merck Success Story

·         Patents and Biotechnology

·         Dtect Pty Ltd – Development of Diagnostic Kits

·         Biocon Patent Strategy

·         Case Law Studies :

·         Biogen Inc v Medeva Plc

·         Catnic Components Ltd v Hill & Smith Ltd

·         Electrolux Ltd v Hudson

·         Fujitsu Ltd’s Patent Application

·         Genentech Inc’s Patent General Tire & Rubber Co v Firestone Tyre & Rubber Co Ltd

·         Haberman and Another v. Jackel International Ltd

·         IBM Corp’s European Patent Application (T935/97)

·         98 IBM/Document Abstracting and Retrieving

·         Improver Corp v Raymond Industrial Ltd

·         Merrell Dow Pharmaceuticals Inc v Penn Pharmaceuticals Ltd

·         Merrill Lynch Inc’s Application

·         Pall Corp v Commercial Hydraulics (Bedford) Ltd

·         Milliken Denmark A/S v Walk Off Mats Ltd

·         Schering A.G.”s Application