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, Withdrawal 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.
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