Managing Intellectual Property in Universities

By Prof. Feroz Ali   |   IIT Madras
Learners enrolled: 326
Intellectual property (IP) help universities to improve their ranking, establish an innovation ecosystem, incubate knowledge-based start-ups, earn additional revenue and measure research activity. Managing intellectual property at Universities can be critical as regulatory authorities push for establishing innovation ecosystems and IP centres. The University Grants Commission (UGC) has asked all universities to set up IP centres. The National Institute Ranking Framework (NIRF) ranks institutions based on the number of patents applied for, granted and commercialised. The National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) awards points to institutes with an innovation ecosystem and a facility for identifying and promoting IP. Both the UGC and All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) recommend changes to the curriculum with a focus on IPR education in technical institutes.
Every stakeholder in an university, be it the administrators, the professors, the researchers or the students, now need to know the basics of intellectual property and learn how to identify, protect, manage and commercialise them.

Those who take this course should be able to:
a) Identify the different types of intellectual property generated by universities;
b) Understand the need for an innovation ecosystem and the benefits it brings to universities;
c) Know the requirements for setting up an IP centre and get practical training on how IP centres function; and
d) Learn how startups can be incubated in universities.

This course will include practical training (optional) on the setting up and running an IP centre using a free account at www.techgrapher.com

INTENDED AUDIENCE: University administrators, Professors and Students
INDUSTRY SUPPORT: UGC requires all universities to have IP Centres. This course will help all the universities to know how to set up an IP Centre

Course Status : Completed
Course Type : Elective
Duration : 4 weeks
Category :
  • Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Patents and Intellectual Property Rights
Credit Points : 1
Level : Undergraduate
Start Date : 25 Jul 2022
End Date : 19 Aug 2022
Enrollment Ends : 08 Aug 2022
Exam Date : 25 Sep 2022 IST

Note: This exam date is subjected to change based on seat availability. You can check final exam date on your hall ticket.

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Course layout

Week 1: The Entrepreneurial University
Week 2: Innovation Ecosystem
Week 3: Intellectual Property Centre
Week 4: Incubating Startups

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Instructor bio

Prof. Feroz Ali

IIT Madras
Dr. Feroz Ali is the Chair Professor on Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Madras. He teaches intellectual property laws and business laws. He is the author of three books on patent law. He is a practicing advocate at the Madras High Court. He litigates and counsels in intellectual property law, corporate law and competition law but his primary focus has remained in patent law. He has appeared before the Supreme Court, the High Courts, Intellectual Property Appellate Board and the Patent Offices

Course certificate

The course is free to enroll and learn from. But if you want a certificate, you have to register and write the proctored exam conducted by us in person at any of the designated exam centres.
The exam is optional for a fee of Rs 1000/- (Rupees one thousand only).
Date and Time of Exams: 25 September 2022 Morning session 9am to 12 noon; Afternoon Session 2pm to 5pm.
Registration url: Announcements will be made when the registration form is open for registrations.
The online registration form has to be filled and the certification exam fee needs to be paid. More details will be made available when the exam registration form is published. If there are any changes, it will be mentioned then.
Please check the form for more details on the cities where the exams will be held, the conditions you agree to when you fill the form etc.


Average assignment score = 25% of average of best 3 assignments out of the total 4 assignments given in the course.
Exam score = 75% of the proctored certification exam score out of 100

Final score = Average assignment score + Exam score

YOU WILL BE ELIGIBLE FOR A CERTIFICATE ONLY IF AVERAGE ASSIGNMENT SCORE >=10/25 AND EXAM SCORE >= 30/75. If one of the 2 criteria is not met, you will not get the certificate even if the Final score >= 40/100.

Certificate will have your name, photograph and the score in the final exam with the breakup.It will have the logos of NPTEL and IIT Madras .It will be e-verifiable at nptel.ac.in/noc.

Only the e-certificate will be made available. Hard copies will not be dispatched.

Once again, thanks for your interest in our online courses and certification. Happy learning.

- NPTEL team

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