Intellectual Property

By Prof. Feroz Ali   |   IIT Madras
Learners enrolled: 3842
This is a substantive course on Intellectual Property. The course shall give a brief overview of the IP landscape in India. It shall also dwell into the role of IP in the modern intangible economy. The course can be offered as a generic elective subject under the Choice Based Credit System in universities and affiliated colleges as suggested by UGC. 
Important For Certification/Credit Transfer:

INTENDED AUDIENCE :  interested Students 
Course Status : Completed
Course Type : Elective
Duration : 12 weeks
Category :
  • Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Law
  • Faculty Domain - Advanced
Credit Points : 3
Level : Undergraduate/Postgraduate
Start Date : 24 Jan 2022
End Date : 15 Apr 2022
Enrollment Ends : 07 Feb 2022
Exam Date : 24 Apr 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  :  Basics of Intellectual Property
Week 2  :  The Intangible Economy  
Week 3  :  Patents—From ball pens to biologics
Week 4  :  Trade Marks—What does red soles and barbie girl mean?
Week 5  :  Copyright—Is it right to copy? 
Week 6  :  Unconventional IP—The expanding scope
Week 7  :  Enforcement of IP—Protecting your rights
Week 8  :  IP for Business—A profit making asset class
Week 9  :  IP, Research, and Universities
Week 10  :  IP for the Creative and Entertainment Industries
Week 11  :  Governments Role in Fostering IP
Week 12  :  Teaching IP—Let everyone learn IP

Books and references

Lionel Bently & Brad Sherman, Intellectual Property Law (2014)    

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: 24 April 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 8 assignments out of the total 12 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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