Patent Search and Analysis

By Prof. M. Padmavati, Prof. Shreya Matilal   |   IIT Kharagpur
Learners enrolled: 2189
Patents are legal documents which provide the basis of an invention and the extent to which rights are covered in relation to an invention. One of the indicators for a country’s innovative ability is patenting index and patents are considered to be the highest in the innovative index. Search for patent information is undertaken for various purposes. Understanding technology trends, gaining an insight into lead technologies, forming a part of literature search before embarking on R&D, determining patentability of an invention, freedom to operate searches before product entry into market are some of the predominant reasons for patent search. The need for customised products, rapid production and global marketing necessitates scouting for technologies worldwide. Skilled patent professionals are a requirement for any successful organisation. The past decade has also witnessed the growth of IP filing from academia as well. Patent search is an important component of literature search for identification of new areas of innovation. Objectives of the course: This course will focus on providing the students/participants • To develop skills to conduct patent search and analysis • To develop practical insights into specific types of patent search • To enable understanding of the techno-legal aspects of patent search and analysis 
पेटेंट कानूनी दस्तावेज हैं जो एक आविष्कार का आधार प्रदान करते हैं और एक आविष्कार के संबंध में किस हद तक अधिकार शामिल हैं। किसी देश की अभिनव क्षमता के संकेतकों में से एक सूचकांक पेटेंट है और पेटेंट को अभिनव सूचकांक में उच्चतम माना जाता है। पेटेंट सूचना शोध विभिन्न उद्देश्यों के लिए किए जाते हैं। प्रौद्योगिकी रुझानों को समझना, प्रमुख तकनीकों में अंतर्दृष्टि प्राप्त करना, अनुसंधान और विकास पर लगने से पहले साहित्य शोध का एक हिस्सा बनाना, एक आविष्कार की पेटेंट क्षमता का निर्धारण करना, बाजार में उत्पाद को उतारने से पहले अनुसंधान को संचालित करने की स्वतंत्रता पेटेंट शोध के कुछ प्रमुख कारण हैं। अनुकूलित उत्पादों की आवश्यकता, तेजी से उत्पादन और वैश्विक विपणन दुनिया भर में प्रौद्योगिकियों के लिए स्काउटिंग की आवश्यकता है। कुशल पेटेंट पेशेवर किसी भी सफल संगठन के लिए एक आवश्यकता है। पिछले दशक ने शिक्षाविदों द्वारा आईपी फाइलिंग के विकास को भी देखा है। पेटेंट शोध, नवाचार के नए क्षेत्रों की पहचान के लिए साहित्य शोध का एक महत्वपूर्ण घटक है। पाठ्यक्रम का उद्देश्य: यह पाठ्यक्रम छात्रों / प्रतिभागियों को निम्नलिखित प्रदान करने पर ध्यान केंद्रित करेगा • पेटेंट शोध और विश्लेषण करने के लिए कौशल विकसित करना • पेटेंट शोध के विशिष्ट प्रकारों में व्यावहारिक अंतर्दृष्टि विकसित करना • पेटेंट शोध के तकनीकी-कानूनी पहलुओं की समझ को सक्षम करना और विश्लेषण

INTENDED AUDIENCE: Students belonging to Engineering and Science streams, LL.B in IP Law, LL.B, Masters in IP Law, PG Diploma in IP Law

INDUSTRY SUPPORT:   All technical industries, law firms
Course Status : Completed
Course Type : Elective
Duration : 8 weeks
Category :
  • Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Law
  • Patents and Intellectual Property Rights
Credit Points : 2
Level : Undergraduate/Postgraduate
Start Date : 22 Aug 2022
End Date : 14 Oct 2022
Enrollment Ends : 22 Aug 2022
Exam Date : 29 Oct 2022 IST

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

Page Visits

Course layout

Week 1 Inventions and Patent Eligibility
Patentability criteria for inventions
Prior Art categories
Disclosure Norms
Patent Specification – Description and Claims
Week 2:   How to read a patent document - Patent Anatomy
Introduction to Patent search
Fundamentals of Patent Search
Fields for Search -Keyword Search -Classification Search – IPC, CPC, USPC, F term -Combination Search -Concept based search
Week 3: Public search databases IPO EPO USPTO Patent Scope
Subscribed databases search
Differences between public search and subscribed database search 
Week 4: Types of Patent search
Patentability Search 
Validity Search
Week 5: Types of Patent search
Patent Landscape Search
Clearance Search Advantages and Limitations of each type of search
Week 6: Analysis of Patent Search with illustration (examples from different technology areas)
Week 7: Patent landscape analysis
Week 8: Value of Patent Search and analysis

Books and references

  1. Patent Search: Tools and Techniques- David Hunt 
  2. Patent Search Work Book – Created by the course proposer

Instructor bio

Prof. M. Padmavati

IIT Kharagpur
Dr. M.Padmavati is a Professor at the Rajiv Gandhi School of IP Law. At the School she teaches the subjects of Patent Law, IP Management, Patent Procedure and Drafting to both undergraduate law students as well as master students of law. Her primary area of research includes Intellectual Property and Commercialization of recombinant and herbal drugs and Drug Regulation, Biodiversity Law. She has many research as well as consultancy projects, from Ministry of Human Resource Development, DST, Council of Scientific and Industrial Research etc.,. She has been awarded the Microsoft–Young Faculty Scholarship in Intellectual Property. She is an Advisor to the IPR Cell, IIT Kharagpur. She is the Course Coordinator of the KIRAN-IPR Program at IIT Kharagpur for training women scientists in IPR, patent search in which women scientists are trained for a year in IPR. She has been guiding Masters as well Doctoral student’s research in IP. Her articles have been published in renowned journals in the field of Intellectual Property Laws. She is a member of important professional as well as government bodies such as World Bioenergy Association and International Patent Information User Group (PIUG), International Trade Mark Association (INTA), West Bengal Science and Technology Council etc. She is also an Editorial Board member of Journal of Intellectual Property Rights (JIPR). She has been an invited speaker at international as well as national conferences. She provides pro-bono assistance in filing of IP.

Prof. Shreya Matilal

S. Matilal, after obtaining his LL.B. with a First Class started practising at the Bar of the High Court at Calcutta and Supreme Court of India. He obtained his LL.M. in Business Laws from National Law School, Bangalore. After completing his masters, he took up a Faculty Position at NUJS, Kolkata. After a year of teaching he went back to practice and started working as Associate (IP) in Khaitan & Co., Advocates. Thereafter he did his second LL.M. from Case Western University Law School, U.S.A. He obtained his LL.M. with honours in Intellectual Property Law from Case Western University Law School, U.S.A. He was in top 1 percentile of his batch. He was awarded Fulbright Scholarship to pursue research at Spangenberg Centre for Law, Technology & the Arts, CWRU, U.S.A. He got CALI Excellence for the Future Awarded (Awarded by Centre for Computer Assisted Legal Instruction, Chicago, U.S.A.) for his research work on pharmaceutical data exclusivity. He received Microsoft Outstanding Young Faculty Award in 2009 (Awarded by Microsoft Corporation, U.S.A.) for conducting research on the Application of the DOE in Software Patents. After coming back to India he started working as Partner in Khaitan & Partners, Advocates. Currently he is a faculty at Law School of IIT Kharagpur where he teaches Copyright Law, Jurisprudence and Property Law. He also co-teaches a course on Artificial Intelligence and Law. His publication includes a book on software intellectual property law and European Intellectual Property Review article on data exclusivity.

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: 29 October 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 6 assignments out of the total 8 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 Kharagpur. 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

MHRD logo Swayam logo


Goto google play store