Roadmap for patent creation

By Prof. Gouri Gargate   |   IIT Kharagpur
Learners enrolled: 289
For every science and technology individual, or for any inventive mind, there is a possibility of creating novel product or process. This course will help such intellectual minds to identify and protect their intellectual efforts.This course is an introduction to one of the important types of intellectual property, patent. The course is a good blend of theoretical and practical aspects of patenting activity. The course is focused on inventor/researcher perspective with an objective how to generate a patent. This course provides various guidelines to inventor/researcher to convert his research into patent. This includes various topics such as how to read a techno legal document (patent), how to use patent data for research gap analysis, how to identify potential patent, how to plan the patent filing activity, how to interact with patent attorney, how to use and maintain laboratory notebook and so on.

INTENDED AUDIENCE : Any discipline

INDUSTRY SUPPORT : Almost all industry sectors need this course (Start ups, MSMEs, Corporate)
Course Status : Upcoming
Course Type : Elective
Duration : 8 weeks
Start Date : 23 Jan 2023
End Date : 17 Mar 2023
Exam Date : 26 Mar 2023 IST
Enrollment Ends : 30 Jan 2023
Category :
  • Multidisciplinary
  • Law
  • Patents and Intellectual Property Rights
Credit Points : 2
Level : Undergraduate/Postgraduate

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Course layout

Week 1  :  Introduction to patent: Definition, concepts, patentability
Week 2  :  Patentability Criteria:How to Identify whether my invention is patentable?
Week 3  :  How to read a patent document?
Week 4  :  Patentability check - various tools 
Week 5  :  Procedure for patent filing
Week 6  :  Research/project  Planning I
Week 7  :  Research/project  Planning II
Week 8  :  Research/project  Planning III

Books and references

Indian Patents Act, 1970
Ove Granstrand, The Economic and management of Intellectual Property, 1999
Narayanan, V. K., Managing technology and innovation for competitive advantage, first edition, Pearson education, New Delhi, 2006
Idris, K., Intellectual property: a power tool for economic growth, second edition, WIPO publication no. 888,Switzerland, 2003
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Instructor bio

Prof. Gouri Gargate

IIT Kharagpur
Dr. Gouri has a wide experience in intellectual property law, industry and academia. Her background in IPR is LLM from University of Mumbai (Gold medal), PhD in IP management from IIT Bombay (MHRD scholarship),Post Graduate Diploma in patent law from NALSAR University, Registered patent agent (IN/PA 1930), TIFAC (Technology Information Forecasting and Assessment Council, DST) scientist and DL 101 certification. Her background in technology is M.Sc. in Microbiology (Gold Medal), PG Diploma in Medical Laboratory Technology and short term training in IVF (In Vitro Fertility). 

She has presented research papers at international technology management conferences such as PICMET (2012, Canada), IAMOT (2018, Birmingham, UK) and published research papers in reputed journals like ‘World Patent Information’, ‘JWIP’, ‘IJIPM’ and filed her own patent in March 2015. She also worked as a guest co-editor for IJIPM (ABDC Listed Journal) Special Issue-MIPS 2014. 

She has legal experience and she has provided IP consultancy to several organizations, drafted policies for a few private organizations, and handled IP matters in various domains such as Engineering (Mechanical, Civil, Environment and Chemical), Medical Instruments/Devices, Jewellery, Banking & Finance, Education Technology, Life Sciences, Agriculture and FMCG. 

Dr. Gargate has industry experience and handled various projects such as competitive intelligence, technology landscape, FTOs, Prior art search etc. 

In the past, she was associated with IIT Bombay under the National Virtual Library of India (NVLI) project. She was looking after various activities such as policies comprising copyright, privacy policy, defining and drafting terms of service, copyright issues related to massive open online courses (MOOCs), or any teaching activity and IITBombayX, copyright due diligence process, and setting up of the IP system for the project.

Before shifting her career to IPR, she was working as an Assistant Professor of Microbiology in the University of Mumbai and she was recognized PG professor of Microbiology in the University of Mumbai. She was an examiner in University of Mumbai, SNDT university, and for PGDMLT (AICTE).

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: 
26 March 2023 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

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