Intellectual Property Rights– Laws and Practices (CSP Paper-9.3) CS Professional Mod-3

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Elective 9.3: Intellectual Property Rights: Laws and Practices (Max Marks 100)

To learn, understand and analyse the Laws and Relations relating to Intellectual Property Rights in India along with the glimpse
of International practices.

1. Introduction: Concept of Property vis-à-vis Intellectual Property; Concept of Property and Theories of Property – An Overview;
    Theories of Intellectual Property Rights; Meaning, Relevance, Business Impact, Protection of Intellectual Property; Intellectual
    Property as an Instrument of Development; Need for Protecting Intellectual Property – Policy Consideration – National and
    International Perspectives; Competing Rationales for Protection of Intellectual Property Rights; Intellectual Property Rights as
    Human Right; Determining Financial Value of Intellectual Property Rights; Negotiating Payments Terms in Intellectual Property
    Transaction; Intellectual Property Rights in the Cyber World.
2. Types of Intellectual Property Origin and Development An Overview: Copyrights; Trademarks; Patents; Designs; Utility
    Models; Trade Secrets and Geographical; Indications; Bio-Diversity and IPR.
3. Role of International Institutions : Introduction to the leading International Instruments concerning Intellectual Property Rights;
    The Berne Convention; Universal Copyright Convention; The Paris Convention, Patent Co-operation Treaty; TRIPS; The World
    Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and the UNESCO.
4. Patents : Introduction to Patent Law; Paris Convention; Patent Cooperation Treaty; WTO- TRIPS; Harmonisation of CBD and
5. Indian Patent Law : An Overview; Concept of Patent; Product / Process Patents & Terminology; The Patents Act, 1970; Amendments
    to the Patents Act; Patentable Subject Matter, Patentability Criteria; Duration of Patents- Law and Policy Consideration; Elements
    of Patentability,- Novelty and Non Obviousness (Inventive Steps and Industrial Application; Non- Patentable Subject Matter;
    Procedure for Filing of Patent Application and types of Applications; Procedure for Opposition; Revocation of Patents; Ownership
    and Maintenance of Patents; Assignment and licensing of Patents; Working of Patents- Compulsory Licensing; Patent Agent-
    Qualification and Registration Procedure.
6. Patent Databases & Patent Information System : Patent Offices in India; Importance of Patent Information in Business
    Development; Patent search through Internet, Patent Databases.
7. Preparation of Patent Documents : Lab Notebooks/Log Books/Record Books; Methods of Invention Disclosures; Patent
    Application and its Contents; Writing of the Patent Document.
8. Process for Examination of Patent Application : Publication of Patent Applications; Request for Examination; Process for
    Examination & Prosecution; Reissue &Re-examination.
9. Patent Infringement : Literal Infringement; Doctrine of Equivalence and Doctrine of Colourable Variation; Contributory Infringement;
    Defences to Infringement including Experimental Use; Inequitable Conduct; Patent Misuse; Legal Aspects (Act, Rules, and
10. Recent Developments in Patent System: Software and Business Method Patenting in India & other Jurisdiction; Patentable
       Inventions with Special Reference to Biotechnology Products entailing Creation of New Forms of Life.
11. Trademarks : Introduction to Trademarks; The rationale of protection of trademark as (a) an aspect of commercial and (b) of
       consumer rights; Definition and concept of Trademarks; Kinds of marks (brand names, logos, signatures, symbols, well known
       marks, certificationmarks and service marks); International Legal Instruments on Trademarks; Indian Trademarks Law (The
       Trade and Merchandise Marks Act, 1958 and Trademarks Act, 1999); Non Registrable Trademarks; Procedure for Registration
        of Trademarks; Opposition Procedure; Procedural Requirements of Protection of Trademarks; Content of the Rights, Exhaustion
        of Rights; Assignment/Transmission / Licensing of Trademarks; Infringement of Trademarks and Right of Goodwill; Passing off
        Action; Offences and Penalties; International Conventions- Madrid Protocol; Domain Names – (Domain Names and Effects of New
        Technology (Internet); WIPO Internet Domain Name Process).
12. Copyrights :Introduction to Copyright - Conceptual Basis; International Protection of Copyright and Related rights- An Overview
       (International Convention/Treaties on Copyright); Nature of Copyright; Indian Copyright Law; The Copyright Act, 1957 with its
       amendments; Copyright works; Author & Ownership of Copyright; Rights Conferred by Copyright; Assignment, Transmission,
       Licensing of Copyrights; Neighbouring Rights; Infringement of Copyrights; Remedies & Actions for Infringement of Copyrights;
       Copyright Societies, Office, Board, Registration of Copyrights & Appeals; International Conventions; Copyright pertaining to
       Software/Internet and other Digital media; Remedies, especially, possibility of Anton Pillar Injunctive Relief in India.
13. Industrial Designs : Need for Protection of Industrial Designs; Subject Matter of Protection and Requirements; What is a Registrable
       Design; What is not a Design; Novelty &Originality; Procedure for Registration of Designs; Copyright under Design; Assignment,
       Transmission, Licenses; Procedure for Cancellation of Design; Infringement; Remedies.
14. Geographical Indications : Geographical Indications - Concept of Appellations of Origin, Indication of Source and Geographical
       Indication; International Conventions/Agreements; The Geographical Indications of Goods (Registration and Protection) Act, 2000;
       Procedure for Registration, Duration of Protection and Renewal; Infringement, Penalties and Remedies.
15. Layout  Designs of Integrated Circuits : The Semiconductor Integrated Circuits Layout-Design Act, 2000; Conditions and
       Procedure for Registration; Duration and Effect of Registration; Assignment and Transmission.
16. The Protection of Plant Varieties and Farmers’ Rights : The Protection of Plant Varieties and Farmer’s Rights Act, 2001;
       Protection of Plant Varieties and Farmers’ Rights, Authority and Registry; Registration of Plant Varieties and Essentially derived
       variety; Duration, Effect of Registration and Benefit Sharing; Surrender and revocation of Certificate; Farmers’ Rights; Plant Varieties
       Protection Appellate Tribunal; Infringement, Offences, Penalties and Procedure.
17. Protection of Trade Secrets.
18. Key Business Concerns in Commercializing Intellectual Property Rights: Competition and Confidentiality Issues Antitrust Laws; Assignment of           Intellectual Property Rights; Technology Transfer Agreements; Intellectual Property Issues in the Sale of
       Business; Care & Maintenance of Confidential Information; Legal Auditing of Intellectual Property; Due Diligence of Intellectual
       Property Rights in a Corporate Transaction; Management and Valuation of Intellectual Property.
19. Case Laws, Case Studies and Practical Aspects.