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Programme Structure

The M.I.P.L.programme consists of 12courses spread over two years in 4 semesters. There are 12 courses and each course carries six credits. Each semester has a total of 3 courses. The programme carries a total of 72 credits.

Programme Break-up

The programme has 12 courses taught over 2 years. Each course is divided into 6 blocks dealing in depth with the topics mentioned below. The following table lays down the course number and name and the credits assigned:

Serial No. Course Name of the Course Credits
1. Course 1 Introduction to Law 6
2. Course 2 Overview of Intellectual Property 6
3. Course 3 Copyright and Design Law 6
4. Course 4 Trade Marks and Passing off and Geographical Indications 6
5 Course 5 Patents 6
6. Course 6 Traditional Knowledge and Biodiversity 6
7. Course 7 Advanced Intellectual Property Issues 6
8. Course 8 Intellectual Property Litigation 6
9. Course 9 Commercialisation of Intellectual Property and Licencing 6
10. Course 10 Plant Variety Protection 6
11. Course 11 International and Comparative Intellectual Property Law 6
12. Course 12 Research Project 6

Course Description

Course 1: Introduction to Law
This course aims to introduce law as a discipline to students. In recent years, law as a subject has emerged as one of the most distinct and important fields of study. An introduction to law is required to understand the study of intellectual property.

Course 2: Overview of Intellectual Property Rights
This course will give you a general introduction to intellectual property. Common types of intellectual property include copyrights, trademarks, patents, industrial design rights, and trade secrets are covered. This course deals briefly with the concepts of intellectual property and the rights accruing to them.

Course 3: Copyright and Design Law
This course focuses on the laws relating to copyright and design, which have been standardised through national laws and international conventions. Copyright gives the creator of original work exclusive rights for a certain time period in relation to that work, including its publication, distribution, and adaptation; after which time the work is said to enter the public domain. On the other hand, design as a process can take many forms depending on the object being designed and the individual or individuals participating in it.

Course 4: Trademarks, Passing-off and Geographical Indications
This course provides a comprehensive description of the laws relating to trademarks and geographical indications. In many countries the protection afforded to geographical indications by law is similar to the protection afforded to trademarks, and in particular, certification marks. This course provides an overview of such laws.

Course 5: Patents
This course deals with the procedure for granting patents, the requirements placed on the patentee, and the extent of the exclusive rights, which vary widely between countries according to national laws and international agreements.

Course 6: Traditional Knowledge and Biodiversity
Traditional knowledge is an emerging area in the field of intellectual property rights. It indicates information that is passed down from generation to generation, particularly among local communities. In order to be effective, efforts on biodiversity conservation are being made through government agencies and other mechanisms. This course gives an overview of issues and options involved in protecting and preserving such information of the knowledge holders.

Course 7: Advanced Intellectual Property Issues
This course provides a detailed analysis of various intellectual property issues in the present scenario. It aims to promote informed discussion of contemporary issues, such as Internet domain name disputes, small- and medium-sized enterprises, and electronics commerce programmes and activities.

Course 8: Intellectual Property Litigation
This course provides an insight into strategies needed to resolve the litigation of intellectual property matters, opposition, and infringement. It deals with the issues surrounding intellectual property law and litigation, including patent and trademark protection, maintaining intellectual property portfolios and the future of intellectual property litigation on a global scale.

Course 9: Commercialisation of Intellectual Property and Licencing
This course focuses on the generation of wealth with the help of intellectual property. It deals with issues like the future of small-and medium-sized enterprises and how these enterprises can survive in the international trade arena. It is concerned with the identification and analysis of current approaches in the commercialisation of intellectual property, the hurdles that small- and medium-sized enterprises face, and accessible and feasible solutions.

Course 10: Plant Variety Protection
Plant variety protection including plant breeder’s rights, are intellectual property rights granted to the breeder of a new variety of plant. This course discusses the U.P.O.V. Convention and plants variety protection laws.

Course 11: International and Comparative I.P. Law
This course provides a comparative legal analysis of laws related to the intellectual property laws of various countries. The study of international and comparative law provides an essential theoretical foundation for all the students by affording a unique insight into the nature of law and legal process.

Course 12: Research Project
Students are required to prepare a project paper dealing with legal aspects on any one topic selected from any of the 11 courses of the M.I.P.L.

Evaluation Methodology

Students will be assessed through continuous evaluation that includes a series of graded tests and quizzes. At the end of every two semesters (that is, after every 6 courses and 36 credits) the University will conduct a term-end examination. Continuous assessments shall carry 70% weightage and term-end examinations shall carry 30% weightage.

  • The total pass percentage for each quiz and term-end examination is 40%, while the pass percentage for the Research Project is 50%
  • The continuous assessment of 70% would be evaluated through a series of online tests, assignments, and quizzes
  • These tests, assignments, and quizzes will be divided across all the blocks of each course, and each block has at least one corresponding test, quiz, or assignment. Therefore each course has 3 quizzes and each semester has 9 quizzes in total.
  • The term-end examination carries 30% of marks with theoretical, analytical, and problem-oriented questions.
  • Students need to pass all graded quizzes in a course separately to obtain the block of credits they comprise for that subject
Feedback and Support

Enrolled students will be provided complete support for technical and academic doubt resolution in M.I.P.L., including:

  • Access to courseware, which will be in the form of reading material and interactive multimedia sessions
  • Resolution of doubts and help through subject mentors
  • Submission and viewing of assignments
  • Attempting test and quizzes