SpicyIP Events: Free NPTEL Online Course on ‘Patent Law for Engineers and Scientists’ by Dr. Feroz Ali

We are glad to inform you that Dr. Feroz Ali Khader, Chair Professor on Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Madras, is offering a free NPTEL (MOOCs) course titled “Patent Law for Engineers and Scientists”. The course covers the syllabus of Paper 1 of the Patent Agent Examination. The registration is now open and the course will begin on July 24, 2017. For further details, please read the post below:

About the Course

The course shall give an in-depth understanding of patent law to engineers and scientists. This course will help person with a science background to understand the fundamentals of patent law, know the requirements of patentability, learn how to read and interpret patent specifications, analyze patent office procedures and court cases and develop the basic understanding for drafting a patent specification. This course will cover the syllabus of Paper 1 of the Patent Agent Examination conducted by the Intellectual Property Office, Government of India.

Intended Audience

Engineering and Science Graduates and Students






Studying for or completed engineering or a science degree

Industries That Will Recognise This Course

Would be beneficial for candidates preparing for the Patent Agent Examination

Course Instructor 

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 Layout

Week 1: Introduction to the Indian Patent System :Learning Patent Laws as Concepts; Understanding the Patents Act, 1970; Understanding the Patents Rules, 2003; What’s New in the Patents (Amendment) Rules, 2016; The Importance of Case Laws; The Role of Patents in Industry; Introduction to the Indian Patent System

Week 2: Patentability of Inventions :Statutory Exceptions to Patentability; Novelty; Inventive Step; Capable of Industrial Application; Person Skilled in the Art

Week 3: Patent Specification :Structure of a Patent Specification—Title, Abstract, Description, Claims, etc.; Reading a Patent Specification—Fair basis, Enabling Disclosure, Sufficiency, Priority; Introduction to Patent Drafting

Week 4: Patent Prosecution: Patent Application :Patent Application—Who Can Apply, True and First Inventor, How to Make a Patent Application, What to include in a Patent Application, Types of Patent Applications, Dating of Application; Powers of Controller; Putting Applications in Order; Abandonment; Rights of Patentee, Assignee and Co-Owners

Week 5: PCT & International Applications :International Application—Convention Application, PCT Application, Application Designating India, Multiple Priorites; PCT Timeline

Week 6: Patent Prosecution: Publication and Examination :Publication of Application; Examination of Application—First Examination Report, Amendments during Prosecution; Withdrawal of Application; Potential Infringement

Week 7: Patent Prosecution :Opposition :Pre-grant opposition; Post-grant opposition; Opposition in General

Week 8: Patent Prosecution: Practice at the Patent Office :Secrecy Provisions; Rights Conferred by Grant; Restoration of Lapsed Patents; Surrender; Patent Office—Registrar of Patents, Powers of Controller & Examiners, Patent Agents; Penalties

Week 9: Patent Enforcement: Revocation and IPAB :Revocation—Grounds for Revocation; Intellectual Property Appellate Board

Week 10: Patent Enforcement: Suits Relating to Patents :Declaratory Suits, Infringement Suits, Use and Acquisition by Government

Week 11: Compulsory Licensing :Compulsory Licensing—Working of Patents, Grounds for Grant of Compulsory License, Revocation; Patent Licensing

Week 12: Fees and Timelines :Fees—Application, In Relation to Grant of Patents; Timelines—Application, Examination, Publication etc.

Suggested Reading

  • Feroz Ali, The Law of Patents, LexisNexis
  • Ronald D. Slusky, Invention Analysis and Claiming – A Patent Lawyer’s Guide, Second Edition, American Bar Association, 2012.
  • Feroz Ali, The Touchstone Effect – The Impact of Pre-grant Opposition on Patents, LexisNexis, 2009

Certification Exam

  • The exam is optional for a fee. Exams will be on 22 Oct, 2017
  • Time: Shift 1: 9am-12 noon; Shift 2: 2pm-5pm
  • Any one shift can be chosen to write the exam for a course.
  • 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


  • Final score will be calculated as : 25% assignment score + 75% final exam score.
  • 25% assignment score is calculated as 25% of average of best 8 out of 12 assignments.
  • E-Certificate will be given to those who register and write the exam and score greater than or equal to 40% final score.
  • 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.


The course has already seen more than 1000 registrations. If you wish to register for the course, please click here.

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