SpicyIP Events: NPTEL Open Online Course on ‘Patent Drafting for Beginners’ 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, has launched a NPTEL Open Online course titled “Patent Drafting for Beginners”. The deadline for enrollment is February 12, 2018. For further details, please read the post below:

About the Course

Patent specifications — the documents which encompass the patent right in a technological invention — are techno-legal documents created at the interface of science and law. Unlike technical writing, patent law requires drafting patent specifications to satisfy certain requirements. This course is designed to enable beginners without any prior knowledge on patent drafting to draft patent specifications on their own. The course will cover the fundamental principles of patent drafting and discuss in detail the concepts in patent law in the context of patent drafting.

Intended Audience

Anyone interested in patent drafting


No pre-requisites for this course. But students may benefit from the course“Patent Law For Engineers and Scientists”.

Industry Support

Law Firms, LPOs, knowledge-based industries etc

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: Invention as a solution to an unsolved Problem
Week 2: Drafting a Claim
Week 3: Types and Arrangement of Claims
Week 4: Structure of the Patent Specification
Suggested Reading

Jeffrey G. Sheldon, How to Write a Patent Application, Third Edition, Practising Law Institute, 2016.

Certification Exam

  • The exam is optional for a fee.
  • Date and Time of Exams: April 28 (Saturday) and April 29 (Sunday) : Afternoon session: 2pm to 5pm
  • Exam for this course will be available in one session on both 28 and 29 April. 
  • 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 8 weeks course: Best 3 out of 4 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  http://nptel.ac.in/noc/.


The enrollment for the course is free. If you wish to enroll for the course, please click here. The last date for enrollment is February 12, 2018.

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