SpicyIP Events: CUSAT’s Empirical Study Orientation Programme on Research Methods in IPRs [Kochi; June 29]

We’re pleased to announce that the Inter University Centre for Intellectual Property Rights Studies (IUCIPRS), CUSAT is conducting an empirical study orientation programme on Research Methods in IPRs on June 29, 2019. The deadline for submission of application forms is May 25, 2019. For further details, please read the announcement below:

Research Methods in Intellectual Property Rights: An Empirical Study Orientation Programme

Intellectual Property Rights is one major field of interest for the international community, and the relevance of empirical studies in IPR related areas is increasing with rapid changes in the market behaviour. However the dearth of workshops and training programmes on empirical data analysis in IPR studies poses a serious challenge to researchers, as a wrong methodology may significantly affect the authenticity and reliability of their research findings. The training programme aims at addressing this crucial problem by imparting training to IP researchers to properly conduct a research, and analyse the results of empirical study to support their findings in IPR policy research.

About the Workshop

The current workshop is an effort to enrich research scholars and faculties in intellectual property related areas on research methodology with hands-on training. This workshop is open for academics who are working in the areas of intellectual property law. There is a clear transition from conceptual to empirical research work in IP research. The core objective of this workshop is to make researchers confident in analysing empirical data in their fields of intellectual property research. By providing an overview of empirical studies in different areas of IP, this workshop intends to help the target group in learning more about how to approach and use data in their own research and scholarly work. All the sessions will be comprised of lectures and practical exercises.

Course Structure

  • Necessity of empirical studies in IP
  • The basics of empirical research – selection and collection of data, precautions to be taken while selecting data etc.
  • Use of Google search engine and web scrapping techniques in IP research
  • Making sense of IP data
  • Introduction to Microsoft Excel in IP data management
  • Literature review in IP research using Mendeley and preparing bibliography
  • Use of web scrapping in IP research


Time Session Content Exercise
9.30. am – 10.30 Importance of empirical studies in IPR Conceptual papers and empirical papers.


Understanding an empirical research paper (one exercise)
10.30 am-11.30 Uses of Google search engine in IP research Searching with keywords, customising google search engine for IP research, IPR databases and Google search techniques Creating google custom search engine for IP research. (one exercise)
11.30- 11.45 Tea break


Making sense of IP Data –

Microsoft Excel and Web scrapping in IPR research

Web scrapping with Octoparse 3, Options in excel, data handling, data formats, how to use excel for data analysis. Making sense of IP Data, web scrapping.

Graph, pivot table, correlation of data and representation of data in thesis using excel.

(Three exercises)

1.00-2.00 Lunch
2.00-3.00 Making sense of IP Data -Introduction to IP data and R statistics (GUI) Data analysis using R (GUI) (five exercises)
3.00-3.15 Tea  break
3.15-4.30 Report writing – Microsoft word   and Literature review using Mendeley       Using Mendeley, creating personal library, preparing literature review, Pdf Files and bibliography, footnotes, citation formats.

Inserting content page, table generation, Auto texting, graphs, navigation pane and report writing

Creating personal library, literature review using Mendeley software.(Two exercises) Sample report building with provided materials
  Total 12 exercises


All registered Ph.D. scholars and faculty in recognized law universities/legal research institutes from any branch of IPR may send their application (online) for the workshop. The candidates should have basic knowledge of IPR and computer applications. The list of selected candidates will be published on May 25, 2019.


Since this is workshop in the mode of hands-on training, maximum intake for the course shall be 18 participants. (12 outstation and 6 within state). The selection committee will select the participants for hands-on training based on the stage of their research work, credentials given in the registration form and biography. The selected participants are requested to bring their own laptops to get hands-on experience in handling software applications introduced during the Course.

Application Procedure

Application can be submitted only through the online link provided in the website of the department. No other modes of submission like courier or other offline modes will be accepted. Registration form is available at http://ciprs.cusat.ac.in. The link shall remain open till 5 PM on 25th May, 2019.

Registration Fee

There is a registration fee of Rs. 1000.  Accommodation to outstation participants will be provided on twin sharing basis, for which charges will have to borne by participants. No TA/DA shall be provided to the participants. The participants who require accommodation has to intimate the organizers within 7 days of publication of list of candidates selected for the workshop.

Online Registration Form


Dates to Reckon

  • The tentative date of workshop is 29th June, 2019.
  • Last date for submission of application form is 25th May, 2019.
  • List of selected candidates will be published on 1st June, 2019 and shall be communicated to the participants via their e-mail address provided at the time of submission of online application.
  • Venue: Conference Hall, Inter University Centre for IPR Studies, Cochin University of Science and Technology, Kochi, Kerala

Resource Person

Dr. Anson CJ, currently working as Assistant Professor at Inter University Centre for IPR studies, has published extensively in both peer reviewed journals and the law reviews and his research work has been cited largely. He also holds a Ph.D. in IPR and Management – worked as a research officer at DIPP Chair of Cochin University of Science and Technology. He has received couple of research grants for his work in the areas of geographical indications/intellectual property policy. He is also a principal investigator of a research effort on studying management of Collective Property through cooperative societies.

Workshop Organiser

Dr. Anson C J

Mob: 9400610461

Contact Information

For any queries/ clarifications, please contact:

Faculty Coordinator

Bilal Nazeer

Research Officer

Mob: 8547082805

Inter University Centre for IPR Studies, Cochin University of Science and Technology

Student coordinator

Naveen Gopal

Research Scholar

Mob: 9895897061

Inter University Centre for IPR Studies, Cochin University of Science and Technology

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