Half day Seminar on Considerations for Establishing Freedom-to-Operate and Avoiding Infringement in Europe
Assessing and establishing freedom-to-operate is a critical function of the IP Team of any organization with a strong R&D / innovation focus, and due care has to be taken to ensure that possible infringement with the related exposure to disputes and expensive litigation is avoided. This half-day seminar looked at identifying and monitoring threats to freedom-to-operate and the options that could be available to deal with the issues arising, exemptions from patent infringement, obtaining of licence or assignment etc. SPCs, including issues such as whether there are additional non-infringement or invalidity arguments for SPCs, were also discussed.
The event saw participation from executives in the IP Team, IP Lawyers, Patent Attorneys, Business Development Advisors etc
One Day seminar on Understanding Patents in South Africa
The AIPS seminar on Understanding Patents in South Africa was designed to provide an appreciation of the patenting system prevailing in South Africa, and the gamut of issues covered - from prosecution to enforcement, litigation, potential strategies in a post-patent scenario especially significant for generic companies, Licensees, Agents and Distributorships, etc. - served as a guide to organizations looking to trade with the country.
The expert speakers were from DM Kisch Inc, one of the most reputed intellectual property law firms in the area.
One Day seminar on The ICH Q11 Guideline on Development and Manufacture of Drug Substances
The seminar provided clarification on the principles and concepts described in ICH Q11 as they pertain to the development and manufacture of a drug substance. The current approach versus expectations as per Q11 were discussed, providing a greater understanding of possible regulatory flexibility. Commencing with an introduction to the Q11 concept, the faculty addressed topics such as the drug substance manufacturing process development, selection / qualification of KSM for synthetic drug substance, Critical Quality Attributes and Control Strategy, Process Validation and Evaluation, Q8 Q9 and Q10 vis-a-vis Q11 etc.
Half day Seminar on U.S. PATENT LITIGATION
The half day seminar offered an insight into all the key phases of US litigation. After providing an introduction to the U.S. Judicial system, the speakers discussed at lengths issues relating to the Discovery mechanisms, Claim construction, considerations that must be kept in mind during a Jury Trial, etc.
A mock Markman hearing to give an appreciation of actual trials in the U.S. formed part of the agenda, and was conducted to the satisfaction of all the attendees.
One day Seminar / Workshop Series on U.S. Patents
The Seminar / Workshop series addressed the Drafting and Prosecution of Patents post the recently enacted patent reform in the U.S. vide the America Invents Act, with Faculty speaking on the related technical, commercial and legal issues. FTO and patent infringement in the U.S. was also discussed, and participants were taken through differing FTO scenarios such that a comprehensive understanding was achieved.
Topics covered included “Best Practices” approach to drafting and prosecuting U.S. Patents (with reference to recent Fed. Cir. Case-law and the America Invents Act), Freedom to Operate in the U.S., Increasing proficiency in patent drafting and prosecution from the U.S. perspective, Avoiding patent infringement in the U.S., etc.
One day Seminar on Drafting and Prosecuting Pharmaceutical Patent Applications in the EU and U.S.
The seminar comprised a series of presentations,covering both general material and an interesting ‘real life’ case by working through the preparation and prosecution of US Patent No. 7,537,774 for "Therapeutic Formulation," issued in May 26 2009.
The speakers were well experienced and expert patent attorneys from leading U.K. and U.S. based law firms, and the sessions covered practically relevant issues such that tips leading to successful prosecution emerged.
The Agenda for the day included topics such as drafting of a Markush formula for a new chemical entity, drafting patent applications for enantiomers and polymorphs, added subject matter at the European Patent Office, Medical use claims at the European Patent Office, Claiming methods of medical treatment at the USPTO, patent term extensions, etc.
Half day Seminar on European Patent Prosecution - Some Key Issues
There have been varilous developments in European laws in the recent past, especially in relation to the law on Supplementary Protection Certificates (SPCs). The objective of this seminar was to make the participants familiar with these developments, get an insight into the areas of uncertainties, and gain an understanding of the threats and opportunities such uncertainties can pose.
Other issues that were discussed included Patentability of Dosage regimes and diagnostic methods, Indirect patent infringement and knowledge requirement, Regulatory data protection and orphan marketing exclusivity, etc.
The speakers, from the reputed and highly experienced firm of Potter Clarkson LLP, U.K., also took queries on general maters of European Law,non-patent IP for pharmaceuticals, etc.
AIPS One Day Seminar on SECTION 3(d): PROOF OF EFFICACY
Patent applicants are often faced with the unenviable task of proving efficacy vis-?-vis section 3(d) of the Indian Patents Act, 1970. The Seminar was designed to provide an opportunity to discuss and analyze recent important decisions at the Patent Office in this regard, and learn from the practice of the patent office as to what needs to be done to prove enhanced efficacy of a known drug such that the patent applicantion process could be made more efficient. The focus was on understanding the requirements of section 3(d), to know how efficacy is understood, what needs to be shown to prove or disprove enhanced efficacy, and on how to get over the common pitfalls that result in the failure to prove efficacy.
SEMINAR ON EUROPEAN PATENT PROSECUTION, WITH FOCUS ON
Patent Claims vis-à-vis Article 19 and 34 amendments
Special areas of pharmaceutical/chemical patenting, including Polymorphs and Formulations
Filing of patent applications at the European Patent Office (EPO) has had to take into consideration a variety of amendments in the recent past. This seminar focused on the amendments to Articles 19 and 34, and commented on how they influence the patent prosecution process at the EPO.
The Seminar went on to discuss issues that are often raised while patenting certain specific types of subject matter in the pharmaceutical / chemical field, such as polymorphs and formulations, patenting of biotech inventions, etc. Expert faculty, registered with both the CIPA and as European Patent Attorneys, provided strategic tips and techniques that can be employed to successfully prosecute patent applications at the EPO.
5 Day workshop on Patent Fundamentals & Practice
This annual training programme for executives whose scope of work calls for a broad working knowledge of patents provided an introduction to the legal & practice issues relating to patents. Expert faculty addressed sessions on Patent Basics, Prior Art Search, Data Mining, Search Strategies, Specification Drafting, Filing and Prosecution of Patent Applications including PCT applications, Opposition Procedures at the Indian Patent Office, Claim Interpretation and Analysis, Freedom to Operate guidelines, the Trade Secrets vis-a-vis Patents debate, etc
Two day Seminar on the Indian Patent Act
This two day training course provided an in-depth analysis of the Indian Patent Act, and addressed issues facing practicing professionals working in attorney firms / IPR – Patent Cells, as well as those taking the Indian Patent Office patent agent examination to qualify as Registered Patent Agents.
Expert faculty Mr. H. Subramaniam of SNA, New Delhi employed a highly interactive methodology, and provided a Chapter / Section wise analysis of the Patent Act. Case studies and on-going Q&A sessions gave participants the opportunity to pose queries and become fully conversant with the nuances of the Act.
One day Seminar on PATENT STRATEGIES FOR PROTECTING INVENTIONS IN U.S., EUROPE & INDIA
The Seminar looked at the challenges and pitfalls faced while prosecuting patents in the U.S., Europe and India, and studied strategies that can be adopted to protect biotech and pharmaceutical inventions. IP challenges for biosimilars, freedom -to - operate issues, the regulatory pathway for approval of biosimilars, and the related IP strategies for innovator and generics companies were studied in the second session. A combination of US and EP perspectives in a single event, supplemented by some specific aspects of national Indian law, added significant value to the event.
One day Seminar on Bioequivalence
Bioequivalence Studies, a commonly accepted method to demonstrate the therapeutic equivalence between two competing drugs, form an essential part of the drug registration dossier. Bioequivalence as a tool to introduce a new generic drug into the market can lead to significant reductions in both the time and costs involved, and the design, performance and evaluation of the related bioequivalence studies have become critical in the drug development process in the pharmaceutical industry. The one day interactive Seminar on Bioequivalence offered by AIPS gave an excellent understanding of the planning, conducting, analyzing and reporting of BE Studies, and was attended by professionals in the drug development R&D, regulatory, clinical, medical, business development etc functions.
Lecture Series on Patent Specification Drafting including Pharmaceutical Drafting.
The programme helped in improving patent specification writing and claim drafting skills. Expert faculty took the participants through both mechanical and chemical cases, and group and individual exercises provided hands-on practice to sharpen patent specification writing skills.
One Day Seminar on "PRECEDENTIAL PATENT CASES".
The decisions of the Intellectual Property Appellate Board, the High Courts and the Supreme Court of India have precedential effect on the Patent Offices. Since 2005, the IPAB and the higher courts in India have rendered significant decisions that contribute to the body of patent law, and also impact the conduct of patent litigation in India.
The AIPS seminar reviewed some of the important cases that have been decided by the IPAB, High Court and the Supreme Court since the Patent (Amendment) Act, 2005, and analyzed trends on how the Courts decided in particular situations. A critical analysis of the powers of the IPAB vis-a-vis the power of the High Court in revocation proceedings was also made.
Lecture Series-cum-Practise Sessions on Patent Prior Art Search.
The course comprised six full day sessions covering the basics of patent documentation, search tools and techniques, study of the search results and preparation of the search report. Using both web based free databases and paid sites, participants were taught to initiate search proceedings in the most appropriate manner, retrieve relevant documents and thereafter prepare the search reports.
One Day Seminar on Pre Grant Opposition: A Business Opportunity at the Patent Office
The Seminar focus was on Pre-grant Opposition as a legal and cost effective tool enabling companies to avoid expensive and lengthy infringement suits being brought against them. The mechanics of drafting, filing and contesting a pre-grant opposition were considered, and with the aid of multiple case studies the faculty took the participants through issues such as pre-grant opposition and its aftermath, suggestions as to what can be done once the matter goes beyond the Patent Office, recent trends in pre-grant opposition, etc.
One Day Seminar on "How the Indian Patent Office Decided in 2009"
Year 2009 was an active year for the Indian Patent office, with more than 150 decisions involving patent applications being rendered. More than the Patent Manual, it is these decisions that provide real-life situations of how applications are decided at the Patent Office. The Seminar discussed in detail how the Patent Office decided in 2009, and the agenda included issues such as the adjudicatory functions of the Patent Office with specific focus on section 15 and section 25 orders, analysis of general trends on how the patent office decides in particular situations involving request for examination of applications, refusal of applications, divisional applications, abandonment of applications, pre-grant opposition of the application, etc. Specific case studies were also used to understand why and how patent applications get rejected at the Patent Office, thus providing very useful learning for executives dealing with the Indian Patent Office.
One Day Seminar on Challenges in Decentralized Procedure (DCP) Filings in Europe
AIPS organized this one day seminar on Decentralized Procedure Filings in Europe for drug regulatory professionals, to offer an understanding of DCP Deficiency handling vis-a-vis multiple European Authorities. After providing an overview of the European Filing procedures, the seminar focused on DCP Filing deficiencies, their impact on the DCP review, the current trend of deficiencies, ways to address these deficiencies, the turn around time for addressing deficiencies etc. Expert faculty conducted interactive sessions in which queries relating to day to day functioning were answered.
5 Day Workshop on Patent Fundamentals and Practice
This annual training programme, designed for executives whose scope of work calls for a broad working knowledge of patents, provided an insight into the related legal & practical issues. Eminent faculty took the participants through sessions on Patent Basics, Prior Art Search, Data Mining, Search Strategies, Specification Drafting, Filing and Prosecution of Patent Applications including PCT applications, Opposition Procedures at the Indian Patent Office, Claim Interpretation and Analysis, Freedom to Operate guidelines, the Trade Secrets vis-a-vis Patents debate, etc.
The second half of the Seminar highlighted the various options available to pharmaceutical organizations to improve or extend the patent protection for their products by way of SPCs, and non-patent protection for pharmaceuticals by way of regulatory data exclusivity, orphan medicinal product marketing exclusivity, etc.
1/ 2 Day Lecture Series on EUROPEAN PATENT PROTECTION.
Significant changes that influence the grant procedure before the European Patent Office have been made recently - the AIPS Lecture Series provided an overview of the developments in this regard. Speaker Dr. Mike Snodin, a U.K. and European registered Patent Attorney focused on both the rule changes and the impact on the patent litigation system in Europe in the first half of the programme, incorporating also a study of the recent important case law in Europe in his presentation.
The second half of the Seminar highlighted the various options available to pharmaceutical organizations to improve or extend the patent protection for their products by way of SPCs, and non-patent protection for pharmaceuticals by way of regulatory data exclusivity, orphan medicinal product marketing exclusivity, etc.
A 2 day Clinic on “Meeting the Inventor” was organized to offer an in-depth analysis of the interaction between the Inventor and the IP Cell in an organization in an effort to maximize the IP Value of the R&D efforts of the Organization. To ensure this, the Patent Manager / Attorney and the actual Inventor have to work in tandem, such that the groundwork laid is dependable and foolproof – the Clinic was devised to develop related expertise, and to look at how the IP Cell and the R& D team in an organization should interact such that potential IP is recognized and its full value extracted.
AIPS organized a 2 day workshop for Drug Regulatory professionals on
Drug Master Files – Compilation and Compliance, and Drug Marketing Authorization Procedures in Europe
The event was well attended, with training being provided on how to prepare reliable and efficient DMFs that are compliant with official guidelines and requirements. Participants gained an understanding of how to compile a DMF in different jurisdictions including what to include/ not include, maintenance of the DMF, strategy to avoid unfavourable reviews, etc
Day 2 of the workshop focused on the EU compliant Application process required to secure marketing approval. Topics covered included authority (HMA) responsibilities, different MA procedures and their scope, documentation required, post Authorization activities etc.
Full day lecture cum practice session on Patent Prior Art Search were conducted to cover the basics of patent documentation, search tools and techniques, study of the search results and preparation of the search report. Participants were taught to initiate search proceedings in the most appropriate manner, retrieve relevant documents and thereafter prepare the search reports. The Faculty covered both the web based free databases and a few paid sites.
AIPS organized a Lecture Series on Patent Specification Drafting designed for IP / Patent professionals wanting to improve specification writing and claim drafting skills. Expert faculty took the participants through both mechanical and chemical cases, and group and individual exercises provided hands-on practice. One session was devoted especially to Pharmaceutical Drafting.
5 Day workshop on Patent Fundamentals and Practice
This annually held workshop, designed to provide an appreciation of the various legal & practical issues relating to patents, took the participants through sessions on Patent Fundamentals, Filing and Prosecution of Patents in India and abroad, Prior art Search, Drafting of the Patent Specification, Claim Interpretation, Patent Licensing etc. The interactive sessions and class assignments assisted in providing an understanding of the patent scenario worldwide and in demystifying the elements of patentability, and extensive use of case studies by the expert faculty gave the participants an easy understanding of situations as they could arise in the workplace.
1 day Workshop on Challenging Patents: Developing an In-house Strategy on Pre-grant Opposition
This interactive workshop provided a useful guide on how organizations can develop an efficient and cost effective in-house strategy for challenging patents before their grant, in an effort to protect their rights and commercial interests. Numerous examples were provided to illustrate key issues vis-a-vis the Indian context. In addition, pointers were also given on what could be done if one’s own patents were opposed in the Patent office.
3 Day Workshop on Drug Registration
(Regulatory) Dossier Compilation
The workshop catered to Regulatory and QA executives involved in the challenging process of introducing a high investment drug into the commercial environment. Highly interactive sessions took the participants through the hows and whys of the entire Dossier Compilation process – identification of the various sources of required information, collation of the data collected, role of the different departments, the CTD / e-CTD document, ICH Guidelines, the registration procedure etc were all addressed in detail, and a practical insight into the actual preparation such that there is regulatory compliance was provided by the expert faculty members.
5 day workshop on International Drug Regulatory Affairs
This interactive programme
provided a practical insight into the international regulatory
framework while learning and assimilating from the experts.
Compliance Managers, Documentation Managers, Product
Registration Personnel, Product Managers in Regulatory
Affairs, Marketing Managers, Quality Control Personnel etc.
benefited from participating in this course, and obtained
training on a variety of issues including how regulations
affect product development strategies, writing of a DMF in the
new format, keeping the DMF up to date, effective submission
procedures, streamlining of the application process, how to
handle inspections and compliance, impact on pricing etc
Lecture series on Patent Specification Drafting
The programme comprising five
lectures catered to IP professionals seeking to improve their
general specification writing and claim drafting skills.
Expert faculty guided the participants through both mechanical
and chemical cases, and group and individual exercises
provided hands-on practice to sharpen patent specification
writing skills. One full day session was also devoted to
Drafting Responses to Office Actions (US, EP and PCT
to skills in patent drafting, it is extremely important for
patent agents / attorneys to know how to respond to office
actions while prosecuting a patent application. Office
actions are at the core of the examination process in patent
offices, and the expert faculty from Schwegman,
shared their considerable expertise on drafting replies to
Office actions, keeping in mind the objections raised by
and PCT International Examiners. Both substantive and
procedural objections raised by the Examiners were dealt with.
The primary focus was on presenting material alterations in
the claims and/or defending claims over cited prior art. In
addition, tips on stylistic presentation of statements, with
some emphasis on procedural aspects, were also provided. The
faculty used real-life examples from US, PCT and EP patent
applications with Office Actions and other communications from
patent offices as a basis for the workshop.
5 Day Workshop
on Patent Fundamentals and Practice
training programme, specifically
designed for executives whose scope of work calls for a broad
working knowledge of patents,
provided an insight into the related legal & practical issues.
Eminent faculty took the participants through sessions on
Patent Basics, Prior Art Search, Data Mining, Search
Strategies, Specification Drafting, Filing and Prosecution of
Patent Applications including PCT applications, Claim
Interpretation and Analysis, Patent Licensing, the Trade
Secrets vis-à-vis Patents debate, etc.
Two day Advanced Level Workshop on Patent Opposition
was structured to provide experience in preparing oppositions
and appeals in the opposition procedure followed at the Indian
Patent Office. Participants were divided into teams
representing the Applicant and Opponent, and under the
mentorship of Mr. H. Subramaniam of SNA, New Delhi and Mr. S.
Majumdar of S.Majumdar & Co., Kolkata, received practical
lessons in both patent strategy and preparation of memorials.
A mock hearing was held in which the participants gained a
good understanding of the procedures as well as the important
issues underlying such proceedings at the Patent Office.
workshop on Patent Licensing and Alternative Dispute
AIPS, in association with the Arbitration and Mediation Centre
of WIPO, offered a 2 day workshop on Patent Licensing and
Alternative Dispute Resolution. With more and more Indian
companies considering the takeover of foreign generic
companies, the issue of patents and licensing has gained
significance, and with the development of ANDAs and other
process patents, licensing of the technology / patent is
expected to increase. However, Organizations often have to
deal with a variety of controversial issues, many of them with
important legal implications. Their options should, therefore,
include a cost effective, efficient and ideally a non
adversarial alternative to litigation
The WIPO-AIPS workshop examined the basic elements of a patent
licensing transaction, and provided the background needed to
structure, draft and negotiate a patent license. Participants
were put through a series of licensing issues involving
different levels of complexity, and issues such as Initial
payments, Royalty rates, R&D collaboration agreements, tech
transfer agreements etc were addressed.
The Faculty, Dr. Heinz Goddar, past president of LES
International, and Mr. Ignacio De Castro of the Arbitration
and Mediation Centre of WIPO, engaged highly interactive
sessions. Time was spent on learning how to analyze a patent
license agreement through a case study, and Group work formed
part of the methodology.
A One Day Lecture Series on
Pharmaceutical Patents was held on February 4, 2008. The
faculty from the reputed firm of Schwegman Lundberg Woesnner,
U.S.A. spoke on key technical, commercial and legal issues
being faced by patenting professionals in both the generic and
branded pharma companies. The topics ranged from Patent
Searching, Patent Certifications (Para 1 –IV), Non
infringement and invalidity opinions to support ANDA
certifications to IP Licensing and Agreements, IP Valuation,
Technology Transfer etc. The recent USPTO Rules changes, Legal
Opinions on Freedom to Operate was also covered in one of the
2 day workshop on Designing around Chemical and
In a competitive market, the
value of a patent to its inventor often increases when the
difficulty in designing around the patent increases. However,
patents as techno-legal documents provide a public library of
inventions, and are a resource for constant improvement to
technology. It is, therefore, important that inventors
referring to such literature are careful that their new
inventions do not infringe existing patents.
This workshop considered various ways to go about designing
around an existing patent; issues relating to claim
construction under Markman, literal infringement, Doctrine of
Equivalents, Festo, how patent applicants can anticipate
design around strategies, etc. were also covered.
The expert faculty members were Dr. Thomas Pontani, founding
member, Mr. Martin Pavane and Dr. Kent Cheng, all from the
reputed law firm of Cohen Pontani Lieberman and Pavane LLP of
2 Day Workshop on U.S Patent
The workshop provided an in-depth and detailed analysis of the
U.S. Patent Prosecution process, and enabled participants to
become familiar with the statues, regulations, practice, and
customs that guide this prosecution process. Expert faculty
from Schwegman, Lundberg, Woessner & Kluth conducted highly
interactive sessions where cases were discussed and individual
2 day workshop on
Pharmaceutical Claim Drafting
This workshop designed for pharma professionals focused on
improving patent claim drafting and amendment writing skills.
The faculty, Dr. Marcus Engelhard of Boehmert & Boehmert and
Mr. S. Majumdar of S. Majumdar & Company, laid the grounding
by speaking on general patentability requirements and Section
3d of the Indian Patent Act first. Thereafter, participants
were made to actually draft out patent applications. This
hands-on approach was followed for more than 75 percent of the
workshop time, and areas included the written description,
enablement and best mode requirements, advanced strategies for
drafting claims directed to pharmaceutical formulations, as
well as claim strategies for avoiding disclaimer of subject
A Convocation was
held for the successful participants of the Post Graduate
Diploma in Patent Management – 2006 programme. Faculty Dr.
Prabuddha Ganguly and Mr. Himanshu Kane gave away the
Diplomas, the Most Promising Student and the Best Dissertation
day Seminar on Polymorphism and Crystallization
to demand from alumni / industry, AIPS organized the subject
seminar wherein expert faculty from academia and the industry
took participants through sessions on the basics of crystal
structure, factors leading to polymorphism, methods to
characterize a polymorphic form, etc. and also on the
patenting aspects of polymorphs, strategy for defense against
potential litigation, etc.
A one day
Seminar on U.S. Patent Prosecution was held on May 9, 2007.
The Speaker, Ms Gabriela Coman, is an Associate at a leading
law firm in the U.S. and after giving an overview of the USPTO,
focused on issues relating to Claim Drafting, the U.S. Patent
Application procedures etc. The sessions were interactive, and
the faculty shared insights gained from her many years of
3 day workshop on
CTD and e CTD Formats
Expert faculty from Dr. Reddys Laboratories and Infotehna took
participants through sessions on how to comply with the
policies, governing statutes and regulations, and understand
the technicalities used in the preparation and filing of drug
submission in the e-CTD format established by the
International Conference on Harmonization
4 day Workshop on Drafting Non-Infringing, Freedom to
Operate and Validity Opinions
The workshop helped participants in understanding the
various issues involved in reaching a sound and knowledgeable
non-infringing opinion. The expert faculty took the
participants through various in-depth sessions spread over 4
days, providing both practical and tactical advice from the
perspective of in-house as well as outside counsel on the
issues to be considered and the strategies to be adopted. Both
Indian and International perspectives vis a vis infringement
analysis were covered.
Flexi Post Graduate Diploma in Patent Management
Commencement of the one-year, part time programme designed
to provide a specialization in Patents. Both the theory and
practice elements are addressed, and this in-depth course
offers an excellent platform for those wanting to master the
complex field of patents.
Online Guide for the Patent Agent Examination
A Distance-learning programme, this online guide will take
participants through the Indian Patent Act.
Weekend workshop on Patent Strategy and Management
The workshop dealt with the Patent strategy to be adopted in
the context of various practical issues facing executives
having to manage patents in an "in house" situation. The
issues relating to Patent Portfolio Management Systems, third
party issues, budgeting, searching, collecting innovations,
financials, managing litigation matters etc were addressed.
The faculty Dr. Win Eyles, Founder and MD of NetsPat U.K. ,
and Mr. Adam Wylie also conducted various exercises devised
specifically to provide hands on experience on a patent
management software, using some dummy data and exercises
Contact sessions for Patent Agent Examination
The sessions are designed to provide a clear understanding of
the Patent Act and filing procedures, and an understanding of
the principles underlying claim drafting involved in patent
Participants of the PGD in Patent Management were once again
tested in their knowledge of Patent law and strategy. Teams
were required to both defend and prosecute cases given to
them, and make their presentation to the Judge. This event is
an integral feature of the course, intended to provide the
participants with a first hand experience of the legal
intricacies that they must be aware of when working in IP /
6 day Workshop
on Patent Specification Drafting
A highly interactive programme with faculty Bill Lloyd
spending 5 days to develop skills in the 'art and craft' of
patent drafting. A firm grounding in the nature and function
of patent claims, including novelty and infringement, was
provided. Working first in groups and then individually, the
participants worked on multiple exercises of drafting of
actual patent claims, such that hands-on learning and
expertise was generated. Since the majority of the
participants were from the pharmaceutical field, one day of
the workshop was devoted exclusively to pharma patenting.
Opposition Proceedings for the participants of the PGD in
Patent Management 2006 programme. 'Opponent' and 'Applicant'
teams were given hypothetical cases, and had to argue the same
in terms of the Indian Patent Act, in the presence of a
'Controller'. A real life "Opposition hearing in the Patent
Office" like situation was thus simulated, providing the
participants with crucial insight into this critical aspect of
Patent Management. Four teams participated in the competition
this year, and each was required to furnish related Search
reports and other documentation in support of arguments. The
'Controller' for the event was Mr. N.K.Garg, Asst Controller,
Patent Office Mumbai.
Commencement of the Certificate in Intellectual Property
Management--Workshop Series. The following workshops are
included in the Series.
1) Workshop on Trademarks and Geographical Indications
2) Workshop on Copyright Fundamentals and Practice
3) Workshop on Patent Fundamentals and Practice
4) Workshop on Industrial Design, Trade Secrets
Executives from a cross-section of the industry, students and
academicians participated in the workshops. The faculty
comprised experts with requisite industry related experience
5 day Certificate Course on International Drug Regulatory
A niche skills programme to provide a practical insight into
the international regulatory framework, with the participants
learning and assimilating from the experts. Leading Regulatory
officials from the industry formed the faculty panel.
5 day Workshop on Patent Fundamentals and Practice.
An interactive training programme specifically designed for
executives whose scope of work calls for a broad working
knowledge of patents. The sessions included individual and
group assignments to facilitate learning.
Invited faculty members included Mr. H. Subramaniam, Mr. G.
Natraj, Dr. Pradeep Paranjpe, Dr. Mangala Venkatramani, Mr.
Adarsh Nigam and Mr. M.A.Jose.
Commencement of one year weekend Post Graduate Diploma in
Patent Management. The inaugural session was taken by Dr.
Prabhudda Ganguli, a leading IP consultant and expert. The
year long programme is expected to impart required skills to
the participants in all aspects relating to Patents.