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What to read for Intellectual property rights – Concept, types/prospects for UPSC law Optional

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How we have covered in our lectures?



How we cover in our lectures?

In our lectures, we can IPR in 3 Lectures.


Lecture 1 : IPR & Patent Law. 2 Hours by Krishnan Sir.

  • Nature of IPR. UPSC 2008 PYQ.

  • Types of IPR.

  • Why we need IPR & Justification.

  • Trace International Efforts on IPR.

  • Comparison - Patents vs Copyright vs Trade Mark vs Designs vs GI

  • Patent law - Meaning & Earlier laws.

  • 2017 PYQ UPSC - Invention. 3 Elements.

  • 2013 PYQ UPSC - Inventive steps.

  • Section 3- What are not inventions with examples. [Detailed discussion]

  • Procedure of Obtaining patent (Section 6-47)

  • Duration of Patent

  • Working of Patent

  • Rights and Duties of Patentee. Section 47-53. [UPSC PYQ 2020]

  • Restoration of Lapsed Patents. Section 60-62.

  • Revocation of Patent. (Sections 63-66)

  • Compulsory Licensing. UPSC PYQ 2015.

  • Termination of Compulsory License. [Section 94]

  • Infringement of Patents and Remedies . [Sections 104-107-A]

  • Remedies under Patent laws.


Lecture 2 : Copyright law. Malathi Ma'am. 2 Hours.

  • Why Copyright.

  • Meaning & Extent of Copyright.

  • Performer's rights

  • Rights of Broadcasting Organisation

  • 2013 UPSC PYQ.

  • Definition of Copyright.

  • Characteristics of Copyright.

  • Musical work | Artistic Work | Cinematograph | Sound Recording

  • Economic Rights | Moral rights | Neighbouring Rights.

  • 2020 UPSC PYQ Question discussion.

  • Terms of Copyrights

  • Licenses

  • Transmission of Copyright

  • Infringement of Copyright

  • UPSC PYQ discussions [All other Questions]

  • Infringement and Remedies under Copyrights.


Lecture 3 : Trademark laws. Krishnan sir. 2 Hours.

  • Why Trademark Law

  • Meaning of Trademark with Trademark Rules 2017.

  • Marks eligible under Trademark law

  • Sound Marks | Olfactory Marks

  • Chapter 2 | Register and Conditions of Registration - Registry, Registration of TM, Relative & Absolute grounds of Registration, Associated TMs.

  • Infringement of Trademark. [UPSC PYQ Discussion]

  • Principle of Passing off [2010 UPSC PYQ]

  • Well-Known Trademark

  • Certification Trademark

  • Collective Trademark

  • Hashtag as Trademark? [Current Affairs]

  • Copyright in Registered Designs.

In addition to this students are required to prepare a summary/salient features on the following laws :


Designs Act 2000

  • Definition of Design [Section 2(d)]

  • Copyright in Registered designs. Section 11-20.

  • Summary of Remaining Provisions.

Biological Diversity Act 2002

  • Definitions

  • Regulation of Access to Biological diversity.

  • Compare and read National Bio-diversity board [Sections19-21] vs. State Bio-diversity Board [Sections.22-25] vs Local Biodiversity FUND [Sections 42-47]

  • Duties of Central and State Government. [Section 36-40]

Protection of Plant Varieties and Farmers' Rights Act 2001.

  • Definitions.

  • Protection of Plant Varieties and Farmers’ Rights Authority and Registry. [Ss.3-13]

  • Farmer's rights [Section 39-46] V. Reseachers Rights [Section 30]

  • Compulsory Licence [Section 47-53]

  • Infringement, Offences, Penalties and Procedure. [Sections 64-77]

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