Basic concepts: 4/5
Advanced Aspects: 3/5
Recommendation: Best course for beginners
Industry feedback: Good
Placements: Not offered
National Law School of India University, Bangalore, which has been consistently ranked as the best law school in India offers a PG Diploma program in IP. Any person having a Bachelor’s degree in any stream is eligible to enroll for this program.
Contents of the program
The Course contains four papers:
Paper I-Basic Principles and Acquisition ofIntellectual Property Rights
Paper II – Ownership and Enforcement ofIntellectual Property Rights
Paper III – Information Technology Related Intellectual Property Rights
Paper IV-Biotechnology and Intellectual Property Rights.
Students enrolled in the course will be given reading materials prepared by the law school. Classes are conducted once every month. You may find details regarding the course at www.nls.ac.in by visiting the distance education page.
Strengths of the program
The program gives a good overview of the basic concepts of Intellectual Property and is a very good course for beginners;
In addition to basic concepts, the course also provides an insight into IP aspects of IT and Biotech and is therefore well-suited for professionals in the said fields; and
The faculty members teaching in the program are well-qualified and experienced; and
The program has a mix of students and professionals and is a good forum to discuss and brain storm on IP issues.
The course deals with theory and does not provide any training with respect to IP skills;
As half of the program focuses on basic concepts and general principles, it may not be suited for IP professionals looking to learn advanced aspects of IP; and
The course does not teach IP skills required for an IP professional.
The program offered by National Law School of India University is the best course available for beginners in IP. It gives a good insight into basic concepts of IP and also provides an overview of various advanced issues.
The classes offered by the program chief, Professor Ramakrishna, and his qualified team of faculty members are very interactive and interesting. Professor Ramakrishna is very pro-active and offers active guidance to his students in the program.
I would recommend this course to any person interested in IP. The course will provide a good foundation for advanced studies in IP. However, after completing this program, an aspiring IP professional must either join an advanced or skill based program or do an internship at an IP unit to learn IP skills.
Note: The rating and opinion provided in this post are based on the personal opinion of the author and feedback given by the students, who had completed the program. You may refer other sources before chossing a program.