Intellectual Property Rights have garnered significant appreciation and wider recognition in recent times. The explosion in creative start – ups, commercialized enterprises driven on various intangible properties have not only make Intellectual Property an indispensable part of legal fraternity but also a crucial element of law school curriculums across the country. Lawyers advising on IP matters are required to take into account a wide gamut of laws such as those governing Trademarks, Copyrights, Patents, Geographical Indications and Industrial Designs. Further, given the gaps in practicalities and theoretical and legislative framework of IP in India, it is often an essentiality to creatively interpret, use, advice IP in wide range of areas. For instance, how an IP lawyer will guide someone to protect IP on digital platforms? Does the Copyright Law provides full legal framework in this regard or emphasis has to be given to market practice? If legal framework in this regard is not available, then how the IP lawyer will be moving forward? How a client consultation process is different from academic understanding of IP in this case? And so on. Many of these problems require a multi-disciplinary approach, or at the least, foundational knowledge of other disciplines such as marketing, economics and overall asset management.
The K.P. Mehta School of Law, which is housed under the Narsee Monjee brand of institutes, has a Masters Program in Intellectual Property Law (LLM) that seeks to address the existing knowledge gap in the practice and pedagogy of IP laws in India. This program caters to a focused group of not more than 20 selected students.
The program comprises courses governing Trademarks, Copyrights, Patents, Industrial Designs, Geographical Indications, Traditional Knowledge and Folklore. An illustrative list of these courses is below:
- Trademark Law: This is an advance course on understanding key nuances of Trademark Law both at national and international level. Apart from introducing advance concepts to students like Trademark Law – Brand Paradox, it aspires to seek a special segment on contemporary issues such as Image Marks and Individuals as Brands.
- Copyright Law: This is an advance course on understanding key nuances of Copyright Law both at national and international level. Apart from introducing advance concepts to students such as copyright royalty and its practice (after the Copyright Amendment, 2012), it aspires to seek a special segment on contemporary issues such as EU Directive on ‘Ban on FB Memes’.
- Patent Law: This is a comprehensive course which focusses on strengthening the basics or solid foundations of Patent law for students including international filing of Patents, specifications and revocations. It also exposes students to landmark cases such as the Novartis case in an inter – disciplinary way.
- Industrial Designs and Geographical Indications: The Program will have two separate courses that focus on the Designs Act, 2000 and the Geographical Indications of Goods Act, 1999. While the former will teach students the basics of Design Registration and Protection along with key gaps in theory and practice, the latter will focus on the legal framework that is envisaged for dealing with Geographical Indications and their jurisprudential development in India through cases and legal developments.
- Emerging Trends in IP Law: This course will focus on contemporary issues related to IPR including other domains of IP such as Traditional Knowledge and Folklore.
- International IP Law and Policy: This course is a vital addition to the overall course structure of LLM in IP law. This subject exposes the students in – depth to relevant legislative framework for IP at an international level highlighting on Trade Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) and individual conventions of different forms of IP.