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ASCL introduces a Diploma in Intellectual Property Laws

Note: This course is no longer available.
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Diploma in Intellectual Property Laws, as the name suggests, is the creation and outcome of the human intellect. Rights attached to such creation of property from the human mind are referred to as intellectual property rights.

Thus, products (e.g., DVDs) are protected by patents, software (e.g., Windows) by copyright, goodwill (e.g., the logo of Mercedes Benz) by trademarks, appearance (design of a Rolex watch) by designs and spatial arrangements of the components on a microchip (Pentium IV) by semiconductor layout-designs.

The importance of intellectual property rights can be gauged from the fact that almost every country including India has specific laws to protect the various forms of intellectual property.

World commerce today is ruled by companies who have created and protected their intellectual property. No company embodies this better than Microsoft, which has been built entirely on the strength of its software programs which are protected through copyright. Protection of intellectual property has become so important that companies today carry out intellectual property audits to identify their intellectual wealth and form special departments to manage them.

The diploma course in intellectual property seeks to introduce the various forms of intellectual property and the legal provisions in place to protect them. It also throws light upon sticky issues in intellectual property protection like software and biotechnology patenting. Additionally, it also takes a look at the international arena through the initiatives taken by international organizations such as WIPO and WTO on intellectual property protection.

The course has been designed keeping in mind not only the law student but also the legal professional who wants to venture into this exciting field. Corporate and business organizations would also benefit immensely from this course as it would help them identify and harness the intellectual wealth produced by their organizations.

Course Syllabus

  1. Basic Concepts of Intellectual Property
  2. Patents
  3. Trademark and Geographical Indications
  4. Copyright
  5. Designs


To successfully complete the course, students are required to obtain a minimum of 40% of the marks in each of the assessments.


  • Distance Mode: Rs 9500
  • Students who have earlier completed a course from Asian School of Cyber Laws or ASCL Law School are eligible for a fee concession of Rs 1000 for the distance mode only. If you are availing this concession, please include a photocopy of the relevant ASCL certificate.