PG Diploma in Intellectual Property Rights


Intellectual Property Rights (IPR), in recent years, has emerged as perhaps the most important branch of Law having a multidisciplinary approach. Particularly in the recent past, the reach and importance has immensely grown, touching several types of industries and businesses. With the arrival of sophisticated technologies like AI, Internet of Things, Blockchain technology and the like, it is inevitable, now more than ever, to equip oneself with laws and policies that regulate these impactful changes. Even the debate revolving patent law and public health policies that followed the unprecedented COVID-19 involves an unignorable, sizeable share of IPR. From students to aspiring entrepreneurs, practitioners to research professionals and scientists, IPR shares a link with all walks of life. The importance and relevance of this subject thus grows by the day.

Staying true to its motto of serving the society with accessible education, Gujarat National Law University through the Centre for IPR in collaboration with Gujarat Council on Science and Technology (GUJCOST), i-Hub (Gujarat Student start-up and Innovation Hub) and SSIP (The Student Start-up & Innovation Policy), is now offering a Post Graduate Diploma in Intellectual Property Rights (PGDIPR). The diploma course is designed to impart knowledge in the field of intellectual property law with a nuanced understanding of the content and structure of the laws protecting various types of intellectual property. This programme is aimed to create a strong foundation on the multifaceted role IP laws play in various fields. The programme is conceived with an objective to examine all aspects of Indian legal framework on Intellectual Property Rights focusing particularly on fundamental principles and application of the same to new technologies.

  • Generating awareness among different stakeholders of Intellectual Property which primarily include, but are not limited to, students from various disciplines, early researchers, practising professionals, government officials, litigators and IP managers.
  • Examine the socio-economic benefits of IP as well as look at the challenges arising from the use of existing and new technological trends.
  • Impart training on practical aspects involved during applying for various Intellectual Property Rights.
  • Act as a forum for exchange of ideas and multidisciplinary dialogue between students, lawyers, judges, scientists, practitioners, policy makers, attorneys and other stakeholders.
  • Creation of a knowledge base in aspects of IPR aimed to add value to the participant’s portfolio.
  • Concrete understanding of laws relating to various forms of intellectual property.
  • Recognition and appreciation of the role IP plays in the cultural and intellectual life of individuals.
  • Identify how basic IP principles are developed and continue to be embodied in the statute, international treaties and case laws.
  • Explain the importance and rationale of protecting IP in the knowledge driven economy and the main social and economic goals of IP laws.
  • Enable to differentiate among various categories of IP protection and identify the most appropriate option for the protection.
  • Recognize the value of IP as a strategic tool for business and identify different applications of IP which may provide a competitive edge.
  • Learn to undertake the process of protection of IP starting from creation to commercialisation.
  • Be aware of the comprehensive legislative framework along with international instruments for global protection of IPR.
  • Recognise the significance of case laws delivered by Indian courts on various forms of Intellectual property.
  • Identify the recurring conflicts the conventional IP concepts encounter because of technological developments. To be able to examine and evaluate current and potential solutions to these conflicts.
  • Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent in any discipline from any recognized University
  • Total No. of Seats: 60
  • Rs. 25000/- For the Entire Programme including Examination Fees
  • Withdrawal of admission is permissible within the first two weeks from the commencement of the course. Entire amount of the fees, after deduction of administrative charges (10%) shall be refunded. Withdrawal of admission post this duration shall be non-refundable.
  • Last Date for Application - 31st December 2023.
  • Candidate should send the duly completed application form to:
    The Registrar,
    Gujarat National Law University, Attalika Avenue, Knowledge Corridor,
    Koba (Sub P. O.), Gandhinagar-382426, Gujarat, INDIA.

    By Registered post or hand delivery to reach latest by 31st December 2023 by 5.00 pm
  • The form must be accompanied by self-attested copies of 10th and 12th Mark sheet, graduation degree and mark sheet, fee payment receipt and a passport size photograph.
  • The fee is to be paid online through the link provided on the website.
  • The candidate should also email the scanned copy of the application form and supporting documents to
  • For more information, please email
  • One year course with two semesters. Classes will be conducted in a blended mode with both online and offline classes.

Indian Legal System: A Primer

  • The Indian legal system has evolved and changed significantly in the last few decades. With the end of an era of colonialism, the Indian legal system has consistently made a constant effort to respond to challenges that arose on the Indian sub-continent. The objective of this paper is to familiarize students with a fundamental understanding and knowledge of the evolution of the Indian legal system. The students from non-law background will find this course more helpful as it will create a foundation for understanding various laws which are part of this course.

Nature, Origin and Evolution of Intellectual Property

  • In the current era, the economy does not stand only on the pillars of labour and capital. The third pillar of knowledge that transformed the economy into a knowledge driven economy has been added. Intellectual Property has become an imperative tool for revenue generation in this knowledge driven economy. Globalization and commercialization of intellectual property activities have created multiple challenges. Considering the above, the aim of the paper is to introduce the concept of Intellectual Property and delve into the jurisprudential aspect of its theoretical framework.

Law of Patents

  • Patents are granted to encourage scientific research, new technology and industrial progress. It is one of the most important forms of industrial property. This paper will discuss the Law of Patents from national and international perspective. It contains courses on processing, evaluating and analysing patents as well as the newest developments in the field of patents. This paper will discuss on the various commercial activities related to the law of patents as well and the growth of jurisprudence on the same.

Law of Trademarks and Geographical Indications

  • Trademarks and Geographical indications serve as an identity of a product. However, there exists major distinction in terms of nature of the rights granted under both these laws. This paper will discuss major aspects of Law of Trademarks and Geographical Indications. The Law of Trademarks component will focus on the various types of trademarks in use and the legal analysis attached to it. It will also contain details about evaluating a trademark for judicial and managerial purposes. The paper will also discuss the international regime on the topic and the current trends. The Law of Geographical Indications component will discuss the nature and process of registration of GIs. Cases of infringement of GIs and ways to protect them is also examined in this paper.

Law of Copyright and Industrial Designs

  • Copyright is a form of IP that grants protection to the creator of original works of authorship such as literary, dramatic, artistic, musical works, cinematograph films and sound recording. This paper will discuss the aspects of Law of Copyright and Industrial Designs from national and international perspective. The aim of the paper in its first part is to bring out the significance and nature of copyright protection in India. It then ventures into the commercial aspects and the kinds of agreements related to copyrights that are in practise. Performance rights and associated rights are also part of this paper. The second part of the paper deals with Industrial designs. The outer appearance of products has always played a pivotal role which is the subject matter of protection under the Industrial Designs act. The key statutory provisions along with international conventions shall form part of this paper. It then ventures into Design piracy and design and copyright overlap with infringement issues and consequent remedies available.

IPR and Biotechnology, Plant Varieties, Traditional knowledge and Traditional Cultural Expressions

  • This paper will focus on IPR and Biotechnology, Protection of plant varieties, TK and TCEs. It will consist of interdisciplinary studies and interaction of IPR with Traditional Knowledge and Life Sciences along with the WIPO response and tactics on the same.

IPR: Valuation, Management, litigation and Dispute Resolution

  • This paper will focus on the newly developed methods of valuating and managing IP as an asset and the developing strategies in the field. Dispute resolution strategies and methods are the second part of this paper. It will focus on
  • IP valuation: Meaning, need and methods
  • IP Management: Meaning, purpose and strategies
  • IP Litigation: Various types and forums, Judicial and administrative structure
  • Efficient Alternative dispute resolution methods in IP
  • One Year Programme (Two Semesters)
  • Classes will be held on every weekends leaving the public holidays.
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Dr. Hardik H. Parikh
Assistant Professor of Law & Coordinator, PG Diploma in IPR

Contact: 8128650883

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