New Delhi: Global Institute of Intellectual Property (GIIP), a training institute based in the Capital and San Jose, US, has launched a post-graduate diploma in patents and intellectual property (IP) services. GIIP’s full-time, 9-month tri-semester post-graduate diploma programme will commence from August 2007, and is designed for graduates and post-graduates in engineering, bio-technology, Pharma and other technical fields, and legal professionals with technical background.
“We will initially offer the course at our Delhi centre in August and then launch it across the country in the coming months,” GIIP chairman and mentor Kailash Joshi told reporters here.
The institute now plans to expand its presence in India and is in the process of setting up branches in the four metros, Pune and Bangalore. However, GIIP isn’t going for the franchising route and will set up the branches on its own.
GIIP is also planning tie-ups with some global universities and in talks with some of them, Joshi said, but declined to name prospective partners.
Kailash Joshi, chairman & mentor, GIIP
The legal and IP services industry is expected to account for a significant portion of the growth in outsourcing business in India, gibven the escalating costs of legal services in the US and Europe. According to National Association of Software and Services Companies (Nasscom) it is estimated to reach $4 billion by 2015.
“We believe that GIIP will prepare the students for attractive career opportunities in patent drafting, prosecution and IP generally, as some of the best US IP practitioners and experts trained in the US will be conducting the courses” said senior Advisor to GIIP, V S Ramamurthy, at a press conference in the city.
While announcing the program, Atulya Nath, president, GIIP, stated, “Our aim is to develop high-calibre Indian professionals to serve global customers and establish a new career stream for a large number of high quality technical and legal professionals.”
The GIIP team consists of successful IP practitioners, entrepreneurs, US attorneys, and technical trainers who are guided by senior experts. Chairman and mentor of GIIP, Kailash Joshi, former IBM executive and co-Founder of The Indus Entrepreneurs (www.tie.org) said “We are pleased that we have architected a very strong training program for India that will be conducted by distinguished IP professionals and trainers. Our vision is to expand the program to several cities in India and other countries, including the US”
The GIIP curriculum will include several topics designed to provide an overall understanding of various types of IP, besides courses in the study of English legal writing, presentation and computer skills.
Girija Varma, senior advisor and curriculum co-chair at GIIP states “The course content is comprehensive as it covers prior art searches, patent claims drafting, patent portfolio management, patent prosecution and valuation of IP and licensing. Lectures will be delivered through classroom instructions, online e-learning modules, and mentoring sessions.” She added that there would be mentoring sessions during the third trimester of the course.
The diploma programme includes series of books and manuals to be published by GIIP under license from Silicon Valley Seminars (SVS) Inc., as well as advisers, mentors and key faculty members of GIIP.
In a release issued on 7 June, GIIP also announced that it has successfully completed a six-week certificate course on patents & IP services in collaboration with the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi.