Intellectual Property

Intellectual Property

Intellectual property rights
Previous year questions

  1. India’s Traditional Knowledge Digital Library (TKDL) which has a database containing formatted information on more than 2 million medicinal formulations is proving a powerful weapon in the country’s fight against erroneous patents. Discuss the pros and cons making this database publicly available under open-source licensing (2015)
  2. In a globalised world, intellectual property rights assume significance and are a source of litigation. Broadly distinguish between the terms – copyrights, patents and trade secrets.(2014)
  3. Bring out the circumstances in 2005 which forced amendment to section 3(d) in the India n Patent Law, 1970. Discuss how it has been utilized by Supreme court in its judgment rejecting Novartis patent application for “Glivec”. Discuss briefly the pros and cons of the decision. (2013)

RAG Topics



  1. Fair, reasonable, and non-discriminatory terms (FRAND) licensing
  2. Photocopying case


  1. National Intellectual Property Rights Policy


  1. Geographical Indicators (GI)
  2. Copyrights


Quick Bytes

  1. The difference between patents and copyrights is the type of intellectual property that they protect from being exploited without their permission.Patents refer to an invention, whereas copyrights refer to the expression of an idea, such as an artistic work. Unlike patents and copyrights, trademarks do not expire after a set term of years. A trademark is a word, phrase, symbol, and/or design that identifies and distinguishes the source of the goods of one party from those of others.


Practice questions

  1. Do you think patenting as an index of innovation? What is the issue of compulsive patent hoarding disorder? How to ensure the public funded researches benefit the masses at large? Source
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