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Fourth International Patent Drafting Competition (IPDC)

IIPRD, along with Khurana & Khurana, Advocates and IP Attorneys (K&K) and its eminent foreign associates, is organizing its Fourth International Patent Drafting Competition (IPDC) as an earnest initiative with a sincere objective of spreading awareness of patent drafting as a skill across technology domains, and for helping practitioners, colleagues, and stakeholders understand various intricacies of patent drafting as a skill and learn from each other as to nitty-gritties involved therein.


What is IPDC, its Purpose and Mandate

IPDC is a four year old Initiative by IIPRD and it's sister Law Firm Khurana & Khurana, Advocates and IP Attorneys (K&K) to bring about greater awareness and respect for Intellectual Property (IP) Issues, particularly Patents, which have, over time, become more relevant to the Indian Ecosystem than ever.

With rising Patent Litigation in India, quality of patents and the scope provided thereby is a crucial aspect that is evaluated/scrutinized by the Courts/Appellate Boards. Furthermore, gone are the times when Indian Companies, Universities, and Individuals were only looking forward to create Defensive Patent Portfolios in India, whereas they are now looking towards the aggressive portfolio with sustainable commercial value. More and more PCT and Convention Applications are being filed each month/year by Indian Applicants with around 50 Indian Priority Taking PCT Applications being published each week. Most of these patents are filed with an objective of either Licensing, or Enforcement, or In-House Commercialization, and hence quality of patent drafting including claim drafting, scope of protection accorded, variety of embodiment presented, support in the specification, limitations provided, among other aspects are crucial to Patent Applications.

This initiative of IPDC comes with an earnest effort by IIPRD and its associates and leading sister Law Firm K&K to promote development of Patent Drafting as a Skill Set and encourage more and more technical people to take up Patent Drafting as a Professional Competency, along with identifying and encouraging Top Patent Drafters in Country.

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Modus-Operandi of Conducting IPDC

Step 1: On 15'th September 2018, IIPRD and K&K, on their websites (www.iiprd.com and www.khuranaandkhurana.com), would put forth Three Invention Disclosures (describing three Inventions), one each in the domain of Electronics/ Hi-Tech, Mechanical, and Chemistry/Pharmaceuticals. The Patent Drafting Competition would be active till 5'th October 2018, within which time frame, Eligible Participants would need to write Complete Patent Applications/Specifications (along with Drawings, if applicable) complying with Indian Patent Act for a technical domain of their choice (1 Patent Application per Participant).

Step 2: Drafted Patent Application can be sent to competition@iiprd.com or can be sent in Hard Copy to Physical Office of IIPRD, which is at "E-13, UPSIDC Site IV, Behind Grand Venice, Greater Noida". In either of the ways, the patent application draft has to be received by IIPRD on or before 5'th October 2018.

Step 3: In order to enable only serious participants to submit their Applications/Specifications, a Participation Fees of Rs. 1000/- is to be submitted by each Participant, which can either be paid by means of Bank Transfer or through Cheque/DD in favour of "IIPRD". The Draft should reach IIPRD's Office by 5'th October 2018. Each fee submission should be accompanied with the Name, Address, and Contact Details of the Participant so that Participation Certificate can be sent at the given Address to Each Participant.

Winner Declaration and Prize Amounts

Step 1: On 15'th of October 2018, two winners for each technology domain (total of 6 winners) would be announced on the website of IIPRD, K&K, and its affiliates/associates, wherein the winners would be decided based on a combination of numerous factors such as flow of the specification, scope covered through embodiments, claim drafting strategy, and accuracy of technical coverage. The evaluation would be done collectively by representatives from each International Law Firm and Khurana & Khurana, IP Attorneys, coordinated by IIPRD. Their collective decision on selection of the winners would be final and shall not be open to change in any manner.

Step 2: On 15'th November 2018, prize distribution at Hotel Hilton Mumbai at 1700 hrs onwards shall take place during the annual International Pharmaceutical/Biotech Symposium being organised by IIPRD, wherein the first winner for each technology domain would be given a Prize of Rs. One Lakh Only (Rs. 100000/-), and the second winner for each technology domain would be given a Prize of Rs. Fifty Thousand Only (Rs. 50000/-). All winners would also be invited to the symposium on 12'th – 15’th November 2018 as honoured , and shall also be given suitable Certificates, however the travel cost and stay, if required by the winners to join the prize distribution, shall be borne by them personally. In case coming over to the Conference is not possible for the Winners, the amount can be alternatively be credited directly to their accounts. All Participants would also be given Participation Certificates for the Competition.

Eligibility Criteria

Any Practitioner having a Technical/Science Background is eligible to Participate in the Competition. For instance, the Participant could be a student, a practicing Attorney, an inhouse counsel, a scientist, a faculty, or any other stakeholder having a technical qualification.

Important Dates to Remember:
Invention Disclosure on K&K and IIPRD website
15 Sept 2018
Payment of Participation Fees (INR 1,000)
05 Oct 2018
Submission of Patent Application Drafts
05 Oct 2018
Announcement of Winners
15 Oct 2018
Prize/Certificate Distribution
15 Nov 2018
Previous Year Winners

WINNERS LIST (2017)

Technical Domain
FIRST PRIZE (Rs. 1,00,000)
SECOND PRIZE (Rs. 50,000)
Pharmaceuticals
Mr. Sandip K. Kale
Ms. Vidya Lakshmi
Mechanical
Mr. Om Rajput
Ms. Pooja Nair
Software
Ms. Punam Kaushik
Mr. Siddharth Sharma

WINNERS LIST (2016)

Technical Domain
FIRST PRIZE (Rs. 1,00,000)
SECOND PRIZE (Rs. 50,000)
Chemistry
Mr. Srinivas R. Tummuru
Ms. Kameshwari Sridhar
Mechanical
Mr. Anil Tripathi
Mr. Piyush Sharma
Electronics
Mr. Rahul Garg
Mr. Arundhati Nayudu

WINNERS LIST (2015)

Technical Domain
FIRST PRIZE (Rs. 1,00,000)
SECOND PRIZE (Rs. 50,000)
Chemistry
Ms. Kameshwari Sridhar
Mr. Srinivas Reddy
Mechanical
Mr. Ankur Goel
Ms. Anju Kenge
Electronics
Mr. Saurabh Chawla
Mr. Suraj Singh Attri

Payment Details

Please Forward Drafted Patent Application along with the Participation Fees:

Cheque to be drawn in favour of:
“M/S IIPRD” addressed to:
Ms. Meenakshi Khurana ,
IIPRD, E-13,
UPSIDC Site-IV,
Kasna Road,
Greater Noida-201308, UP, India

Or

Transfer Participation Fee to our Bank; details are as Follow:
Account Holder: IIPRD
Bank : Axis Bank Ltd.
Branch : Alpha Commercial Belt – 1, Greater Noida
Bank Account Number: 917020069762436
Bank Address: G-04/05/06/07, G-17/18, F-03/04,
F-08,D-1, Alpha Commercial Belt – 1, Greater Noida, Uttar Pradesh 201308, India
MICR Code: 110211054
IFSC Code: UTIB0000624

Contact Details

Bhumika (IIPRD)
(M): +91-8920269831
(T): (120) 4296878, 4909201, 4516201
Email: competition@iiprd.com