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Intellectual Property Rights Cell

Ownership and sharing of IPR for student work

Work done within educational curriculum:

  • Coursework: The intellectual rights over the output of any work that students do in the context of their educational curriculum at the institute (whether done physically on campus or away) would belong jointly to the student and the institute, subject to point A below. This is to recognise the individual student’s creative genius as well as the contribution of the Institute’s investment in providing the climate and resources that enable such creative work.
  • Externally sponsored classroom projects, internships, and Graduation Projects: All rights on any of the design concepts created (whether or not selected for taking forward by the sponsor) for sponsored activity will automatically belong to the sponsor. NID would not claim any part of the right.
  • Non-sponsored graduation projects: The IPR for any work done as part of a non-sponsored graduation project would belong jointly to the student creator and to NID.

Students may not apply for IPR independently or through outside sources for any work done by them in the framework of the educational curriculum of the institute. Any student found doing so would be in contravention of this agreement.

Work done outside the curriculum:
If students do any work outside the educational curriculum, whether on campus or off, out of their own interest, then:

  • if the source or genesis of the idea is their own, and they have not used more than incidental resources of the institute for developing the idea, they can claim sole ownership over the intellectual property it represents, subject to points A-i and A-iii below.
  • if the source or genesis of the idea is their own, but institute faculty or staff provided intellectual inputs that were crucial to bringing the idea to a practical stage, then the intellectual rights over the output of that work would be owned jointly by the student and the institute, subject to points A-i and A-iii below.
  • if the source or genesis of the idea belongs to a member of either faculty or staff of the institute, but the student played a large role in developing it to a practical stage, then the intellectual rights over the output of that work would be owned jointly by the student and the institute, subject to points A-i and A-iii below.
  • Competitions: IPR for work that students do for competitions and which did not arise out of any coursework would be guided by the competition rules. NID would not claim any part of the right. If work done for coursework is entered for competitions it would have to be filed for IPR to the joint names of NID and the student.

In all cases above, the IPR Cell can be the agency through which the student’s work may be processed for IPR.

After graduation, a student may not avail of the facility of the IPR Cell.

No-one other than a current student of NID may avail of the services of the NID Cell.

A) Caveats on student ownership of IPR
In case of joint ownership of IPR between the student and the Institute, the student must abide by the following rules failing which the indicated action will take place.

i) While the IPR Cell will do all that is possible for it to make the task of filing for IPR easier for the students, it would be the students’ responsibility to approach the IPR Cell and submit all required paperwork if they are claiming joint or sole ownership of IPR over the work.

ii) For work which is created as part of coursework within the educational curriculum, the student must submit to the IPR Cell the required paperwork for filing for IPR within 3 months of the jury for the semester in which the work was performed. Only then would the student qualify to hold part-ownership of the IPR over his work. Failing to do so will result in the institute going ahead with filing for IPR for the work on its own and claiming sole ownership over it. The IPR Cell will take care to notify students of these deadlines through written email channels.

iii) As part of the paperwork for filing for IPR, students will be asked to sign a Power of Attorney to accord to the institute the right to act on their behalf. This step is necessary because of the large duration that the IPR registration process takes during which students have often left the institute and are unable to be contacted for original signatures or clarifications if required.

iv) If for some reason the student wishes not to be part-owner of the IPR for any work created by him and is fine with the institute holding full ownership, he can communicate his wish in writing to the IPR Cell.

v)  In case the IPR is to owned fully by the student (for work done independently by her, as mentioned earlier), then as a one-time facilitation the IPR Cell would extend its help for filing the application and also bear the cost of the process, but without any liability or further responsibility to the institute in the process. The student would become solely responsible for answering any queries that arise from the Patent Office and for any other correspondence there onward.

Revenue-sharing from IPR
NID is always happy to see its students achieve commercial success from their work done while at the institute and facilitate their obtaining such success. It wishes the best for its students. For any work which is the creation of a student and of which the institute is joint or even sole owner, NID would work out a revenue-sharing agreement favourable to the student.
Even if NID holds sole ownership over a student’s work and the student wishes to commercialise her work, NID would be happy to transfer ownership of the IPR to the student on terms favourable to the student that would be decided by the Institute’s IPR committee in place at that time.

Role of student

  • The student would be required by the institute to furnish to the IPR Cell the following information:
    • A few descriptive paragraphs of text and a number of visual depictions of the object.
    • A ‘Prior Art’ search report, detailing all related items already in existence. This would be crucial for claiming IPR since the “novelty” and “originality” requirements have to be met. The responsibility of conducting the Prior Art search would be entirely the student’s although the IPR Cell would be happy to guide the student in conducting the search. The IPR Cell would take no blame if an application is rejected by the Patent Office on grounds of lack of originality of the product - it would be the student applicants’ responsibility to have ascertained that through the Prior Art search.
    • Personal contact information for later need to be in touch for technical queries and intimation of receipt of IPR certificate.
  • If a student’s product is filed for IPR registration, the student should not exhibit, display, or enter into competition that product until at least the registration number is obtained from the Patent Office. This is for the purpose of ensuring that its confidentiality is not violated and credit and protection for commercialisation are not compromised by others who come to know of the product.

IPR Cell


ipr[at]nid [dot]edu


+91 79 26629689