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Intellectual Property Rights Cell

Ownership 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 institute2 (whether done physically on campus or away) would automatically belong to the institute (NID). This is with regard 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 belong to the sponsor unless specified otherwise. 
  • 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 need 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 may claim sole ownership over the intellectual property it represents.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

In all cases above, it needs to be disclosed to the IPR Cell of the institute, the NID. Where all institute – NID is having the ownership of IPR (Sole or Joint) it needs to be processed through IPR Cell of NID.

Only the current student of NID would be able to avail of the services of the IPR Cell.
NID can decide to register Intellectual Property of classroom work either jointly or solely between the institute and it’s student/s. Students on case to case bases.

Monetization / Commercialization of 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 sole owner, NID would try and work out a revenue‐sharing agreement to encourage commercialization of IPR registered by the institute.

Hence, the students would not be required to invest in registering the intellectual property of their work, while student would have the choice to take the work further by requesting the institute to allow it to be used by creating a win-win for both.

Even if NID holds sole ownership over a student’s work and the student wishes to commercialise her/his work, NID would be happy to transfer the IPR to the student on terms decided by the Institute’s IPR committee in place at that time, on case to case basis.

Benefit of filing for IPR
  • Having the Intellectual Property registered, speaks for itself & is a big deal on a resume! It counts a lot in getting jobs and in applying for higher studies.
  • IPR helps to legally secure one’s product against attempts to replicate it for commercial use by unscrupulous competitors.
  • Possession of IPR makes it safer to enter it in award competitions where public disclosure of the work is required and the risk of someone stealing the idea for commercial gain exists.  
  • While the Institute is the sole owner of students’ work, it would be proud to provide letter giving credit to the students who are the creators of the works.

The entire financial burden of obtaining the IPR would be borne by the Institute. No payment of any kind is expected from the student for any part of the IPR application process.

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.
    • As part of the paperwork for filing for IPR, students will be asked to sign required papers like prier information consent and will be liable to submit the work in the required format.
    • 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 IP Office for whatever reasons.
    • Originality and novelty of the product / work would be the responsibility of the student to have ascertained that through the Prior Art search.
  • If a student’s product / work is filed for IPR, the student should not exhibit, display, or enter competition for that product / work until at least the registration number is obtained from the IP 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.
  • It is the responsibility of the student to adhere to the requirements of the sponsoring agency in order to keep the information and outcome confidential as per requirements and not to make the work public without the written consent of the sponsored.   
  •   In case the IPR is to own fully by the student (for work done independently by him/her), one needs to declare the same to the institute – NID and get written approval of the NID to own it in the individual’s name. NID shall decide on case to case basis, based on the rational given for such a request. It would be institute’s IPR Committee’s discretion to approve the same or not without assigning any reasons for the same.

IPR Cell


ipr[at]nid [dot]edu


+91 79 26629689