Research Methods in Intellectual Property Rights: An empirical study orientation
Intellectual Property Rights is one major field of interest for the international community, and the relevance of empirical studies in IPR related areas is increasing with rapid changes in the market behaviour. However the dearth of workshops and training programmes on empirical data analysis in IPR studies poses a serious challenge to researchers, as a wrong methodology may significantly affect the authenticity and reliability of their research findings. The training programme aims at addressing this crucial problem by imparting training to IP researchers to properly conduct a research, and analyse the results of empirical study to support their findings in IPR policy research.
About the workshop
The current workshop is an effort to enrich research scholars and faculties in Intellectual property related areas on research methodology with hands-on training. This workshop is open for academics who are working in the areas of intellectual property law. There is a clear transition from conceptual to empirical research work in IP research. The core objective of this workshop is to make researchers confident in analysing empirical data in their fields of intellectual property research. By providing an overview of empirical studies in different areas of IP, this workshop intends to help the target group in learning more about how to approach and use data in their own research and scholarly work. All the sessions will be comprised of lectures and practical exercises.
Course structure
• Necessity of empirical studies in IP
• The basics of empirical research – selection and collection of data, precautions to be taken while selecting data etc.
• Use of Google search engine and web scrapping techniques in IP research
• Making sense of IP data
• Introduction to Microsoft Excel in IP data management
• Literature review in IP research using Mendeley and preparing bibliography
• Use of Web scrapping in IP research

All registered Ph.D. scholars and faculty in recognized law universities/legal research institutes from any branch of IPR may send their application (online) for the workshop. The candidates should have basic knowledge of IPR and computer applications. The list of selected candidates will be published on May 25th 2019.

Since this is workshop in the mode of hands-on training, maximum intake for the course shall be 18 participants. (12 outstation and 6 within state). The selection committee will select the participants for hands-on training based on the stage of their research work, credentials given in the registration form and biography. The selected participants are requested to bring their own laptops to get hands-on experience in handling software applications introduced during the Course.
Application Procedure
Application can be submitted only through the online link provided in the website of the department. No other modes of submission like courier or other offline modes will be accepted. Registration form is available at The link shall remain open till 5 PM on 25th May 2019.
Registration Fee
There is a registration fee of Rs.1000. Accommodation to outstation participants will be provided on twin sharing basis, for which charges will have to borne by participants. No TA/DA shall be provided to the participants. The participants who require accommodation has to intimate the organizers within 7 days of publication of list of candidates selected for the workshop.
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Dates to Reckon
• The tentative date of workshop is 29th June 2019.
• Last date for submission of application form is 25th May 2019.
• List of selected candidates will be published on 1st June 2019 and shall be communicated to the participants via their e-mail address provided at the time of submission of online application.
• Venue: Conference Hall, Inter University Centre for IPR Studies, Cochin University of Science and Technology, Kochi, Kerala

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