CHE Seminars  


Speaker Professor Uday Racherla
IME Department, IIT Kanpur
Topic Intellectual Property - A Valuable Asset to Cutting-edge Research
Date 11th March, 2013 (Monday)
Place L-3, Lecture Hall Complex
Time 4.00 PM - 5.00 PM


Patents and Copyrights are powerful tools available to academic researchers and institutions to capture the full value of their research and inventions, in addition to journal publications. The purpose of this talk to highlight the world of Intellectual Property and the many innovative possibilities it offers to academic researchers, to extract the complete value of their research and derive full benefits from it, without compromising their interest in publishing.


A patent is a form of Intellectual Property. It is a statutory privilege granted by a government to an inventor for a fixed period of years, to exclude other persons from manufacturing, using or selling a patented product or from using a patented method or process in exchange for disclosure of his/her invention. In order to be patentable, an invention must meet certain requirements and conditions. The types of Patents and the associated requirements for patentability depend upon the country that the inventor wishes to obtain patent in. Copyright Law is concerned with the protection and exploitation of the expression of ideas in a tangible form. At one time, the subject matter of Copyright Protection was limited to just artistic and literary works. As the technology has improved, Copyright Protection has been extended to technical drawings, maps, paintings, photographs, cinematographic works as well as 3-dimensional works such as sculptures and architectural works. More recently, Copyright Protection has also been extended to computer programs and databases, which are regarded as literary works or compilations of literary works. This talk touches upon the essentials of Patents, Patenting as well as Copyrights and explains the ensuing benefits to researchers. This talk will be followed by a separate hands-on session on Patent Search and Patent Analysis.


Dr. Uday S. Racherla joined the IME Department, IIT-Kanpur as a Professor in July 2012. Prior to this, he taught at Johns Hopkins University Carey School of Business as Adjunct Professor. Dr. Racherla has over 25 years of global R&D leadership and management experience. He held many executive management positions in Fortune 500 Companies . including Senior Director of R&D Innovation at PepsiCo, Worldwide Director of R&D at S. C. Johnson, Director of R&D at New Skin Enterprises, and other senior executive positions at Unilever . all in USA. Dr. Racherla invented, patented and launched many new technologies in commercial products such as LIFEBUOY soaps worldwide. Professor Racherla.s research interests include . Strategy, Innovation, Technology Transfer and Intellectual Property Management.

Dr. Racherla has Ph.D. degree in Chemistry from Purdue University under a Nobel Laureate and an Executive MBA from the Kellogg School of Management, USA. Professor Uday Racherla has published over 120 research papers from academia and industry in prestigious journals such as Nature, obtained 9 patents and given many invited lectures at leading institutions.