A person who is registered to practice before Indian Patent Office is called Patent Agent. To be a Patent Agent he should qualify the Indian Patent Agent Examination held every year.

Indian Patent office conducts the Patent Agent Examination once in every year. The exam is conducted at Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai, Chennai and Nagpur. Applicant can choose the centre of his or her choice (Click here to go to Official website of Indian Patent Office).

Following are the eligibility criteria for appearing in the Patent Agent Exam:

  • The applicant should be citizen of India & should complete the age of 21 years at the time of exam.
  • All science and technology graduates (B.Sc, M.Sc, B.Tech, M.tech etc.) from any university established under law in India or such other equivalent qualification specified under central government are eligible to give the exam.
  • Final year candidates are also eligible as long as they are able to produce final degree, mark sheets etc within 2 months of declaration of the Patent Agent Exam result they are appearing for.

The exam is structured into three parts, namely:

  • Paper I – (100 marks) which will have 40 objective type question carrying one mark each and rest will be descriptive type question of 60 marks.
  • Paper II – (100 marks) which will have two sets of question on drafting carrying 30 marks each for- (separate for science and engineering)
      • Drafting of specification from given claims and background.
      • Drafting of claims from given specification

    Rest will have descriptive type question for 40 marks.

  • Viva-voce examination (50 marks) will be based only on domain knowledge.

Candidate should acquire minimum 50% in each paper and overall 60% to qualify as Patent Agent.

No. To become a patent agent one need not be a lawyer. Qualifying the patent agent examination is sufficient to practice as a patent agent in India.

Till date no maximum number of allowed attempts has been notified by the Indian Patent Office. One can appear for the exam as many times as he wish until he qualify as a registered Patent Agent.

Although the Indian patent office has not prescribed any specific syllabus, but one has to be thorough with the practice and procedures of the patent office. The study material provided by Origiin IP Academy is very well versed and competent enough to clear the Patent Agent Examination.

No. This certification is for Indian citizens and recognized only by the Indian Patent Office. If anybody wishes to practice outside India like US and Europe, he or she has to qualify the patent agent exam for the respective countries.

Once the exam is announced by the Patent Office, the forms may be filled online through Patent Office web site or may be downloaded.

The Indian Patent Office will shortly notify the date for Indian Patent Agent Exam 2014.