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 exam is structured into three parts, namely:
Rest will have descriptive type question for 40 marks.
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.