Last month, we brought to your attention the problems associated with the Trademark Agent Exams in India and the writ petitions filed with respect to the same.The Madras HC has come out with an order on the writ petition filed by Mr. Muralidharan. The explanation given by the respondents for not conducting the Trademark Agent Exam post 2010 was that firstly, there were only 35 applicants for the examination and secondly, there was limited resources and manpower to conduct the response. The HC noted that it was unsatisfied with this explanation as periodicity is essential to attract applicants. The Court stated that as there are vacancies existing and 35 pending applications, the examination ought to be conducted to process the same. The Court also noted the petitioner’s suggestion that a training course be conducted for facing the examination and the possibility of taking the assistance of a specialized institution for that purpose. Therefore. the Court directed the respondents to conduct the TM agent exam in the first half of 2015-16, to look into the petitioner’s suggestions regarding training courses and whether the assistance of specialized institutions are required for conducting the exam as well. The Court also stated that the existing vacancies must be filled in by this examination and the examination schedule should be printed well in advance in order to enable the applicants to prepare. The deadline proposed by the respondents was accepted by the HC and is currently 30 September 2015.