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SpicyIP Poll: Viva or No Viva for Patent Agent Exam & IIT-M’s Internship Opportunity for 2017 Exam Aspirants


In our last post on the patent agent exam, we had questioned the credibility of the recently released viva scores and revived the controversy over the constitutionality of the viva exam. We have now initiated an opinion poll on this controversy and would like to know our readers’ views on whether viva voce should be a part of the patent agent exam or not. Those of you who are of the opinion that it should form part of the exam, please tell us whether…


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Patent Agent Exam 2016 Viva Scores: Revival of the Constitutionality Controversy


The result of the Patent Agent Exam 2016 is out. A total of 123 candidates have failed to qualify the exam owing to the low scores obtained in the viva-voce component of it. These viva scores have once again revived the controversy that the viva requirement of the patent agent exam has been mired in for some years now. Yesterday, we received some comments on our last post on the Patent Agent Exam, questioning the credibility of the viva process…


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Patent Agent Exam 2016: Answer Keys and Changes in Format


We are happy to bring to you a guest post on the Patent Agent Examination 2016, co-authored by Roshan John, Research Associate under the IPR Chair at IIT Madras and Dr. Sudarsan Rajagopal, one of the candidates who wrote this exam. In an earlier post, we had shared with you an answer key to Paper-I, prepared by Mr. Muthu SenthilKumar. In this post, Roshan and Dr. Sudarshan discuss the changes made to the format of the exam this year and share with us the answer…


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Patent Agent Examination 2016 Paper-I Answers


The patent agent examination 2016 was held last month on November 27. The exam comprised two papers, one objective type (Paper-I) and other descriptive type (Paper-II). Mr. Muthu SenthilKumar has sent us a copy of the Paper-I wherein he has marked the correct answers and mentioned the relevant legal provisions. We have uploaded it on our website. Those interested, can view it here. Thanks to Mr. Muthu SenthilKumar for sending this to us.  


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Taking the Patent Agent Exam Seriously


We are glad to bring to you a guest post by Dr. Feroz Ali Khader. Dr. Ali is the MHRD IPR Chair Professor at IIT Madras and as a part of the Chair activity, he is offering a free course to provide training for taking the Patent Agent Examination 2016, which is scheduled to take place on November 27, 2016. Taking the Patent Agent Exam Seriously Dr. Feroz Ali Khader On the face of it, the Patent Agents don’t seem to be…


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Tidbit: Patent agent exam will happen before December 2016


Our patent office in a recent posting on its home page, informed users that the patent agent examination is likely to be held before December 2016 and detailed information would be published on the official website after finalization of certain matters. This office has been receiving frequent queries regarding plan of conducting Patent Agent Examination. In this regard, it is clarified that same is likely to be held before December, 2016. Detail information regarding same will be published on official website…


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(Re)Booting the Bar: Barbs, Bribes and a Bar Exam


The key gateway to the legal profession today is through the “Bar Exam” (after completion of one’s degree in law). Similarly, the key gateway to the patent profession (at least of the “prosecution” variety) is through the patent agent exam (after one’s completion of a basic degree in science). Sadly, in India, both have been mired in calamitous controversies! In this post, I reflect on the Bar Exam and its continuing lack of a legitimate legal foundation. In another post,…


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Patent office announces the result of patent agent’s examination 2013


The Indian Patent Office announced the results of the Patent Agent examination held in May 2013 last week on September 23, 2013. The results are available on the website of the Patent Office here. The overall pass percentage for the exam is approximately 24.98% or 25%.  This is an increase of about 6.5% as compared to last time (2011). Out of 1829 candidates who appeared for viva and written examination, only 457 have passed. Our hearty congratulations to those who have cleared the exam!! On…


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UK High Court decision involving patentable subject matter – computer programs


The U.K. High Court (Chancery Division, Patents Court) in a recent decision has rejected a claim that software that enables data to be transferred from one computer on which the data is stored, to another machine connected remotely is patentable.  This decision is important as the UK patent law has language similar to the Indian patent law as relates to patentability of “computer software”, and because the decision clarifies the procedure to be used while determining a technical effect.  The…


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Does the Madras High Court judgment on S. 126 allow advocates without science degrees to become patent agents?


A few posts ago, we had written about a judgment of the Madras High Court, when we had been informed that a part of S. 126 of the Patent Act, amended via a legislation in 2005 was struck down as unconstitutional. We had also concluded that this legislation would now “allow all advocates to practice before the patent office without giving the patent agent exam.”  It appears that this initial reading of the judgment was wrong. It does not automatically…


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