Saturday, September 20, 2008

Patent agent exam in India

Indian patent office conducts patent agent exam yearly twice in the month of May and November. For new comers, they have doubts on how to appear the exam and what are procedure to attend the exam. Here, you can find the relevant information, which will be useful for all who wish to appear patent agent exam.

1. Qualifications for registration as patent agents :- (1) A person shall be qualified to have his name entered in the register of patent agents in he fulfills the following conditions, namely :-

(a) he is a citizen of India;
(b) he has completed the age of 21 years
(c) he has obtained a [degree in science , engineering or technology from any university established under law for the time being the force] in the territory of India or possesses such other equivalent qualifications as the Central Government may specify in this behalf , and, in addition,-
(d) he has paid such fee as may be prescribed.

2. A person desirous to appear in the qualifying examination under rule 110 shall make a request to the Controller along with the fee as specified in the first schedule. i.e., Along with application, you will have to provide fee [Rs.1000/- DD or Cheque], 1+1 Passport size photo, attested education certificate and Character certificate and submit to the following patent office where you would like to appear exam.

You can get the address from the following link.

Patent Office address

a. Culcutta
b. New Delhi
c. Mumbai
d. Chennai

3. The qualifying examination shall consist of the following papers and marks, namely:-

Paper I – Patent Act and Rules 100
Paper II- Drafting and interpretation of
Patent specification and other documents 100
viva voice 100

4. The qualifying marks for each written paper and for the viva voice examination shall be fifty per cent each , of total marks and a candidate shall be declared to have passed the examination only if he obtains an aggregate of sixty per cent of total marks.

5. The materials for the exam are Patent Act 1970, Manual of Patent Practice and Procedure, drafting license agreement and patent drafting & Interpretation of patent specification. And also go through the previous years exam papers.

Patent Act 1970
Patent Act 1970 amended 2005
Manual of Patent Practice and Procedure
Previous year exam paper
Patent Drafting
Drafting license agreement

6. Registration of patent agents :- After a candidate passes the qualifying examination specified in Rule 110 and after obtaining any further information which the controller considers necessary he shall, on receipt of the fee specified therefore in the first schedule, enter the candidate’s name in the register of patent agents and issue to him a certificate of registration as a patent agent.

7. Details to be included in an application for the registration of a patent agent :-An application by a person entitled to be registered as a patent agent under sub-section (2) of section 126 shall also be made in Form 22. [Following link shows Form 23 - please ignore]

Form 22

8. On receipt of an application for the registration of a person as a patent agent under rule 112, the Controller may if he is satisfied that the said person fulfils the conditions specified in sub-section (2) of section 126 enter his name in the register of patent agents.

Now you have become a Patent Agent!!

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sahana October 5, 2008 at 6:33 PM  

can a law graduate also take this exam???/

Anonymous,  October 19, 2008 at 6:41 PM  

Thanks sir, it helpe us a lot. Please suggest us some books for patent attirnt exam.


Anonymous,  October 27, 2008 at 10:35 AM  


You are doing excellent work. Keep it up.


bindu November 5, 2008 at 12:02 PM  

Hi everyone!!

I am a postgraduate and want to give patent agent exam. May I know what is the next last date to apply for the patent agent exam. Please help me with your valuable replies..

Thanks & Regards,


srini November 15, 2008 at 9:49 PM  


I am very new to the concept of patent. I need to know how it will help me if I become a patent agent.
If I take a patent agent exam will it help an engineer in any way to grow in the organization?

With Regards

Anonymous,  November 21, 2008 at 8:54 AM  

I am taking up the Patent agent examination this December 2008.Can
you please tell me about the viva voice which is for 100 marks? what can i expect during the session?

Nik January 30, 2009 at 8:54 PM  

Can u please tell me when will exam be held in 2009. The official website shows no updates.

vidhya,  June 5, 2009 at 2:59 PM  


How much income can a fresh patent agent expect with a B.Tech degree in Biotechnology?

abhi July 16, 2009 at 7:23 PM  

good evening ,
i completed b tech(it)-2009.can u say me kindly about -how to register for patant exam(process)& how can i suceed in it

Anonymous,  January 3, 2010 at 8:05 PM  


I m a practising company secretary and B.Com (hons) graduate. Pls let me know whether I am eligible to take patent agent examination.

If not then how can I do so?

Thanks in advance


ravi September 1, 2010 at 10:08 PM  

Hello Sir,

Pls tell me the Date for announcement for Application of IPA-2011 or to whome I should contact for the applying for IPA-2011 examination??

Pls sir tell me the Which book i should refer for the IPA-2011 EXAM??

Pls mail me on my current working EmailID ""

Anonymous,  September 5, 2010 at 8:47 PM  

please provide the question paper of patent agent exam 2010.

Anonymous,  December 10, 2011 at 12:17 PM  

i am doing my five year law course. can i also pursue this course or a patent attorney is better.

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