This is a guest post providing some interesting insights into the Indian Patent Agent Examination 2013. We thank Mr. Suraj Singh, a Patent Agent and an Associate working in a leading law firm, for his contribution and analysis.
On 8th November 2012, SpicyIP reported that DIPP issued a notification, on 25th September 2012, prescribing the rules for becoming a patent agent. SpicyIP further reported, on 29th January 2013, that the Delhi High Court has clarified that the notification is to be retrospectively applied only to those candidates who had failed in the viva voce examination but had passed in the two written papers (obtained at least 50% in each paper and obtained at least 60% when both the papers are taken together).
Let us compare how the notification affected the outcome of the Patent Agent Exam by comparing the data of Patent Agent Exam 2011 and Patent Agent Exam 2013.
For whom numbers matter, please refer to the below mentioned table:
|Number (No)/ Percentage (%)
|Appeared for all 3 papers||1098||60.26||1828||62.86|
|Cleared Paper 1
Obtained at least 50
|Cleared Paper 2
Obtained at least 50
|Cleared Paper 1 and 2
|Cleared Patent Agent Exam||201||18.31||456||24.95|
|Cleared Paper 1 and 2 but not patent agent exam||17||1.55||20||1.09|
|for whom Viva was a boon
Less than 60% in Paper 1 and 2 but more than 60% overall
|for whom viva was a bane
More than 60% in Paper 1 and 2 but less than 60% overall
Note: Figures for Patent Exam 2011 are based on the original results declared by the Indian Patent Office.
An interesting observation is that the percentage of candidates clearing Paper 2 increased by a shade over 15%. Readers are welcome to share their views on why this sudden jump. Also it appears the amendment in rules, which reduced the importance of Viva, has not been very effective. The percentage of candidates for whom Viva has been a curse reduced by a mere 0.46%. Is it a change which changed nothing?
In our opinion, the jump in the percentage (around 6.6%) of candidates clearing the patent agent exam can be safely attributed to the increased percentage of candidates clearing Paper 2. Our city wise analysis below provides some more interesting insights.
And for a more detailed city wise analysis Click Here.
PS: Though we have taken all due care to eliminate errors, some might still be present. We regret the same and will immediately correct the same on being detected.