Well, I am sure, this is what is crossing
through the minds of the IP enthusiasts who have been waiting since
long (2013-being specific) for their turn to appear for Patent
Agent Examination (PAE). They were not able to do so for the want
of examination taking place. November 27, 2016 has definitely
brought sigh of relief for them.
Relief came for PAE aspirants when IPO
official website announced on July 19, 2016 that PAE will be
conducted before December, 2016. Then IPO released a tender on
September 01 requesting quotation for supply of answer booklet and
related works, supply of Optical Mater Recognition (OMR) sheets and
printing of question papers for Patent Agent examination-2016.
Tender can be accessed here. From tender it appears that paper one is
likely to have question s. no. 1-40 with one option correct,
whereas s. no. 41-50 with more than one option correct. IPO is
expecting minimum 2000 applications and expects the figure to go
high up to 6000.
Online registration of the Patent Agent
Examination can be done here. Guidelines for filing the application can
be accessed here. Applications for this exam can be made
only online and between 28.09.2016 to 27.10.2016.
In an interesting deviation from the
examination pattern of the previous exam, this time Schedule for
Viva-Voce examination will be announced after the completion of
written examination. Only those candidates who have scored minimum
of 50% marks in each paper will be allowed to appear for Viva-Voce.
Separate list for same would be provided.
We wish all the best to all the PAE
aspirants. May they all come up with flying colours!
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