The Controller General of Patents and Trade Marks announced that the Trade Mark Agent Examination will be conducted on 06th January 2024

The Institute of Patent Attorneys, India (IPAI) is dedicated to offering professional training in Trade Mark Law and Practice, specifically tailored to prepare candidates for the Trade Mark Agents Examination. This prestigious examination, conducted by the Ministry of Commerce and Industry (Government of India) through Trade Mark Offices, provides the essential qualifications required to practice as a Trade Mark Agent under the Trade Marks Act and Rules. At IPAI, we provide comprehensive and specialised education, equipping our students with the knowledge and skills necessary to excel in the examination and thrive as competent and ethical Trade Mark Agents. We aim to empower aspiring professionals to succeed in their trademark law careers and contribute to the growth and protection of intellectual property in India.


Trademark agents are specialised legal advisors who guide clients in protecting their trademarks and service marks in India and internationally. Like lawyers, trademark agents work either in private firms of trademark attorneys or in the intellectual property departments of large industrial organisations. Their daily tasks typically involve preparing trademark applications, handling correspondence with the Trademark Registry regarding objections raised, representing clients at hearings, and managing opposition proceedings.

These responsibilities require a high level of technical expertise, making it essential for qualified trademark agents to handle them. To ensure efficiency and professional integrity, the Trade Marks Act has established specific qualifications for individuals practising as trademark agents and mandates their registration. Only those who meet these qualifications and are registered under the Trade Marks Act can practice as trademark agents in India.

At the Institute of Patent Attorneys India (IPAI), we are committed to providing the necessary training and education for aspiring Trade Mark Agents/Attorneys.

Our programs equip students with the knowledge, skills, and ethical foundations to excel in this specialised field. By preparing our candidates for the rigorous demands of the profession, we aim to contribute to the growth of intellectual property protection and innovation in India.


The career scope for trademark agents is quite diverse and offers several opportunities for professional growth. Trademark agents can establish their IP law firms or consultancy services, allowing them to provide specialised trademark-related legal services to clients. Additionally, there is a chance for trademark agents to work with established law firms, including foreign IP law firms that require English-speaking in-house agents.

Moreover, trademark agents can pursue opportunities in private firms of trademark attorneys, collaborating with other legal professionals to handle trademark-related matters. Another avenue for trademark agents is to work in the intellectual property departments of large industrial organisations, where they can contribute their expertise in managing and protecting the company's intellectual property assets.

Overall, the career path for trademark agents offers a range of possibilities, including entrepreneurship, collaboration with law firms, and employment within industrial organisations. These options allow trademark agents to explore different avenues and find a career path that aligns with their professional goals and aspirations.


Candidates must hold a degree (BA, BSc, BCom, BBA etc.), from a recognised university or institution.


Candidates of all age groups are eligible to apply.
The syllabus for the qualifying examination of the Trade Mark Agent Examination includes the following papers:


The qualifying examination shall consist of the Trade Marks Act, 1999; Trade Marks Rules, 2017

Paper I: Trade Mark Act and Rules (100 marks)

This paper focuses on the knowledge and understanding of the Indian Trade Mark Act and the accompanying Rules.

Topics covered may include the provisions of the Trade Mark Act, various sections related to Trade Mark application procedures, rights and obligations of applicants, and other relevant provisions.

Paper II: Drafting TM Oppositions and Interpretation of Trade Marks Laws (100 marks)

This paper assesses the candidate's ability to draft Trade Mark oppositions, rectifications and interpret various trademark-related documents and interpretation of Trade Marks Laws.

Viva-Voce (50 marks)

In addition to the two written papers, there is also a Viva-Voce (50 marks) component as part of the examination. The Viva-Voce aims to evaluate the candidate's overall understanding of Trade Marks law, Trade Mark Rules and their ability to apply that knowledge effectively. Only those candidates who have scored a minimum of 50% marks in each paper will be allowed to appear for Viva-Voce.

A candidate shall be required to secure a minimum of fifty marks in Paper-I and Paper II and shall be declared to have passed the examination only if he obtains an aggregate of sixty per cent of the total marks.


Upon successfully completing the training program in Trade Mark Law and Practice, the Institute of Patent Attorneys, India (IPAI) will issue the participants a separate training certificate in Trade Mark Law & Practice.

You can contact the Institute of Patent Attorneys, India (IPAI) for any further inquiries or assistance.

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