Studying for the Patent Agent Exam in 2 hours a day

Ever wondered what would happen if you would just spent two hours a day from now on to prepare for the Patent Agent Exam? If you are like Lakshmi Pavitra, you will clear the exam.

But the odds were clearly against her.

She had a full-time job at a law firm, responsibilities at home, a long daily commute, no contact classes, no bulky commentaries on patent law and most importantly, as a fresher, no prior experience in taking the patent agent exam. Yet, she cleared and how! LexCampus congratulates Lakshmi for clearing the exam. She is now a registered patent agent and we are happy to have been a part of her success journey.

Listen to Lakshmi’s podcast on How I prepared for the Patent Agent Exam here and see how she shatters 5 prevailing myths about the Patent Agent Exam. The timeline reference in brackets are to the time stamps on the podcast. You can refer to the transcript for more details.

  1. Myth 1: You can’t clear the Patent Agent Exam in the first attempt

With just two months of preparation and in her first attempt, scores high on paper 1, clears paper 2 and survives a gruelling 40-minute viva-voce session (39:30) to become a patent agent.

  1. Myth 2: You need lots of time to prepare for the Patent Agent Exam

Like anyone else, Lakshmi had her apprehensions about the Patent Agent Exam (3:20). She starts her preparation after the exam in notified (4:10). Prepares for 2 hours a day (9:00). Believes that more than hours of study, strategy is important (23:40).

  1. Myth 3: Contact classes are critical

A firm believer in face-to-face contact classes, she ends up completely relying on the LexCampus YouTube channel (7:10) and webinars (22:00) to clear the exam.

  1. Myth 4: All Patent Agents are autodidacts

Without undermining the important of self-study, she brings out the need for expert guidance in clearing the patent agent exam. Despite having a degree in law, she feels that reading the bare act alone is not sufficient (10:10) and its interpretation at places is tricky. Finds guidance in WhatsApp groups (4:35), LexCampus YouTube lectures on interpretation (16:00) and webinars (45:20) for tips and clarifications.

  1. Myth 5: Patent drafting can be learned without practice

Stresses the importance of practising patent drafting despite working with a law firm specialising in IP (36:30).

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Firstly it changed the approach of looking at the subject. At the first instance bare act seemed dry. The lecture series actually explained 'why' of the topic and statutes. Which helped in understanding the way the things are .

Nachiket Galgali

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