Tips for Patent Agent Examination Viva Voice

Congratulations to all those who have cleared the exams! You are just a step away from becoming a patent agent. But the Viva Voice by no means is to be taken lightly. Beyond the knowledge of patent law that you’ve already mastered, crossing this bridge requires effective communication skills, a calm temperament & aptly understanding the expectations of the panel. While you have to travel the distance yourself, a little support always comes handy! Here are a few quick tips to help you sail through the Viva Voce smoothly:

1. The Viva is about letting the panel see that you are fit to walk the shoes of a patent agent, and do justice to that bare act in your hand, which basically means:

  1. You can understand and interpret the law properly
  2. Once understood, you can explain it to the client effectively
  3. You can represent the client’s best interests and make proper submissions/arguments in doing so

2. This would require that you can think quick, are pleasant and clear in your communication, and most importantly honest and trustworthy, which means if you don’t know the answer, say You Don’t Know and will have to check the provisions. The last thing they want to see is a person misguiding an applicant when he/she is unsure but rather upfront about not knowing and checking before he/she advises the client.

3. Be prepared with an answer to the following most common questions:

  1. What is your background? Tell us more about yourself
    Keep a short introduction ready with basic details of educational qualification and professional experience. Don’t try to give unnecessary details/ brag too much about your accolades/ take too many names of other people
  2. Why do you want to become a patent agent?
    Prepare an honest reply and communicate it with conviction
  3. What is the procedure for filing a patent?
    Prepare for explaining all scenarios – provisional application/ ordinary domestic application/ conventional application/ PCT National Phase application
    Learn the form and fees by heart and be ready to face cross questions on this
  4. What is the procedure of pre-grant and post-grant opposition?
    Be thorough with the timelines and grounds of opposition. Procedural differences between the two can also be asked
  5. Questions on Compulsory Licensing
    Along with the sections and rules, be prepared with a summary of Bayer vs Natco Compulsory Licensing Case

4. Effective communication is a key to success in Viva. Be mindful of the following:

  1. While it is important to sound confident, ensure that you are not overconfident and pompous
  2. When asked a question, politely ask them to repeat if you’ve not understood it properly
  3. While it is important to answer the question fully, stop if interrupted by the panel and continue only after they indicate.
  4. After finishing your answer, you may ask them whether you’ve addressed their question correctly

5. Practice the common questions once in a mock viva with your friends/ family members. Even if they don’t understand patent law, they can give you feedback on your communication style/ body language and the like, and you shall get a net practice before the actual one.

6. Last but not the least – Revise, Revise, Revise – the sections, rules, forms & fees

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

2 + six =

Archives

  • September 2021
  • August 2021
  • July 2021
  • June 2021
  • May 2021
  • April 2021
  • March 2021
  • February 2021
  • January 2021
  • December 2020
  • November 2020
  • October 2020
  • September 2020
  • August 2020
  • July 2020
  • June 2020
  • May 2020
  • April 2020
  • March 2020
  • February 2020
  • January 2020
  • December 2019
  • November 2019
  • October 2019
  • September 2019
  • August 2019
  • July 2019
  • June 2019
  • May 2019
  • April 2019
  • March 2019
  • February 2019
  • January 2019
  • December 2018
  • November 2018
  • October 2018
  • September 2018
  • August 2018
  • July 2018
  • June 2018
  • May 2018
  • April 2018
  • March 2018
  • February 2018
  • January 2018
  • December 2017
  • November 2017
  • October 2017
  • September 2017
  • August 2017
  • July 2017
  • June 2017
  • May 2017
  • April 2017
  • March 2017
  • February 2017
  • January 2017
  • December 2016
  • November 2016
  • October 2016
  • September 2016
  • August 2016
  • July 2016
  • June 2016
  • May 2016
  • April 2016
  • March 2016
  • February 2016
  • January 2016
  • December 2015
  • November 2015
  • October 2015
  • September 2015
  • August 2015
  • July 2015
  • June 2015
  • May 2015
  • April 2015
  • March 2015
  • February 2015
  • January 2015
  • December 2014
  • November 2014
  • October 2014
  • September 2014
  • August 2014
  • July 2014
  • June 2014
  • May 2014
  • April 2014
  • March 2014
  • February 2014
  • January 2014
  • December 2013
  • November 2013
  • October 2013
  • September 2013
  • August 2013
  • July 2013
  • June 2013
  • May 2013
  • April 2013
  • March 2013
  • February 2013
  • January 2013
  • December 2012
  • November 2012
  • September 2012
  • August 2012
  • July 2012
  • June 2012
  • May 2012
  • April 2012
  • March 2012
  • February 2012
  • January 2012
  • December 2011
  • November 2011
  • October 2011
  • September 2011
  • August 2011
  • July 2011
  • June 2011
  • May 2011
  • April 2011
  • March 2011
  • February 2011
  • January 2011
  • December 2010
  • September 2010
  • July 2010
  • June 2010
  • May 2010
  • April 2010