After a significant debate on this blog on the shortage of examiners at the Patent Office, the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion, Ministry of Industry and Commerce has released an elegantly well drafted 46 pages notification inviting applications for the posts of Examiners at the Patent Office. (No surprise they took two years to come out with this - 46 pages!!!) In its notification the DIPP has announced a sector-specific intake and has announced the vacancies for each sector i.e. Chemical, Electronics etc. Also special preference will be given to candidates with a law degree or a certificate course in a foreign language or research experience. The pay bracket is between Rs. 15,000 to Rs. 39,000 and this is comparable to some of the best IP law firms in India, with of course the added bonus of job security and weekends off. The Department will be holding two examinations, a preliminary examination and a main examination both of which promise to be rigorous, with the preliminary examination carrying a pretty stiff penalty of 33%. The syllabus for the examination has been laid out in painful detail. All in all I must say the gentlemen at the DIPP have put in a lot of effort in coming out with this elaborate scheme to select examiners - may the best person win!