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Patent Bar Exam Software

Now available … Patent Bar Exam Simulation Software by SmallEntity.com! That’s right, I’ve gone and created a Small Entity Patent Bar Exam Simulation package.  Why, you ask?  Because all of the other software out there isn’t very good.  I took this exam a few months ago and was really disappointed with the existing software.  Some [...]

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What is the difference between a Patent Attorney and a Patent Agent?

What is the difference between a Patent Attorney and a Patent Agent?

This site uses the terms Patent Agent and Patent Attorney somewhat interchangeably.  However, there are differences between the two. The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) requires that all individuals prosecuting patent applications be registered with the Office. (Though there is an exception that allows an inventor to prosecute his own application.) The USPTO [...]

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Prometric’s Policies and Procedures for the Patent Bar Exam – What You Can and Can’t Do on Test Day

Getting there This being a day-long exam, you’ll arrive at the test center in the morning.  Try to arrive early – if you do, many test centers will let you begin the exam early.  Keep in mind that not all people at the Prometric center will be taking the Patent Bar Exam.  In fact, you’ll [...]

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Patent Bar Exam Format

The Patent Bar Examination is a 6-hour long, 100-question, multiple choice test designed to measure your familiarity with the Manual of Patent Examining Procedure (MPEP).  It is a computer-based test, which means that you will not be using the ubiquitous fill-in-the-bubble sheets that you may be accustomed to. This presents a challenge for some who [...]

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How Long Does it Take to Hear Back From the Patent Office After Applying to Take the Exam?

The PTO isn’t known for their speed in turning things around.  The turnaround time for applicants applying to take the Patent Bar Examination is pretty quick, though.  Currently, “Category A” applicants are hearing back within 2-3 weeks, and “Category B” applicants are reporting turnaround times between 3 and 6 weeks.  The speed of the Category [...]

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Taking the Patent Bar as a “Category C” Applicant

If you don’t meet the requirements of Category A or Category B, you may still qualify to take the exam under Category C, a special pathway for applicants with “Practical Engineering or Scientific Experience.” The PTO states, An applicant relying on practical engineering or scientific experience or who does not qualify under Category A or [...]

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So you’re a “Category B” Patent Bar Person, Eh?

Ouch.  But hey, look on the bright side – at least you’re not Category C, right? The easiest way to qualify to sit for the Patent Bar Examination is to hold a Bachelor’s degree in one of the PTO’s pre-approved subject areas.  This would make you a Category A applicant, and your path to taking [...]

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Patent Bar Examination “Category A” Recognized Degrees

In order to take the Patent Bar Examination, you must demonstrate that you’ve had adequate scientific training. The easiest way to meet this requirement is to be a “Category A” applicant, which means that you hold a Bachelor’s degree in one of the technical subject areas recognized by the USPTO. Here is a list of [...]

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Taking the Patent Bar Exam with a Computer Science Degree

In order to take the Patent Bar Examination, you must demonstrate that you’ve had adequate scientific training. The easiest way to meet this requirement is to be a “Category A” applicant, which means that you hold a Bachelor’s degree in one of the technical subject areas recognized by the USPTO.  If you’ve got a degree [...]

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Does the version of the MPEP you’re tested on matter?

Does the version of the MPEP you’re tested on matter?

The current Patent Bar Examination tests your knowledge of version 8, revision 4 of the Manual of Patent Examination Procedure (MPEP).  This is despite the fact that the current version (as of the time of this writing) is version 8, revision 8. Does it matter? According to Jim Longacre, it doesn’t matter one bit. I [...]

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