Browsing all articles from November, 2010

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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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What is a Patent?

The short answer is that a patent is a right to exclude others from making, using, or selling a particular invention for a limited time. I’ll say that again, and shorten it: A patent is a right to exclude. Note the negative, not positive, language of that statement. It’s important to understand that a patent [...]

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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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Using Trademark Applications To Get Free Advertising – “It’s on like Donkey Kong”

Using Trademark Applications To Get Free Advertising – “It’s on like Donkey Kong”

Sounds like Nintendo has a new old catchphrase in mind. Nintendo announced Wednesday that it filed an application with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for ownership of the pop culture phrase "it’s on like Donkey Kong." If approved, the patent would kick in on Nov. 21, just in time for the release of Donkey [...]

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