Patent Bar Exam

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The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) requires that all individuals working as either a Patent Attorney or a Patent Agent first pass the Patent Bar Examination. But not just anyone can take the exam – to qualify, you need to demonstrate that you have sufficient scientific or technical expertise.

The first step it to apply to the Office of Enrollment and Discipline (OED) and demonstrate that you have the requisite training in one of three ways.

  • Category A – If you hold a Bachelor’s degree in one of these subjects, you qualify to sit for the examination. Note that Master’s degrees and PhD’s are not sufficient – you must have a Bachelor’s degree.  More info here.
  • Category B – If you hold a Bachelor’s degree in a non-recognized subject, you can still sit for exam if you have completed a certain number of credit hours in a recognized technical area.  More info here.
  • Category C – If you have significant practical engineering or scientific experience, you may be entitled to sit for the examination.  More info here.

Upon receiving approval to sit for the examination, you’ll receive authorization to schedule an examination at a Prometric testing center. Prometric is a nationwide, privately-held company that specializes in administering examinations. You are free to schedule the examination on any day that Prometric has availability, but it must be within 90 days of receiving the initial authorization from the OED.

 

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