Patent Bar Exam Strategies

The difficulties associated with the Patent Bar examination have already  been discussed.  The long,  detail-oriented questions, the stress of the time limit, and the complexity of  the material all mount to quite an obstacle.   The focus will now shift to providing you with tips for overcoming the  difficulties, hopefully leading you to a passing score.

What Exactly Do You Need to Know?

Your computerized exam takes 100 questions from a larger data bank. That  means your exam may be different from another individuals exam even if you take  the test on the same day. So it’s impossible to give you a 100% accurate  breakdown of exactly what will be covered on your test. Read more

Patent Bar Exam Requirements

professional-3-400You do not need to be a lawyer in order to meet the requirements  for the Patent Bar Exam. However, in order to qualify for the Patent Bar, you  will need at least a bachelor’s degree in one of the specified fields of  science or engineering.

An individual with a law degree, but without the proper education  or training in science or engineering will not meet the Patent Bar  requirements.

There are three main categories you may qualify for the patent  bar exam under. They are listed out here for your convenience (but you should  plan to review the official USPTO bulletin for further details): Read more

Why Take the Patent Bar Exam?

professional-2-400Brief History of Patent Law

Depending on who you talk to, you’ll get a different idea as to  when the history of patents and patent law began. As for here in the United  States, the first Patent Act of Congress was passed on April 10, 1790.

The first patent was granted soon after on July 31, 1790 to Samuel  Hopkins for a method of producing potash (potassium carbonate), an  essential ingredient used in making soap, glass, and gunpowder.

A lot has changed from 1790. Patent law as an industry has grown  and adapted and the need for specialized patent practitioners has emerged. New  technologies like biotechnology and advances in engineering have only helped to  complicate patent rules and regulations. Read more

About the Patent Bar Exam

patent-bar-1-400Patent Bar Exam Details

The Patent Bar exam is a 100 question, multiple choice exam.  You will have to answer at least 70% of the questions  correctly in order to pass.

The exam  consists of a morning and an afternoon session with a 1-hour break between the  two sessions.  Each session consists of  50 multiple choice questions.  You will  have 3 hours to complete each session.  The  total time you will have to answer the 100 questions on the exam is 6 hours.

Expect to be  at the testing facility for a full day. Prior to the exam you’ll receive  brief instructions covering a few details of the exam. After the exam you’ll be  asked to take a quick survey on the testing experience and facility. If you  take a computerized exam, you’ll get your scores back and find out whether you  passed or not immediately after taking this survey. Read more