Patent Bar Exam Requirements

The Definitive Guide

You don’t need to be a lawyer in order to meet the requirements to sit for the United States Patent and Trademark Office Registration Exam. However, in order to qualify for the Patent Exam, 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 exam requirements.

In addition to meeting the technical qualifications, every individual will have to show they possess good moral character. Good moral character is assessed in the application by answering a few questions. Any ‘YES’ answers that you may give can be accompanied by an explanation.

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