The Patent Bar is open to scientists and engineers hoping to practice patent law as a Patent Agent or a Patent Attorney. Patent Agents and Attorneys write and prosecute patent applications at law firms, corporations, universities, or their own practice.
The Patent Bar Exam is a 6 hour, 100 question, computerized multiple-choice exam. Test takers must score 70 percent or above to pass. Test takers may take the computerized exam any weekday throughout the year at a Prometric testing facility near them.
Ten of the questions on the Patent Bar Exam (whether computerized or the yearly paper version) are beta questions and will not be scored. These are rotated into the scored pool as it’s determined that they are fair questions. Computerized test takers will be allowed access to a PDF version of the MPEP and any supplemental material.
Exam questions are not released, they are proprietary and a non-disclosure agreement must be signed prior to sitting for the exam.