Passing the Patent Bar is a necessary step if you want to file and prosecute patent applications with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). It is not necessary to become an Attorney prior to taking the Patent Bar. Those who pass the Patent Bar without admission to a state or territorial bar are registered as Patent Agents, and those who have been admitted to a state or territorial bar AND have passed the Patent Bar are granted the registered title of Patent Attorney.
Prior to becoming a Patent Agent or Attorney, and in addition to taking and passing the Patent Bar, a few qualifications must be met. According to MPEP § 11.7, among all the other qualifications, applicants notably must have “(C) Satisfactory proof of scientific and technical qualifications.” In practice this most often means a bachelor’s level college degree in a science or engineering field, although there are exceptions and caveats.
Many people faced with the Patent Bar wonder if it’s really worth taking a study course prior to taking the big test. Several people have asked me if it’s really worth the extra money to prepare yourself when you could just scrape by paying the exam fee and buying some old materials on eBay.
The question these people should really ask themselves are:
Do I want to pass the test?
Do I want to pass the test the first time?
Do I want to learn and absorb the material to make myself a better Patent Agent?
If the answers to these questions are yes, then one more question needs to be asked:
- Which Patent Bar Review course is the best option to help me accomplish my goals?
Here are some reasons Patent Resources Group’s Patent Bar Review Course may be the right choice for those looking to take their law and patent practice career seriously. Just a few of the reasons you should choose Patent Resources Group (PRG) include:
$1,625 worth of additional study materials absolutely free including a free copy of the highly acclaimed ExameWare® patent exam preparation software and a searchable copy of the Manual of Patent Examining Procedure (MPEP)
Unparalleled faculty including Paul Gardner, PRG’s Academic Director.
CLE credit. Projected CLE credit for the five-day Classroom Patent Bar Review Course is 37.5 hours (including 1.5 hours ethics) and for the Video Patent Bar Review Course is 46 hours.
For a larger list of reasons, see the middle of PRG’s Patent Bar Review homepage.
A better idea might be to ask the course participants themselves, to see if they felt they got their money and time’s worth. Here’s a sampling of what they had to say on the course evaluations:
“The lecturer, Paul Gardner, was excellent. I enjoyed his examples and background he gave to each section.”
“I liked the breadth of the topics, but also the fact that you covered important topics in detail.”
“I appreciated the completeness of the material covered and the focus on what is likely to appear on the exam.”
“Professor Gardner spoke eloquently, with clarity and with full knowledge on the subject matter. One of his best lecture approaches was to encourage questions at the end of the specific situation. He was always considerate, encouraging and respectful.”
“Concise course material and relevant case examples.”
This year, PRG is offering the Patent Bar Review Course in the following locations:
Oak Brook, IL from May 3rd to the 7th
Boston, MA from June 21st to the 25th
New York, NY from September 20th to the 24th
San Francisco, CA from November 1st to the 5th
Dallas, TX from December 6th to the 10th
With courses from coast-to-coast, north and south, there are many options to take a course near you, but if not, you can check out PRG’s video presentation of the same course, with 46 hours of instruction on 3 DVDs. Discounts are available for students, government employees, and military servicemen and women.
No matter how you look at it, investing in yourself and your career is the right choice when it comes to studying for the Patent Bar. We hope you’ll check out PRG when you make that choice.
This post was contributed by Intellogist team member Chris Jagalla.