Studying for the Patent Bar Exam, from Start to Finish

[tweetmeme source=”Intellogist” only_single=false]   If you haven’t passed the Patent Bar yet, do you need some tips on how to prepare for this difficult exam?  A new blog can help you craft the perfect study plan, as you follow a fellow student who chronicles his journey through a Patent Bar Review Course and sitting for the Patent Bar Exam.  Readers who’ve already taken the Exam can compare their own study experiences with the blogger’s journey.  Readers will also be able to interact with the blogger, asking the blogger questions about his study plan or giving him tips on useful strategies and resources.

Read on, and I’ll give you a brief overview of what you can expect from  the new blog Passing the Patent Bar with PRG!

Chris Casson, a patent analyst at Landon IP, hopes to become a Registered Patent Agent.  First, though, he has to pass the Patent Bar Exam.  And that’s where Patent Resources Group (PRG) can help him.  PRG offers a Patent Bar Review Course, in live locations or through an online video course, which are taught by experienced instructors Paul Gardner and John Tsavaris.   Chris’s experience with the PRG Patent Bar Review Course and his study strategies will be posted weekly on the blog Passing the Patent Bar with PRG.  Readers can follow Chris from start to finish, from his initial decision to take the Patent Bar Exam to his reflections after taking the Exam.

You can read the first post on the blog now, in which Chris discusses why he wants to take the Patent Bar Exam:

Through my work as a patent analyst, I have learned a great deal about the way patent prosecution works and how attorneys and inventors try to get things patented, while examiners try to ensure that what is patented is worthy by combing existing prior art looking for known examples of what the prospective inventor has claimed.  While I still have much to learn about USPTO practice, I am ready to continue my patent prosecution education by concurrently preparing for the Patent Bar.

And why he is studying with PRG:

PRG provides the best preparation for prospective patent lawyers and agents through their recently updated Patent Bar Review Course, and I am going to prove it.

Over the next few months, Chris will post once a week to update readers on his progress:

  •  He’ll lay out his study plan.
  • He’ll post about his first-hand experiences with the Patent Bar Review Course and the study materials provided through the course.
  • Chris will describe any obstacles he faces during the study and registration process, and he’ll give tips on how to overcome these issues.
  • He’ll respond to reader questions and comments through the “Ask a Question” section.

Readers can share study strategies or ask Chris about his experiences through the “Ask a Question” link on the blog’s sidebar.  Chris will periodically respond to these questions in his blog posts, since a goal for the blog is to create a dialog with other individuals studying for the Patent Bar Exam.

Ask questions or share study strategies with Chris through the "Ask a Question" feature.

Through Passing the Patent Bar with PRG, readers will find both a study guide and a personal narrative  of one man’s experience with studying for the Patent Bar Exam.  This blog doesn’t hold the voice of a teacher, dictating exactly how the reader should study and prepare for the Exam.  This blog holds the voice of a fellow student, sharing his own reflections and strategies and collaborating with peers.

Have you taken a Patent Bar Review course with PRG?  Tell us about your experiences in the comments section, or share your ideas over at the new blog!

Patent Resources Group

This post was contributed by Joelle Mornini. The Intellogist blog is provided for free by Intellogist’s parent company Landon IP, a major provider of patent searches, trademark searches, technical translations, and information retrieval services.

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