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Applying For The Patent Bar Exam


The PTO posts the official admissions bulletin. You may visit the USPTO's web page and download your copy of the Patent Bar bulletin.

If you believe you possess the qualifications to take the Patent Bar exam, don't hesitate to apply.

You may consider rounding up all your official paperwork in advance if you don't have one of the specified science or engineering degrees. In these instances, you will need to submit official transcripts listing every college level course you have taken (copies will not suffice, you need the originals). Additionally, the PTO requires that you actually send in a copy of the appropriate catalog cover along with the pages describing the particular courses you took. Of course, the PTO will take their time scrutinizing all of this.

Alternately, you may be able to substitute training in the appropriate field in lieu of the required degree, but this will have to be proven with forms or work contracts.

In addition to the technical requirements, the PTO expects you to establish "good moral character and respute". Once established, you must sign an oath agreeing to abide by this character requirement.

After you have located and signed all the required paperwork, you will have to pay the fee, which is about $390.00, and send it all in. The PTO has expressed that they will try to evaluate all the applications in about 4 weeks time.

Once you have been accepted, you will be given a 90-day window during which time you must schedule and take the exam. Therefore, we suggest you begin your preparations before applying. This will only ensure that you are ready before your window period has expired.

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