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Patent Bar Basics


Here are a few of the basics of the Patent Bar Exam as it currently stands ...


The computerized Patent Bar Exam is administered by Thompson Prometric and is available for you to take at any point throughout the year. Once you apply to take it and are accepted you'll be given further instructions on how to schedule your exam with a Prometric testing agency. These agencies are found around the country so chances are good there's one not too far from you.


The exam consists of a morning and an afternoon session. Each session lasts 3 hours and is composed of 50 multiple choice questions. Each question has 5 answer choices (A, B, C, D, and E). You will have approximately a 1 hour lunch break between the morning and afternoon session. Out of the 100 total exam questions,


Each question on the exam is checked for fairness. For every test taker, 10 of the 100 questions will be beta questions that are not counted in your final score. Of the non-beta questions, you need to score 70% or above in order to pass. If the beta questions are found to be fair, they will be added into the scored test question pool for later test takers.

You may not bring in any of your own materials to the exam. The testing facility will provide you with an online, searchable version of the MPEP. This will be the only reference material you are allowed to use during the test. The facility will also supply you with paper and a pencil - all papers will be collected before you may leave the examination.


Once you have submitted your admission form and have been accepted to take the Patent Bar Exam, you will be given a 90-day window period. You must schedule and take your exam with the testing center during this window period. It's highly advised that you begin studying before you apply as 90-days may not be enough time for you to prepare depending on your schedule.


The cost of the exam is expected to be as follows; a nonrefundable application fee of $40, a registration examination fee of $200, and a service fee of $150 to the administration facility. The computerized Patent Bar exams are administered by Prometric.

After taking the exam, you should learn of your results immediately. You will then be mailed an official score report that will let you know whether you passed or failed. If you pass you will receive further instructions. If you fail you may re-schedule the exam at a later date.


Examination for Registration to Practice in Patent Cases Before the United States Patent and Trademark Office


The USPTO has put together a PDF slideshow showing the process of applying for the exam including details on the computerized exam.


You can view the official USPTO computer exam slides here.


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