Intellectual Property

How to Study for the Patent Bar Exam

Thu Feb 25, 2010 6:01 am
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As someone who successfully passed the Patent Bar Exam in 2003, I can only say what worked for me. I started studying 4 months before the exam by printing out any and all questions that I could find from previous exams. This is invaluable; as many of the questions on my exam were almost verbatim from previous exams. I did not buy any on-line "study guides", as the exam is expensive enough by itself. Also, when studying previous exams, I found that it was especially helpful to study not just which answer is the right answer, but WHY that answer is the right answer-as I found variations on previous exam questions that I could answer easily by memorizing the reasoning behind the answers to the questions. Studying the MPEP (Manual of Patent Examining Procedure) is nice if you happen to have the ability to memorize thousands of pages of rules and regulations. But what is much more useful, in my opinion, is to study where to find info in the MPEP, as you are provided a copy of the MPEP to use during the test. For example, know where to find the MPEP discussion of Rule 35 U.S.C. 103(c); know where to find the rules for the requirements of an IDS (information disclosure statement) under 37 C.F.R. 1.97, etc.

Tue Sep 16, 2008 9:11 am
Name: Dan | Comment: Thank you for the tips. I am currently studying for the patent bar, and have taken a somewhat haphazard approach. I've started reading sections of the MPEP and taking notes, and I thought I would wait until I "finished" (the thing is massive) before I started reading test questions.

Anyway, this article has convinced me to change my approach. I guess I'll start studying the exams first, and pay attention to where in the MPEP I can find the appropriate answers.

Just in case anyone else is interested, I've started putting together some resources as I study on a wiki at Anyone interested in contributing is welcome.

Thu Jan 22, 2009 7:30 pm
Name: Chris | Comment: hey do i add to the

Thu Feb 25, 2010 6:01 am
Name: patentbar | Comment: Passed it on 4th try. The last time I took it I mainly practiced doing the 2002-2003 exams. Got at least 82% on all of them. I suggest this as a way to study.

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