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10 Questions to Ask When Choosing a Patent Bar Review Course

These 10 questions will help you choose the best Patent Bar course to give you the very best chances for success. Read about what they say. Even more importantly, listen to what they don’t say or how they avoid the answer. Whether you pass the Patent Bar and begin your career as a registered patent agent or attorney will depend on which course you select.

Of course, the answers will only be helpful if the people running the course are honest and answer the questions truthfully. Be cautious.

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Program Director David E. Meeks, Esq.

Program Director David E. Meeks, Esq., is a member of the New York Bar, Attorney Emeritus, and admitted to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. He is a graduate of Newark College of Engineering, BSME Magna Cum Laude, and the University of North Carolina School of Law. He is a Master Rainmaker.

In 1992, he began organizing a program of instruction for the Patent Bar while teaching several IP and patent courses at Fairleigh Dickinson University. He has been preparing students for the patent bar ever since.

Mr. Meeks has contact with pre-law and law school students on nearly a daily basis. His email address is

Dear David Meeks,

This is to let you know that I could achieve the passing grade in the Patent Bar examination with the help of PatBar course. I took the examination on April 14, 2019. I studied for the test using lectures and other material provided in the PartBar course. I found the question sets—provided at the end of each lecture and also within each lecture—particularly useful for understanding the concepts. The course helped me develop a ‘thought process or thinking style’ needed to answer questions asked in the Patent Bar examination. I must say that merely knowing all the information about patent laws and rules may not be adequate to be successful in the examination. One must understand the core concept of each rule/law and then develop a systematic thinking process based on the concepts learned to select the most appropriate answer from the given options. The PatBar course helped me a great deal in preparing for the test.

I sincerely thank you and all those who composed the course material.


I am so very proud to announce that I passed the Patent Bar today on my very first attempt!!!!

Your materials were instrumental in my success for two reasons: 1) The materials are precisely condensed to focus on parts of the MPEP that will most likely be tested and 2) the test taking software really allowed me to sharpen my test taking skills.

Keep up the good work!

Dear Mr. Meeks,

I’ve taken online courses that have tools purported to help the learning process. I don’t think they have been as educational as your course has been thus far. I have been going through each module, reading the material, listening along to the lectures, and completing the quizzes afterwards. It works. I’m impressed that as confusion or questions arise on my part they get resolved as I follow along. Even when I emailed for support about a hunch, it turned out that I was right, which means I’m making my own deductions/ inferences from the material. The availability of the personalized help makes me very comfortable and confident that I can do well. In short, I’m just very appreciative and my fear of this test is greatly diminished.


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PatBar® was established in 1992 by a registered, practicing Patent Attorney. It was the first company to offer a home-study course for the Patent Bar Exam. With over 25 years of experience in preparing students to succeed, we know exactly what needs to be updated and when—several times each year, when needed.

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Questions of the Week

Patent Bar Exam Review 2019 AIA Question (10/7)

Delta Company filed a nonprovisional application sometime before September 16, 2012, and today, September 16, 2016, they now want to file a continuation application. What would be the best way to handle the oath or declaration?(A) File a copy of the oath or declaration from the prior application. (B) File a new oath or declaration… Read more »

Patent Bar Exam Review 2019 AIA Question (9/30)

Which of the following is true?(A) The Office may not consider a patent owner claim scope statement when deciding whether to order or institute an administrative trial proceeding such as an IPR. (B) A third party filing a statement can request in writing to maintain his/her identity in confidence, and it will be excluded from… Read more »

Patent Bar Exam Review 2019 AIA Question (9/23)

A company from England, AJAX, developed an invention including a surface treatment that was necessary to the satisfactory performance of the invention. In discussions with their legal staff relating to the filing of a patent application in the U.S., the company decided to maintain their surface treatment technology as a trade secret. On September 16,… Read more »

Patent Bar Exam Review 2019 AIA Question (9/16)

Which of the following is true?(A) The AIA defines the term “claimed invention” as the subject matter defined by a claim in a patent or an application for patent. (B) The AIA defines the term “effective filing date” for a claimed invention in a patent or application for patent (other than a reissue application or… Read more »