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Survey: Most Patent Bar Exam Questions Based on America Invents Act

Patent Office figures show that only four out of ten pass

The Institute for Patent Studies just completed a survey of new Patent Attorneys, and it was very revealing. It showed that about 80% of the questions on the exam are testing a new law called the America Invents Act (AIA). Also, new patent practitioners wish they'd had more practice with sample exam questions—especially AIA questions—suggesting they had been given the wrong materials to study. Students who had used the more expensive courses said they were overwhelmed with materials and received no guidance; students who bought cheap courses complained that they received materials they’d already found online for free.

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All Patent Bar questions now secret

Before the AIA came into effect, the Patent Office stopped releasing exam questions and started making all exam takers sign a non-disclosure agreement. Current exam questions simply aren't available to you, to us, or to any review course. Besides making it more difficult to know what's on the exam, it makes it impossible to actually practice answering questions, which we know from our work with thousands of successful alumni is one of the most powerful ways that you can study.

Passing is easy if you study correctly

Knowing what and how to study depends on understanding the mindset of the exam writers. If you study correctly, the exam will be easier than you might think. You'll feel great walking out of the testing center with a Preliminary Pass printout in your hand. It means you can move on with your life and career. You will be allowed to represent inventors in dealing with the Patent Office and begin making more money than your peers. What will you do to celebrate when you pass the exam?

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Emphasis on the AIA is essential

Over the past several years, PatBar has invented a new strategy to deal with the difficulty facing current exam takers.

  • You start by watching the Beginner's Lecture series, which gives you a gentle introduction to intimidating material, with emphasis on the AIA.
  • You go at your own pace with modularized study sessions, and can complete the course quickly—or take as long as you need if you're also working or going to school.
  • Each module with new AIA material includes a summary that teaches you the mental framework to understand how the AIA fits in to the lecture.
  • After you study the material, each session includes AIA-based practice exam questions plus the same reference material that's available on the real exam, so you can perfect your lookup strategy.
  • Included are over 200 new AIA practice questions written by our program director and based on over 25 years of experience.
  • Our proprietary Exam Simulation Suite is the most accurate available, so you can learn to use the reference material, and also get used to the look and feel of the real exam.
  • You can ask for help any time to answer specific questions about the AIA, the Exam, the course, or anything else that's holding you back.

I passed! First, thank you for responding to my questions. I know of other programs where help is not so forthcoming. Second, the practice questions and exam software you provided made the difference. By the time I took the exam, I recognized some questions. Otherwise, I knew exactly where to look and which search terms to use.

Glad it's over! Now I can concentrate on finishing law school.

All the best,
Chuck

Getting started early is important

If you wait until you get approved to take the exam, you only have 90 days to study. This is enough time to fully prepare but, for most people, just barely. Sometimes real life gets in the way. You should start studying before you apply to take the exam. We guarantee that it is risk-free.

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Questions of the Week

Week of October 16, 2017

Which of the following is/are 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… Read more »

Week of October 9, 2017

Which of the following is/are true? (A) AIA 35 U.S.C. 102(a)(1) provides that a person is not entitled to a patent if the claimed invention was patented, described in a printed publication, or in public use, on sale, or otherwise available to the public before the effective filing date of the claimed invention. (B) AIA… Read more »

Week of October 2, 2017

Which of the following are false? (A) The changes to 35 U.S.C. 102 and 103 in the AIA do not apply to any application filed before March 16, 2013. (B) Pre-AIA prior art is applied to all applications filed on or after March 16, 2013. (C) If a Request for Continued Examination (RCE) is filed… Read more »

Week of September 25, 2017

AlwaysNervous Co. (ANC) has filed a patent application and the company is very concerned about it. ANC has invested a great deal of money in their invention and the future of the company depends on patenting this invention. One of ANC’s competitors BNC is also concerned about developments in their industry. On a regular basis… Read more »