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Important Information for Engineers, Scientists, and Law Students:
The fact is that the Patent Bar Exam is very difficult. It was designed to pass only those who really know their stuff. In fact, the overall pass rate has been as low as 37% in recent years.
Failing the Patent Bar Exam is a setback. Not only have you lost $390 in exam fees, but several months of your time to re-apply, study harder, and take it again. It's not just the time and money; it's also the effort you could have put into something more productive if you had passed on the first try.
Historically, students learned patent law through an apprenticeship with an already-established Patent Attorney. Since this is no longer practical in today's world, you must be able to learn the material on your own, and are likely to be very lost when trying to understand it.
Why do so many fail?
Around half of exam takers fail. Why is the number so high?
The biggest problem is that many people just don't take it seriously. The exam tests small slices of the entire 2000-page MPEP, and many people waste massive amounts of time studying material which will never be tested.
There are also review courses available that are not produced by a Patent Lawyer or even a Patent Agent, and which simply cobble together this free material for the sole purpose of selling it to you for a lot of money. Even "good" courses can fall victim to these shortcuts: students have been overwhelmed by the sheer amount of non-tested material included in other, much more expensive patent bar review courses.
Another reason many students fail is that those who take a live course are often ill-prepared. The material is very dense, and very few people can study it for more than a few hours per day -- let alone the 10 hours sometimes required by a live course -- and still learn anything. It's just not possible to learn a significant portion of the material in a week-long course.
It's difficult, but passing is worth it.
As a Patent Attorney, you will be able to litigate patent cases in the court system, as well as represent clients while dealing with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).
Patent Lawyers either work for a law firm or in-house at a company, or they work for themselves and represent their own clients. Starting salaries are significantly above those of lawyers in general, and can top $300,000 per year for those with some experience.
If you pass the exam before or during law school, you can get preferential treatment from patent law firms hiring new patent lawyers or associates. You can start halfway up the ladder to success. In the current climate of competition for jobs in the legal field, passing the patent bar exam offers you a tremendous opportunity to secure your economic future.
Why choose PatBar?
PatBar offers detailed, streamlined and hand-selected materials -- broken down into concise, easily digestible modules and summaries. You cannot learn the material by rote memorization; PatBar provides a method specifically designed to enable mastery of the MPEP.
We were the first company to offer a home-study course for the Patent Bar, and have over 20 years of experience preparing students.
Only PatBar discovers exactly what material is being tested by previous and current exam questions, meticulously culled from recent test-takers and correlated to the materials in your study sessions. This benefit cannot be overstated.
PatBar's proprietary Exam Simulation Suite virtually duplicates your actual experience on exam day, including a searchable edition of the MPEP.
Audio CDs of the PatBar study materials allow you total immersion in patent law any time, anywhere. Flash cards allow you to learn what is where in the MPEP for quick look-up on exam day.
No one else offers the same combination of material that's both easy to understand and adapted to exactly what's being tested, as well as being kept up-to-date for the most recent changes to the exam.
The sooner you order, the sooner you can get started, and the easier it will be to study for the patent bar exam. Do it now, during the early part of your law school session, and you will have a great credential under your belt, and less to do when you're busy with your final year of law school. If you can get started before law school, even better!
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