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Important Information for Engineers, Scientists, and Law Students:
You’ve seen the ads for home-study courses claiming that nearly all of their customers pass the Patent Bar Exam. The numbers from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) tell a very different story. The fact is that the 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.
Even worse is when a course offers to refund your money if you don’t pass. Sounds great, right? It’s a trap. You would have to show documentation that you took the Exam—and failed—in order to get your refund. You must do this even if you realize right away that a program you’ve purchased is no good, or just not for you. Not only have you lost $390 in fees each time you take the Exam, but you’ve lost 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—like getting started with your career—if you had passed on the first try.
PatBar will happily refund your money if you don’t like our program for any reason. But you’re not here to exchange money with us; you’re here to pass the Patent Bar. We’re here to get you over that hump.
Why do so many fail?
Around half of exam takers fail. Why is the number so high?
Historically, students learned patent law through an apprenticeship with an already-established Patent Attorney, but this is no longer practical. You must be able to learn the material on your own, and that’s where most people get lost. The exam tests small slices of the entire 2000-page MPEP, and it’s all too easy to waste massive amounts of time studying material that will never be tested. For example, plenty of free material is available from the Patent Office—such as the MPEP, prior exams, and additional notices—that you can use to study. If you don’t know how to proceed, it’s a time trap.
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 retain what you must learn if you are to succeed. It's just not possible to learn a significant portion of the material in a weeklong 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 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.
Remember that you will always have competition for that high-paying job or that next big client. In a tough economic climate, every credential matters. Pass the Patent Bar Exam before or during law school, and you can get preferential treatment from law firms hiring new patent lawyers or associates. You can start halfway up the ladder to success.
Why choose PatBar?
PatBar was established in 1992 by a practicing Patent Attorney. We were the first company to offer a home-study course for the Patent Bar Exam, and have over 20 years of experience in preparing students to succeed.
Rote memorization simply doesn’t work for most students, so PatBar provides a method specifically designed to enable mastery of the MPEP. Our course offers detailed, streamlined and hand-selected materials, broken down into concise, easily digestible modules and summaries.
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 Lectures 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 easy to digest, adapted to exactly what's being tested, and 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 vital 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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