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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 August 14, 2017

The president of a new start-up company realizes that having patents will help their company succeed in a number of ways, including financing and protecting them from other competitors. One invention seems the most promising and the company wants to have it patented as soon as possible. What should the company do? (A) File the… Read more »

Week of August 7, 2017

Which would NOT be prior art under 35 USC 102(a)(1) in an AIA application filed on or after March 16, 2013? (A) Patents claiming or describing the same invention. (B) Descriptions of the claimed invention in a printed publication. (C) Public use of the claimed invention. (D) Placing the claimed invention on sale. (E) None… Read more »

Week of July 31, 2017

Ralph, a patent agent, works with several small tech companies that must rely on financing to grow their organization. In some cases a financier wants to review patent applications that have been filed in the USPTO. Ralph has some situations where getting an application on file within a few hours may be important. What should… Read more »

Week of June 26, 2017

Which of the following is/are 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… Read more »