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Bar Exam Resources

A guide to resources for law students preparing to take a bar exam

General Information

  • The Examination for Registration to Practice in Patent Cases Before the USPTO Exam (a.k.a the Patent Bar) consists of 100 multiple-choice questions (90 are scored).  The exam is divided into morning and afternoon sessions each running 3-hours. To pass the examination, a candidate must correctly answer 70% of the scored questions. 
  • The Patent Bar is administered throughout the year at commercial testing centers run by Prometric. Find your closest testing center here.  Please be aware that prior to picking a testing date/location with Prometric you must file an application with the USPTO and receive and receive an Eligibility ID#. 
  • A paper examination is given ONE time during the year, each July, at the UPSTO in Alexandria, Virginia. Information about the upcoming paper exam is posted on the UPSTO website on April 1st of each year. 
  • Details about application requirements and the exam's contents are available here
  • Still have questions: Take a look at this great article from IPWatchdog

Subject Matter Tested

The patent bar measures an applicant's familiarly with the USPTO procedures, ethics rules, statutes, and regulations.  During the exam, applicants may use a copy of the Manual of Patent Examining Procedure (MPEP). 

Study Materials

Patent Bar Study Resources at Rodino

Adapted from: http://wcl.american.libguides.com/barexam/patent