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Patent Office Registration Exam Course 2014


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Please note: You MUST use a .edu email address as your primary email address in order to get the student discount automatically. By doing so, you certify that you are a currently enrolled student and that you are not buying the course for someone who is not currently a student. If you have any questions in this regard or would like to ask about a discount even though you are not a student (e.g., unemployed, government attorney), do not hesitate to call us at 888-296-5973.

Why you should attend

Anyone with a degree in science or engineering (or sometimes, the equivalent) can take the Patent Office Exam to become a patent agent or patent attorney. Patent law is a field of challenging and ever-changing opportunities. Be at the forefront of innovation . . . lead at the forefront of innovation.

PLI’s now-proven steps to success on the Exam:

  • Unique, interactive, diagnostic software that replicates what you’re going to find when you sit down to take the computer-based Exam.
  • Fully updated materials, lectures and questions for the Patent Office materials now being tested.
  • New online features available only to our customers: Compare your performance on practice questions with others taking our course. (You’ll know from the beginning whether you are on track to pass the Exam).

The Patent Office Registration Exam is computer-based and on-demand. But it is still a grueling test of very picky details. And the PTO has been more aggressive, testing the latest materials and some old topics more rigorously.

PLI’s Patent Office Registration Exam Course is still the best way to prepare to pass the test. When your future is riding on the results, you need a course that delivers. PLI has been doing that longer than ANYONE else in the business. We have more people passing the Exam than anyone, and they give us up-to-the-minute feedback.

In clear, concise, right-to-the-point language, this information-packed course leads you through the intricacies — and around the traps — of the Patent Office Exam. You’ll get the hard facts, test-taking tips, sample questions and answers, and intense practice exams that mirror what you’re going to face when you sit down to take the real thing. Our PatWare® software almost exactly predicted the current format of the Exam by many years. PatWare® has now been expanded, updated and Web-connected to play an even more critical and informative role in your preparation.

Whether you choose to attend a live course or study at home, from the very first hour of the course you’ll benefit from our Exam-focused approach. There’s just one reason PLI is the essential PTO Exam resource: It is simply the most user-friendly, comprehensive, in-depth, authoritative, interactive and Exam-focused course available today.

Order your course now, even if you’re going to attend a live course later on. Advance preparation is the key to success.

PLI’s Exam Preparation Calendar

The one-day Exam can be scheduled more or less at your convenience. It’s finding the right time to study for the Exam that should be your primary focus.

STEP 1. You’re going to need about 200 hours (we’d suggest one month of full-time study, or two months of part-time study) to prepare for the Exam. Pull out your calendar and see where you can find that month or two in the coming year.

STEP 2. Download the PTO Exam application and start to get your application in order.

STEP 3. Look to see whether one of our live courses falls within your projected study time. If not, or if you just prefer a homestudy course, plan to register for the online homestudy course. Order your preferred course at least a week before your 200-hour study time starts, and start to study as soon as it arrives (even if you’re coming to a live course later).

OR . . . If you feel that a live course is essential, plan your Exam date by figuring how long it will take you to fit in another 100 hours of preparation after the last day of your preferred live course.

STEP 4. Send off your PTO Exam application about 2-4 weeks before you finish your preparation.

STEP 5. Start planning your celebration for passing the Exam!

Our course covers EVERYTHING you need to know to pass the Exam the first time! Including:
  • The America Invents Act
  • New material recently added to the Exam from the America Invents Act
  • The Bilski, KSR and 112 guidelines added to the Exam in 2011
  • Patentability (35 USC 101, 102, 103 & 112; MPEP 2100)
  • Priority: Domestic and Foreign (35 USC 119)
  • Assignments and Ownership
  • Ethics (37 CFR Part 10)
  • Correspondence with the USPTO (MPEP 500)
  • Patent Applications (MPEP 600)
  • Responses and Amendments (MPEP 700)
  • Abandonment and Revival
  • Double Patenting and Restriction (MPEP 800)
  • Appeals (MPEP 1200)
  • Corrections of Patents (MPEP 1400)
  • Design Patents (MPEP 1500)
  • Plant Patents
  • Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) and International Filings (MPEP 1800)
  • Citation of Prior Art and Reexamination (MPEP 2200)
  • Interference Practice

And we’ll keep you updated on the testable materials added to the Exam until you pass.

Every registrant for PLI’s Patent Office Registration Exam, live or homestudy, gets: Access to the online homestudy course, including:

  • All lectures, and 
  • PatWare® Interactive Exam Preparation
    – PLI’s exclusive (and first-of-its-kind) interactive
    testing software tracks the current Exam
    – Over a thousand practice questions (including all questions from past actual Exams that are still relevant) and answers, plus the electronic MPEP (just like on the real Exam), at your fingertips
    – New questions are included to test the new rules tested since the last released official Exam
    – Practice in all areas tested on the Exam (or you can focus on specific areas)
    – Instant feedback on answers
    – Diagnosis of your performance, chapter by chapter, exam by exam
    – Comparison of your performance via the Web with others taking our course, so that you know whether you’re on track to pass
    from the earliest stages

Exam-Focus Study Guide

  • Cross-referenced to the MPEP, it gives you Exam tips and study suggestions for every section of the MPEP tested on the Exam
  • Weighted coverage of material according to its importance on the Exam

Simulated Exams and Practice Exam Materials

  • Strengthen your grasp of material and your test-taking abilities with regular test exercises
  • Simulated PTO Exams build confidence and bring down test anxiety

Hotline

Get answers from faculty members to your specific Exam questions, right up to the test.

Pre-Course Tutorial

This exclusive, optional tutorial covers patent fundamentals and ensures all participants are on the same page when the course begins.

Key Word Glossary

Quickly master the jargon of patent preparation and prosecution using this handy tool.

ACE THE EXAM ON THE VERY FIRST TRY

Every element of our Exam-focused course - the schedule, the materials, the lectures, the software - concentrates exclusively on what you need to know to pass the Exam. You don’t need a distracting survey of patent law. What you need is a combination of targeted resources that zero in quickly and confidently on the issues, problems, questions and strategies that will enable you to ace this major test. And that’s exactly what you’ll find with PLI’s Patent Office Registration Exam Course.

  • We walk you through the patent statutes and every chapter of the MPEP, showing you what is tested and how it’s tested, with the occasional pause for practice exams on the topics you’ve just learned, to make sure you really understand how the rules are tested in the questions.
  • Special emphasis is placed on topics that are tested heavily on the Exam today (e.g., Patent Cooperation Treaty).
  • Your questions are answered by PLI’s expert faculty. Our instructors are among the top Patent Exam experts in the nation.
  • A wealth of tips fail-proof you against Exam pitfalls.
  • Interactive practice tests increase your knowledge and confidence.
  • The Web component tells you from the beginning whether you’re on track to pass the Exam.

Attend the High-Intensity, Interactive Live Course . . .

  • Convenient live courses across the U.S. throughout the year. Come to www.patentbarreview.com for the current schedule of upcoming live courses.

. . . Or Take the PLI Homestudy Course Online. The 24/7 Alternative!

Let PLI come to you! Same content, convenient format.

  • Replicates the live course completely. You get all the advantages of the live course, without leaving your home or office.
  • “Where you want, when you want” convenience. Learn at your own pace. All the lectures are at your fingertips, around the clock. Pause whenever you want, fast-forward through topics you’ve mastered, rewind to review. You call the shots.
(Note: Due to the intensive nature of this course, it is only available via streaming media (not downloadable or on disk) and PLI does not support any mobile platforms for this product.)

Live course takers automatically get access to the online homestudy course, too.

Please note: The online homestudy course is not available for group viewing. Also, your access to the course is limited to two computers without prior permission from PLI. Your access to the online course will be terminated after you have passed the Exam. You may substitute another individual to attend the program at any time.

PLI Group Discounts

Groups of 4-14 from the same organization, all registering at the same time, for a PLI program scheduled for presentation at the same site, are entitled to receive a group discount. For further discount information, please contact membership@pli.edu or call (800) 260-4PLI.

Cancellations

All cancellations received 3 business days prior to the program will be refunded 100%. If you do not cancel within the allotted time period, payment is due in full. You may substitute another individual to attend the program at any time.

DAY 1

If you are attending a live course, please plan to arrive by 7:45 a.m. on the first morning to register. A continental breakfast will be available every morning.

This first session shows you how the course and its many elements offer a complete Exam- preparation package. You'll start with the crucial MPEP and the Exam-Focus Study Guide. You'll take the first of several mini-exams (all also available on PatWare), which begins the pacing practice for the Exam and the use of the MPEP as a reference.

First hour
Introduction to Exam, Course, Materials and Manual of Patent Examining Procedure (MPEP)

Second hour
Access, Secrecy and Foreign Filing (MPEP 100)

Third hour
Inventorship, Priority, Cross-Noting (MPEP 200)

Fourth hour
Ownership and Assignments (MPEP 300) - Mini-Exam I

Fifth hour
Lunch Exercise #1

Sixth hour
Review Mini-Exam I and Lunch Exercise #1

Seventh and Eighth hours
35 U.S.C. 102
This section of the course helps you understand and clear the basic hurdle to obtaining a patent - prior art. You'll thoroughly review code section 35 U.S.C. 102 with the help of multiple Exam questions for every part. By the end of the day, you'll become a 102 machine, capable of grinding through any Exam question fact pattern.

Ninth hour
35 U.S.C. 102 Mini-Exam II and Review

Tenth hour
Evening Tutorial - Prosecution Timeline
Homework #1 and Reading

DAY 2

You'll continue through the MPEP and Exam-Focus Study Guide, with each section analyzed through the lens of Exam questions.

First hour
Homework Review

Second hour
Representative of Inventor or Owner, Ethics (MPEP 400)
This session on ethics and representation of others before the Patent Office begins with a review of the nature of the relationship between the attorney and the client. The session continues with fictional representational and ethical scenarios where the result of an ethical choice is explained in accordance with the relevant rules. Special emphasis is placed on the duty owed by the attorney or agent to the PTO and to the client and how the Rules of Conduct resolve these issues. Ethical advertising and fee sharing is also covered both in lecture form and in exam question review. The practice distinction between attorney work and agent work is also covered. The final issue is special rule 10.18(b), which covers attorneys as well as clients and anyone else who makes representations in writing before the PTO.

Third hour
Receipt and Handling of Mail and Papers (MPEP 500)

Fourth hour
Parts, Form and Content of Application (MPEP 600)

Fifth hour
Lunch Exercise #2

Sixth hour
Mini-Exam III and Review

Seventh hour
Claim Drafting Concepts, Jargon and Rules
Although Exam candidates are no longer obliged to write an actual claim in longhand, claim drafting remains a fundamental part of the Exam and appears in 25% to 33% of the Exam questions. With this in mind, the afternoon focuses on teaching the basics of claim drafting and how its various aspects are tested, with reference to actual Exam questions.

Eighth hour
Claim Drafting Methodology

Ninth hour
Claim Drafting Exercise I and Review

Tenth hour
Evening Tutorial - Claim Drafting
Homework #2 and Claim Drafting

DAY 3

In this session, you'll concentrate on the most tested portion of the MPEP on the Exam - Chapter 700, Examination of Applications. Here, many of the principles - including the heavily tested 35 U.S.C. 102 and claim drafting materials - are assembled into an integral whole, with periods for response to office actions and a review of strategies for overcoming rejections. As always, Exam questions and their answers are inserted throughout the lectures to illustrate the teaching points.

First hour
Examination, 35 U.S.C. 103, Periods of Response (MPEP 700)

Second hour
Final Rejections and Interviews (MPEP 700)

Third hour
Abandonment and Revival, and Swearing Back (MPEP 700)

Fourth hour
Mini-Exam IV

Fifth hour
Lunch Exercise #3

Sixth hour
Review Mini-Exam IV
This section helps you put together everything that has been taught in the course to this point. You'll cover an entire application file history - from initial filing to final rejection and allowance.

Seventh and Eighth hour
Amendment and Response Exercise (MPEP 700)

Ninth hour
Claim Drafting Exercise II

Tenth hour
Evening Tutorial
Homework #3 and Claim Drafting Methods

DAY 4

This session begins a wrap-up of the remaining chapters in the MPEP and Exam-Focus Study Guide. We conclude with a practice exam designed to enhance your pacing skills and use of the MPEP.

First hour
Restriction and Double Patenting (MPEP 800)

Second hour
Appeal and Issue (MPEP 1200 and 1300)

Third hour
Correction of Patents, Design Patents, Plant Patents
(MPEP 1400 through 1600)

Fourth hour
Mini-Exam V

Fifth hour
Lunch Exercise #4

Sixth hour
Review Mini-Exam V and Lunch Exercise #4
This section covers the PCT practice questions and the heavily tested Chapter 2100. These two Exam sections are the source of up to 25% of the Exam questions and are emphasized accordingly with extensive use of past Exams to illustrate points in the Exam-Focus Study Guide.

Seventh hour
PCT (MPEP 1800)

Eighth and Ninth hour
Patentability (MPEP 2100)

Tenth hour
MPEP Chapter 2100 Practice Exam
Homework #4

DAY 5

Begin the final session by reviewing the Chapter 2100 practice exam and by converting that exam into a highly useful supplement to the Exam-Focus Study Guide. The last tested topics of the MPEP - Reexamination and Citation of Prior Art - are covered, followed by a series of MPEP chapter reviews and drills and an introduction to the post-course Exam-Focus study materials.

First and Second hour
Review Chapter 2100 Practice Exam

Third hour
Citation of Prior Art (MPEP 2200)

Fourth hour
Post-Course Program and Drills

Fifth hour
Lunch

Sixth through Ninth hours
3-Hour Mock Final
The 3-hour final mock exam helps you assess the progress youve made during the 5-day course. Youll finish the course confident of what remaining preparations you should make for the Exam and what your particular focus should be. A review of this final exam is provided on-site for everyone who takes it.

Tenth hour
Review Mock Final

Speaker(s)
John M. White ~ Berenato & White, LLC; Director of Patent Professional Development, PLI, Practising Law Institute
Program Attorney(s)
Mark Dighton ~ Practising Law Institute

New York City Seminar Location

PLI New York Center
, 1177 Avenue of the Americas, (2nd floor), entrance on 45th Street, New York, New York 10036. Message Center, program days only: (212) 824-5733.

New York City Hotel Accommodations

Crowne Plaza Times Square Manhattan, 1605 Broadway (at 48th Street), New York, NY 10019 (212) 977-4000. When calling, mention Practising Law Institute. You can also make reservations online to access PLI's rates.

The Muse, 130 West 46th Street, New York, NY 10036. Please call reservations at 1-800-546-7866. When calling, please mention Practising Law Institute. You can also book online at https://gc.synxis.com/rez.aspx?Hotel=26750&Chain=10179&promo=PRLW.

Millennium Broadway Hotel, 145 West 44th Street, New York, NY 10036. Please call reservations at 1-800-622-5569. When calling, please mention Practising Law Institute. You can also book online at https://gc.synxis.com/rez.aspx?Hotel=11533&Chain=5303&promo=PLAW.

Please note: You MUST use a .edu email address as your primary email address in order to get the student discount automatically. By doing so, you certify that you are a currently enrolled student and that you are not buying the course for someone who is not currently a student. If you have any questions in this regard or would like to ask about a discount even though you are not a student (e.g., unemployed, government attorney), do not hesitate to call us at 888-296-5973.

Why you should attend

Anyone with a degree in science or engineering (or sometimes, the equivalent) can take the Patent Office Exam to become a patent agent or patent attorney. Patent law is a field of challenging and ever-changing opportunities. Be at the forefront of innovation . . . lead at the forefront of innovation.

PLI’s now-proven steps to success on the Exam:

  • Unique, interactive, diagnostic software that replicates what you’re going to find when you sit down to take the computer-based Exam.
  • Fully updated materials, lectures and questions for the Patent Office materials now being tested.
  • New online features available only to our customers: Compare your performance on practice questions with others taking our course. (You’ll know from the beginning whether you are on track to pass the Exam).

The Patent Office Registration Exam is computer-based and on-demand. But it is still a grueling test of very picky details. And the PTO has been more aggressive, testing the latest materials and some old topics more rigorously.

PLI’s Patent Office Registration Exam Course is still the best way to prepare to pass the test. When your future is riding on the results, you need a course that delivers. PLI has been doing that longer than ANYONE else in the business. We have more people passing the Exam than anyone, and they give us up-to-the-minute feedback.

In clear, concise, right-to-the-point language, this information-packed course leads you through the intricacies — and around the traps — of the Patent Office Exam. You’ll get the hard facts, test-taking tips, sample questions and answers, and intense practice exams that mirror what you’re going to face when you sit down to take the real thing. Our PatWare® software almost exactly predicted the current format of the Exam by many years. PatWare® has now been expanded, updated and Web-connected to play an even more critical and informative role in your preparation.

Whether you choose to attend a live course or study at home, from the very first hour of the course you’ll benefit from our Exam-focused approach. There’s just one reason PLI is the essential PTO Exam resource: It is simply the most user-friendly, comprehensive, in-depth, authoritative, interactive and Exam-focused course available today.

Order your course now, even if you’re going to attend a live course later on. Advance preparation is the key to success.

PLI’s Exam Preparation Calendar

The one-day Exam can be scheduled more or less at your convenience. It’s finding the right time to study for the Exam that should be your primary focus.

STEP 1. You’re going to need about 200 hours (we’d suggest one month of full-time study, or two months of part-time study) to prepare for the Exam. Pull out your calendar and see where you can find that month or two in the coming year.

STEP 2. Download the PTO Exam application and start to get your application in order.

STEP 3. Look to see whether one of our live courses falls within your projected study time. If not, or if you just prefer a homestudy course, plan to register for the online homestudy course. Order your preferred course at least a week before your 200-hour study time starts, and start to study as soon as it arrives (even if you’re coming to a live course later).

OR . . . If you feel that a live course is essential, plan your Exam date by figuring how long it will take you to fit in another 100 hours of preparation after the last day of your preferred live course.

STEP 4. Send off your PTO Exam application about 2-4 weeks before you finish your preparation.

STEP 5. Start planning your celebration for passing the Exam!

Our course covers EVERYTHING you need to know to pass the Exam the first time! Including:
  • The America Invents Act
  • New material recently added to the Exam from the America Invents Act
  • The Bilski, KSR and 112 guidelines added to the Exam in 2011
  • Patentability (35 USC 101, 102, 103 & 112; MPEP 2100)
  • Priority: Domestic and Foreign (35 USC 119)
  • Assignments and Ownership
  • Ethics (37 CFR Part 10)
  • Correspondence with the USPTO (MPEP 500)
  • Patent Applications (MPEP 600)
  • Responses and Amendments (MPEP 700)
  • Abandonment and Revival
  • Double Patenting and Restriction (MPEP 800)
  • Appeals (MPEP 1200)
  • Corrections of Patents (MPEP 1400)
  • Design Patents (MPEP 1500)
  • Plant Patents
  • Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) and International Filings (MPEP 1800)
  • Citation of Prior Art and Reexamination (MPEP 2200)
  • Interference Practice

And we’ll keep you updated on the testable materials added to the Exam until you pass.

Every registrant for PLI’s Patent Office Registration Exam, live or homestudy, gets: Access to the online homestudy course, including:

  • All lectures, and 
  • PatWare® Interactive Exam Preparation
    – PLI’s exclusive (and first-of-its-kind) interactive
    testing software tracks the current Exam
    – Over a thousand practice questions (including all questions from past actual Exams that are still relevant) and answers, plus the electronic MPEP (just like on the real Exam), at your fingertips
    – New questions are included to test the new rules tested since the last released official Exam
    – Practice in all areas tested on the Exam (or you can focus on specific areas)
    – Instant feedback on answers
    – Diagnosis of your performance, chapter by chapter, exam by exam
    – Comparison of your performance via the Web with others taking our course, so that you know whether you’re on track to pass
    from the earliest stages

Exam-Focus Study Guide

  • Cross-referenced to the MPEP, it gives you Exam tips and study suggestions for every section of the MPEP tested on the Exam
  • Weighted coverage of material according to its importance on the Exam

Simulated Exams and Practice Exam Materials

  • Strengthen your grasp of material and your test-taking abilities with regular test exercises
  • Simulated PTO Exams build confidence and bring down test anxiety

Hotline

Get answers from faculty members to your specific Exam questions, right up to the test.

Pre-Course Tutorial

This exclusive, optional tutorial covers patent fundamentals and ensures all participants are on the same page when the course begins.

Key Word Glossary

Quickly master the jargon of patent preparation and prosecution using this handy tool.

ACE THE EXAM ON THE VERY FIRST TRY

Every element of our Exam-focused course - the schedule, the materials, the lectures, the software - concentrates exclusively on what you need to know to pass the Exam. You don’t need a distracting survey of patent law. What you need is a combination of targeted resources that zero in quickly and confidently on the issues, problems, questions and strategies that will enable you to ace this major test. And that’s exactly what you’ll find with PLI’s Patent Office Registration Exam Course.

  • We walk you through the patent statutes and every chapter of the MPEP, showing you what is tested and how it’s tested, with the occasional pause for practice exams on the topics you’ve just learned, to make sure you really understand how the rules are tested in the questions.
  • Special emphasis is placed on topics that are tested heavily on the Exam today (e.g., Patent Cooperation Treaty).
  • Your questions are answered by PLI’s expert faculty. Our instructors are among the top Patent Exam experts in the nation.
  • A wealth of tips fail-proof you against Exam pitfalls.
  • Interactive practice tests increase your knowledge and confidence.
  • The Web component tells you from the beginning whether you’re on track to pass the Exam.

Attend the High-Intensity, Interactive Live Course . . .

  • Convenient live courses across the U.S. throughout the year. Come to www.patentbarreview.com for the current schedule of upcoming live courses.

. . . Or Take the PLI Homestudy Course Online. The 24/7 Alternative!

Let PLI come to you! Same content, convenient format.

  • Replicates the live course completely. You get all the advantages of the live course, without leaving your home or office.
  • “Where you want, when you want” convenience. Learn at your own pace. All the lectures are at your fingertips, around the clock. Pause whenever you want, fast-forward through topics you’ve mastered, rewind to review. You call the shots.
(Note: Due to the intensive nature of this course, it is only available via streaming media (not downloadable or on disk) and PLI does not support any mobile platforms for this product.)

Live course takers automatically get access to the online homestudy course, too.

Please note: The online homestudy course is not available for group viewing. Also, your access to the course is limited to two computers without prior permission from PLI. Your access to the online course will be terminated after you have passed the Exam. You may substitute another individual to attend the program at any time.

PLI Group Discounts

Groups of 4-14 from the same organization, all registering at the same time, for a PLI program scheduled for presentation at the same site, are entitled to receive a group discount. For further discount information, please contact membership@pli.edu or call (800) 260-4PLI.

Cancellations

All cancellations received 3 business days prior to the program will be refunded 100%. If you do not cancel within the allotted time period, payment is due in full. You may substitute another individual to attend the program at any time.

DAY 1

If you are attending a live course, please plan to arrive by 7:45 a.m. on the first morning to register. A continental breakfast will be available every morning.

This first session shows you how the course and its many elements offer a complete Exam- preparation package. You'll start with the crucial MPEP and the Exam-Focus Study Guide. You'll take the first of several mini-exams (all also available on PatWare), which begins the pacing practice for the Exam and the use of the MPEP as a reference.

First hour
Introduction to Exam, Course, Materials and Manual of Patent Examining Procedure (MPEP)

Second hour
Access, Secrecy and Foreign Filing (MPEP 100)

Third hour
Inventorship, Priority, Cross-Noting (MPEP 200)

Fourth hour
Ownership and Assignments (MPEP 300) - Mini-Exam I

Fifth hour
Lunch Exercise #1

Sixth hour
Review Mini-Exam I and Lunch Exercise #1

Seventh and Eighth hours
35 U.S.C. 102
This section of the course helps you understand and clear the basic hurdle to obtaining a patent - prior art. You'll thoroughly review code section 35 U.S.C. 102 with the help of multiple Exam questions for every part. By the end of the day, you'll become a 102 machine, capable of grinding through any Exam question fact pattern.

Ninth hour
35 U.S.C. 102 Mini-Exam II and Review

Tenth hour
Evening Tutorial - Prosecution Timeline
Homework #1 and Reading

DAY 2

You'll continue through the MPEP and Exam-Focus Study Guide, with each section analyzed through the lens of Exam questions.

First hour
Homework Review

Second hour
Representative of Inventor or Owner, Ethics (MPEP 400)
This session on ethics and representation of others before the Patent Office begins with a review of the nature of the relationship between the attorney and the client. The session continues with fictional representational and ethical scenarios where the result of an ethical choice is explained in accordance with the relevant rules. Special emphasis is placed on the duty owed by the attorney or agent to the PTO and to the client and how the Rules of Conduct resolve these issues. Ethical advertising and fee sharing is also covered both in lecture form and in exam question review. The practice distinction between attorney work and agent work is also covered. The final issue is special rule 10.18(b), which covers attorneys as well as clients and anyone else who makes representations in writing before the PTO.

Third hour
Receipt and Handling of Mail and Papers (MPEP 500)

Fourth hour
Parts, Form and Content of Application (MPEP 600)

Fifth hour
Lunch Exercise #2

Sixth hour
Mini-Exam III and Review

Seventh hour
Claim Drafting Concepts, Jargon and Rules
Although Exam candidates are no longer obliged to write an actual claim in longhand, claim drafting remains a fundamental part of the Exam and appears in 25% to 33% of the Exam questions. With this in mind, the afternoon focuses on teaching the basics of claim drafting and how its various aspects are tested, with reference to actual Exam questions.

Eighth hour
Claim Drafting Methodology

Ninth hour
Claim Drafting Exercise I and Review

Tenth hour
Evening Tutorial - Claim Drafting
Homework #2 and Claim Drafting

DAY 3

In this session, you'll concentrate on the most tested portion of the MPEP on the Exam - Chapter 700, Examination of Applications. Here, many of the principles - including the heavily tested 35 U.S.C. 102 and claim drafting materials - are assembled into an integral whole, with periods for response to office actions and a review of strategies for overcoming rejections. As always, Exam questions and their answers are inserted throughout the lectures to illustrate the teaching points.

First hour
Examination, 35 U.S.C. 103, Periods of Response (MPEP 700)

Second hour
Final Rejections and Interviews (MPEP 700)

Third hour
Abandonment and Revival, and Swearing Back (MPEP 700)

Fourth hour
Mini-Exam IV

Fifth hour
Lunch Exercise #3

Sixth hour
Review Mini-Exam IV
This section helps you put together everything that has been taught in the course to this point. You'll cover an entire application file history - from initial filing to final rejection and allowance.

Seventh and Eighth hour
Amendment and Response Exercise (MPEP 700)

Ninth hour
Claim Drafting Exercise II

Tenth hour
Evening Tutorial
Homework #3 and Claim Drafting Methods

DAY 4

This session begins a wrap-up of the remaining chapters in the MPEP and Exam-Focus Study Guide. We conclude with a practice exam designed to enhance your pacing skills and use of the MPEP.

First hour
Restriction and Double Patenting (MPEP 800)

Second hour
Appeal and Issue (MPEP 1200 and 1300)

Third hour
Correction of Patents, Design Patents, Plant Patents
(MPEP 1400 through 1600)

Fourth hour
Mini-Exam V

Fifth hour
Lunch Exercise #4

Sixth hour
Review Mini-Exam V and Lunch Exercise #4
This section covers the PCT practice questions and the heavily tested Chapter 2100. These two Exam sections are the source of up to 25% of the Exam questions and are emphasized accordingly with extensive use of past Exams to illustrate points in the Exam-Focus Study Guide.

Seventh hour
PCT (MPEP 1800)

Eighth and Ninth hour
Patentability (MPEP 2100)

Tenth hour
MPEP Chapter 2100 Practice Exam
Homework #4

DAY 5

Begin the final session by reviewing the Chapter 2100 practice exam and by converting that exam into a highly useful supplement to the Exam-Focus Study Guide. The last tested topics of the MPEP - Reexamination and Citation of Prior Art - are covered, followed by a series of MPEP chapter reviews and drills and an introduction to the post-course Exam-Focus study materials.

First and Second hour
Review Chapter 2100 Practice Exam

Third hour
Citation of Prior Art (MPEP 2200)

Fourth hour
Post-Course Program and Drills

Fifth hour
Lunch

Sixth through Ninth hours
3-Hour Mock Final
The 3-hour final mock exam helps you assess the progress youve made during the 5-day course. Youll finish the course confident of what remaining preparations you should make for the Exam and what your particular focus should be. A review of this final exam is provided on-site for everyone who takes it.

Tenth hour
Review Mock Final

Speaker(s)
John M. White ~ Berenato & White, LLC; Director of Patent Professional Development, PLI, Practising Law Institute
Program Attorney(s)
Mark Dighton ~ Practising Law Institute

San Francisco Seminar Location

PLI California Center, 685 Market Street, San Francisco, California 94105. (415) 498-2800

San Francisco Hotel Accommodations

The Palace Hotel, 2 New Montgomery Street, San Francisco, California 94105. Call (800) 917-7456 seven days a week from 6:00 am to 12:00 am (PDT) and mention you are attending this program at Practising Law Institute to receive the preferred rate. For online reservations, go to www.sfpalace.com/pli to receive the preferred rate.

Due to high demand we recommend reserving hotel rooms as early as possible.

Please note: You MUST use a .edu email address as your primary email address in order to get the student discount automatically. By doing so, you certify that you are a currently enrolled student and that you are not buying the course for someone who is not currently a student. If you have any questions in this regard or would like to ask about a discount even though you are not a student (e.g., unemployed, government attorney), do not hesitate to call us at 888-296-5973.

Why you should attend

Anyone with a degree in science or engineering (or sometimes, the equivalent) can take the Patent Office Exam to become a patent agent or patent attorney. Patent law is a field of challenging and ever-changing opportunities. Be at the forefront of innovation . . . lead at the forefront of innovation.

PLI’s now-proven steps to success on the Exam:

  • Unique, interactive, diagnostic software that replicates what you’re going to find when you sit down to take the computer-based Exam.
  • Fully updated materials, lectures and questions for the Patent Office materials now being tested.
  • New online features available only to our customers: Compare your performance on practice questions with others taking our course. (You’ll know from the beginning whether you are on track to pass the Exam).

The Patent Office Registration Exam is computer-based and on-demand. But it is still a grueling test of very picky details. And the PTO has been more aggressive, testing the latest materials and some old topics more rigorously.

PLI’s Patent Office Registration Exam Course is still the best way to prepare to pass the test. When your future is riding on the results, you need a course that delivers. PLI has been doing that longer than ANYONE else in the business. We have more people passing the Exam than anyone, and they give us up-to-the-minute feedback.

In clear, concise, right-to-the-point language, this information-packed course leads you through the intricacies — and around the traps — of the Patent Office Exam. You’ll get the hard facts, test-taking tips, sample questions and answers, and intense practice exams that mirror what you’re going to face when you sit down to take the real thing. Our PatWare® software almost exactly predicted the current format of the Exam by many years. PatWare® has now been expanded, updated and Web-connected to play an even more critical and informative role in your preparation.

Whether you choose to attend a live course or study at home, from the very first hour of the course you’ll benefit from our Exam-focused approach. There’s just one reason PLI is the essential PTO Exam resource: It is simply the most user-friendly, comprehensive, in-depth, authoritative, interactive and Exam-focused course available today.

Order your course now, even if you’re going to attend a live course later on. Advance preparation is the key to success.

PLI’s Exam Preparation Calendar

The one-day Exam can be scheduled more or less at your convenience. It’s finding the right time to study for the Exam that should be your primary focus.

STEP 1. You’re going to need about 200 hours (we’d suggest one month of full-time study, or two months of part-time study) to prepare for the Exam. Pull out your calendar and see where you can find that month or two in the coming year.

STEP 2. Download the PTO Exam application and start to get your application in order.

STEP 3. Look to see whether one of our live courses falls within your projected study time. If not, or if you just prefer a homestudy course, plan to register for the online homestudy course. Order your preferred course at least a week before your 200-hour study time starts, and start to study as soon as it arrives (even if you’re coming to a live course later).

OR . . . If you feel that a live course is essential, plan your Exam date by figuring how long it will take you to fit in another 100 hours of preparation after the last day of your preferred live course.

STEP 4. Send off your PTO Exam application about 2-4 weeks before you finish your preparation.

STEP 5. Start planning your celebration for passing the Exam!

Our course covers EVERYTHING you need to know to pass the Exam the first time! Including:
  • The America Invents Act
  • New material recently added to the Exam from the America Invents Act
  • The Bilski, KSR and 112 guidelines added to the Exam in 2011
  • Patentability (35 USC 101, 102, 103 & 112; MPEP 2100)
  • Priority: Domestic and Foreign (35 USC 119)
  • Assignments and Ownership
  • Ethics (37 CFR Part 10)
  • Correspondence with the USPTO (MPEP 500)
  • Patent Applications (MPEP 600)
  • Responses and Amendments (MPEP 700)
  • Abandonment and Revival
  • Double Patenting and Restriction (MPEP 800)
  • Appeals (MPEP 1200)
  • Corrections of Patents (MPEP 1400)
  • Design Patents (MPEP 1500)
  • Plant Patents
  • Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) and International Filings (MPEP 1800)
  • Citation of Prior Art and Reexamination (MPEP 2200)
  • Interference Practice

And we’ll keep you updated on the testable materials added to the Exam until you pass.

Every registrant for PLI’s Patent Office Registration Exam, live or homestudy, gets: Access to the online homestudy course, including:

  • All lectures, and 
  • PatWare® Interactive Exam Preparation
    – PLI’s exclusive (and first-of-its-kind) interactive
    testing software tracks the current Exam
    – Over a thousand practice questions (including all questions from past actual Exams that are still relevant) and answers, plus the electronic MPEP (just like on the real Exam), at your fingertips
    – New questions are included to test the new rules tested since the last released official Exam
    – Practice in all areas tested on the Exam (or you can focus on specific areas)
    – Instant feedback on answers
    – Diagnosis of your performance, chapter by chapter, exam by exam
    – Comparison of your performance via the Web with others taking our course, so that you know whether you’re on track to pass
    from the earliest stages

Exam-Focus Study Guide

  • Cross-referenced to the MPEP, it gives you Exam tips and study suggestions for every section of the MPEP tested on the Exam
  • Weighted coverage of material according to its importance on the Exam

Simulated Exams and Practice Exam Materials

  • Strengthen your grasp of material and your test-taking abilities with regular test exercises
  • Simulated PTO Exams build confidence and bring down test anxiety

Hotline

Get answers from faculty members to your specific Exam questions, right up to the test.

Pre-Course Tutorial

This exclusive, optional tutorial covers patent fundamentals and ensures all participants are on the same page when the course begins.

Key Word Glossary

Quickly master the jargon of patent preparation and prosecution using this handy tool.

ACE THE EXAM ON THE VERY FIRST TRY

Every element of our Exam-focused course - the schedule, the materials, the lectures, the software - concentrates exclusively on what you need to know to pass the Exam. You don’t need a distracting survey of patent law. What you need is a combination of targeted resources that zero in quickly and confidently on the issues, problems, questions and strategies that will enable you to ace this major test. And that’s exactly what you’ll find with PLI’s Patent Office Registration Exam Course.

  • We walk you through the patent statutes and every chapter of the MPEP, showing you what is tested and how it’s tested, with the occasional pause for practice exams on the topics you’ve just learned, to make sure you really understand how the rules are tested in the questions.
  • Special emphasis is placed on topics that are tested heavily on the Exam today (e.g., Patent Cooperation Treaty).
  • Your questions are answered by PLI’s expert faculty. Our instructors are among the top Patent Exam experts in the nation.
  • A wealth of tips fail-proof you against Exam pitfalls.
  • Interactive practice tests increase your knowledge and confidence.
  • The Web component tells you from the beginning whether you’re on track to pass the Exam.

Attend the High-Intensity, Interactive Live Course . . .

  • Convenient live courses across the U.S. throughout the year. Come to www.patentbarreview.com for the current schedule of upcoming live courses.

. . . Or Take the PLI Homestudy Course Online. The 24/7 Alternative!

Let PLI come to you! Same content, convenient format.

  • Replicates the live course completely. You get all the advantages of the live course, without leaving your home or office.
  • “Where you want, when you want” convenience. Learn at your own pace. All the lectures are at your fingertips, around the clock. Pause whenever you want, fast-forward through topics you’ve mastered, rewind to review. You call the shots.
(Note: Due to the intensive nature of this course, it is only available via streaming media (not downloadable or on disk) and PLI does not support any mobile platforms for this product.)

Live course takers automatically get access to the online homestudy course, too.

Please note: The online homestudy course is not available for group viewing. Also, your access to the course is limited to two computers without prior permission from PLI. Your access to the online course will be terminated after you have passed the Exam. You may substitute another individual to attend the program at any time.

PLI Group Discounts

Groups of 4-14 from the same organization, all registering at the same time, for a PLI program scheduled for presentation at the same site, are entitled to receive a group discount. For further discount information, please contact membership@pli.edu or call (800) 260-4PLI.

Cancellations

All cancellations received 3 business days prior to the program will be refunded 100%. If you do not cancel within the allotted time period, payment is due in full. You may substitute another individual to attend the program at any time.

DAY 1

If you are attending a live course, please plan to arrive by 7:45 a.m. on the first morning to register. A continental breakfast will be available every morning.

This first session shows you how the course and its many elements offer a complete Exam- preparation package. You'll start with the crucial MPEP and the Exam-Focus Study Guide. You'll take the first of several mini-exams (all also available on PatWare), which begins the pacing practice for the Exam and the use of the MPEP as a reference.

First hour
Introduction to Exam, Course, Materials and Manual of Patent Examining Procedure (MPEP)

Second hour
Access, Secrecy and Foreign Filing (MPEP 100)

Third hour
Inventorship, Priority, Cross-Noting (MPEP 200)

Fourth hour
Ownership and Assignments (MPEP 300) - Mini-Exam I

Fifth hour
Lunch Exercise #1

Sixth hour
Review Mini-Exam I and Lunch Exercise #1

Seventh and Eighth hours
35 U.S.C. 102
This section of the course helps you understand and clear the basic hurdle to obtaining a patent - prior art. You'll thoroughly review code section 35 U.S.C. 102 with the help of multiple Exam questions for every part. By the end of the day, you'll become a 102 machine, capable of grinding through any Exam question fact pattern.

Ninth hour
35 U.S.C. 102 Mini-Exam II and Review

Tenth hour
Evening Tutorial - Prosecution Timeline
Homework #1 and Reading

DAY 2

You'll continue through the MPEP and Exam-Focus Study Guide, with each section analyzed through the lens of Exam questions.

First hour
Homework Review

Second hour
Representative of Inventor or Owner, Ethics (MPEP 400)
This session on ethics and representation of others before the Patent Office begins with a review of the nature of the relationship between the attorney and the client. The session continues with fictional representational and ethical scenarios where the result of an ethical choice is explained in accordance with the relevant rules. Special emphasis is placed on the duty owed by the attorney or agent to the PTO and to the client and how the Rules of Conduct resolve these issues. Ethical advertising and fee sharing is also covered both in lecture form and in exam question review. The practice distinction between attorney work and agent work is also covered. The final issue is special rule 10.18(b), which covers attorneys as well as clients and anyone else who makes representations in writing before the PTO.

Third hour
Receipt and Handling of Mail and Papers (MPEP 500)

Fourth hour
Parts, Form and Content of Application (MPEP 600)

Fifth hour
Lunch Exercise #2

Sixth hour
Mini-Exam III and Review

Seventh hour
Claim Drafting Concepts, Jargon and Rules
Although Exam candidates are no longer obliged to write an actual claim in longhand, claim drafting remains a fundamental part of the Exam and appears in 25% to 33% of the Exam questions. With this in mind, the afternoon focuses on teaching the basics of claim drafting and how its various aspects are tested, with reference to actual Exam questions.

Eighth hour
Claim Drafting Methodology

Ninth hour
Claim Drafting Exercise I and Review

Tenth hour
Evening Tutorial - Claim Drafting
Homework #2 and Claim Drafting

DAY 3

In this session, you'll concentrate on the most tested portion of the MPEP on the Exam - Chapter 700, Examination of Applications. Here, many of the principles - including the heavily tested 35 U.S.C. 102 and claim drafting materials - are assembled into an integral whole, with periods for response to office actions and a review of strategies for overcoming rejections. As always, Exam questions and their answers are inserted throughout the lectures to illustrate the teaching points.

First hour
Examination, 35 U.S.C. 103, Periods of Response (MPEP 700)

Second hour
Final Rejections and Interviews (MPEP 700)

Third hour
Abandonment and Revival, and Swearing Back (MPEP 700)

Fourth hour
Mini-Exam IV

Fifth hour
Lunch Exercise #3

Sixth hour
Review Mini-Exam IV
This section helps you put together everything that has been taught in the course to this point. You'll cover an entire application file history - from initial filing to final rejection and allowance.

Seventh and Eighth hour
Amendment and Response Exercise (MPEP 700)

Ninth hour
Claim Drafting Exercise II

Tenth hour
Evening Tutorial
Homework #3 and Claim Drafting Methods

DAY 4

This session begins a wrap-up of the remaining chapters in the MPEP and Exam-Focus Study Guide. We conclude with a practice exam designed to enhance your pacing skills and use of the MPEP.

First hour
Restriction and Double Patenting (MPEP 800)

Second hour
Appeal and Issue (MPEP 1200 and 1300)

Third hour
Correction of Patents, Design Patents, Plant Patents
(MPEP 1400 through 1600)

Fourth hour
Mini-Exam V

Fifth hour
Lunch Exercise #4

Sixth hour
Review Mini-Exam V and Lunch Exercise #4
This section covers the PCT practice questions and the heavily tested Chapter 2100. These two Exam sections are the source of up to 25% of the Exam questions and are emphasized accordingly with extensive use of past Exams to illustrate points in the Exam-Focus Study Guide.

Seventh hour
PCT (MPEP 1800)

Eighth and Ninth hour
Patentability (MPEP 2100)

Tenth hour
MPEP Chapter 2100 Practice Exam
Homework #4

DAY 5

Begin the final session by reviewing the Chapter 2100 practice exam and by converting that exam into a highly useful supplement to the Exam-Focus Study Guide. The last tested topics of the MPEP - Reexamination and Citation of Prior Art - are covered, followed by a series of MPEP chapter reviews and drills and an introduction to the post-course Exam-Focus study materials.

First and Second hour
Review Chapter 2100 Practice Exam

Third hour
Citation of Prior Art (MPEP 2200)

Fourth hour
Post-Course Program and Drills

Fifth hour
Lunch

Sixth through Ninth hours
3-Hour Mock Final
The 3-hour final mock exam helps you assess the progress youve made during the 5-day course. Youll finish the course confident of what remaining preparations you should make for the Exam and what your particular focus should be. A review of this final exam is provided on-site for everyone who takes it.

Tenth hour
Review Mock Final

Speaker(s)
John M. White ~ Berenato & White, LLC; Director of Patent Professional Development, PLI, Practising Law Institute
Program Attorney(s)
Mark Dighton ~ Practising Law Institute
Chicago Seminar Location

The John Marshall Law School, 315 S. Plymouth Ct., Chicago, Illinois 60604. (312) 427-2737. Call us at (888) 296-5973 for information on accommodations.

Chicago Hotel Accomodations

Attendees of this program can get the “John Marshall Preferred Rate” at the Blake Hotel, which is probably the closest hotel to the course location, by following this link or calling 312-986-1234 or 312-344-4950 and asking for that special rate.

The following amenities are also included in that rate:
  • Complimentary wireless internet access throughout the hotel
  • 24 hour fitness & business centers
  • Breakfast voucher each morning for the Meli Café
  • Complimentary upgrades based on availability
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