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Why you should attendAnyone with a degree in science or engineering
(or sometimes, the equivalent) can take the Patent Bar 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
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 Bar 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.
Our course covers EVERYTHING you need to know to pass the Exam the first time! Including:
PLI’s Patent Bar Review 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 Bar 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 a minimum of 150 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 from our Patent Bar Review Website, www.patentbarreview.com, 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 150-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!
- 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 Bar Review,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
Get answers from faculty members to your specific Exam questions, right up to the test.
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 Bar Review.
- 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 Bar 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call (800) 260-4PLI.
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.
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.
Introduction to Exam, Course, Materials and Manual of Patent Examining Procedure (MPEP)
Access, Secrecy and Foreign Filing (MPEP 100)
Inventorship, Priority, Cross-Noting (MPEP 200)
Ownership and Assignments (MPEP 300) - Mini-Exam I
Lunch Exercise #1
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.
35 U.S.C. 102 Mini-Exam II and Review
Evening Tutorial - Prosecution Timeline
Homework #1 and Reading
You'll continue through the MPEP and Exam-Focus Study Guide, with each section analyzed through the lens of Exam questions.
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.
Receipt and Handling of Mail and Papers (MPEP 500)
Parts, Form and Content of Application (MPEP 600)
Lunch Exercise #2
Mini-Exam III and Review
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.
Claim Drafting Methodology
Claim Drafting Exercise I and Review
Evening Tutorial - Claim Drafting
Homework #2 and Claim Drafting
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.
Examination, 35 U.S.C. 103, Periods of Response (MPEP 700)
Final Rejections and Interviews (MPEP 700)
Abandonment and Revival, and Swearing Back (MPEP 700)
Lunch Exercise #3
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)
Claim Drafting Exercise II
Homework #3 and Claim Drafting Methods
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.
Restriction and Double Patenting (MPEP 800)
Appeal and Issue (MPEP 1200 and 1300)
Correction of Patents, Design Patents, Plant Patents
(MPEP 1400 through 1600)
Lunch Exercise #4
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.
PCT (MPEP 1800)
Eighth and Ninth hour
Patentability (MPEP 2100)
MPEP Chapter 2100 Practice Exam
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
Citation of Prior Art (MPEP 2200)
Post-Course Program and Drills
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.
Review Mock Final
Education Course Credit: States have widely varying regulations regarding Continuing Legal Education credit. Please contact PLI for more information regarding approval.
The PLI Patent Bar Review Course (Live Format): This course has been approved for MCLE credits in the following states/territories: AK, AL, AR, CA, CO, DE, FL, GA, HI, IA*, IL, IN, KS*, KY*, LA*, ME*, MN*, MO, MS, MT, NC, ND, NE, NV, NH, NJ, NM, NY1, OH, OK, OR*, PA, RI, SC, TN, TX, UT, VA, VI, VT, WA, WI, WV, WY*.
Please note: The State Bar of Arizona does not approve or accredit CLE activities for the Mandatory Continuing Legal Education requirement.
The PLI Patent Bar Review Course (Home Study Format): This course has been approved for MCLE credits in the following states: AK, AZ, CA, CO, DE, FL, GA, IL, LA*, ME, MO, MT, ND, NH*, NJ, NM, NV, NY1, OR*, PA, TX, UT, VI, VT, WA, WV, WY. Some exceptions apply. For more information contact PLI.
*PLI will apply for credit upon request.
1New York State CLE Credit: In accordance with the requirements of the New York State Continuing Legal Education Board, this non-transitional continuing legal education program is NOT approved for the newly admitted attorney within the first two years of admission to the Bar. It has been approved for experienced attorneys.
If you have already received credit for attending some or the entire program, please be aware that state administrators do not permit you to accrue additional credit for repeat viewing even if an additional credit certificate is subsequently issued.