We Know How To Help You Pass the Exam: Focus ON the Exam!

The philosophy behind PLI's Patent Office Registration Exam Course is, like so many of the best things in life, so obvious that it’s ingenious. We want you to pass the PTO Exam. So every element of our Exam-focused course — from the structure, to the materials, to the lectures — concentrates only on what you need to know to pass the Exam. You don’t need a distracting survey of patent law. What you need — and will find with PLI — 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 you’ll find that same focus, and that quality and integrity, whether you take a live or homestudy version of PLI’s course.

Many cheaper courses use only questions from old released Exams. The PTO has not released any questions since 2003. While some of those old released questions will show up on your Exam today, they will only be a small proportion of the questions ... certainly not enough to pass. At this point, you really need a course like PLI, which has an experienced staff of patent attorneys dedicated to updating the materials and writing new questions reflecting what's currently tested on the Exam.

Whether you order a live or homestudy course, you get the same great content:

  • A full set of the written materials
  • Our first-of-its-kind interactive software, Patware®, which will take you through hundreds and hundreds of questions in a format that simulates the actual Exam. And Patware® is now Web-based, so that you can compare your performance on practice questions to other course takers from the earliest stages, to get a sense of your progress toward passing the Exam.
  • Everyone who signs up for a live course is automatically registered, free of charge, for the online course, so that you can take advantage of the 24/7 resources available there, including all of the lectures and questions practice.


Student Discounts


Title Date Location Price
Patent Office Exam Course 2018 Oct. 10 - 14, 2018 New York, NY $2,895.00
Patent Office Exam Course 2018 Oct. 24 - 27, 2018 San Francisco, CA $2,895.00

If these Live Locations are not convienient for you, we suggest you look into our Home Study Course.

CLE Information
The PLI Patent Office Registration Exam Course (Live Format): This course has been approved for MCLE credits in the following states: AL, AR, AZ, CO, DE, GA, IA, IN,KS, LA, MO, MS, ND, NH, NM, NY*, OH, OK, OR, PA, RI, SC, TN, TX, UT, VA, VT, WI, WV, WY.

*New 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.

Take the homestudy course online instead of, or in addition to, a live course.

The PLI Patent Office Registration Exam online homestudy course is now our flagship course. It gives you all the advantages of the live course in your home or office. Prepare for the Exam where you want, when you want, at your own pace. Get all the lectures and questions review of the live sessions. Pause whenever you want to review the materials under discussion. Fast forward through the things you already know. Our faculty is available to you for questions via e-mail.

Enrollees for our live courses are also enrolled automatically, for free, in our online homestudy course.

Please note: The online course is not available for group viewing.

CLE Information
The PLI Patent Office Registration Exam Course Homestudy format: This course has been approved for MCLE credits in the following states: AK, AZ, CO, FL, MO, ND, NH, NM, NY*, OR, TX, UT, VT, WA, WV, WY. Some exceptions apply. For more information contact PLI.
California MCLE Credit: PLI is a State Bar of California approved MCLE provider.

*New 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.

Click here to Register. Students are eligible to receive a substantial discount.

Fully updated course materials zero in on the Exam. You get fully vetted, 100% Exam-focused course materials, reflecting the latest Exam format and content.

  • Manual of Patent Examining Procedure (MPEP). You get an electronic copy of the currently tested edition of the MPEP (the USPTO rules and regulations that is the source of all Exam questions, often quite literally) and any other tested materials in a format like the one you will use on the actual Exam.
  • Exam-Focus Study Guide. Cross-referenced to the tested materials, it gives you Exam tips and study suggestions for all of the materials tested on the Exam • data on the types of questions asked • and weighted coverage of material according to its importance on the Exam.
  • Patware® Exam Preparation. This exclusive software offers an electronic copy of the MPEP and hundreds of practice questions (including all questions from previous Exams that are still valid) and answers. Patware® lets you practice in all areas of the MPEP tested on the Exam (or you can focus on specific areas) • You get instant feedback on answers (including references to the tested materials) • and monitor your progress in each practice session and by MPEP chapters.
  • ClaimsLightTM. This example-packed resource gives you the building-block approach to claim drafting and correct claim recognition that you need to ace the Exam. You are no longer required to actually draft a claim, but many of the Exam questions require knowledge of proper claim drafting techniques.
  • Learn-by-Doing Exercise and Practice Exam Materials. Strengthen your grasp of material and your test-taking abilities with question / answer exercises • regular practice exams and homework • claim drafting assignments • and final practice exams.
  • Key Word Glossary. Quickly master the jargon of patent preparation and prosecution using this handy tool - exclusive to PLI’s Exam-focused Patent Office Registration Exam Course.

An Exam - Focused Course Structure Meets Your Preparation Needs.

  • The fully integrated program — including lectures — focuses on what is tested on the Exam.
  • Lecture time is weighted according to how… and how often… particular subjects are tested on the Exam.
  • Numerous tips help you prepare for specific Exam pitfalls and challenges.
  • Our claim drafting lectures focus only on the kinds of claim drafting issues currently found on the Exam.
  • Our faculty is unsurpassed in its knowledge and experience as attorneys, patent attorneys, and patent bar review instructors. John White alone has been preparing students to take the Exam for more than 20 years.
  • Convenient live-course locations all across the country and all throughout the year ensure more individual help from the faculty. All students get access to the faculty via email, to get your questions answered.



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


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


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


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


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

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



John M. White has been preparing applicants for the Patent Office Exam since 1988. Mr. White is the principle lecturer and course designer of PLI's Patent Bar Review course. Mr. White received his B. S. in Civil Engineering from Virginia Tech and his J. D. from George Washington University School of Law. He is in private practice and is adjunct professor at the University of Virginia.

Gene Quinn is a patent attorney and the founder of IPWatchdog.com. His areas of expertise are patent, copyright and technology transfer law, with particular emphasis on business method and computer related technologies. He has taught various intellectual property courses at Franklin Pierce Law Center, Syracuse University College of Law, Temple University School of Law, The University of Toledo College of Law and Whittier Law School. Mr. Quinn writes a monthly column for Patent World and is also a member of the Patent World editorial board. He has a Master of Laws (LL.M.) in Intellectual Property and a JD, both from Franklin Pierce Law Center (now University of New Hampshire School of Law), and a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Rutgers University School of Engineering. Mr. Quinn has been a member of the patent bar since 1998 and has been a member of the PLI Patent Bar Review Faculty since 2001.

Margo A. Bagley is Asa Griggs Candler Professor of Law at the Emory University School of Law where she teaches a variety of intellectual property courses, including Patent Law, Trademark Law, and International Patent Law and Policy.  Professor Bagley returned to Emory after ten years on the faculty of the University of Virginia School of Law, where she was most recently Hardy Cross Dillard Professor of Law.  Her scholarship has focused on a number of aspects of patent law, including technology transfer, the role of morality in biotech patenting, traditional knowledge protection, and access to essential medicines. Professor Bagley is a member of the Georgia Bar and is licensed to practice before the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office. Previously, she enjoyed an intellectual property practice with the law firms Smith, Gambrell & Russell, LLP and Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP before joining the Emory faculty in 1999. Professor Bagley served on the National Academy of Sciences Committee on University Management of Intellectual Property: Lessons from a Generation of Experience, Research, and Dialogue and is also an expert technical advisor to the Government of Mozambique in several World Intellectual Property Organization matters.  Her scholarship focuses on comparative issues relating to patents and biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, and technology transfer.  Professor Bagley has published numerous articles and book chapters, as well as two books with co-authors: Bagley, Okediji and Erstling, International Patent Law & Policy (West Publishing 2013) and Patent Law in Global Perspective (Okediji and Bagley eds., Oxford University Press 2014). She also recently authored a report on Digital DNA: Synthetic Biology, Intellectual Property Treaties, and the Nagoya Protocol, commissioned by the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.  Professor Bagley worked in industry (with the Procter & Gamble Company and the Coca Cola Company) for several years before attending law school, and is a co-inventor on a patent for reduced fat peanut butter.  Professor Bagley holds a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a J.D. from Emory University School of Law. She has been helping to prepare applicants for the Patent Office Exam since 2000. 

Aaron Bernstein is Lead Intellectual Property Counsel for Motorola, Inc. Prior to joining Symbol, Aaron was Senior Patent Counsel at Intel Corp., and Chief Intellectual Property Counsel at Symbol Technologies. Prior to that, Aaron was an associate with Knobbe, Martens, Olson & Bear, in Newport Beach, CA. Mr. Bernstein's practice includes federal patent litigation management, International Trade Commission investigation management, intellectual property licensing, patent portfolio development, as well as all facets of intellectual property business strategy and in-house IP operations management.

Sam Dworetsky is with the Law Office of Jeffrey M. Weinick, LLC, having recently retired from AT&T as a managing attorney with 37 years of service. Sam specializes in complex patent analysis, including complex patent prosecution, patent litigation and defensive patent pre-litigation and opinions.

David Aker, an IP practitioner working principally in patent law, is also an adjunct professor of law at Touro Law Center, where he teaches Patent Law and related courses.

Raymond Millien holds a B.S. from Columbia University and a J.D. from The George Washington University School of Law. In 2009, 2011, 2013 and 2015, Mr. Millien was recognized as one of the "World's 300 Leading IP Strategists" by IAM Magazine. Mr. Millien currently serves as Chief IP Counsel for General Electric's $18B Oil & Gas business (@ge_oilandgas), which has 37,000 employees in over 100 countries and 7 global R&D centers. He is responsible for driving the global IP strategy and managing a team of professionals dedicated to intellectual property mining, protection and licensing. Previously, Mr. Millien was General Counsel of Ocean Tomo, LLC, and Vice President and IP Counsel at The American Express Company. Mr. Millien has also practiced law in the Washington, DC offices of: PCT Law Group, PLLC; DLA Piper US LLP; and Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox PLLC.

Other Faculty Members have included:

Kyle L. Howell ~ Former Supervisory Patent Examiner and Staff Assistant to the Assistant Commissioner for Patents; PTO Patent Academy Instructor and Course Designer
Gerald M. Murphy, Jr. ~ Senior Partner, Birch Stewart Kolasch & Birch, Falls Church, Virginia
Matthew W. Stavish ~ Partner, Liniak, Berenato & White, Bethesda, Maryland; Former Patent Examiner

You can purchase How to Write a Patent Application at a 50% discount.

Stocked with drafting checklists and sample drafting language, documents and drawings, PLI’s new Second Edition of How to Write a Patent Application by Jeffrey Sheldon (Sheldon Mak & Anderson PC) helps you to get all the information from an inventor that is needed to prepare a solid patent application, claiming an invention with sufficient breadth and so that the elements that render the invention “nonobivious” are clearly set forth in the claims.

Save on a future PLI Course

Taking PLI’s Patent Bar Course also enables you to receive a $350 discount on a future PLI Course priced at $695 or more.*

*All discounts are good for one year, and are only available to purchasers of PLI's Patent Bar Review Course. Exclusions apply.


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