Seminar  Program

Patent Office Exam Course 2018


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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 One: 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

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.

In this first session you learn 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.

8:00 AM – 9:00 AM
Introduction to Exam, Course and Materials and Begin (MPEP 100) Access, Secrecy, and Foreign Filing

9:00 AM – 10:00 AM
(finish MPEP 100 and begin 200)
Inventorship, Priority, Cross Noting (MPEP 100, 200)


10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Finish Inventorship, Priority, Cross-Noting (MPEP 200) Ownership (MPEP 300)

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
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 11.18(b), which covers attorneys as well as clients and anyone else who makes representations in writing before the PTO.

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Mini-Exam I & Lunch Exercise #1

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Review Mini-Exam I & Lunch Exercise #1

2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Pre-AIA 35 USC 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.

4:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Mini-Exam II & Review (Pre-AIA 35 USC 102)

5:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Evening Tutorial (Optional) - Prosecution Timeline
Homework #1 and Reading

Day Two: 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

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

8:00 AM – 9:00 AM
Post-AIA 102

9:00 AM – 10:00 AM
Post-AIA 102 Question review

10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Receipt/Handling of Mail and Papers (MPEP 500)
Parts, Form, and Content of Application (MPEP 600)

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Mini-Exam III

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Lunch Exercise #2

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Review of Mini-Exam III and Lunch Exercise #2

2:00 PM – 5:00 PM
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.

5:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Evening Tutorial (Optional) - Claim Drafting
Homework #2 and Claim Drafting

Day Three: 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

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.

8:00 AM – 9:00 AM
Examination, 35 USC 103, Periods of Response (MPEP 700)

9:00 AM – 10:00 AM
Final Rejections and Interviews (MPEP 700)

10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Abandonment and Revival, and Swearing Back (MPEP 700)

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Mini-Exam IV

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Lunch Exercise #3

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Review Mini-Exam IV and Lunch Exercise #3
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.

2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Amendment and Response Exercise (MPEP 700)

4:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Claim Drafting Exercise

5:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Evening Tutorial (Optional)
Homework #3 and Claim Drafting Methods

Day Four: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

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.

8:00 AM – 9:00 AM
Restriction and Double Patenting (MPEP 800)

9:00 AM – 10:00 AM
Appeal and Issue (MPEP 1200 - 1300)

10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Correction of Patents, Design Patents, Plant Patents (MPEP 1400 - 1600)
(MPEP 1400 through 1600)

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
PCT (MPEP 1800)

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Mini-Exam V and Lunch Exercise #4

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
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.

2:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Patentability Part I (MPEP 2100)
Homework #4 and MIni-Exam VI and Reading

Day Five: 8:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

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.

8:00 AM – 10:00 AM
(review Mini-Exam VI)
MPEP Chapters 2200-2700

10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Supplemental Materials

11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Lunch Exercises #5 and #6, and Mini-Exam VII

1:00 PM – 2:30 PM
Review Lunch Exercises #5 and #6, and Mini-Exam VII

Speaker(s)
Eugene R. Quinn, Jr. ~ President and Founder, IPWatchdog.com, IP Watchdog, Inc.
John M. White ~ Director, Soryn IP Group; Berenato & White, LLC
Program Attorney(s)
Mark Dighton ~ Practising Law Institute
Seminar & Hotel Accommodations
Courtyard Marriott Tyson's Corner, 1960 Chain Bridge Rd., McLean, VA 22012.  A block of rooms has been reserved for this program.  Please call the hotel directly at 703-790-0207 or Book your group rate for PLI-Patent Office Exam.  The cutoff date for the preferred rate is December 8, 2017.

General credit information about this format appears below. For credit information specific to this program, please choose your jurisdiction(s) in the Credit Information box on the right-hand side of this page.


U.S. MCLE States

Alabama:  PLI’s live Patent Office Registration Exam Course qualifies as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live seminars.

Alaska:  All PLI products can fulfill Alaska’s CLE requirements. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via PLI products.

Arizona:  PLI’s live Patent Office Registration Exam Course qualifies as “interactive CLE” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via interactive CLE programs.

Arkansas:  PLI’s live Patent Office Registration Exam Course qualifies as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live seminars.

California:  PLI’s live Patent Office Registration Exam Course qualifies as “participatory” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via participatory programs.

Colorado:  PLI’s live Patent Office Registration Exam Course is not approved for Colorado CLE credit.

Connecticut: Effective January 1, 2017, all PLI products can fulfill Connecticut’s CLE requirements. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via PLI products.

Delaware:  PLI’s live Patent Office Registration Exam Course qualifies as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live seminars.

Florida:  All PLI products can fulfill Florida’s CLE requirements. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via PLI products.

Georgia:  PLI’s live Patent Office Registration Exam Course qualifies as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live seminars.

Hawaii:  All PLI products can fulfill Hawaii’s CLE requirements. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via PLI products.

Idaho:  PLI’s live Patent Office Registration Exam Course is not approved for Idaho CLE credit.

Illinois:  All PLI products can fulfill Illinois' CLE requirements for experienced attorneys. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via PLI products.

Indiana:  PLI’s live Patent Office Registration Exam Course qualifies as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live seminars.

Iowa:  PLI’s live Patent Office Registration Exam Course qualifies as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live seminars.

Kansas:  PLI’s live Patent Office Registration Exam Course qualifies as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live programs.

Kentucky:  PLI’s live Patent Office Registration Exam Course qualifies as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live seminars.

Louisiana:  PLI’s live Patent Office Registration Exam Course qualifies as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live seminars.

Maine:  PLI’s live Patent Office Registration Exam Course qualifies as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live seminars.

Minnesota:  PLI’s live Patent Office Registration Exam Course qualifies as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live seminars.

Mississippi:  PLI’s live Patent Office Registration Exam Course qualifies as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live seminars.

Missouri:  PLI’s live Patent Office Registration Exam Course qualifies as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live seminars.

Montana:  PLI’s live Patent Office Registration Exam Course qualifies as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live seminars.

Nebraska:  PLI’s live Patent Office Registration Exam Course qualifies as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live seminars.

Nevada:  PLI’s live Patent Office Registration Exam Course qualifies as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live seminars.

New Hampshire:  PLI’s live Patent Office Registration Exam Course qualifies as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live seminars.

New Jersey:  PLI’s live Patent Office Registration Exam Course qualifies as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live seminars.

New Mexico:  PLI’s live Patent Office Registration Exam Course qualifies as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live seminars.

New York

Experienced Attorneys:  All PLI products can fulfill New York’s CLE requirements for experienced attorneys. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via PLI products.

Newly Admitted Attorneys:  PLI’s live Patent Office Registration Exam Course cannot be used to fulfill the requirements for New York newly admitted attorneys.

North Carolina:  PLI’s live Patent Office Registration Exam Course qualifies as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live seminars.

North Dakota:  PLI’s live Patent Office Registration Exam Course qualifies as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live seminars.

Ohio:  PLI’s live Patent Office Registration Exam Course qualifies as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live seminars.

Oklahoma:  PLI’s live Patent Office Registration Exam Course qualifies as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live seminars.

Oregon:  All PLI products can fulfill Oregon’s CLE requirements. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via PLI products.

Pennsylvania:  PLI’s live Patent Office Registration Exam Course qualifies as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live seminars.

Puerto Rico:  PLI’s live Patent Office Registration Exam Course qualifies as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live seminars.

Rhode Island:  PLI’s live Patent Office Registration Exam Course qualifies as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live seminars.

South Carolina:  PLI’s live Patent Office Registration Exam Course qualifies as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live seminars.

Tennessee:  PLI’s live Patent Office Registration Exam Course qualifies as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live seminars.

Texas:  All PLI products can fulfill Texas’ CLE requirements. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via PLI products.

Utah:  PLI’s live Patent Office Registration Exam Course qualifies as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live seminars.

Vermont:  PLI’s live Patent Office Registration Exam Course qualifies as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live seminars.

Virgin Islands:  All PLI products can fulfill the Virgin Islands’ CLE requirements. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via PLI products.

Virginia:  PLI’s live Patent Office Registration Exam Course qualifies as “live interactive” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live interactive programs.

Washington:  PLI’s live Patent Office Registration Exam Course qualifies as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live seminars.

West Virginia:  PLI’s live Patent Office Registration Exam Course qualifies as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live seminars.

Wisconsin:  PLI’s live Patent Office Registration Exam Course qualifies as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live seminars.

Wyoming:  PLI’s live Patent Office Registration Exam Course qualifies as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live seminars.


CPD Jurisdictions

British Columbia (CPD-BC):  PLI’s live Patent Office Registration Exam Course qualifies as “real-time” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via real-time programs.

Ontario (CPD-ON):  PLI’s live Patent Office Registration Exam Course is not approved for CPD-ON credit.

Quebec (CPD-QC):  PLI’s live Patent Office Registration Exam Course is not approved for CPD-QC credit.

Hong Kong (CPD-HK):  PLI’s live Patent Office Registration Exam Course is not approved for CPD-HK credit.

United Kingdom (CPD-UK):  PLI’s live Patent Office Registration Exam Course can fulfill the United Kingdom’s CPD requirements.

Australia (CPD-AUS):  PLI’s live Patent Office Registration Exam Course qualifies as “live” credit in all Australian jurisdictions. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live seminars.


Other Credit Types

CPE Credit (NASBA):  PLI’s live Patent Office Registration Exam Course is not approved for CPE (NASBA) credit.

IRS Continuing Education (IRS-CE):  PLI’s live Patent Office Registration Exam Course is not approved for IRS-CE credit.

Certified Fraud Examiner CPE:  PLI’s live Patent Office Registration Exam Course is not approved for CFE-CPE credit.

IAPP Continuing Privacy Credit (CPE):  PLI’s live Patent Office Registration Exam Course is not approved for Privacy CPE credit.

HR Recertification (HRCI):  PLI’s live Patent Office Registration Exam Course is not approved for HR credit.

SHRM Recertification (SHRM):  PLI’s live Patent Office Registration Exam Course is not approved for SHRM credit.

Compliance Certification Board (CCB):  PLI’s live Patent Office Registration Exam Course is not approved for CCB credit.

Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialists (CAMS):  PLI’s live Patent Office Registration Exam Course is not approved for CAMS credit.

New York State Social Worker Continuing Education (SW CPE):  PLI’s live Patent Office Registration Exam Course is not approved for SW CPE credit.

American Bankers Association Professional Certification (ABA):  PLI’s live Patent Office Registration Exam Course is not approved for ABA credit.

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.


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 One: 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

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.

In this first session you learn 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.

8:00 AM – 9:00 AM
Introduction to Exam, Course and Materials and Begin (MPEP 100) Access, Secrecy, and Foreign Filing

9:00 AM – 10:00 AM
(finish MPEP 100 and begin 200)
Inventorship, Priority, Cross Noting (MPEP 100, 200)


10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Finish Inventorship, Priority, Cross-Noting (MPEP 200) Ownership (MPEP 300)

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
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 11.18(b), which covers attorneys as well as clients and anyone else who makes representations in writing before the PTO.

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Mini-Exam I & Lunch Exercise #1

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Review Mini-Exam I & Lunch Exercise #1

2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Pre-AIA 35 USC 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.

4:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Mini-Exam II & Review (Pre-AIA 35 USC 102)

5:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Evening Tutorial (Optional) - Prosecution Timeline
Homework #1 and Reading

Day Two: 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

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

8:00 AM – 9:00 AM
Post-AIA 102

9:00 AM – 10:00 AM
Post-AIA 102 Question review

10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Receipt/Handling of Mail and Papers (MPEP 500)
Parts, Form, and Content of Application (MPEP 600)

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Mini-Exam III

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Lunch Exercise #2

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Review of Mini-Exam III and Lunch Exercise #2

2:00 PM – 5:00 PM
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.

5:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Evening Tutorial (Optional) - Claim Drafting
Homework #2 and Claim Drafting

Day Three: 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

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.

8:00 AM – 9:00 AM
Examination, 35 USC 103, Periods of Response (MPEP 700)

9:00 AM – 10:00 AM
Final Rejections and Interviews (MPEP 700)

10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Abandonment and Revival, and Swearing Back (MPEP 700)

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Mini-Exam IV

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Lunch Exercise #3

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Review Mini-Exam IV and Lunch Exercise #3
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.

2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Amendment and Response Exercise (MPEP 700)

4:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Claim Drafting Exercise

5:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Evening Tutorial (Optional)
Homework #3 and Claim Drafting Methods

Day Four: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

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.

8:00 AM – 9:00 AM
Restriction and Double Patenting (MPEP 800)

9:00 AM – 10:00 AM
Appeal and Issue (MPEP 1200 - 1300)

10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Correction of Patents, Design Patents, Plant Patents (MPEP 1400 - 1600)
(MPEP 1400 through 1600)

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
PCT (MPEP 1800)

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Mini-Exam V and Lunch Exercise #4

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
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.

2:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Patentability Part I (MPEP 2100)
Homework #4 and MIni-Exam VI and Reading

Day Five: 8:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

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.

8:00 AM – 10:00 AM
(review Mini-Exam VI)
MPEP Chapters 2200-2700

10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Supplemental Materials

11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Lunch Exercises #5 and #6, and Mini-Exam VII

1:00 PM – 2:30 PM
Review Lunch Exercises #5 and #6, and Mini-Exam VII

Speaker(s)
Eugene R. Quinn, Jr. ~ President and Founder, IPWatchdog.com, IP Watchdog, Inc.
John M. White ~ Director, Soryn IP Group; Berenato & White, LLC
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.

For hotels near the JMLS, please click http://www.jmls.edu/ia/pdf/hotel-listings.pdf.

General credit information about this format appears below. For credit information specific to this program, please choose your jurisdiction(s) in the Credit Information box on the right-hand side of this page.


U.S. MCLE States

Alabama:  PLI’s live Patent Office Registration Exam Course qualifies as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live seminars.

Alaska:  All PLI products can fulfill Alaska’s CLE requirements. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via PLI products.

Arizona:  PLI’s live Patent Office Registration Exam Course qualifies as “interactive CLE” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via interactive CLE programs.

Arkansas:  PLI’s live Patent Office Registration Exam Course qualifies as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live seminars.

California:  PLI’s live Patent Office Registration Exam Course qualifies as “participatory” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via participatory programs.

Colorado:  PLI’s live Patent Office Registration Exam Course is not approved for Colorado CLE credit.

Connecticut: Effective January 1, 2017, all PLI products can fulfill Connecticut’s CLE requirements. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via PLI products.

Delaware:  PLI’s live Patent Office Registration Exam Course qualifies as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live seminars.

Florida:  All PLI products can fulfill Florida’s CLE requirements. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via PLI products.

Georgia:  PLI’s live Patent Office Registration Exam Course qualifies as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live seminars.

Hawaii:  All PLI products can fulfill Hawaii’s CLE requirements. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via PLI products.

Idaho:  PLI’s live Patent Office Registration Exam Course is not approved for Idaho CLE credit.

Illinois:  All PLI products can fulfill Illinois' CLE requirements for experienced attorneys. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via PLI products.

Indiana:  PLI’s live Patent Office Registration Exam Course qualifies as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live seminars.

Iowa:  PLI’s live Patent Office Registration Exam Course qualifies as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live seminars.

Kansas:  PLI’s live Patent Office Registration Exam Course qualifies as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live programs.

Kentucky:  PLI’s live Patent Office Registration Exam Course qualifies as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live seminars.

Louisiana:  PLI’s live Patent Office Registration Exam Course qualifies as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live seminars.

Maine:  PLI’s live Patent Office Registration Exam Course qualifies as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live seminars.

Minnesota:  PLI’s live Patent Office Registration Exam Course qualifies as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live seminars.

Mississippi:  PLI’s live Patent Office Registration Exam Course qualifies as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live seminars.

Missouri:  PLI’s live Patent Office Registration Exam Course qualifies as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live seminars.

Montana:  PLI’s live Patent Office Registration Exam Course qualifies as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live seminars.

Nebraska:  PLI’s live Patent Office Registration Exam Course qualifies as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live seminars.

Nevada:  PLI’s live Patent Office Registration Exam Course qualifies as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live seminars.

New Hampshire:  PLI’s live Patent Office Registration Exam Course qualifies as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live seminars.

New Jersey:  PLI’s live Patent Office Registration Exam Course qualifies as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live seminars.

New Mexico:  PLI’s live Patent Office Registration Exam Course qualifies as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live seminars.

New York

Experienced Attorneys:  All PLI products can fulfill New York’s CLE requirements for experienced attorneys. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via PLI products.

Newly Admitted Attorneys:  PLI’s live Patent Office Registration Exam Course cannot be used to fulfill the requirements for New York newly admitted attorneys.

North Carolina:  PLI’s live Patent Office Registration Exam Course qualifies as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live seminars.

North Dakota:  PLI’s live Patent Office Registration Exam Course qualifies as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live seminars.

Ohio:  PLI’s live Patent Office Registration Exam Course qualifies as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live seminars.

Oklahoma:  PLI’s live Patent Office Registration Exam Course qualifies as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live seminars.

Oregon:  All PLI products can fulfill Oregon’s CLE requirements. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via PLI products.

Pennsylvania:  PLI’s live Patent Office Registration Exam Course qualifies as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live seminars.

Puerto Rico:  PLI’s live Patent Office Registration Exam Course qualifies as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live seminars.

Rhode Island:  PLI’s live Patent Office Registration Exam Course qualifies as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live seminars.

South Carolina:  PLI’s live Patent Office Registration Exam Course qualifies as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live seminars.

Tennessee:  PLI’s live Patent Office Registration Exam Course qualifies as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live seminars.

Texas:  All PLI products can fulfill Texas’ CLE requirements. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via PLI products.

Utah:  PLI’s live Patent Office Registration Exam Course qualifies as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live seminars.

Vermont:  PLI’s live Patent Office Registration Exam Course qualifies as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live seminars.

Virgin Islands:  All PLI products can fulfill the Virgin Islands’ CLE requirements. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via PLI products.

Virginia:  PLI’s live Patent Office Registration Exam Course qualifies as “live interactive” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live interactive programs.

Washington:  PLI’s live Patent Office Registration Exam Course qualifies as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live seminars.

West Virginia:  PLI’s live Patent Office Registration Exam Course qualifies as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live seminars.

Wisconsin:  PLI’s live Patent Office Registration Exam Course qualifies as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live seminars.

Wyoming:  PLI’s live Patent Office Registration Exam Course qualifies as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live seminars.


CPD Jurisdictions

British Columbia (CPD-BC):  PLI’s live Patent Office Registration Exam Course qualifies as “real-time” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via real-time programs.

Ontario (CPD-ON):  PLI’s live Patent Office Registration Exam Course is not approved for CPD-ON credit.

Quebec (CPD-QC):  PLI’s live Patent Office Registration Exam Course is not approved for CPD-QC credit.

Hong Kong (CPD-HK):  PLI’s live Patent Office Registration Exam Course is not approved for CPD-HK credit.

United Kingdom (CPD-UK):  PLI’s live Patent Office Registration Exam Course can fulfill the United Kingdom’s CPD requirements.

Australia (CPD-AUS):  PLI’s live Patent Office Registration Exam Course qualifies as “live” credit in all Australian jurisdictions. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live seminars.


Other Credit Types

CPE Credit (NASBA):  PLI’s live Patent Office Registration Exam Course is not approved for CPE (NASBA) credit.

IRS Continuing Education (IRS-CE):  PLI’s live Patent Office Registration Exam Course is not approved for IRS-CE credit.

Certified Fraud Examiner CPE:  PLI’s live Patent Office Registration Exam Course is not approved for CFE-CPE credit.

IAPP Continuing Privacy Credit (CPE):  PLI’s live Patent Office Registration Exam Course is not approved for Privacy CPE credit.

HR Recertification (HRCI):  PLI’s live Patent Office Registration Exam Course is not approved for HR credit.

SHRM Recertification (SHRM):  PLI’s live Patent Office Registration Exam Course is not approved for SHRM credit.

Compliance Certification Board (CCB):  PLI’s live Patent Office Registration Exam Course is not approved for CCB credit.

Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialists (CAMS):  PLI’s live Patent Office Registration Exam Course is not approved for CAMS credit.

New York State Social Worker Continuing Education (SW CPE):  PLI’s live Patent Office Registration Exam Course is not approved for SW CPE credit.

American Bankers Association Professional Certification (ABA):  PLI’s live Patent Office Registration Exam Course is not approved for ABA credit.

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.


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 One: 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

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.

In this first session you learn 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.

8:00 AM – 9:00 AM
Introduction to Exam, Course and Materials and Begin (MPEP 100) Access, Secrecy, and Foreign Filing

9:00 AM – 10:00 AM
(finish MPEP 100 and begin 200)
Inventorship, Priority, Cross Noting (MPEP 100, 200)


10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Finish Inventorship, Priority, Cross-Noting (MPEP 200) Ownership (MPEP 300)

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
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 11.18(b), which covers attorneys as well as clients and anyone else who makes representations in writing before the PTO.

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Mini-Exam I & Lunch Exercise #1

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Review Mini-Exam I & Lunch Exercise #1

2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Pre-AIA 35 USC 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.

4:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Mini-Exam II & Review (Pre-AIA 35 USC 102)

5:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Evening Tutorial (Optional) - Prosecution Timeline
Homework #1 and Reading

Day Two: 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

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

8:00 AM – 9:00 AM
Post-AIA 102

9:00 AM – 10:00 AM
Post-AIA 102 Question review

10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Receipt/Handling of Mail and Papers (MPEP 500)
Parts, Form, and Content of Application (MPEP 600)

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Mini-Exam III

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Lunch Exercise #2

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Review of Mini-Exam III and Lunch Exercise #2

2:00 PM – 5:00 PM
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.

5:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Evening Tutorial (Optional) - Claim Drafting
Homework #2 and Claim Drafting

Day Three: 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

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.

8:00 AM – 9:00 AM
Examination, 35 USC 103, Periods of Response (MPEP 700)

9:00 AM – 10:00 AM
Final Rejections and Interviews (MPEP 700)

10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Abandonment and Revival, and Swearing Back (MPEP 700)

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Mini-Exam IV

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Lunch Exercise #3

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Review Mini-Exam IV and Lunch Exercise #3
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.

2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Amendment and Response Exercise (MPEP 700)

4:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Claim Drafting Exercise

5:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Evening Tutorial (Optional)
Homework #3 and Claim Drafting Methods

Day Four: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

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.

8:00 AM – 9:00 AM
Restriction and Double Patenting (MPEP 800)

9:00 AM – 10:00 AM
Appeal and Issue (MPEP 1200 - 1300)

10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Correction of Patents, Design Patents, Plant Patents (MPEP 1400 - 1600)
(MPEP 1400 through 1600)

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
PCT (MPEP 1800)

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Mini-Exam V and Lunch Exercise #4

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
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.

2:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Patentability Part I (MPEP 2100)
Homework #4 and MIni-Exam VI and Reading

Day Five: 8:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

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.

8:00 AM – 10:00 AM
(review Mini-Exam VI)
MPEP Chapters 2200-2700

10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Supplemental Materials

11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Lunch Exercises #5 and #6, and Mini-Exam VII

1:00 PM – 2:30 PM
Review Lunch Exercises #5 and #6, and Mini-Exam VII

Speaker(s)
Eugene R. Quinn, Jr. ~ President and Founder, IPWatchdog.com, IP Watchdog, Inc.
John M. White ~ Director, Soryn IP Group; Berenato & White, LLC
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. (800) 260-4754.

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 and rate code PLII. You can also Book Online- Kimpton.

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.

Hyatt Times Square, 135 W. 45th Street, New York, NY 10036. For reservations, please call (646) 364-1234. When calling mention rate code CR56218 or Practising Law Institute.

General credit information about this format appears below. For credit information specific to this program, please choose your jurisdiction(s) in the Credit Information box on the right-hand side of this page.


U.S. MCLE States

Alabama:  PLI’s live Patent Office Registration Exam Course qualifies as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live seminars.

Alaska:  All PLI products can fulfill Alaska’s CLE requirements. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via PLI products.

Arizona:  PLI’s live Patent Office Registration Exam Course qualifies as “interactive CLE” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via interactive CLE programs.

Arkansas:  PLI’s live Patent Office Registration Exam Course qualifies as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live seminars.

California:  PLI’s live Patent Office Registration Exam Course qualifies as “participatory” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via participatory programs.

Colorado:  PLI’s live Patent Office Registration Exam Course is not approved for Colorado CLE credit.

Connecticut: Effective January 1, 2017, all PLI products can fulfill Connecticut’s CLE requirements. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via PLI products.

Delaware:  PLI’s live Patent Office Registration Exam Course qualifies as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live seminars.

Florida:  All PLI products can fulfill Florida’s CLE requirements. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via PLI products.

Georgia:  PLI’s live Patent Office Registration Exam Course qualifies as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live seminars.

Hawaii:  All PLI products can fulfill Hawaii’s CLE requirements. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via PLI products.

Idaho:  PLI’s live Patent Office Registration Exam Course is not approved for Idaho CLE credit.

Illinois:  All PLI products can fulfill Illinois' CLE requirements for experienced attorneys. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via PLI products.

Indiana:  PLI’s live Patent Office Registration Exam Course qualifies as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live seminars.

Iowa:  PLI’s live Patent Office Registration Exam Course qualifies as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live seminars.

Kansas:  PLI’s live Patent Office Registration Exam Course qualifies as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live programs.

Kentucky:  PLI’s live Patent Office Registration Exam Course qualifies as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live seminars.

Louisiana:  PLI’s live Patent Office Registration Exam Course qualifies as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live seminars.

Maine:  PLI’s live Patent Office Registration Exam Course qualifies as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live seminars.

Minnesota:  PLI’s live Patent Office Registration Exam Course qualifies as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live seminars.

Mississippi:  PLI’s live Patent Office Registration Exam Course qualifies as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live seminars.

Missouri:  PLI’s live Patent Office Registration Exam Course qualifies as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live seminars.

Montana:  PLI’s live Patent Office Registration Exam Course qualifies as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live seminars.

Nebraska:  PLI’s live Patent Office Registration Exam Course qualifies as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live seminars.

Nevada:  PLI’s live Patent Office Registration Exam Course qualifies as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live seminars.

New Hampshire:  PLI’s live Patent Office Registration Exam Course qualifies as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live seminars.

New Jersey:  PLI’s live Patent Office Registration Exam Course qualifies as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live seminars.

New Mexico:  PLI’s live Patent Office Registration Exam Course qualifies as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live seminars.

New York

Experienced Attorneys:  All PLI products can fulfill New York’s CLE requirements for experienced attorneys. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via PLI products.

Newly Admitted Attorneys:  PLI’s live Patent Office Registration Exam Course cannot be used to fulfill the requirements for New York newly admitted attorneys.

North Carolina:  PLI’s live Patent Office Registration Exam Course qualifies as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live seminars.

North Dakota:  PLI’s live Patent Office Registration Exam Course qualifies as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live seminars.

Ohio:  PLI’s live Patent Office Registration Exam Course qualifies as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live seminars.

Oklahoma:  PLI’s live Patent Office Registration Exam Course qualifies as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live seminars.

Oregon:  All PLI products can fulfill Oregon’s CLE requirements. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via PLI products.

Pennsylvania:  PLI’s live Patent Office Registration Exam Course qualifies as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live seminars.

Puerto Rico:  PLI’s live Patent Office Registration Exam Course qualifies as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live seminars.

Rhode Island:  PLI’s live Patent Office Registration Exam Course qualifies as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live seminars.

South Carolina:  PLI’s live Patent Office Registration Exam Course qualifies as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live seminars.

Tennessee:  PLI’s live Patent Office Registration Exam Course qualifies as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live seminars.

Texas:  All PLI products can fulfill Texas’ CLE requirements. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via PLI products.

Utah:  PLI’s live Patent Office Registration Exam Course qualifies as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live seminars.

Vermont:  PLI’s live Patent Office Registration Exam Course qualifies as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live seminars.

Virgin Islands:  All PLI products can fulfill the Virgin Islands’ CLE requirements. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via PLI products.

Virginia:  PLI’s live Patent Office Registration Exam Course qualifies as “live interactive” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live interactive programs.

Washington:  PLI’s live Patent Office Registration Exam Course qualifies as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live seminars.

West Virginia:  PLI’s live Patent Office Registration Exam Course qualifies as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live seminars.

Wisconsin:  PLI’s live Patent Office Registration Exam Course qualifies as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live seminars.

Wyoming:  PLI’s live Patent Office Registration Exam Course qualifies as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live seminars.


CPD Jurisdictions

British Columbia (CPD-BC):  PLI’s live Patent Office Registration Exam Course qualifies as “real-time” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via real-time programs.

Ontario (CPD-ON):  PLI’s live Patent Office Registration Exam Course is not approved for CPD-ON credit.

Quebec (CPD-QC):  PLI’s live Patent Office Registration Exam Course is not approved for CPD-QC credit.

Hong Kong (CPD-HK):  PLI’s live Patent Office Registration Exam Course is not approved for CPD-HK credit.

United Kingdom (CPD-UK):  PLI’s live Patent Office Registration Exam Course can fulfill the United Kingdom’s CPD requirements.

Australia (CPD-AUS):  PLI’s live Patent Office Registration Exam Course qualifies as “live” credit in all Australian jurisdictions. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live seminars.


Other Credit Types

CPE Credit (NASBA):  PLI’s live Patent Office Registration Exam Course is not approved for CPE (NASBA) credit.

IRS Continuing Education (IRS-CE):  PLI’s live Patent Office Registration Exam Course is not approved for IRS-CE credit.

Certified Fraud Examiner CPE:  PLI’s live Patent Office Registration Exam Course is not approved for CFE-CPE credit.

IAPP Continuing Privacy Credit (CPE):  PLI’s live Patent Office Registration Exam Course is not approved for Privacy CPE credit.

HR Recertification (HRCI):  PLI’s live Patent Office Registration Exam Course is not approved for HR credit.

SHRM Recertification (SHRM):  PLI’s live Patent Office Registration Exam Course is not approved for SHRM credit.

Compliance Certification Board (CCB):  PLI’s live Patent Office Registration Exam Course is not approved for CCB credit.

Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialists (CAMS):  PLI’s live Patent Office Registration Exam Course is not approved for CAMS credit.

New York State Social Worker Continuing Education (SW CPE):  PLI’s live Patent Office Registration Exam Course is not approved for SW CPE credit.

American Bankers Association Professional Certification (ABA):  PLI’s live Patent Office Registration Exam Course is not approved for ABA credit.

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.


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 One: 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

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.

In this first session you learn 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.

8:00 AM – 9:00 AM
Introduction to Exam, Course and Materials and Begin (MPEP 100) Access, Secrecy, and Foreign Filing

9:00 AM – 10:00 AM
(finish MPEP 100 and begin 200)
Inventorship, Priority, Cross Noting (MPEP 100, 200)


10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Finish Inventorship, Priority, Cross-Noting (MPEP 200) Ownership (MPEP 300)

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
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 11.18(b), which covers attorneys as well as clients and anyone else who makes representations in writing before the PTO.

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Mini-Exam I & Lunch Exercise #1

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Review Mini-Exam I & Lunch Exercise #1

2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Pre-AIA 35 USC 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.

4:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Mini-Exam II & Review (Pre-AIA 35 USC 102)

5:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Evening Tutorial (Optional) - Prosecution Timeline
Homework #1 and Reading

Day Two: 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

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

8:00 AM – 9:00 AM
Post-AIA 102

9:00 AM – 10:00 AM
Post-AIA 102 Question review

10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Receipt/Handling of Mail and Papers (MPEP 500)
Parts, Form, and Content of Application (MPEP 600)

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Mini-Exam III

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Lunch Exercise #2

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Review of Mini-Exam III and Lunch Exercise #2

2:00 PM – 5:00 PM
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.

5:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Evening Tutorial (Optional) - Claim Drafting
Homework #2 and Claim Drafting

Day Three: 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

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.

8:00 AM – 9:00 AM
Examination, 35 USC 103, Periods of Response (MPEP 700)

9:00 AM – 10:00 AM
Final Rejections and Interviews (MPEP 700)

10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Abandonment and Revival, and Swearing Back (MPEP 700)

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Mini-Exam IV

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Lunch Exercise #3

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Review Mini-Exam IV and Lunch Exercise #3
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.

2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Amendment and Response Exercise (MPEP 700)

4:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Claim Drafting Exercise

5:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Evening Tutorial (Optional)
Homework #3 and Claim Drafting Methods

Day Four: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

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.

8:00 AM – 9:00 AM
Restriction and Double Patenting (MPEP 800)

9:00 AM – 10:00 AM
Appeal and Issue (MPEP 1200 - 1300)

10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Correction of Patents, Design Patents, Plant Patents (MPEP 1400 - 1600)
(MPEP 1400 through 1600)

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
PCT (MPEP 1800)

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Mini-Exam V and Lunch Exercise #4

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
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.

2:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Patentability Part I (MPEP 2100)
Homework #4 and MIni-Exam VI and Reading

Day Five: 8:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

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.

8:00 AM – 10:00 AM
(review Mini-Exam VI)
MPEP Chapters 2200-2700

10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Supplemental Materials

11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Lunch Exercises #5 and #6, and Mini-Exam VII

1:00 PM – 2:30 PM
Review Lunch Exercises #5 and #6, and Mini-Exam VII

Speaker(s)
Eugene R. Quinn, Jr. ~ President and Founder, IPWatchdog.com, IP Watchdog, Inc.
John M. White ~ Director, Soryn IP Group; Berenato & White, LLC
Program Attorney(s)
Mark Dighton ~ Practising Law Institute
Kimpton Grand Hotel Minneapolis, 615 Second Avenue South Minneapolis, MN 55402

General credit information about this format appears below. For credit information specific to this program, please choose your jurisdiction(s) in the Credit Information box on the right-hand side of this page.


U.S. MCLE States

Alabama:  PLI’s live Patent Office Registration Exam Course qualifies as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live seminars.

Alaska:  All PLI products can fulfill Alaska’s CLE requirements. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via PLI products.

Arizona:  PLI’s live Patent Office Registration Exam Course qualifies as “interactive CLE” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via interactive CLE programs.

Arkansas:  PLI’s live Patent Office Registration Exam Course qualifies as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live seminars.

California:  PLI’s live Patent Office Registration Exam Course qualifies as “participatory” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via participatory programs.

Colorado:  PLI’s live Patent Office Registration Exam Course is not approved for Colorado CLE credit.

Connecticut: Effective January 1, 2017, all PLI products can fulfill Connecticut’s CLE requirements. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via PLI products.

Delaware:  PLI’s live Patent Office Registration Exam Course qualifies as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live seminars.

Florida:  All PLI products can fulfill Florida’s CLE requirements. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via PLI products.

Georgia:  PLI’s live Patent Office Registration Exam Course qualifies as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live seminars.

Hawaii:  All PLI products can fulfill Hawaii’s CLE requirements. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via PLI products.

Idaho:  PLI’s live Patent Office Registration Exam Course is not approved for Idaho CLE credit.

Illinois:  All PLI products can fulfill Illinois' CLE requirements for experienced attorneys. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via PLI products.

Indiana:  PLI’s live Patent Office Registration Exam Course qualifies as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live seminars.

Iowa:  PLI’s live Patent Office Registration Exam Course qualifies as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live seminars.

Kansas:  PLI’s live Patent Office Registration Exam Course qualifies as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live programs.

Kentucky:  PLI’s live Patent Office Registration Exam Course qualifies as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live seminars.

Louisiana:  PLI’s live Patent Office Registration Exam Course qualifies as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live seminars.

Maine:  PLI’s live Patent Office Registration Exam Course qualifies as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live seminars.

Minnesota:  PLI’s live Patent Office Registration Exam Course qualifies as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live seminars.

Mississippi:  PLI’s live Patent Office Registration Exam Course qualifies as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live seminars.

Missouri:  PLI’s live Patent Office Registration Exam Course qualifies as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live seminars.

Montana:  PLI’s live Patent Office Registration Exam Course qualifies as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live seminars.

Nebraska:  PLI’s live Patent Office Registration Exam Course qualifies as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live seminars.

Nevada:  PLI’s live Patent Office Registration Exam Course qualifies as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live seminars.

New Hampshire:  PLI’s live Patent Office Registration Exam Course qualifies as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live seminars.

New Jersey:  PLI’s live Patent Office Registration Exam Course qualifies as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live seminars.

New Mexico:  PLI’s live Patent Office Registration Exam Course qualifies as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live seminars.

New York

Experienced Attorneys:  All PLI products can fulfill New York’s CLE requirements for experienced attorneys. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via PLI products.

Newly Admitted Attorneys:  PLI’s live Patent Office Registration Exam Course cannot be used to fulfill the requirements for New York newly admitted attorneys.

North Carolina:  PLI’s live Patent Office Registration Exam Course qualifies as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live seminars.

North Dakota:  PLI’s live Patent Office Registration Exam Course qualifies as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live seminars.

Ohio:  PLI’s live Patent Office Registration Exam Course qualifies as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live seminars.

Oklahoma:  PLI’s live Patent Office Registration Exam Course qualifies as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live seminars.

Oregon:  All PLI products can fulfill Oregon’s CLE requirements. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via PLI products.

Pennsylvania:  PLI’s live Patent Office Registration Exam Course qualifies as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live seminars.

Puerto Rico:  PLI’s live Patent Office Registration Exam Course qualifies as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live seminars.

Rhode Island:  PLI’s live Patent Office Registration Exam Course qualifies as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live seminars.

South Carolina:  PLI’s live Patent Office Registration Exam Course qualifies as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live seminars.

Tennessee:  PLI’s live Patent Office Registration Exam Course qualifies as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live seminars.

Texas:  All PLI products can fulfill Texas’ CLE requirements. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via PLI products.

Utah:  PLI’s live Patent Office Registration Exam Course qualifies as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live seminars.

Vermont:  PLI’s live Patent Office Registration Exam Course qualifies as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live seminars.

Virgin Islands:  All PLI products can fulfill the Virgin Islands’ CLE requirements. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via PLI products.

Virginia:  PLI’s live Patent Office Registration Exam Course qualifies as “live interactive” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live interactive programs.

Washington:  PLI’s live Patent Office Registration Exam Course qualifies as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live seminars.

West Virginia:  PLI’s live Patent Office Registration Exam Course qualifies as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live seminars.

Wisconsin:  PLI’s live Patent Office Registration Exam Course qualifies as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live seminars.

Wyoming:  PLI’s live Patent Office Registration Exam Course qualifies as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live seminars.


CPD Jurisdictions

British Columbia (CPD-BC):  PLI’s live Patent Office Registration Exam Course qualifies as “real-time” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via real-time programs.

Ontario (CPD-ON):  PLI’s live Patent Office Registration Exam Course is not approved for CPD-ON credit.

Quebec (CPD-QC):  PLI’s live Patent Office Registration Exam Course is not approved for CPD-QC credit.

Hong Kong (CPD-HK):  PLI’s live Patent Office Registration Exam Course is not approved for CPD-HK credit.

United Kingdom (CPD-UK):  PLI’s live Patent Office Registration Exam Course can fulfill the United Kingdom’s CPD requirements.

Australia (CPD-AUS):  PLI’s live Patent Office Registration Exam Course qualifies as “live” credit in all Australian jurisdictions. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live seminars.


Other Credit Types

CPE Credit (NASBA):  PLI’s live Patent Office Registration Exam Course is not approved for CPE (NASBA) credit.

IRS Continuing Education (IRS-CE):  PLI’s live Patent Office Registration Exam Course is not approved for IRS-CE credit.

Certified Fraud Examiner CPE:  PLI’s live Patent Office Registration Exam Course is not approved for CFE-CPE credit.

IAPP Continuing Privacy Credit (CPE):  PLI’s live Patent Office Registration Exam Course is not approved for Privacy CPE credit.

HR Recertification (HRCI):  PLI’s live Patent Office Registration Exam Course is not approved for HR credit.

SHRM Recertification (SHRM):  PLI’s live Patent Office Registration Exam Course is not approved for SHRM credit.

Compliance Certification Board (CCB):  PLI’s live Patent Office Registration Exam Course is not approved for CCB credit.

Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialists (CAMS):  PLI’s live Patent Office Registration Exam Course is not approved for CAMS credit.

New York State Social Worker Continuing Education (SW CPE):  PLI’s live Patent Office Registration Exam Course is not approved for SW CPE credit.

American Bankers Association Professional Certification (ABA):  PLI’s live Patent Office Registration Exam Course is not approved for ABA credit.

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