How It Works
1. Based on the MPEP
Because the exam is based on the MPEP (Manual of Patent Examining Procedure, produced by the Patent Office), our course is based on the MPEP. Because the material is very dense, hard to understand, and only partially tested, we have gone to great lengths to streamline, simplify, and filter it for you.
2. Focus on the America Invents Act (AIA)
Our survey of all new Patent Attorneys found that about 80% of the exam is based on the AIA. Because exam takers are required to sign a non-disclosure agreement, none of the actual questions are available to you, us, or any other course. Only PatBar® includes more than 200 practice questions written by our director, David E. Meeks, whose experience allows him to correctly summarize the material tested on the 2019 exam. Any course offering old materials—even by a year or two—can only set you up to fail on exam day.
3. Search Strategy
The hardest part of the Patent Bar is the time limitation—you’ll use every bit of the 6 hours available to you. Even though it’s open-book, you have far from enough time to look everything up. But memorizing everything you need isn’t really an option either unless you want to devote years to study. We teach you two important skills: the delicate balancing act between what to memorize and what to look up, and how to find the answer in the electronic MPEP provided to you on the exam computer.
4. Prior Exam Questions
Our survey of new Patent Attorneys has revealed something interesting. When asked what they’d do differently, the majority of them said they would do more practice questions. To make sure you get enough practice, you’ll be given a quiz at the end of each module, and also complete prior exams in our proprietary, accurate simulator at the end of the course.