Category: United States Patent and Trademark Office

FAQ: why not “pass-or-don’t-pay”?

“I’m considering enrolling with PatBar, but your guarantee doesn’t include a ‘pass-or-don’t-pay’ option. Why not?” —R. B., Fresno, CA.

Answer: we don’t offer ‘pass-or-don’t-pay’ because it’s effectively a lie.

To qualify for the ‘pass-or-don’t-pay’ guarantee offered by some courses, you would be required to take the Patent Bar Exam, and fail! $465 is a lot of money: a $100 non-refundable registration fee, a $200 exam fee (that is refunded only if you don’t qualify to take the exam), and the $165 fee paid to the testing center.

In other words, you would be forced to spend the additional $465 to get back the money you paid for their course. Most people who buy cheap courses don’t bother. Even worse, if you don’t request a refund, some of these companies will assume you passed and count you among their success stories—even if you never sit for the exam.

PatBar® features the most robust guarantee available:

  • If the Patent Office determines that you don’t qualify during your 9-month subscription, you get a full refund.
  • If you take the exam and don’t pass, you can use the course for another 9 months until you do pass.
  • You can get a full refund for any reason within 30 days.

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FAQ: Review Courses and Current Exam Questions

“Some Patent Bar Review courses claim to have new, actual exam questions. How is this possible?”—Darin H., Alexandria, VA 

It’s not—at least, not legally.

Shortly before the implementation of the America Invents Act (AIA), the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) stopped releasing data specific to the Patent Bar Exam. In addition, people taking the Exam are now required to sign a non-disclosure agreement outlining severe penalties for anyone failing to abide by the agreement. This includes any release of Exam questions.

The same is true for any Review course. A company attempting to cull new questions directly from the Exam faces penalties that may include severe financial loss or the permanent closure of their businesses. At least one such course has offered no updates in more than two years.

More likely, these companies are being, well, less than forthcoming about what constitutes “actual exam questions”.

Only PatBar® offers its students new questions written by Program Director David Meeks and based on his 25-plus years of experience in training his students to pass the Patent Bar Exam. PatBar® gives you an exclusive, insider’s view of the questions you will see on Exam day, along with David’s tested lookup strategies to help you find—and find quickly—the answers to any questions you don’t recognize.

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