Category: United States Patent and Trademark Office

FAQ: Patent Bar Review courses and AIA questions

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

It’s not.

Any company claiming that its clients will get most (or even ‘all’) of the America Invents Act questions on which the Patent Bar Exam relies are hoping that you won’t be aware of one vital fact: exam-takers must agree to not disclose any AIA questions in any way—and the penalties can be severe.

In other words, these companies are either lying to get your money, or they cheated and are suffering the consequences.

Only PatBar® Patent Bar PREP is fully updated for the 2019 Patent Bar Exam, including hundreds of AIA questions prepared exclusively for our students by our Director, Patent Attorney Emeritus David E. 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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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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