The Leahy-Smith America Invents Act brought significant changes to the patenting process, both pre- and post-grant of patents. The Patent Bar Exam will be updated starting in mid-March as it continues to reflect those changes.
In January, Patent Attorney Emeritus David Meeks completed the updates to the PatBar® Patent Bar PREP review course. David is an expert on the Exam and has advised students for more than 20 years. He says it is important to keep track of the specific dates on which certain practices changed.
“Although we think the OED will be testing mostly the current practice, that may not always be the case—such as the changes to prior art under 35 U.S.C. 102 and 103.
“Concentrate on current practice, but you need be able to easily spot when it is the former practice that is being tested in a question on the exam, and react accordingly.”