thesealocust wrote:Nothing is certain
Anonymous User wrote:I'd have to get something from OCI before patent bar, no?
The application process to sit for the exam takes 2-4 weeks, and it's a bit of a hassle. Once you're cleared, you'll have roughly 3 months to take the exam. Expect to study for 150-200 hours.
If you take the computer exam, you'll immediately receive a preliminary pass/fail. Official notice of the result will arrive by mail within a few days. After that, you'll send in an oath. You'll then have to wait another two months or so for OED clearance (during this time, the Official Gazette will publish your name among those seeking registration to practice).
NOTE: The PTO only publishes names of those who have actually passed the exam. It does not publish names of those who have failed or merely registered to take the exam.Things you might consider putting on your resume:
1. Eligible to take the exam
. I recall a PLIP-sponsored webcast where this was advised. But I've heard PLIP interviewers chuckle at this over lunch. I think it's a silly idea for most people, unless they have an oddball major that might not be recognized as eligible.
2. Approved to take the exam
. I guess this is better than simply saying that you're eligible (you've made a commitment to take the exam), but interviewers will probably ask how it went, so be warned that you might make a bad impression on interviewers if you've backed out (or failed) by the time PLIP rolls around.
3. Scheduled to take the exam
. Probably pretty much the same as saying you're approved to take the exam. Consider this (or #2) if your tech background is weak and you're concerned that you don't appear to be seriously interested in IP. Still, remember the risk.
3. Preliminarily passed the exam
. Essentially the same as saying you're confirmed to have passed. I recall an expert saying that they have never heard of a preliminary pass being reversed.
4. Passed the exam
. Pretty much as good as having a registration number, but it does look a bit sloppier on the resume. Firms won't care that you haven't yet cleared the Official Gazette screening step.