Patent Bar coursework that is eligible

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CAWondering86
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Patent Bar coursework that is eligible

Postby CAWondering86 » Fri May 29, 2015 2:49 pm

Hey guys. I was wondering whether you had any input on this, but I'm an Applied Math major from Michigan undergrad, and looking into the option 4 area of taking the patent bar. I've taken a fair bit of computer science courses as they crossed into my Math major as electives.

I'm 4 credits shy of the 40 requirement, and there is one course called EECS 203 - Discrete Math. Is there anyway to find out if this could push up me over the hump to be eligible? By the way I've taken the 8 credits of physics required.

Thanks.

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Re: Patent Bar coursework that is eligible

Postby Dr. Review » Fri May 29, 2015 3:04 pm

USPTO wrote:iv. Option 4: 40 semester hours in a combination consisting of the following:
8 semester hours of chemistry or 8 semester hours of physics, and
32 semester hours of chemistry, physics, biology, botany, microbiology, molecular biology, or engineering. (For Computer Science, see other acceptable course work.)

The 8 semester hours of chemistry or 8 semester hours of physics must be obtained in two sequential courses, each course including a lab. Only courses for science or engineering majors will be accepted. For Computer Science, see other "Other Acceptable Course Work."

All acceptable coursework for Options 2 and 4 must be for science or engineering majors.


I am inclined to think that discrete math would not fall under any of the bolded categories. Additionally, if you are an applied math major, you will want to make sure that the other 28 hours are from those categories and are courses intended for science or engineering majors, and not math majors.

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Re: Patent Bar coursework that is eligible

Postby CAWondering86 » Fri May 29, 2015 3:25 pm

I was wondering whether I could send in my transcript to a resource to see whether I am eligible. My hunch is discrete math would not fall under that penumbra too. The only hope I had was that it was meant for Computer Engineers and Computer Science Engineers at our school.

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Re: Patent Bar coursework that is eligible

Postby Dr. Review » Fri May 29, 2015 3:33 pm

CAWondering86 wrote:I was wondering whether I could send in my transcript to a resource to see whether I am eligible. My hunch is discrete math would not fall under that penumbra too. The only hope I had was that it was meant for Computer Engineers and Computer Science Engineers at our school.

The requirements for Computer Engineering/Computer Science make it sound like a no-go as well:

computer science courses that stress theoretical foundations, analysis, and design, and include substantial laboratory work, including software development will be accepted. Such courses include the representation and transformation of information structures, the theoretical models for such representations and transformations, basic coverage of algorithms, data structures, software design with a laboratory, programming languages with a laboratory, and computer organization and architecture. Other acceptable courses in computer science include artificial intelligence and robotics, networking, linear circuits, logic circuits, operating systems, and software methodology and engineering. However, the courses may not be substituted for the eight semester hours of chemistry or physics required under Option 4.




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