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NavyLaw
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Patent Bar Prep

Postby NavyLaw » Thu Dec 22, 2011 9:54 am

Has anyone taken the patent bar and know of a good prep program? I've heard good things about PLI but I'd rather not drop $2000. Thanks

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Re: Patent Bar Prep

Postby bbalcrzy23 » Thu Dec 22, 2011 10:32 am

NavyLaw wrote:Has anyone taken the patent bar and know of a good prep program? I've heard good things about PLI but I'd rather not drop $2000. Thanks


I just started PLI - got it used on ebay for very cheap. It contains the supplemental CD that addresses the new changes to the exam. I've only watched a few hours, but so far so good.

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sky7
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Re: Patent Bar Prep

Postby sky7 » Wed Dec 28, 2011 10:40 pm

PLi is great. But be sure to kill the old 2000-2003 exams, as a lot of questions come from them.

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Re: Patent Bar Prep

Postby shepdawg » Sun Jan 01, 2012 4:44 pm

Anyone know any good prep courses for FE exam?

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Re: Patent Bar Prep

Postby LockBox » Tue Jan 03, 2012 5:08 pm

A quick google search for 'patent bar prep' brings up a host of materials for the USPTO exam. I've seen PLI course materials used for around $400. Does anyone have experience with other test prep materials?

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sky7
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Re: Patent Bar Prep

Postby sky7 » Wed Jan 04, 2012 8:36 am

The best test prep - I think - is to do the old exams, and truly understand why the answer is what it is. The 2000-2003 exams have a vast amount of questions that are repeated. Know those cold, and you have 30% of the test. Become an accurate searcher of the MPEP, and you have another 10-20% just off keyword searches and knowing where to look. That leaves 20% that you need to account for.

That said, I had never taken a patent course and had no knowledge of patent law before I bought PLI. While John White could be really dry, it's a great course and gets you some really good fundamental knowledge of patent law.

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Re: Patent Bar Prep

Postby Hairy » Wed Jan 04, 2012 9:25 pm

I'd recommend against Patbar. The books I got were just excerpts from the MPEP, and didn't even cover the practice questions completely. The CDs were just the guy who runs the business reading the MPEP aloud, straight from the books.

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Re: Patent Bar Prep

Postby LockBox » Thu Jan 05, 2012 2:26 pm

I appreciate the info!

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crEEp
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Re: Patent Bar Prep

Postby crEEp » Thu Jan 05, 2012 2:50 pm

Just remember that the patent bar will now (or very soon) test on the America Invents Act. I'm not sure if the MPEP has incorporated any of those changes yet or if any of the prep courses cover the updated material. I seriously screwed up by pushing off studying for PTO registration exam, bar exam, and MPRE until this semester (my last one)....




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