The MPEP: Material Tested
All of the questions on the USPTO Patent Bar Exam are sourced from material contained within the Manual of Patent Examining Procedure (MPEP) and any supplementary bulletins. As the MPEP is 3000+ page long manual (plus appendixes, and supplemental elements), that means the answer to your exam questions are buried somewhere in there. Oftentimes, you’ll need to find two or more locations of content to correctly answer. So to recap, you will be responsible for:
- Knowing the answer/facts from memory and/or
- Being able to look up information (it’s an open book exam).
Notice we said “knowing and/or being able to look up.” Sadly, a lot of Non-Wysebridge users get swamped into thinking they have to know everything about the MPEP. Then because the MPEP is 3000 pages, they waste time and energy studying the wrong things (and studying the wrong way), and many of them do not pass the first time taking the exam.