USPTO Patent Bar Exam
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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.
Pages of information in the MPEP
Chapters in the MPEP
Appendices in the MPEP
The MPEP: Not all material is the same
Over the past decade, the USPTO exam has been updated/changed a number of times. Each time new law/regulations are introduced, it finds its way onto the exam.
Currently, over 80% of the tested material covers POST-AIA law (don’t worry if you do not know what AIA is…we explain it here and in much greater detail in the course).
That being said, a handful of the chapters (5 really) will cover over 50% of the tested material. That’s why we’ve engineered our study program/platform to focus on what matters, so you don’t waste unnecessary study time in chapters that are never tested.