USPTO Exam Change: December 9th, 2016

By August 29, 2016Exam, MPEP, USPTO news

You heard it here at Wysebridge Patent Bar Review first folks: The USPTO will be changing the Patent Bar Exam (yet again).  December 9th, 2016 will be the last day the current exam is administered. Beginning December 16th, 2016 a new exam will be put into place.  The USPTO haven’t even officially announced the change (it’s not apparent anywhere on the website) but we found that they’ve updated the source materials sheet and that sheet clearly states there is an exam change coming.

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(https://www.uspto.gov/sites/default/files/documents/registrationexamsourcematerial.pdf).  Oddly enough, some of those hyperlinks for the new exam aren’t even active yet.  We’ll keep on top of it for you so that our users will be prepared.

So what does this mean?  Well, it means that there will be substantially more documents/ancilarry materials you’ll be responsible for knowing and having to use to look up answers on the day of the exam.  The current exam has 5 references/documents that you have to search.  The upcoming exam will have 15.  Here’s the full list of the current exam documents and the soon to be patent bar exam materials.

 

THE SOURCE MATERIALS FOR THE QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS ON THE REGISTRATION EXAMINATION THROUGH DECEMBER 9, 2016 IS AS FOLLOWS:

  1. Manual of Patent Examining Procedure (MPEP), Ninth Edition, Revision 07.2015 http://www.uspto.gov/web/offices/pac/mpep/index.html;
  2. Inter Partes, Post Grant, and Covered Business Method Review Final Rules (77 Fed. Reg. 48680, August 14, 2012) http://www.uspto.gov/aia_implementation/fr_specific_trial.pdf;
  3. Derivation Proceeding Final Rules (77 Fed. Reg.56068, September 11, 2012) http://www.uspto.gov/aia_implementation/2012-22204-derivation-proceedings.pdf;
  4. Changes to Representation of Others Before the USPTO Final Rules http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-04-03/pdf/2013-07382.pdf; and
  5. Implementation of the Global and IP5 Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) Pilot Programs with Participating Offices http://www.uspto.gov/patents/law/notices/global-ip5.pdf

THE SOURCE MATERIALS FOR THE QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS ON THE REGISTRATION EXAMINATION BEGINNING DECEMBER 16, 2016 IS AS FOLLOWS:

  1. Manual of Patent Examining Procedure (MPEP), Ninth Edition, Revision 07.2015, Last Revised November 2015 http://www.uspto.gov/web/offices/pac/mpep/index.html;
  2. Inter Partes, Post Grant, and Covered Business Method Review Final Rules (77 Fed. Reg. 48680, August 14, 2012) http://www.uspto.gov/aia_implementation/fr_specific_trial.pdf;
  3. Derivation Proceeding Final Rules (77 Fed. Reg.56068, September 11, 2012) http://www.uspto.gov/aia_implementation/2012-22204-derivation-proceedings.pdf;
  4. Changes to Representation of Others Before the USPTO Final Rules http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-04-03/pdf/2013-07382.pdf;
  5. Implementation of the Global and IP5 Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) Pilot Programs with Participating Offices http://www.uspto.gov/patents/law/notices/global-ip5.pdf; )SUBJECT MATTER ELIGIBILITY GUIDANCE AND TRAINING MATERIALS
  6. Memo dated July 14, 2016, Recent Subject Matter Eligibility Rulings (Rapid Litigation Management v. CellzDirect and Sequenom v. Ariosa) http://www.uspto.gov/sites/default/files/documents/memo_rlm-sequenom.pdf;
  7. Memo dated May 4, 2016, Formulating a Subject Matter Eligibility Rejection and Evaluating the Applicant’s Response to a Subject Matter Eligibility Rejection http://www.uspto.gov/sites/default/files/documents/ieg-may-2016-memo.pdf;
  8. Subject Matter Eligibility: Workshop II Handout http://www.uspto.gov/sites/default/files/documents/ai-workshop-ii-handout.pdf;
  9. Subject Matter Eligibility: Worksheet, Example 21, Claim 1 http://www.uspto.gov/sites/default/files/documents/ai-workshop-ii-ex-21-cl-1.pdf;
  10. Subject Matter Eligibility: Worksheet, Example 21, Claim 2 http://www.uspto.gov/sites/default/files/documents/ai-workshop-ii-ex-21-cl-2.pdf;
  11. Subject Matter Eligibility: Worksheet, Example 21, Claim 3 http://www.uspto.gov/sites/default/files/documents/ai-workshop-ii-ex-23-cl-3.pdf;
  12. Subject Matter Eligibility: Worksheet, Example 21, Claim 4 http://www.uspto.gov/sites/default/files/documents/ai-workshop-ii-ex-23-cl-4.pdf;
  13. July 2015 Update: Subject Matter Eligibility http://www.uspto.gov/sites/default/files/documents/ieg-july-2015-update.pdf;
  14. 2014 Interim Eligibility Guidance Quick Reference Sheet http://www.uspto.gov/patents/law/exam/2014_eligibility_qrs.pdf; and
  15. 2014 Interim Guidance on Patent Subject Matter Eligibility https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-12-16/pdf/2014-29414.pdf

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