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The Registration Examination

Updates to the Examination for Registration to Practice in Patent Cases

The United States Patent and Trademark Office updated the content of the registration examination on January 24, 2014.  The updated examination covers all material referred to in the Source Materials, including the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (AIA).  See Source Materials for the Registration Examination. For further information concerning AIA, please refer to the AIA Implementation web page

Notice of Non-Disclosure Agreement

Anyone taking the registration examination is expressly prohibited from disclosing, publishing, reproducing, or transmitting the content, or substantially similar content, of the examination, in whole or in part, in any form or by any means, verbal or written, electronic or mechanical, for any purpose.  At each test site, every applicant is required to enter into a non-disclosure agreement as a condition to sitting for the examination.  Applicants should expect to encounter the following text on a computer screen at the examination. Click here for more information

How to Apply and Fee Information:

Computer Delivered Examination

USPTO Administered Exam

Historical Exam Results

USPTO 2014 Administered Exam (only at the USPTO in Alexandria, Virginia)

An examination for individuals seeking registration before the United States Patent and Trademark Office (Office) as patent attorneys and agents will be held July 16, 2014 pursuant to 35 U.S.C. § 2(b)(2)(D) and 37 CFR § 11.7.  Friday, May 16, 2014 is the deadline for filing applications along with the appropriate application fee and the $450.00 examination fee and all necessary showings required by 37 CFR § 11.7(a) and § 11.7(b).  A timely filed application is one that is received in the Office on or before May 16, 2014, or mailed on or before May 16, 2014, in full compliance with the certificate of mailing provisions of 37 CFR § 1.8 or 37 CFR § 1.10.  A mere postmark on an envelope is not sufficient to meet the deadline.  Applications must bear applicant's original signature and they may not be filed by facsimile or electronically. 37 CFR § 1.4(e).

The USPTO administered examination is given only at the United States Patent and Trademark Office in Alexandria, Virginia.  The USPTO administered examination is NOT given at any other location.

The USPTO administered examination will use paper examination booklets, mark-sense answer sheets, and reference materials furnished by the Office.  The USPTO administered examination will use the same reference materials used with the computer-delivered examination.  A list of these reference materials is available on the USPTO Internet website.  For further information and the application form, consult the General Requirements Bulletin available on the USPTO Internet website.  A printed copy of the General Requirements Bulletin is available from the OED for a prepaid fee of $15.00 per copy.

Applicants are encouraged to file early to allow ample time for notification and correction of incomplete applications in advance of the July 2014 examination.  Applications filed after Friday, May 16, 2014 will be accepted.  However, an application filed after the May 16 deadline must be complete on or before Monday, June 16, 2014.  

Registration does not qualify one for practice before the Office in Trademark cases. Such recognition is governed by 37 CFR § 11.14.

For further information, please contact the Office of Enrollment and Discipline by calling (571) 272-4097.

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