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The Registration Examination

Examination for Registration to Practice in Patent Cases will be Updated October 4, 2014

The United States Patent and Trademark Office will update the content of the registration examination on October 4, 2014. The last date to take the current examination is October 1.  No exams will be scheduled on October 2 and October 3.  The updated examination will cover all material referred to in the Source Materials, including the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (AIA). The updated examination will cover all material in the current examination and additionally will cover: the material in the Manual of Patent Examining Procedure (MPEP) Ninth Edition, March 2014; Consolidated Patent Laws including changes implementing the Patent Law Treaty; Consolidated Patent Rules including changes to implement the Patent Law Treaty; and Patent Prosecution Highway.  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

Any information tending to show that an applicant failed to abide by the non-disclosure agreement will be considered when making a decision whether to register the applicant for lack of good moral character.  See 37 CFR § 11.17(g)(2).  If an applicant discloses information that appears to be substantially similar to the content of the examination, OED will consider whether an ordinary reasonable person would recognize the essence of an examination question based upon the information disclosed. 

How to Apply and Fee Information:

Computer Delivered Examination

Exam Results

Registration Examination Applicants Review Sessions

Beginning on or about June 04, 2014, those applicants who failed their registration examination will be able to schedule a review session through Prometric at a location selected by the applicant for a fee of $195. Reviews must take place within 65 days after the date of the examination. Applicants will review only those scored questions they answered incorrectly (37 CFR 11.7(e)). Complete instructions for scheduling these review sessions will be provided with the result letters.

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