USPTO 2012 Administered Examination
USPTO 2012 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 11, 2012 pursuant to 35 U.S.C. § 2(b)(2)(D) and 37 CFR § 11.7. Friday, May 11, 2012 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).
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 at http://www.uspto.gov/ip/boards/oed/aia_regexamsourcematerial.jsp.
For further information and the application form, consult the General Requirements Bulletin available on the USPTO Internet website at
A printed copy of the General Requirements Bulletin is available from the OED for a prepaid fee of $15.00 per copy.
Applications filed after Friday, May 11, 2012 will not be considered for the July 2012 examination. A timely filed application is one that is received in the Office on or before May 11, 2012, or mailed on or before May 11, 2012, in full compliance with the certificate of mailing provisions of 37 CFR § 1.8 or 37 CFR § 1.10. A mere postmark on an application-containing 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).
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.
William R. Covey,
Deputy General Counsel for Enrollment and Discipline and
Director of the Office of Enrollment and Discipline
March 26, 2012