The lesson quizzes included in this course are directed to help you become a better navigator of the MPEP. Whether you have basic knowledge of the MPEP or a more advanced knowledge of the MPEP you'll find a demanding quiz here. The quizzes range from a quiz based on the fundamental chapters (600, 700, 2100, 800 and 1200) quizzed at just the broad chapter levels to quizzes based on a comprehensive chapter list at the sub-chapter level. Through repeated use of these quizzes one should be able to easily navigate the MPEP come test day.
Each of the different patent types has it own purpose. A utility (non-provisional) patent is the standard patent that most people think of when someone mentions the term patent. These patents have a 20 year life assuming the required maintenance fees are paid to avoid abandonment. A utility patent is designed to protect the utility and function of the invention and not the ornamental look or design of the invention.
Now that the main conceptual items of the U.S. patent law have been discussed more information on different procedures which can be followed while practicing patent law can be reviewed. The following procedures will be encountered during the patent bar exam also they are not tested as heavily as the content related to the application content, 35 U.S.C. § 102 and 103 laws and the different patent types. But they are tested and should be reviewed before taking the patent bar exam.
As titled, this chapter contains everything else in the MPEP not previously covered which is a possibility to end up on the patent bar exam. This chapter contains 13 sub categories which range from how the USPTO handles mailings, to the duty of disclosure to the rules related to the Patent Cooperation Treaty. This chapter is much broader and spread out then the previous however they are generally much shorter in length and provide for a quick read.
There are four pieces of additional material whose subject matter is included in the patent bar exam. These four include the topics of: Bilski Process Claims, Subject Matter Eligibility, 35 U.S.C. § 112 Paragraph 2 compliance and KSR Obviousness Inquiry. Each of these topics deal with recent court rulings which apply to patent law.
Passed on September 16, 2011 this Act represents a major change in the United States patent system. New beta questions on the patent bar exam are being phased in which deal with this new material added through the act. Although they are initial phased in as beta questions, in time they will be converted from beta questions to actual scored questions which counts towards the final score.