In order to be qualified to sit for the Patent Bar exam, a candidate needs to have at least a bachelor’s degree in a scientific or engineering field. Passing the exam is not easy. Typical pass rates are around 33% (give or take 6% or so). Thus, passing this exam will say something very positive about your knowledge and abilities to be a successful patent prosecutor. So will solid patent prosecution experience. Failure to present either one or both of these things will substantially weaken your presentation as a patent agent candidate.
It is not absolutely critical for you to pass the exam before obtaining the necessary patent prosecution experience. However, it will generally be more difficult to convince firms to hire you for patent agent type work unless you have been admitted to the Patent Bar. Nevertheless, some firms – especially smaller ones -- may hire candidates who have not yet passed the Patent Bar to do work similar to a patent agent while closely supervised by a patent attorney. Such individuals are sometimes called “technical advisors,” and this experience can still be invaluable when you apply to a more prestigious firm. But even if you take this approach, it is highly advisable to take and pass the Patent Bar before you start your search for a patent agent job at a top firm. It will be one critical “check” that you will have gotten out of the way. In addition, taking and passing the Patent Bar demonstrates your serious commitment to being a patent agent. A candidate who has not taken the test leaves open the question of whether they are really fully committed to being a patent agent in the demanding culture of top law firms. Such candidates will find it more difficult to obtain interviews and offers from the law firms.
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