Summary: Learn how to prepare for taking the patent bar. Knowing what you are getting into and how to increase your chances of passing it are important to your career.

Preparing for the patent bar takes hard work and dedication

Considering that the passage rate for the patent bar (more formally known as the Examination for Registration to Practice in Patent Cases Before the United States Patent and Trademark Office) has ranged from a dismal 37 percent to a somewhat more optimistic 70 percent over the last few years, knowing what you are getting into and how to increase your chances of success are important.

Having passed the exam, those who have already passed the standard bar exam in any U.S. state or territory will become patent attorneys, whereas those who have not passed the bar exam and are not lawyers will become patent agents, who cannot give legal advice or represent clients in court.

To be qualified to sit for the patent bar, an applicant must have (1) good moral character, (2) the scientific or technical qualifications needed to render good services, and (3) the competence to give advice and assistance to applicants in the presentation and prosecution of patent applications.