New Patent Bar Examination

In order to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office in the capacity of an attorney, one must pass the registration examination often called the patent bar. Once the exam is passed, the individual is known as a patent attorney or patent agent. However, there are differences between a patent attorney and a patent agent.

A patent attorney passes the exam and is a member of the bar of one state in the US. A patent agent passes the exam but is not a member of the bar in any particular state. The good news for those wanting to become a patent agent is that you do not have to hold a law degree. As long as you satisfy the requirements to sit for the patent bar exam you can take the bar exam.

The way to qualify for the bar exam is that you must have a technical background shown by a college degree or even work in the course. The degrees that are considered qualifying by the United States Patent and Trademark Office include:

Aeronautical Engineering, Agricultural Engineering, Biochemistry, Biomedical Engineering, Biology Pharmacology, Botany, Computer Science, Ceramic Engineering, Civil Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Electrochemical Engineering, Electronics Technology, Engineering Physics, Electrical Engineering, Food Technology, General Engineering, General Chemistry, Geological Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Marine Technology, Metallurgical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Mining Engineering, Microbiology, Molecular Biology, Nuclear Engineering, Organic Chemistry, Physics, Petroleum Engineering, and Textile Technology.