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alby
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Patent Agent: ineligible for Computer Sci or not?
« on: Oct 20th, 2005, 12:47pm »
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I have a PhD in Computer Science from a top-tier school, and I have worked in the industry for 10 years, with 4 patents of my own, but if I read the rules carefully for the patent agent exam, it looks as if I am barely not eligible under the technical requirements:
 
* My Bachelor's in CS is from a fine school, but its date on the ABET list is after I received by B.S. This would seem to make me not able to claim Category A eligibility.
 
* Category B, option 4 barely fails as well. I have tons of coursework in CS classes for BS and PhD, but only 10 quarter credits in Physics. Multiplying 10 by 2/3 to get the equivalent in semester credits puts me 1.333 credits short of the 8 credits of Physics required.
 
* Category C is not very helpful. I don't have many classes in the FE exam areas, and I only intend to work on Computer Science patents anyway.
 
My question is: am I flat-out ineligible unless I re-enter school years later to get those last 1.33 physics credits?  
 
Or is there some appeals board that might hear my case?
 
Thanks, Al
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Re: Patent Agent: ineligible for Computer Sci or n
« Reply #1 on: Oct 20th, 2005, 1:58pm »
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Ironically enough, it seems as though you would not qualify.  
 
Unfortunately, I dont see OED waiving the rules for 1 credit - they have to have a bright line to work with.  You could take a chance and apply and if disapproved the $200 exam registration fee will be refundable (the $40 application fee is non refundable).
 
I found myself in a similar situation except in my case I hadnt taken any phyics or chem courses.  I had to bite the bullet and take the requisite chemistry courses at my local community college where the fee/credit is considerably less expensive.  I put in enough effort to get a C in the both courses, then promply flushed everything I learned from memory.
 
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Re: Patent Agent: ineligible for Computer Sci or n
« Reply #2 on: Oct 20th, 2005, 5:15pm »
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My opinion would be that you won't qualify until you have enough science credits. They have to draw the line somewhere. Just my opinion, but you should give them a call and see if there is anything you can do but don't get your hopes up.
 
I qualified under Catagory B with my CS degree, and it was a pain in the a** getting copies of my ancient course catalogs to prove i had the coursework.  
 
Good luck!
 
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Re: Patent Agent: ineligible for Computer Sci or n
« Reply #3 on: Apr 5th, 2006, 8:28am »
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Alby,  
 
I just sent you a private message, please check it and reply. Your response is appreciated.
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Re: Patent Agent: ineligible for Computer Sci or n
« Reply #4 on: Apr 5th, 2006, 9:11am »
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I had to go back to school at age 44 to take "Cognitive Neurobiology" to get the one credit hour I lacked.  I was older than the students and the Prof.  
 
It was actually a lot of fun.
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