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Patent Bar Exam: BA versus BS
« on: Jun 4th, 2006, 9:29am »
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Is a Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry sufficient to qualify for the patent bar exam under Category A? The requirements just say a "Bachelor's degree" without specifying BA versus BS. I should qualify under Category B regardless (40 hours of chemistry, physics, and biology combined), but option B seems like more a pain if Category A is satisfied. Any insight would be appreciated. Thanks.
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Re: Patent Bar Exam: BA versus BS
« Reply #1 on: Jun 4th, 2006, 10:09am »
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I feel for you.  But the only way to really find out is by submitting an application.
 
I went to UW-Madison (for Computer Science) and I found that UW is not approved by the USPTO.  I then had to submit all of my school info and a letter justifying them letting me sit for the exam.
 
Because I went to a quarterly school for my engineering degree they wouldn't take the credits straight, and I had to retake physics 1 & 2.  This was after I already had 2 BSs and 1 MSE.
 
When I completed all that I was allowed to sit for the exam only after having a Washington DC attorney look into the matter.  I got my letter a few days after his visit to them.
 
I wish you well with this.
 
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Re: Patent Bar Exam: BA versus BS
« Reply #2 on: Jun 4th, 2006, 10:15am »
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Just a side note:  I am not sure all the trouble was worth the work.   If you are already working as an engineer with the average payrate associated with a few years experience,  then you are already paid more than a patent agent gets.
 
If however you want the freedom that comes from being independant,  well that will cost you something.
 
I will graduate from lawschool in a few weeks.  The cost has been $90k+.  Students not in the upper 10-15% will not get jobs that pay this back.  If they graduated with IP Law as a specialty, then they are more likely to get a job at a firm then a patent agent.
 
What I am saying is that you are likely to take a cut in pay, for more than or the same effort on your part.   Is that what you are expecting ?
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Re: Patent Bar Exam: BA versus BS
« Reply #3 on: Jun 5th, 2006, 11:00am »
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Received a B.A. in Chemistry from Vanderbilt in 1992 and was allowed to sit for the exam in 2005.
 
Any Bachelor's degree is equivalent for USPTO purposes, as long as it's an approved major.
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Re: Patent Bar Exam: BA versus BS
« Reply #4 on: Jun 6th, 2006, 4:06pm »
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I have a BA in chemistry and qualified under Catagory A in March 2006.
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