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cool laser
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transcript for the patent bar exam
« on: Jul 4th, 2007, 3:53pm »
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Dear all,
 
I have a bachelor's degree in EE from a foreign country. But I have gone through graduate school in the US and obtained advanced degrees.
 
However, as I don't have any original transcript from my home country (never occured to me that I may still need them ) , what should I do to satisfy the USPTO requirements regarding BS transcript for taking the patent bar exam?
 
Thanks a lot in advance!
 
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Re: transcript for the patent bar exam
« Reply #1 on: Jul 4th, 2007, 4:05pm »
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Are you sure you need a transcript?  Since your degree is "electrical engineering", you should qualify under Category A.  But your university should be able to send you a transcript, even if it will cost a bit going through FedEx or some other international courier service.
 
I thought that it was only us poor Computer Science types who have to get transcripts evaluated -- but maybe a foreign-university degree is treated differently?  (Not that I blame the USPTO, since some schools treated "CS" as a sort of technician's degree (learning to use tools like Macromedia Flash and a C++ compiler) rather than teaching techniques and theory.)
 
If you're not a permanent resident or citizen, you probably should worry more about the restrictions on foreign applicants.  You'll only be granted limited recognition.  And unless you've gained citizenship, you won't be able to leave the country and continue to practice in any case.
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Re: transcript for the patent bar exam
« Reply #2 on: Jul 5th, 2007, 9:25am »
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Yes, you need an official original transcript (from part IV(A) of the General Requirements Bulletin).
 
You should contact your school and have them issue one.  Make sure it's an official copy (e.g., watermarked or stamped).  Sometimes schools will give unofficial copies to students and only send official copies directly to the intended recipient, or charge extra for official copies sent to students.
 
If you are a Category B, which you are probably not, then you would also have to include course descriptions.
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john D
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Re: transcript for the patent bar exam
« Reply #3 on: Jul 5th, 2007, 11:35am »
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Are transcripts (from foreign school) absolutely required, or is it in practise up to the individual USPTO employee to determine (based on available evidence) if applicant is eligible for the exam? I know the USPTO requirements document says "applicants must furnish an official course description" but I was hoping it is not absolutely required.
 
I don't have course transcripts available and I don't think it is possible to get them.
 
Does it make sense to submit other material (e.g. own US patents, scientific papers etc) ?
Do they care if you hold several US patents?
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katie
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Re: transcript for the patent bar exam
« Reply #4 on: Jul 5th, 2007, 11:57am »
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You only need and have to submit your undergraduate transcript to PTO for qualifying exam, period. No matter how many and how high your US degrees are. And it has to be translated into English if not originally in English.
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