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Author Topic: Non-patent folks: how did you study?  (Read 868 times)

ip770

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Non-patent folks: how did you study?
« on: 09-17-17 at 01:36 pm »

I'm an engineer with no patent experience yet and plan on taking the patent bar in a few months. 
For those of you that didn't have any exposure to patents, how did you go about studying?

I'm contemplating doing the October PLI course, but not sure if I should review materials on my own for a little bit before I go take the course, or if it's ok to just go straight to the course cold and start there.  I have tons of time to devote to studying, so I'm happy to do it either way; just trying to figure out the most effective method.

Would love to hear how you made it happen!

Thanks.
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MarkDighton

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Re: Non-patent folks: how did you study?
« Reply #1 on: 09-25-17 at 04:46 pm »

We do NOT recommend just showing up at the live course. We assign about 20 hours of study in advance of the live course, and you may need a little more if you don't have much of a patent background. So, if you want to attend the live course in NY (now two weeks and two days away), you should order ASAP. The confirmation will include a link so that you can start studying right away, while you wait for your books to arrive.
Sincerely,
Mark Dighton
Admin. Director, Patent Office Exam Course
PLI

P.S.: I hope you don't mind me answering.... I usually just lurk here, but this sounded like the kind of thing where you might need an answer from "the horse's mouth."
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Tobmapsatonmi

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Re: Non-patent folks: how did you study?
« Reply #2 on: 09-25-17 at 06:00 pm »

generally good advice from Mark.  If you were not going to an in-person class it would matter less, because you can always back up (disc/online, whatever) and go over sections repetitively. But if you're in person, spend 60 or so hours with the materials before attending else you reduce what you will absorb at the in-corpus class.
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ip770

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Re: Non-patent folks: how did you study?
« Reply #3 on: 09-29-17 at 04:11 pm »

We assign about 20 hours of study in advance of the live course

Hi Mark,
I absolutely appreciate you chiming in.  I signed up for the PLI course last week and will be attending the NY session.  I've completed the online pre-course sections (~2.5 hours).  But seems like I'm missing something; what are the other things I should be studying in advance of the live course?
Thanks!
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