USPTO Wants Feedback On Expanding Patent Exam Eligibility

Law360 (March 22, 2021, 6:45 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office is asking for comments on its proposed plan to expand who is qualified to take the exam that lets people represent inventors before the agency.

The USPTO is looking to expand which undergraduate majors automatically qualify graduates to take the patent bar examination and, for the first time, let graduate degrees in those subjects qualify as well. The Federal Register notice, identifying changes first mentioned in January, will be published on Wednesday, and comments are due in 60 days.

"The goal of the proposed updates is to ensure fairness in the application process while also...

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