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What is the USPTO registration exam?

In order for an individual to be eligible to practice patent law before the PTO, they must take a test administered by the PTO known as the USPTO Registration Examination, which contains 100 multiple-choice questions about the complicated and intricate procedures and regulations relating to the patent system. It is not necessary to be an attorney to take this examination. However, one must have a sufficient “hard science” background to take the examination. Typically, this requirement is met by having a bachelor of science degree in physics, engineering, chemistry or biology.  However, the requirement can also be met if the individual can show sufficient science college courses and/or life experience.

An attorney who takes and passes this examination is a patent attorney, while a non-attorney who takes and passes this examination is a patent agent.