1. Inventor’s oath or declaration.
2. Pre-issuance submissions.
3. Supplemental examination.
4. Citation of patent owner claim scope statements.
5. Post grant review (PGR)
6. Inter partes review.
7. Covered business method review.
For a fuller description of the changes being made, Wysebridge Patent Bar Review has provided a nice post highlighting these changes and supplying brief descriptions of what these changes mean.
The take away message that Bryan highlighted: Know what's coming down the pipeline, and know the changes that will be implemented. The USPTO released several briefs, the material of which will be implemented to the exam. Bryan, in talking with test-takers, recommended utilizing some summaries and broader overviews to grasp the meaning before plowing through the materials. Lastly, Pre-April, the Patent Bar exam will look fairly similar to past exams, with the bulk of material being testing sourced from a database of fairly well known questions. Post-April, it's anyone's guess, but the odds are looking like some substantial updates to the pool of questions, and the focus of what's being tested. If you are thinking of taking the test sometime soon, try and do it before April.
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