The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) controls the registration of patent attorneys and patent agents through its Office of Enrollment and Discipline (OED). The College of Law cannot tell you whether or not you are eligible to sit for the Examination for Registration to Practice in Patent Cases ("patent bar exam"), as only the OED makes those determinations.
Full information for registration to sit for the patent bar exam can be found here.
A general summary of the eligibility guidelines is as follows:
The USPTO has identified specific undergraduate degrees that make the degree holder eligible to sit for the patent bar. Those degrees are:
* Acceptable Computer Science degrees must be accredited by the Computer Science Accreditation Commission (CSAC) of the Computing Sciences Accreditation Board (CSAB), or by the Computing Accreditation Commission (CAC) of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET), on or before the date the degree was awarded. Computer science degrees that are accredited may be found on the Internet (http://www.abet.org).
Students with technical backgrounds and/or degrees NOT listed above may still be eligible to sit for the patent bar exam if eligibility can be established under Category B or Category C, as described in the EOD's General Requirements Bulletin (the technical requirements discussion begins on numbered page 4 of the linked pdf).
If desired, prospective MLS-PP students can apply to the OED for registration to take the exam. Once eligibility is determined by the OED, prospective students can be confident of their eligibility or, at least, understand what additional steps they must take to meet the OED's requirements. In limited instances, the College of Law may reimburse students' costs associated with predetermining eligibility to sit for the patent bar exam. Contact us to discuss your particular situation and whether you would be eligible for reimbursement.
In some situations, persons that are not eligible to sit for the patent bar exam may otherwise benefit from the MLS-Patent Practice degree. Here are some examples: