Patent Bar

Students desiring to participate with the patent clinic need to ensure that their technical background qualifies them to take the patent bar.

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has indicated that a potential applicant (for the patent bar) can qualify by complying with at least one listed CATEGORY of classification.

CATEGORY A includes a list of approved bachelor degrees which must be received from an accredited US college or university (or equivalent from foreign university): Aeronautical Engineering, Agricultural Engineering, Biochemistry, Biology, Biomedical Engineering, Botany, Ceramic Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Computer Engineering, Computer Science*, Electrical Engineering, Electrochemical Engineering, Electronics Technology, Engineering Physics, Food Technology, General Chemistry, General Engineering, Geological Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Marine Technology, Mechanical Engineering, Metallurgical Engineering, Microbiology, Mining Engineering, Molecular Biology, Nuclear Engineering, Organic Chemistry, Petroleum Engineering, Pharmacology, Physics, and Textile Technology.

  • 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 (See HERE).
  • If a student does not have a listed bachelor degree, the USPTO indicates that CATEGORY B may be consulted to determine if the applicant would otherwise qualify. CATEGORY B includes the following criteria:

    • Option 1: 24 semester hours in physics. Only physics courses for physics majors will be accepted.
    • Option 2: 32 semester hours in a combination consisting of the following: 8 semester hours of chemistry or 8 semester hours of physics, and 24 semester hours in biology, botany, microbiology, or molecular biology. Note that the 8 semester hours in chemistry or 8 semester hours of physics must be obtained in two sequential courses, each course including a lab. Only courses for science or engineering majors will be accepted.
    • Option 3: 30 semester hours in chemistry. Only chemistry courses for chemistry majors will be accepted.
    • Option 4: 40 semester hours in a combination consisting of the following: 8 semester hours of chemistry or 8 semester hours of physics, and 32 semester hours of chemistry, physics, biology, botany, microbiology, molecular biology, or engineering. (For Computer Science, see other acceptable course work.

    Further information on such categories (as well as all requirements) may be obtained at HERE

    Students need to ensure that, in addition to satisfying the technical requirements, they also comply with the visa (or citizenship) requirements as well.