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General Board / Re: anyone here studying for patent bar?
« on: January 19, 2007, 09:21:07 PM »
If anyone is interested in purchasing a PLI Home Study Course (absolute mint condition), check out this Ebay auction:
http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=170071714882

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Ebay item #170071714882
http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=170071714882

IMPORTANT: THIS REVIEW COURSE INCLUDES MATERIAL FOR THE NEW EXAM BEING ADMINISTERED NOW. MANY OTHER COURSES SOLD ON EBAY DO NOT! You'll need the supplements and drill questions to get ready for the version 3 and 4 MPEP changes that ARE ON THE BAR EXAM. This auction includes those materials from PLI.

The Practicing Law Institute's Patent Bar Review is simply the best. Look online, Google yourself mad -- the fact is that it works at getting you ready for the exam quicker and with better focus on the actual exam you need to pass to practice. I bought this in August 2006, took the exam exactly once about 4 weeks later and passed the first time through with no other guides, classes or preparation. This course really did it all for me and I couldn't be happier with it. Now it's your turn!

If you're reading this, I don't have to tell you that many skilled practicioners require more than one try to surmount the PTO exam. After talking with a lot of people and doing my homework, I am convinced this course is the reason I got through on only 4 weeks of study the very first time.

PLI's full course is a gym-bag full of targeted review material. Here's what is included:

    * The full video course on DVD (one disk holds all lectures.) It plays on a computer.
    * The entire course ALSO on audio CD to listen to in the car, including drills and quiz reviews. I used mine in the car and it helped me maximize my study time. The audio course is 38 CD's of drills and lectures!
    * A impressively heavy copy of the Revision 3 MPEP in hard copy.
    * Patware 8.2, which simulates the actual exam with actual exam questions, right down to a searchable MPEP just like the one you'll have available at Prometric's testing center when you take the test. It is loaded with actual exam questions from the PTO itself in addition to other drills that get you ready to take the exam. Though I can't speak for other software brands or versions, I'd mention that probably 20% of the questions I saw on my own bar exam were in Patware 8.2. There is no substitute for this experience!
    * The review course in a big binder, basically a targeted review and outline of the sections of the MPEP that are tested. Most importantly, this course element tells you what sections of the MPEP are NEVER TESTED AT ALL.
    * Claimslight, a claims drafting course inside the bar review course that gets you ready for claim drafting questions. It's also a pretty good introduction to claim drafting if you've never done it.
    * Prime Questions, a selection of past exam questions that illustrate particular tactics used to confuse you on the exam or concepts of value from the material in the review course. I saw a lot of these on my exam too.
    * A pre-course on file-wrapper review in case you haven't been through a complete file history of a patent before. For those of you who haven't had this experience, it's absolutely vital.
    * Most importantly, I've included supplemental exams, quizes, and review material to get you ready for the new exam based on MPEP Revision 4.

All this is perfectly clean and unmarked with nary a creased page and direct from PLI. It looks EXACTLY the way it did when I got it from PLI right before my own exam. This package cost me $2500, but it was worth every penny. I made back my investment on the bar and then some in my first application drafting fee!

Buyer pays $45 shipping. It's heavy as there is a LOT OF STUFF in the full course offered here.

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General Board / Re: anyone here studying for patent bar?
« on: June 27, 2006, 10:05:03 PM »
Ty, got another question for you. Are you planning on selling your material? If so, what are you going to do about this:

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Your credit card or account may be charged an additional $450 if the course CD ROMs or course DVD, as applicable, are not returned within nine months after your purchase of the course.

I'm considering using a one-time use credit card number to avoid being billed later.....any thoughts?

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General Board / Re: anyone here studying for patent bar?
« on: June 19, 2006, 06:56:37 PM »
Hey Ty, I've got a couple quick questions RE: PLI for you.

First, did you buy the course new? I've been watching the auctions on ebay and they've been going around $1500-$1600. I don't want to pay that for used material when I can buy brand new for $1795. Also, do you have the CD-ROMs or DVDs? I'm not sure which one I should pick. These are different from the audio CDs you mentioned right? What file format are the lectures in? For the audio CDs, can you rip them onto your computer to put on an MP3 player?

Finally, if you did buy a new course at the student price, how did you prove you were a student? (...I won't be starting school for 2 months and am not sure how I would prove I am a student).

Lots of questions, any answers would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks.

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I'm planning on going into IP (specifically patent law). I've heard nothing but good things about the field, and have been told that it has a very bright future ~ the demand and pay for IP attorneys are very high and will remain that way for years to come.

So as my title asks, what field of law is most promising for law school grads? Assume good grades, class ranking, etc. and ignore factors such as law school ranking/location.

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Transferring / Transferring from Chicago-Kent
« on: May 23, 2006, 11:02:39 AM »
First a little background:
I'm headed to Kent as a part-time student this fall. I'm hoping to pass the Patent Bar right away and then work as an IP law clerk part-time. I love Kent, their IP program, and the city of Chicago.

Problem:
A combination of two factors: I want to graduate from the best school I can (heavy preference to the midwest though). Also, I am not 100% sure I will always want to be in Chicago. A move to Michigan is possible.

Thoughts on transferring:
My top three longshot schools (in no order) are: UofMichigan, UofChicago, and Northwestern. However, I would also like to attend UofIllinois or Notre Dame, as I feel both would give me a great shot in the Chicago market, as well as anywhere else in the midwest I would like to work.

Questions:
I will certainly bust my balls to place in the top 10% (I think this would be my only shot at getting into my top 3), but let's assume I place in the top 20%. What are my realistic chances of transferring to UofIllinois or Notre Dame? Also, will the fact that I am a part-time student have any negative impact? I am considering taking summer courses (most likely abroad) to catch my credits up. Also, what are your thoughts on my decision to transfer from Kent to a school like Illinois or Notre Dame?



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Whoops, right after I posted this, I received a reply from Illinois:

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Thank you for the email and your interest in Illinois.  We certainly
will accept transfer students from Kent's part-time program.  As I
understand it you will complete the first year with 22 credit hours.
That is fine, although it is near the minimum we would like to see.
Given the lighter course load we would like to see you do very well in
your first year, a GPA of around a 3.3.  Typically we are looking for
students in the top third of their class at a school such as Kent,
although with the part-time program that will vary slightly.  Your
undergraduate GPA and LSAT become much less important in the process and
we focus much more on your law school performance.

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Fordham or Cardozo would be my guesses.  Chicago-Kent would be way down the list.

Cardozo was my other thought.

Fordham? Far from unknown outside of the legal community.

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I'm sure you've already figured out that I'll be attending Kent. It seems like no one outside of the legal community has heard of Kent. I'm from a Midwest state and people here ask me "Where??" when I tell them I'm going there, so I'm sure this is the case on the coasts and down south.

What do you think: Is Kent the best law school that no one (outside of the legal community) knows about?

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