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General Board / Re: Are there any class clowns in your section?
« on: April 14, 2006, 01:57:40 PM »
A kid in my Criminal Law class got called on to brief a statutory rape case, and he said "thats the babying raping case, isn't it?"

no one laughed....

General Board / Re: Patent Law Interview Program
« on: April 14, 2006, 01:55:22 PM »
from what I remember, about 2 months.  I wasn't aware of the three month deadline they give, which really put me in a bad spot.  I got my approval at about 4 weeks out from final exams, corresponding with the time that I can do nothing but focus on outlining and preparing.  Then after final exams was Christmas break, and I was out of town for a week.  So, I couldn't start studying until 6 weeks before my deadline.  I signed up to take it on the very last day allowed, and passed thank god. 

General Board / Re: public speaking.
« on: April 14, 2006, 01:47:35 PM »
usually you will be called on at least once a semester in each class to give the facts of a case that was assigned for class.  this is similar to public speaking, I guess, except you just talk from your seat instead of the front of the room. 

General Board / Re: Patent Law Interview Program
« on: April 14, 2006, 01:46:00 PM »

A registration deadline? I was not aware such a deadline existed now that the test is commercially available through Prometric. Am I wrong?

he was referring to the deadline for the interview program.  there is no deadline for the patent bar, though usually a prometric center in a given city will only offer it once or twice a month.  Once you apply to the USPTO, they will give you a 3 month deadline to take the test when your application is approved.  I had to travel to Gainesville because the last time Tallahassee offered it was two weeks before the end of my deadline, and I needed the extra two weeks.

General Board / Re: Patent Law Interview Program
« on: April 13, 2006, 02:34:50 PM »
why exactly is there a seperate test for the patent bar but not for other areas of the law?  or am i just being stupid and there are other tests that i just dont know about.

The patent bar qualifies you to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).  It is seperate from a state or federal jurisdiction.  Basically, you can draft patents and represent tech companies in securing IP rights.  Only people with technical backgrounds are allowed to sit for the exam.

General Board / Re: Patent Law Interview Program
« on: April 13, 2006, 01:28:03 PM »
It was fairly hard.  I studied for 6 weeks and did 9 practice tests, passed the first time.  I would not be surprised if I only passed by a few points though.  I was able to get some free second-hand prep materials by Patent Resource Group (PRG).  They were a couple years old but I still thought they were OK. I also had just taken an IP class at law school, so I didn't have to spend much time on the basics.

The problem with the patent bar is that since they computerized it, they don't release the questions anymore.  It used to be that between 30-70% of the questions were from old tests, so you could get almost all of those right if you did all the old tests.  Well, they haven't released any tests since October 2003.  There are still some old questions on there, particularly from the October 2003 exam, but not as many.

General Board / Re: Patent Law Interview Program
« on: April 13, 2006, 12:31:58 PM »
what is this program?  I would be interested since I passed the patent bar.  Now, if the USPTO would stop dragging their feet and get me my damn registration number, I could apply for positions as a patent agent!

General Board / Re: Curve Question
« on: April 13, 2006, 11:12:46 AM »
A curve means the grades are forced into a profile the resembles the bell curve, with the majority of students landing near the average grade.  The curve you posted is extremely easy, 30% As is very high, so I wouldn't be too concerned. 

General Board / Re: Abortion
« on: April 12, 2006, 11:25:45 PM »
I just want someone to name one single time that prohibition of something has improved the situation.

General Board / Re: Abortion
« on: April 12, 2006, 07:59:22 PM »
You know, after seeing all of those pictures, it only makes my pro-choice beliefs stronger.  whoever posts *&^% like that is a screwed up whacko.

I could very well post some pictures of a woman performing an abortion on herself with a coat hanger, or a drunken delisenced doctor performing a third trimester abortion.  THOSE WOULD BE THE RESULTS OF BANNING ABORTION. 

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