Studying for the USPTO patent bar exam?
Here are free audio lectures that we at Oppedahl Patent Law Firm LLC
hope may be helpful to those who are studying for the exam.
Frequently asked questions about the free lectures:
- Should I download all of the lectures? Does the sequence
matter? Each lecture is meant to stand alone. You could listen to a single
lecture without listening to the others. If you do choose to listen to all of
the lectures, you need not listen to them in any particular sequence.
- How are these lectures formatted? Each audio download is
available in your choice of formats -- MP3 and OGG Vorbis. Each download also
has a PDF study guide, which you should print out. You can play the MP3 or OGG
file on your computer, or you can copy it to your audio player and listen to it
with your player.
- Can I play these lectures in my CD player? Some CD players
(not very many) can play MP3 or OGG files. if your CD player has this
capability, then you can play these lectures in your CD player. Most CD
players, however, are incapable of playing MP3 or OGG files, and thus are
unable to play these lectures.
- How should I decide whether to download the MP3 formatted file or
the OGG-formatted file? In blindfolded listening tests, most people report
that an OGG-formatted file sounds better than a corresponding MP3-formatted
file. Each OGG file is smaller (it compresses better) than the corresponding
MP3 file, so it will download faster. So you may prefer the OGG file. But some
audio players don't know how to play OGG files and only know how to play MP3
files. If your audio player only plays MP3 files, then you will want to
download the MP3 files.
- How should I listen to these lectures? It may help if you have
a way to "pause" the playback, in case you want to look something up. Depending
on how your operating system is configured, however, left-clicking on the MP3
or OGG link may launch an audio player that lacks a "pause" button. It may work
best to right-click on the link and download the file to be loaded into your
- How may I learn when another lecture is available? To be
notified when another lecture becomes available,
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- What should I do if I have a suggestion for another lecture?
If you have a suggestion for an additional lecture topic, please
send the suggestion to us.
For example if you have a particular exam question in mind, send it to us. We
can't promise to make such a lecture, nor can we promise to do it right away.
But we do hope to add more lectures to this series as time goes on.
- Why are these lectures being given away? We prepared the
lectures for internal use within our firm, for people studying for this exam.
Then we figured we might as well give them away. So here they are.
- Are the lectures really free? Yes, in the sense that you don't
need to pay money to download the lectures. But downloading it does not mean
that you own the lecture; you only have a license permitting you to listen to
- May I freely give a copy of the lecture to someone else? Yes,
but only under certain conditions. The license under which these lectures are
provided to you only permits you to give a copy of the lecture to someone else
if the copy is an exact copy of what you downloaded. You do not have permission
to edit the lecture, nor to trim off (for example) the introductory portion or
the closing portion. Doing so would constitute the creation of an unauthorized
- May I post these lectures on a web site for others to
download? No, you may not. Doing so would violate our copyright rights in
these works. The further risk is that a lecture might become outdated and we
would be unable to control continued downloads from such an unauthorized web
site. What we suggest you do instead is simply link to this page, where the
downloads are available.
- If I listen to these lectures, will I pass the patent bar
exam? We consider it very unlikely that listening to these lectures,
without more, would make it possible for anyone to pass the patent bar exam.
Most people who have passed the patent bar exam report that dozens or hundreds
of hours of study and practice were required, including close study of
questions from old examinations.
- Are lectures available on other topics? Yes, lectures are
available on other topics. See
lectures on our shopping cart system.