Alternative Patent Clinic Requirements

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 https://www.uspto.gov/sites/default/files/OED_GRB.pdf

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