Archive for February, 2006

Customer Query: Can I give away my access codes?

Friday, February 17th, 2006

“I used a number of other patent exam simulators for most of my review process, and only purchased a 2-pack of your access codes at the very end of my preparation process. I only used one, but it was great, and much, much superior than the ********* products. Honestly, it made a great deal of difference on the actual exam due to the similarity of MPEP searching…Thanks!

Anyway, I passed the USPTO registration exam, and would like to recommend your software to a friend. Since I have one unused access code, can I simply let them use it? Thanks again!”
-B. Golding

Our Response:
“Congratulations on your success with the USPTO registration exam and thanks so much for the kind words. We are pleased that our product assisted in your preparation. You are absolutely free to distribute any access codes you have purchased from us in any way you choose.”

Kind Regards,
-Rick Jones, CATPrep

Customer Query: Which USPTO Registration Exams (Patent Bar) are available with your simulator?

Thursday, February 9th, 2006

Kelly W. wrote:
“Which USPTO examinations does your software currently cover? You state that it covers 9 exams from 1999-2003 and that you will continue to add new ones as they become available. Since new exams have already been released since 2003, have you added these exams yet? Also, is the simulation identical to the setup that is used to take the examination?

Our Response:
Thanks for the query Kelly. Unfortunately, the USPTO currently restricts access to all of their computer-delivered exam material and until they officially release questions used after 2003, we will be unable to incorporate them into a commercial product like our Patent Bar Simulator. You can download and run our Patent Bar Simulator without charge, so feel free to compare it to the walkthrough of the computer delivered format made available by the USPTO. Our simulator’s user interface (buttons and navigation) was designed to emulate the USPTO’s software as closely as possible. Please read our MPEP download page for information regarding the MPEP available during the actual exam.

Kind Regards,
-Rick Jones

Customer Query: Java Plug-in detected JRE Collision

Monday, February 6th, 2006

Some customers have encountered the message “Java Plug-in detected JRE Collision” while attempting to launch our simulator software. Unfortunately, this is a symptom of a particularly nasty error that occurs within Microsoft Windows under certain relatively rare circumstances. This error is not caused by our software, but is instead a Java Plug-in configuration issue. To correct the error, you will need to manually edit your Windows registry [UPDATE: Running a registry cleaner like the free EZCleaner may resolve this issue without the need to manually edit the registry yourself.] Here are the steps involved:

IMPORTANT: This article contains information about modifying the registry. Before you modify the registry, make sure to back it up and make sure that you understand how to restore the registry if a problem occurs. For information about how to back up, restore, and edit the registry, follow this link to view an article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base.

1) Determine the full path to the latest JRE version installed on your computer under C:\Program Files\Java. For example, if JRE version 1.5.0_05 is the latest version installed on your computer, then the full path to that JRE will be C:\Program Files\Java\jre_1.5.0_05

2) Open “regedit” by clicking Start->Run then typing “regedit” in the Open: field and clicking “OK”.

3) Within regedit, open “HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Javasoft\Java Plug-in” Now, insure that there is a key here with the same name as the name of the latest JRE version installed on your computer. For example, if JRE version 1.5.0_05 is the latest version installed on your computer, then there should be a key under “HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Javasoft\Java Plug-in” named “jre_1.5.0_05″ If there is not one, then create one by right-clicking “Java Plug-in” and choosing New->Key then type the name of the appropriate JRE.

4) Under the key for the latest version of JRE installed on your computer, there should be a String named “JavaHome” If there is not one, then create it by right-clicking and choosing New->String Value and type “JavaHome”. The value of “JavaHome” should be the full path that you determined in step (1) above. If the value is different, then change it by right-clicking “JavaHome” and choosing “Modify”.

After you’ve completed all the steps above, close regedit and restart your computer. Now, the Java Plug-in should be properly configured within your web browser and the “Java Plug-in detected JRE Collision” issue should be resolved. As always, please feel free to contact us if you encounter any issues while attempting to use our simulator software.