BREAKING: 2018 FD4 (P6 – Infringement and Validity) Pass Mark Reduced

UK trainee patent attorneys are due to receive the results of their PEB Qualifying Examinations on Monday (4 March 2019). Candidates who took the FD4 (P6, Infringement and Validity) today received notification that the pass mark of this year's paper has been reduced to 47% (from 50%) in view of a significant drop in candidates achieving a pass mark.The full letter is as follows:"Dear Candidate You will shortly receive the results for the PEB Final examination(s) that you took in October 2018.At the Awarding meeting for Final Diploma examinations, analysis of marks showed that there was a statistically significant fall in the pass rate for the FD4 examination compared to the mean pass rate for the years 2014-2017 (41%). This fall may be a result of the technical content of the examination paper.It was therefore decided to determine the pass mark for the FD4 exam by ‘borderlining’.  Starting with a scripts with a mark of 49 and…

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