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Patent Agents and Patent Attorneys
Patent agents and patent attorneys perform exactly the
same duties before the United States Patent and Trademark office. The
difference is that patent agents do not litigate in the courts or
negotiate and prepare contracts.
Patent agents and patent
attorneys are the only professionals who are fully licensed to practice in
patent matters before the United States Patent and Trademark Office
(USPTO). Like patent attorneys, patent agents must pass the USPTO
registration examination, commonly called the Patent Bar examination or
serve as a patent examiner for a number of years. In order to qualify to
take the Patent Bar examination, an individual must be an engineer, a
scientist or have an alternative technical background approved by the USPTO.
Both patent agents and
Perform patent searches and
provide patentability opinions.
Prepare and file patent
applications with the USPTO or the World Intellectual Property
Prosecute patent applications
before the USPTO.
File patent assignments with
Represent clients in one party
and two party reexamination proceedings, patent appeals and interference
Help clients design and
implement patent and business strategies.
Are there things that a
patent attorney may do that a patent agent may not do?
Why Should I Hire A Patent
Agent Rather Than A Patent Attorney?
Patent agents are in every way
as qualified as attorneys to represent clients in all proceedings before
Price is a consideration.
While patent attorneys usually bill at high hourly rates, our firm can be
flexible in billing by the hour or by negotiating a fixed price for a
given job. Initial consultations are always free of charge. Occasional
questions by phone or e-mail are not billed.
Our firm is staffed by
experienced technical professionals who can comprehend your invention
quickly and prepare patent applications that give you the broadest
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