An attorney specializing in patents and related areas are generally known as “patent attorney.” As an inventor without a legal background, it’s very easy to get lost in the legal issues. Therefore, it’s strongly recommended that you work with a registered patent lawyer or a patent agency as you can read from this story at

Patent Attorney Basics

Patent attorneys have received a law degree and have passed the bar exam in at least one state. They are generally qualified to work with patents because they have an engineering or science degree or have otherwise demonstrated competence in a technical field. Additionally, they have passed a special examination given by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, and therefore, are “registered” by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, and are allowed to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

While patent lawyers might appear to be expensive, obtaining patent protection for a commercially valuable invention more than justifies the cost. Without the help a patent lawyer, there is the chance of making a mistake on your application that harms you later. For instance, there is the danger of applying for patent protection that is too specific, so may not fully protect the invention, or applying for protection that is so broad that your patent is invalid as explained in post.

Patent law does permits an inventor to “act for himself” in obtaining a patent, meaning the inventor can do everything himself, or anyone can help the inventor write the patent application. However, if the inventor wants someone to represent him in corresponding with the Patent and Trademark Office, that representative must be either a registered patent lawyer or a registered patent agent.

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