The USPTO does not provide assistance to applicants during prosecution. Because prosecution is a complex process, the PTO strongly advises patent applicants to contact a registered patent attorney or patent agent to prosecute your application.
Using a patent agent to prosecute a patent application can be safe and cost-effective.
Patent agents must have a scientific background in areas such as engineering, physics, chemistry, biology, or computer science. After passing a test, agents are authorized to practice before the USPTO.
A patent agent can help inventors with many parts of patent prosecution, including:
- Searching for prior art,
- Drafting a patent specification, including a written description of the invention and claims setting the scope of the invention,
- Drafting figures and drawings as necessary, and
- Responding to office actions, making amendments and arguments to get the patent allowed.
While hiring a patent agent is a sound investment for patent prosecution, keep in mind that agents are not authorized to provide legal advice.
Agents are not authorized to provide legal advice, practice trademark law, or prosecute a trademark application.
Agents cannot assist an inventor in:
- Litigating patent rights,
- Assignment, licensing, or other contractual matters,
- practicing federal, state, or local law,
- or other legal matters.
Because agents cannot dispense legal advice, they are best supported by a team of experienced patent attorneys.
We are a medium-sized patent firm located close to the USPTO. We serve many growing business as well as Fortune 500 companies.
We are staffed with registered and qualified patent agents, supported by a team of experienced attorneys, including former patent examiners.
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