Because the USPTO does not assist applicants during patent prosecution, the PTO strongly advises applicants to contact a registered patent attorney or agent to prosecute your application.
Hiring a qualified, registered patent agent can be a safe, cost-effective way of prosecuting a patent application.
Patent agents, who are required to have a scientific background (e.g. engineering, physics, chemistry, biology, or computer science), are authorized to prosecute patents before the USPTO.
A patent agent can help inventors through parts of the prosecution process, including:
- Conducting prior art searches,
- Drafting specifications, including a written description of the invention and a set of claims to define the scope of the invention,
- Drafting figures and drawings, and
- Responding to USPTO office actions, amending claims and making arguments to get the patent issued.
While hiring a patent agent is often an inventor’s soundest strategic investment during the patent application process, keep in mind that only patent attorneys are authorized to provide patent legal advice.
Patent agents cannot provide legal advice on federal, state, or local issues, nor can they practice trademark law or prosecute trademark applications.
Because patent agents are not licensed attorneys, they cannot assist an inventor in:
- Representing a party in patent litigation,
- Drafting contracts,
- or practicing federal or state law.
For this reason, patent agents are best supported by a team of experienced patent attorneys.
Maier & Maier is a medium-sized patent firm located within walking distance to the USPTO. We serve both growing businesses and Fortune 500 companies.
Maier & Maier offers the most effective mix of patent agents and attorneys. The firm is staffed with qualified and federally registered patent agents. These patent agents are supported by a team of experienced patent attorneys, including former examiners at the USPTO.
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