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, 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 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.
Patent agents cannot provide legal advice on federal, state, or local issues, nor can they practice trademark law or prosecute trademark applications.
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.
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We are staffed with registered and qualified patent agents, supported by a team of experienced attorneys, including former patent examiners.
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