What is a patent agent?

A patent agent is a USPTO Patent Bar’s qualified person who is registered with USPTO to prepare, file, and prosecute patent applications in the best interest of his or her clients.

Since most inventions are made on the basis of science and engineering, a patent agent must have either engineering background or science background before taking the Patent Bar.

Difference between an attorney and a patent agent

A patent attorney is an individual who has university degree from an approved technical field and is a registered engineer with qualification in the Patent Examination.

On the other hand, a patent agent is the one who is actually not a qualified and approved attorney but is fully authorized to advise, assist and represent someone seeking to file a provisional or non-provisional patent application.

A patent agent also takes care of other business of a patent office. The patent agent has full authority for the preparation, filing and prosecution of patent applications.

Conversely the patent attorneys are authorized to assist their clients with issues, such as patent validity, infringement cases and all types of patent litigation.

How to Become a Patent Agent?

In order to become a USPT’s recognized and registered patent agent, the agent needs to follow a few outlined steps available on the official USPTO General Requirements for Taking the Patent Bar

  1. The applicant must have a USPTO-recognized Bachelor’s degree in streams like technology, engineering science, such as biology, electronics technology, computer science, chemistry, physics, pharmacology, and several engineering degrees. After obtaining a recognized Bachelor’s degree or foreign equivalent in the aforesaid streams, the applicant becomes (A) category candidate for the patent bar.
  2. If an applicant wants to apply for a B or C category, he/she would have to get degree in a different subject. There are much recourse available for you to obtain a Bachelor’s degree apart from alternate training, life experiences, course credits, military service, graduate degrees, and other conditions.
  3. The applications’ process of B and C category’s applicants takes time to get approval as they are case by case reviewed, evaluated and judged.
  4. All applicants must be citizens, foreigners in good standing, or alien residents in good standing to serve the patent offices. They must also have a good moral standing. In addition, if any applicant is found guilty of a felony, he/she must show his/her proof, rehabilitation or reform.