What is a USPTO Registered Patent Agent?
A USPTO Registered Patent Agent is a patent practitioner. A patent practitioner is a person who is licensed by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) to represent inventions and prosecute patents. Our firm’s licensed invention patenting services agent is available online.
What Does a Patent Agent do?
A patent agent is a person who provides patenting services. Patenting services can be related to new inventions and ideas, and new and existing products and processes. For new inventions, patenting services includes all activities needed to help inventors (and applicants) seek patent protection for an invention. For new and existing products and processes, patenting services includes all activities needed to determine whether a product or process infringes on the intellectual property of others, or is free to operate.
Protect New Inventions.
Patent Agents help inventors (or applicants) seek patent protection for their inventions. There are two phases/stages of patenting services involved in seeking patent protection for your invention. The first phase/stage is filing for patent pending status. The second phase/stage is patent application prosecution. Patent prosecution is all the follow up correspondence with the patent office.
The first phase/stage, in seeking patent protection is filing for patent protection. Filing for patent protection includes four patenting service activities. All four actions are needed to properly file and get an invention patent pending. Patent agent services for filing a patent application include:  prior art searching,  patentability study,  patent application writing, and  patent application filing.
The second phase/stage in seeking patent protection is patent prosecution. Patent prosecution is communicating with the patent office about the patent application. This communication usually takes one of four forms. A patent agent can provide services for all four:  responses to office actions,  amendments,  new and revised claims, and  examiner interviews. For other protection services see our patent application prosecution page.
Evaluate New and Existing Products and Processes.
For new and existing products and processes, patenting services includes all activities needed to determine whether a product or process infringes on the intellectual property of others, or is free to operate. Patent agents can provide all needed patenting services needed to determine whether or not a product or process will infringe or is free to operate.