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 professional patent services agent is available online. Contact us to start the steps to patent for your invention.
What Does a Patent Agent do?
A patent agent is a person who provides patenting services. They help inventors (or applicants) seek patent protection for their inventions. There are two stages of patent services involved in seeking patent protection for your invention. The first stage is filing for patent pending status. The second stage is patent prosecution. Patent prosecution is all the follow up correspondence with the patent office.
There are four basic parts to filing for patent protection. A patent agent can provide patent services for all four parts:  prior art searching,  patentability studies,  patent application writing, and  patent application filing.
There is one activity that comprises most patent prosecution. It is communicating with the patent office about the patent application. This communication usually takes one of four forms. A patent agent can provide patent service for all four:  responses to office actions,  amendments,  new and revised claims, and  examiner interviews. A patent agent can provide all patent prosecution services. See our patent prosecution page.
Disclosures to patent agents are covered by client controlled privilege. We ensure confidentiality of our services by doing all prior art searching, application writing, filing, and patent prosecution in-house.