What is a USPTO Registered Patent Agent?
A USPTO Registered Patent Agent is a licensed 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. For inventions, when it comes to patent services both patent agents and patent attorneys can help inventors seek patent protection for their inventions. Inventors get the same client controlled confidentiality privilege with all licensed patent practitioners whether or not the practitioner is also a licensed lawyer. Read about patent confidentiality.
Carson Patent‘s licensed practitioner is a patent attorney and a biomedical engineer. Greg is available for consultations online by video and audio. Importantly, our team includes several licensed agents that offer exceptionally deep knowledge and expertise to help with highly specialized inventions in all areas. All of our services are directed and supervised by our patent attorney. Contact us to start the 5 steps to patent for your invention. You can verify the patenting licenses of our team members with links under their listing on the our team page. We highly recommend verifying the license for any professional offering to help you with patenting your invention.
What does a Patent Agent Do?
When it comes to helping inventors seek patent protection for their inventions, agents do the same things that attorneys do. Just like a patent attorney, a patent agent is a licensed patent practitioner. So, like patent attorneys, they generally do what a patent practitioner does. Specifically, they:
- Protect New Inventions
- Evaluate New and Existing Products and Processes
- Provide Expert Patent Services
Working with inventors to search, evaluate, write, file, and prosecute patent applications for new inventions and ideas (read more about patenting ideas) is frequently much more a patent practitioners engineering knowledge and experience than whether or not they also have a license to practice law.
Also, check out the difference between a patent attorney and agent. Brief summary, it’s a license to practice law – both can prosecute patents.
How to be a Licensed Patent Agent?
In order to be licensed as a patent practitioner you must become registered with the USPTO. The USPTO has an application to apply to take an exam known as the patent bar. If you pass the exam you can become a registered agent or attorney. The requirements to apply don’t really have anything to do with a law degree. Usually potential candidates have engineering degrees or advanced degrees in a specific speciality area of study.
Patent applications are written so that a person having ordinary skill in the art of the invention can make and use the invention. In other words, patent applications are written so that a person who would make the invention could. For example, if the invention is simple like a hammer, the patent application would need to be written so that almost any person can make a hammer with it. On the other hand, if the invention is complicated like a robot to use a hammer, the patent application would need to be written so that engineers can make the robot.
Patent Agent services available online
Importantly, only licensed patent practitioners can provide patent services and prosecute patents. Carson Patents offers patent services provided by licensed patent practitioners.
Our USPTO Registered Patent Practitioner is an online utility patenting services specialist. Contact us for help with any of the 5 steps to patenting. The 5 steps to patent a utility, plant, or design invention are:  prior art search,  patentability evaluation,  application writing,  application filing, and  patent prosecution.