What is a Patent Attorney?
In the United States, a Patent Attorney (Lawyer) is a person who is licensed and registered by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). They are able to represent others before the office and prosecute patent applications – just like a patent agent. Unlike a patent agent, a patent attorney also has a license to practice law under a state law bar. Our attorney is Gregory Carson, he is licensed in California. Read more about Greg.
How much does a patent attorney cost?
How much it costs for a patent attorney varies by the complexity and type of the invention. For most inventions you should expect to pay $3000 – $5000 plus USPTO filing fees for a patent attorney to write and file a patent application. There are also costs associated with responding to office actions and making amendments. Additionally, if the USPTO allows the claims, there is also the cost of paying the issue fee. The cost to patent each invention is obviously different because all inventions are unique. Read more about patent costs.
What is the difference between a Patent Agent and a Patent Attorney?
Both a patent agent and a patent attorney are patent practitioners and licensed to practice before the USTPO. A licensed patent attorney can also practice law in at least one state. Moreover, to become licensed to practice patenting, there is a separate exam. In the same way that an attorney must pass a bar exam to practice law, there is a separate exam to become licensed to practice before the USPTO: the Patent Bar. Generally, the way to qualify to sit (take) the Patent Bar is to have a degree in engineering or have about 40 semester hours in a subject.
Online IP Processing & More
Here at Carson Patents we are able to offer the complete range of intellectual property transactions online. Our patent attorney can search for prior art, write, and file your patent application all online. Documents are transferred by email. The entire patenting process can happen from the comforts of your workshop or home. We are also available to help with reduction to practice engineering assistance for our inventors. We work with US and International patent applications. Best of all, we offer a free 30 minute consultation to discuss patenting your invention.