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What are the differences between a Patent Agent and a Patent Attorney?

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There are more differences between a patent agent and a patent attorney other than just their titles. Simply put, a patent agent can deal with some intellectual property related matters, but to a lesser extent than a patent attorney.

Becoming a patent agent requires obtaining a bachelors degree in any of the science disciplines outlined and accepted by the USPTO. A law degree is not required for a patent agent, meaning they have just enough required education to prepare, file, and prosecute patent applications.

On the other hand, since a patent attorney does require a law degree and admission to a state legal bar, they have the necessary education to handle additional issues such as: patent validity, infringement cases, and all patent litigation. Furthermore, patent attorneys can prepare, file, and prosecute trademark and service mark applications.

For more information on intellectual property, please visit Patent, Trademark, Copyright Information.

The content of this article is not intended to be, and does not constitute, legal advice and does not create attorney-client privilege. Consult the attorney of your choice before embarking on any legal matter or any document preparation/filing.

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Dr. Thomas R. (Terry) Williamson III is a Patent Attorney practicing in Atlanta, Georgia.

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Williamson Intellectual Property Law, LLC
1870 The Exchange, Suite 100 - Atlanta, Georgia 30339