A patent attorney is a lawyer who specializes in obtaining, securing, protecting, and defending intellectual properties. They can represent you in front of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and help you to file for patents.
Unlike patent agents, patent attorneys are also lawyers. They can enforce intellectual property rights when there is patent infringement. They can represent you in other IP law cases as well, such as patent franchising, licensing, or re-examination issues.
Because of the broader range of activities a patent attorney can do, the cost to hire a patent attorney is usually much higher compared to a patent agent. Patent attorneys typically work in-house for larger companies or work at established legal offices.
In our experience, patent attorneys tend to be more focused on the legal aspects of patents, rather than using patents to support the business strategy of a company.
We recommend that you reach out to patent agents if you need help. Individual innovators, small- and medium-sized businesses, and startups need help to first create a high-quality patent application that supports their business strategy.
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