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Lindsey Patterson

All You Need to Know About Becoming a Patent Practitioner

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Advances in science and technology have made it possible for more people and startups to innovate solutions to modern challenges. It is, therefore, wise for innovators to take steps to protect their work by patenting it. Otherwise, the innovator's idea might be taken by someone else who will use it as his own, denying the original inventor the benefits. Therefore, the services of a patent practitioner are vital to the innovator seeking to protect his invention.


Who is a Patent Practitioner?


Both a patent attorney and a patent agent are patent practitioners. They both must have a science or technology background. Taking and passing a Patent Bar Exam is mandatory for both. But while a patent attorney is a law school graduate licensed to practice law, a patent agent is not. The patent agent extent of law practice is as regards matters of patenting. The patent agent prepares patent applications then follows them up with USPTO. Patent practitioners play a vital role in helping inventors to protect their inventions.


How Does a Patent Practitioner Help Innovator's Patent Innovations?


The process of helping an innovator patent their innovation involves the following:


  • Advise inventors on whether their designs are patentable by conducting a thorough patent search. The search is vital to avoid rejection of the patent by the patent examiner.


  • Drafting patent applications using your technical background and training in patent law.


  • Understanding the fine details of the invention and communicating the same to other parties in the patent application.


  • Submit uspto ids containing the patent information to USPTO, the relevant government authority that receives and reviews patents. Full disclosure is vital to avoid stiff penalties later.


  • Act as the link between the patent examiner at USPTO and the inventor to make the patent application's necessary adjustments. The patent examiner will accept or reject the patent.


Why You Should Consider Being a Patent Practitioner


Patent practitioners play a vital role in helping the innovator to patent their innovation. Not patenting an invention will lead to loss of ownership rights for the innovator. A patent practitioner allows the innovator to own the creation legally. The inventor will, therefore, enjoy profits from his product without interference by competitors.


As a patent practitioner, you will enjoy practicing the prestigious law profession, even with your technical background. You will also get a chance to serve humanity by creating a level playing field in innovations. Additionally, you will play an essential role in encouraging designs that are the solutions to modern problems in society. An innovator who knows they will receive some protection will be glad to innovate more.


What Are the Requirements For Becoming a Patent Practitioner?


If you have the following traits, then consider becoming a patent practitioner:


Good knowledge of science or technology


Above-average writing skills


Excellent communication skills


Excellent understanding of patent law


Take and pass the Patent Bar Exam


Be registered patent practitioners



The government issues patents to give the innovators full rights over their inventions. Interested parties will not be able to copy the design and use it for their benefit. A patent practitioner plays a vital role in helping the innovator to patent their innovation. The practitioner is knowledgeable in both the patent law and the technical field. Additionally, a patent practitioner must be of good character and high moral standing.