Michigan Patent Agents

Patent Agents

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) does not recommend individual patent agents, but it does strongly recommend that "all prospective applicants retain the services of a registered patent attorney or patent agent to prepare and prosecute their applications."

While a patent agent is not required to be an attorney at law, patent agents do have to meet other certain requirements in order to become registered by the USPTO. They must pass a required exam and show that they have the necessary legal, and scientific and technical qualifications to work as a patent agent. They must also be of "good moral character and repute."

(1) One way to find a patent agent is the searchable listing of Registered Attorneys and Patent Agents from the USPTO. Here is the USPTO Michigan list of Registered Attorneys and Patent Agents.

(2). The National Association of Patent Practioners (NAAP) site allows you to search its membership by state and by specialty area such as "biotech," "nanotechnology," or "software." Many NAAP members are patent agents.

(3) An additional way to find patent agents is by using this FreshPatents.com Database of patent attorneys, patent firms, and patent agents compiled from recently published patent applications.

Why should you hire a patent agent? This great video explains why.



See the USPTO web page "Attorneys and Agents" for more information about patent agents.


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