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KoisterH
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is patent agent a lawyer?
« on: Jun 10th, 2007, 3:33am »
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I have a friend who is a patent agent but he doesn't have a JD. Can I still call him a lawyer?
In a legal term, does lawyer refer to attorney at law or include a broder group of legal professionals who doesn't necessarily have a JD?
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Re: is patent agent a lawyer?
« Reply #1 on: Jun 10th, 2007, 8:27am »
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on Jun 10th, 2007, 3:33am, KoisterH wrote:
I have a friend who is a patent agent but he doesn't have a JD. Can I still call him a lawyer?

 
NO
 
Lawyer (Attorney at Law) refers to a person who is LICENSED to practice law.
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Re: is patent agent a lawyer?
« Reply #2 on: Jun 12th, 2007, 2:27pm »
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Patent Agent is registered to "practice" before the United States Patent and Trademark Office in Patent Cases. Doesn't this make Patent Agent a lawyer for Patent Cases?
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Re: is patent agent a lawyer?
« Reply #3 on: Jun 13th, 2007, 6:46am »
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on Jun 12th, 2007, 2:27pm, KoisterH wrote:
Patent Agent is registered to "practice" before the United States Patent and Trademark Office in Patent Cases. Doesn't this make Patent Agent a lawyer for Patent Cases?

 
No.   Lawyer is a term reserved for those licensed by the state to practice law.   Even having a JD is not enough to make you a lawyer.  Additionally, the current PTO rules require a state attorneys license as a requirement for being registered as a patent attorney and have since about 1959 or so.
 
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