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JamesW
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What is the difference btw Patent Engineer & A
« on: Nov 30th, 2006, 10:46am »
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So what is the difference btw patent engineer and patent agent? Is agent more like a lawyer? Can someone explain? I am new to that field. Thanks all.
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Re: What is the difference btw Patent Engineer &am
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on Nov 30th, 2006, 10:46am, JamesW wrote:
So what is the difference btw patent engineer and patent agent? Is agent more like a lawyer? Can someone explain? I am new to that field. Thanks all.

 
A patent engineer is a liaison between engineers and a registered patent attorney/agent.   The purpose of a patent engineer is to allow the inventors engineers to spend more time working and/or inventing by letting them work directly with someone who speaks their lingo and to give the patent practitioner a better disclosure to work from by asking the right questions, thus making the practitioner (who may be an agent or attorney) more efficient.
 
For the purposes of writing applications and prosecuting them before the patent office, both patent agents and and patent attorneys are practitioners, so your understanding that a patent agent is "more like a lawyer" is correct in that sense.  Both patent agents and attorneys are registered with the US patent office.  A patent engineer need not be so registered.
 
 
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