What is the difference between a patent attorney and a patent agent? 1 Answers as of July 20, 2010

In my search to find a good patent lawyer for my invention, a friend mentioned that I could alternatively seek the assistance of a patent agent. Are patent agents and patent attorneys two different classifications of attorneys?

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A patent attorney is an individual who has passed the bar in any state and has also passed the patent bar. A patent agent has only passed the patent bar and is not a licensed attorney. Either one can file patent applications before the USPTO.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 7/20/2010
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