Most attorneys practicing in the intellectual property law field are patent attorneys. Of the areas of intellectual property law, only patent law requires a federal license to practice before the patent division of the Patent and Trademark Office. Only patent practice requires a special federal license. Obtaining that license requires either passing an examination or working for the United States Patent and Trademark Office as a patent examiner for four years.
To get permission to take the federal examination, a person must prove technical competence. The easiest way to prove that is to have a bachelor of science degree in engineering, one of the physical sciences or one of the natural sciences. If one passes that examination and is not an attorney, one becomes a patent agent. A patent agent is licensed to practice before the patent division of the Patent and Trademark Office. If one passes that examination, and is an attorney, one becomes a patent attorney. If a patent agent subsequently becomes an attorney, that agent can have the agent's certificate reissued as an attorney's certificate.
A Valuable Combination Of Experiences
With more than 45 years of experience, the intellectual property attorney at the Law Office of Mathew R. P. Perrone, Jr., provides knowledgeable, responsive legal assistance to individuals and businesses.
As a former government and corporate intellectual property lawyer, Mr. Perrone brings to the firm a unique insight into and intimate knowledge of the patent application process.
If you have an idea and you want to protect it, call our intellectual property attorney today at 847-915-4475 to schedule a free 20-minute initial consultation. Or, if you prefer, complete the online form.