The Patent Agent is a Legal Staff Position and Passing the Patent Bar Exam is required

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A Patent Agent is a person with a strong technical background who has taken and passed the patent bar exam. Once the patent bar exam is passed the agent is admitted to practice before the US Patent Office. This means the patent agent can file applications and also provide prosecution services to patent clients.
The Patent Agent is a Legal Staff Position and Passing the Patent Bar Exam is required

A Patent Agent does not need a law degree and the patent bar exam is the same for agents and attorneys. So the only difference between a patent attorney and agent is the law degree which admits attorneys to appear in the court of at least one state as well as admittance before the US Patent Office. Patent attorneys must have a technical background to pass the patent bar exam. It is a requirement before an attorney can sit for the patent bar exam.

If you have a background in the following areas as an engineer or scientist, you have the qualifications to sit for the patent bar exam. The following is a list of technical professionals who often choose to become a Patent Agent:
  • Mechanical Engineer
  • Electrical Engineer
  • Project Engineer
  • Software Engineer
  • Environmental Scientist
  • Clinical Laboratory Scientist

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