Law - Patent Professionals

Patent agents and patent attorneys are registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (PTO). While an inventor may file and prosecute a U.S. patent application without representation, only a registered agent or attorney may hold himself out or permit himself to be held out as recognized to practice before the PTO or as being qualified to prepare or prosecute patent applications.

The position of the USPTO on this issue is described in the following section(s) of the Manual of Patent Examining Procedure (MPEP):

MPEP 401 - Patent and Trademark Office Cannot Aid in Selection of Attorney

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