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April 27, 2012

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George White

Thanks for following this issue. You said "they share many of the same professional responsibilities as patent attorneys. For example, patent agents, like their counterparts in the legal profession, are permitted to represent clients before the U.S. Patent and Trade Office. " As a patent agent I may be overly sensitive to the nuances of this topic but I wanted to point out that what makes a patent attorney a "patent" attorney is being a registered practitioner before the USPTO.

The USPTO process for becoming a registered practitioner makes zero distinction between those who are and are not licensed to practice law. On the other hand there are many attorneys who are not literally patent attorneys in the sense of being registered to practice before the USPTO but who are well regarded patent dispute litigators.

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