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Now that you've made the wise decision not to file your own patent application, you're faced with who will file it for you.
Both patent lawyers and patent agents are equally qualified to research and write your patent application for you. Both have taken the same qualifying exam with the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Here are a few differences, though:
- A patent agent works only on patents. They cannot assist you with trademarks or copyrights.
- A patent agent cannot represent you in court.
- A patent agent will cost considerably less than a patent lawyer.
If you have a situation in which you expect not much controversy in the future and do not require trademark assistance, a patent agent could be your answer. You can always hire a patent lawyer further down the road.