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Patent Agents

Experience, Skills, and Personality Traits

Patent agents must pass the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office's patent bar examination to be registered to practice in the field. A bachelor's degree is required for most specialties and two or more years of experience is usually required by most employers. Patent agents usually have a background in science or engineering, which enables them to understand the science and engineering involved in many of the inventions they review for patent applications. Patent agents must also have strong communication skills to liaise with the inventors and the USPTO. Keen interest in helping others develop their inventions is essential. Attention to detail and research skills are also required to ensure inventions do not infringe on other patents and that patent applications are accurate and complete before submitting to the USPTO.

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