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An Austin patent attorney from Buche & Associates P.C. can provide the comprehensive legal services you need to ensure compliance with state and federal regulations.

(Austin, TX, December 2022) Trying to figure out whether you need a patent agent or a patent lawyer? If you’re not familiar with the difference between the two, it can be confusing trying to decide which one is right for you and your business.

What is a patent agent?

A patent agent is someone registered with the USPTO who has the ability to represent inventors in patent matters. They are not attorneys; however, they may have a scientific or engineering background. Patent agents can help you with patent searches, preparing and filing patent applications, and responding to office actions from the USPTO.

What is a patent attorney?

A patent attorney is an attorney who has been specially trained and licensed to practice in the field of intellectual property, particularly patents. Patent attorneys work with inventors and businesses to help them protect their inventions and ideas through the patent process. In addition to handling the legal aspects of the patent process, patent attorneys may also provide advice on how to commercialize and market inventions, write contracts, and negotiate licenses about intellectual property rights—such as patents, trademarks, copyrights, and trade secrets.

Patent agents are also qualified to help inventors with the patent process, but they are not attorneys. Patent agents cannot offer legal advice or represent inventors in court.

Both patent agents and patent attorneys can help you secure a patent for your invention. However, there are many key differences between the two that you should be aware of before making a decision about which one to hire.

Since patent agents are not licensed to practice law, they cannot represent you in court if your patent is ever challenged.  They also cannot advise you about various contractual or litigation matters they may be related to the patent.  Austin patent lawyers, on the other hand, are licensed to practice law and can provide you with full-depth legal representation if necessary. Additionally, an Austin patent lawyer may have more experience and knowledge of the overall process of securing and enforcing patent rights since they are trained and licensed as lawyers in one or more states.

An Austin patent attorney can provide a broader range of services to better meet the needs of clients.

About Buche & Associates, P.C.

Buche & Associates P.C. is a law firm providing legal services for a broad range of business and civil matters. Whether securing patents, negotiating contracts, or representing parties in litigation, we pursue our client’s interests aggressively and respect their ultimate goals.

In addition to our extensive expertise in intellectual property, we take pride in a focus on civil trial advocacy and have experience with a vast array of civil litigation in federal, state, administrative, and arbitration settings. Buche & Associates, P.C. attorneys are collectively licensed in the States of Texas, California, Arizona, Wyoming, the 5th Circuit, the 9th Circuit, the Federal Circuit, the United States Supreme Court, and the United States Patent & Trademark Office.

If you have a legal issue to discuss, do not hesitate to contact Buche & Associates, P.C. The lawyers and staff at Buche & Associates, P.C. are well-equipped to handle your legal needs.

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