Suffern, N.Y. (PRWEB) March 9, 2009
General Patent Corporation (GPC), a leading patent licensing and enforcement firm, has launched a Patent Attorney and Patent Agent Referral Service. This free service is designed to help inventors quickly and easily locate a patent attorney or an agent to help them apply for patents on their inventions.
In 2008, 496,762 patent applications were filed with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and the Patent Office issued 182,556 patents. The vast majority of patent applications are made with the assistance of patent attorneys or agents who represent the applicants.
General Patent Corporation, the sponsor of this free service, does not file or prosecute patent applications. GPC is a leading intellectual property management company focusing on patent licensing and enforcement, IP strategy and valuation, IP management and patent brokerage. General Patent is the oldest patent licensing and enforcement firm in the US, representing clients in assertive licensing and patent infringement claims on a contingency basis.
"We are well known in the inventor community, so we regularly receive calls from inventors asking us to refer them to a patent agent or attorney," explains Alexander Poltorak, Chairman and CEO of General Patent Corporation, "We are very pleased to offer this free referral service to the IP community."
General Patent Corporation's free Patent Attorney and Patent Agent Referral Service can be accessed at http://www.generalpatent.com/patent-attorney. There is no cost or obligation for patent attorneys and agents to be listed with the Referral Service, and they can submit their credentials and contact information at http://www.generalpatent.com/patent-attorney-and-patent-agent-referral-registration.
The service is also free for inventors who simply complete the form found at
http://www.generalpatent.com/patent-attorney-and-patent-agent-referral-request. The inventor receives an e-mail with the contact information for one to three patent attorneys and/or patent agents that appear to be a good fit based on the information provided by the inventor. Users of the service are under no obligation to engage the patent attorneys or patent agents referred to them.
"The biggest mistake an inventor can make is to attempt to prosecute his or her patent application pro se, without the help of a patent agent or attorney," said Paul Lerner, GPC's Sr. Vice President and General Counsel. "It is not enough to receive a patent; this patent has to be enforceable in a court of law. We strongly encourage inventors to use a competent patent attorney or agent who can obtain the broadest protection for their inventions."
Both patent attorneys and patent agents are licensed to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) to file and prosecute patent applications. A patent attorney is an attorney-at-law (he or she has graduated from an accredited law school, has passed a bar exam and is a member in good standing of a state bar association or the Bar Association of the District of Columbia) who has a technical degree and specializes in patent prosecution. A patent agent is not an attorney, but he or she has a technical or scientific degree, passed the patent bar exam, and is also licensed to practice before the Patent Office. Unlike patent attorneys, patent agents cannot represent clients in court in patent infringement matters, but they can file and prosecute patent applications with the USPTO.
About General Patent Corporation:
Headquartered in Suffern, NY, General Patent Corporation (GPC) is the premier intellectual property boutique focusing on patent licensing and enforcement firm. GPC also offers advisory services in IP strategy, IP management, IP valuation and audit services. GPC represents clients in assertive licensing and patent enforcement matters on a contingency basis. A financial arm of GPC, IP Holdings LLC, provides IP-focused financial and brokerage services and operates an idea incubator. For more information about General Patent Corporation, please visit http://www.generalpatent.com or call 800-507-6690.