Patent Attorney

Patent Attorney Job Description

A Patent Attorney Assesses Whether Inventions Are New And Innovative And Therefore Eligible To Be Patented.

Patent Attorneys Work Using The Disciplines Of Science, Law And Language, And Lead Individual Inventors Or Companies Through The Required Process To Obtain A Patent And Then Act To Enforce Inventors' Rights If Patents Are Infringed.

Patent Attorney Duties/Functions/Responsibilities

  • discussing inventions and processes with inventors or manufacturers and ascertaining whether they are likely to succeed in being granted patents;
  • studying and analysing scientific or technical documents, including previously granted patents, to assess whether an invention is new and innovative;
  • preparing responses to reports from patent examiners;
  • ensuring application and renewal deadlines are met;
  • working with solicitors and barristers to defend or enforce patents;
  • advising overseas agents on applications for foreign patent applications;
  • advising on whether business activities will infringe someone else's patent rights;
  • dealing with assignments of patent when a patent is sold or transferred;
  • keeping up-to-date with legal developments in the intellectual property field;
  • advising on other intellectual property rights, e.g. designs or trade marks;
  • tutoring and mentoring trainee patent agents.
  • writing detailed descriptions of inventions in precise legal terms (patent drafts);
  • suggesting modifications or extensions to the definition of the invention;

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