Why should I use a patent agent?

An inventor can always file a patent application personally. But to paraphrase the legal saying, “if you act as your own patent agent, you will have a fool for a client”. By the very fact that you have invented something, there is no doubt that you are quite bright. But very likely, you do not have much knowledge of the specific rules and practices that govern patent applications. Violating any of them may invalidate your patent with no ability to fix things. Even if you don’t break any of the rules, you will very probably draft claims that are far too narrow. This means that you will have disclosed your invention to the world (and paid for the privilege) but you may not be able to prevent your competitor from coming up with something that is very close to your invention. Finally, don’t you think your precious time should be used in developing your technology and growing your business?

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