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Finding a Patent Practitioner & Free Legal Assistance

Locate a Patent Practitioner by Geographic Region

Search for registered patent practitioners/representatives (attorneys and agents) through the USPTO at

  • Patent Attorneys are in good standing of the bar and are registered to practice before the USPTO and represent the applicant.
  • Patent Agents are registered to practice before the USPTO and represent the applicant but are not attorneys.

Locate a Patent Practitioner by Field of Technology

While a patent practitioner can be found be geographic location, it can be helpful to work with someone knowledgeable about the technology involved in your invention. When conducting a patent search, look at the attorney of record for patents that are in a similar field of technology that would not have a conflict of interest.

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Other Resources

Studying for the Patent Bar?

  • PIUG education and training webinars and live workshops:
  • Training on Patent Searching from major database providers (Derwent, STN, Acclaim IP)
  • Open Access IP tools (e.g., Google Patents, Espacenet, WIPO,
  • Follow IP blogs, newsfeeds, such as IP Watchdog, and case reports, journals, such as ABA (Intellectual Property Section) – Landslide magazine, books
  • Create a Google news alert on a patent-related topic (
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