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What is the role of the United States Patent and Trademark Office in the patent registration process?

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) plays a pivotal role in the patent registration process. It’s the authorized authority for the registration of patents and maintains a current record of all agents licensed with the USPTO. If you have an invention that you want to patent, you need to ensure that the USPTO permits your registration. This is where a patent agent or a patent attorney, who are registered with the USPTO, can assist you. They can help you navigate the complex process of patent registration. The USPTO website provides a Patent Lawyer/Agent Search webpage where you can search for a suitable patent agent by name, business name, city, state, ZIP code, or registration number. The website also provides up-to-date lists that identify registered agents by state. Before you file any patents with the USPTO, you need to sign a fee agreement with the patent agent. The patent agent can assist you even if you have already started the process.

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