Patent engineer

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A patent engineer or patent scientist is a patent professional that is typically involved in preparing and prosecuting patent applications. The terms are usually applied to patent professionals with scientific or engineering backgrounds that do not require either attorney or patent agent qualifications, but still work with patent applications. In general, the position involves many of the technical aspects of patent prosecution, including doing background and prior art searches, drafting the specifications and preparing reference figures for patent applications, and giving technical expertise during invention evaluation. Positions of this nature may focus a great deal on research and development while including patent considerations, emphasizing their technical background rather than legal or patent agent qualification.

Most patent scientists or engineers hold at least a bachelor's degree in a scientific or engineering discipline, with many holding advanced degrees such as Ph.D.s or M.D.s. It is rare for a patent scientist or engineer to hold a law degree as such individuals are usually patent attorneys.[citation needed]

Patent scientists and engineers often pursue either patent agent qualification and/or attend law school (this applies in the U.S. but not in Europe) to become patent attorneys. [1]


  1. ^ "It is possible to enter the European Patent Attorney examination after three years of experience as a patent engineer." in, Join the Intellectual Economy! Enjoy technology, but crave more? A career as Patent Engineer offers you a unique combination of business and technology. 2004. Consulted on May 23, 2007.

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