How do I become a registered patent attorney or agent?

A register of attorneys and agents entitled to represent applicants for patents is maintained by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). General Requirements for Admission to the Examination for Registration to Practice in Patent Cases Before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office booklet describes the requirements for registration as an attorney or agent. It includes the application for registration to practice before the USPTO, requirements for admission to the examination, a description of the exam content, the deadline for filing, and a list of the cities where the exam is given. You may visit the USPTO's Office of Enrollment and Discipline Web site at

USPTO FAQ - Questions and Answers (14AUG2003)