39 thoughts on “Map of US Patent Practitioner Locations

  1. Readers may also find the information apppended below very interesting – from the website of US Patent Agent Professor Paul H Demchick – resident in New Zealand – he may be the most unique Patent Practitioner – he seems to work FREE!.

    Professor Demchick’s Patent Services

    Paul H. Demchick, United States Registered Patent Agent
    (United States Patent and Trademark Office Registration 52,808)

    Dr. Demchick has over three decades of research experience in industrial, academic, and governmental settings. He has done diverse consulting and published articles in prestigious journals. He is an award-winning educator. Dr. Demchick met the rigorous requirements for admission to practice in patent matters before the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). These requirements included passing the patent bar examination. Handling patent matters before the patent office is highly specialized and “regular lawyers” are not permitted to represent clients before the USPTO on patent matters. Proper handling of patent applications and related matters requires the unusual combination of technical and legal knowledge. Dr. Demchick brings his expertise, energy, experience, and talent to helping clients obtain patent protection for their inventions.

    He works with inventors from around the world. Over half of his clients are in the United States.

    At Drexel University, he earned a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Chemistry. At Indiana University (Bloomington), he earned a Masters of Arts (M.A.) in Biology and a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Microbiology.

    Dr. Demchick has clients make a donation to Oxfam or the Royal Forest and Bird Protection Society instead of paying him.

    Although his recognition as a Registered Patent Agent permits him to represent others in all patent matters before the United States Patent and Trademark Office, Dr. Demchick limits his practice to patent matters involving inventions for which he is confident that his expertise will allow him to serve his client well. He will gladly discuss whether he is comfortable handling cases involving inventions in a particular field. He will err on the side of declining cases if he has uncertainty about his ability to do what is needed in the case.

    Given his commitments are and educator and researcher, Dr. Demchick limits the number of patent cases he receives so that he can be certain to give each matter the energy and attention it deserves.

    Dr. Demchick prepares and files non-provisional (regular) patent applications and provisional patent applications. He prepares and files utility patent applications and design patent applications. He prepares and files U.S. patent applications and international patent applications under the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT). He prepares and files applications to enter the U.S. National Phase for inventions for which international patent applications (PCT) were already filed. One of the matters he discusses with each client or potential client is which type of application(s) best meets that client’s needs. He usually does a patent search as part of the preparation of a patent application. He discusses the value of patent searching with each inventor before agreeing to prepare a patent application for that inventor.

    Dr. Demchick does not represent clients in court. However, he refers clients to a patent attorney who does represent others in court, if it appears likely that patent related representation in court is appropriate.

    Although Dr. Demchick lives in New Zealand, please note that he is not a New Zealand patent attorney and does not represent others in matters before the Intellectual Property Office of New Zealand.

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    Stuart Fox

  2. Under the Australian Patent Act it is an offence for a person who is not an Australian Registered Patent Attorney to for gain, prepare patent specifications etc., give advice concerning patentability or infringement or apply for patents in Australia OR ANY OTHER COUNTRY.

    Note that in the UK any person may do any of the above although they may not call themselves a Patent Attorney or Agent (they may use other terms such as Patent Advisor).

    Stuart Fox

  3. Prof.Crouch – the post title mentions “practitioners” whereas the map legend itself indicates “attorneys”.

    Does the heatmap include agents as well as attorneys? Reason I ask is, on a percentage basis, many more registered patent attorneys have actual practiced patent work than have registered agents. (Stated coming from the other direction, a much higher percentage of agents are folks who pass the exam but never actually practice.)

    Thanks!

  4. Your attempted “reach” is fatally flawed. In more than one way.

    You don’t really follow football, do you?

  5. Well, anon, NY has two football teams like LA has two football teams.  One LA team is in St. Louis and another is in Oakland.

    Reminds me of something else, the LA Angels are not located in LA.

  6. I was not surprised by Silicon Valley and DC. I was surprised by Boston and San Diego, and the comparative paucity of practitioners in both LA and NY.

    Is this possibly related to the fact that neither LA nor NY have football teams? (I will ignore, for the moment, the glaring error that Silicon Valley, while having Apple, Intel, Oracle, Seagate and Google, also has no football team.)

  7. We lost power or heat in NJ for over a week! Some of my colleagues still are in the cold, and now its snowing.

    If the impossible is a societally-invaluable incentive to design around, why should anybody complain about the merely difficult? < /sarcasm>

  8. I don’t know about anybody else, but I’m posting to the Director’s blog to temporarily waive fees for those affected by Hurricane Sandy. Think he reads it? We lost power or heat in NJ for over a week! Some of my colleagues still are in the cold, and now its snowing. Clearly by this map, you’d think more people would say something.

  9. Patent attorneys commonly list an office location as their official registration address. Thus, the zipcodes associated with the most patent attorneys often do not have a very large residential population. E.g., zip codes 60606 (downtown Chicago), 55402 (downtown Minneapolis), and 20005/6 (central Washington DC)

  10. Not necessarily the "most highly educated people" but certainly "most of the highly educated people." (You may well find the most highly educated folks in university towns such as Columbia Mo).

  11. The USPTO's roster of registered patent practitioners lists 1,193 individuals with non-US residences. The bulk of these (722) reside in Canda, followed by Israel (60), Germany (49), Korea (47), and Japan (45).   Of course, the "US" includes some areas outside of the 50 states, including Washington DC, Puerto Rico, USVI, and US military bases abroad. 

    On Wed, Nov 7, 2012 at 10:32 AM, Dennis Crouch <dcrouch@gmail.com> wrote:
    The USPTO rules on registration are outlined here: link to uspto.gov

    My understanding is that there is no residency requirement for US Citizens.  Non-resident non-US-Citizens may also register if they are patent practitioners in their home country, have sufficient technical qualifications and if their home country offers a reciprocal arrangement such that US citizens living in the US can also practice in their home country.  Currently, "the Canadian Intellectual Property Office is the only patent office recognized as allowing substantially reciprocal privileges to those admitted to practice before the USPTO." (quoting the PTO's registration document).

  12. I’m no statistician, but it looks to me as if practitioners must be amphibian, as the vast majority live/work near water.

  13. The USPTO rules on registration are outlined here: link to uspto.gov

    My understanding is that there is no residency requirement for US Citizens.  Non-resident non-US-Citizens may also register if they are patent practitioners in their home country, have sufficient technical qualifications and if their home country offers a reciprocal arrangement such that US citizens living in the US can also practice in their home country.  Currently, "the Canadian Intellectual Property Office is the only patent office recognized as allowing substantially reciprocal privileges to those admitted to practice before the USPTO." (quoting the PTO's registration document).

  14. the majority of red states occupy the vast rural landscape oblivious to the creation of technology

    Monsanto would like a word with you.

  15. It’s a indisputable fact that the most educated people in the country are concentrated around a few of those blue dots.

  16. A quick check of the registered attorneys on the USPTO website indicates that the answer to your question is yes, US patent practitioners can be based outside of USA.

  17. Or that the majority of red states occupy the vast rural landscape oblivious to the creation of technology?

    It’s that last one. The blue states are where civilization is.

  18. Shockingly, it appears that more densely populated areas are more densely populated with patent attorneys. I’m not aware of many farms with high density housing, so…

  19. Does it imply that blue states have the most innovation? Or that the majority of red states occupy the vast rural landscape oblivious to the creation of technology?

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