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Florida Patent Attorney Addresses Adding Value to Patent Applications

In his Intellectual Property Counsel Blog post entitled " A Litmus Test to Identify Exceptional Patent Attorneys ", in-house Florida intellectual property attorney Todd Mayover provides a good overview of things that distinguish a " good patent attorney "from an "exceptional patent attorney ".  In particular, he writes: Adding value to patents requires a complete understanding of an invention, knowledge of the current state of the field of art, the ability to identify how an invention fits in to the industry or market, and the ability to identify and distinguish the closest competitors. I could not agree more with this statement but feel the need to question sometimes the way that in-house attorneys make their hiring decisions for patent prosecution work.  Many times, outside counsel are chosen on the basis of firm and name partner reputations without any inquiry at all on who will actually be doing the work.  There is nothing wron