Patent agents and attorneys are equally qualified to consult and give advice as a client contemplates whether to seek patent protection on an invention. Likewise, patent attorneys and agents have the same qualifications/license to prepare patent applications; respond to USPTO communications; make arguments to the USPTO for the patentability of a claimed invention; and file amendments, appeals, etc.
Patent agents are not authorized to practice other areas of the law. Green Mountain Innovations has close relationships with several law firms which can provide legal services such as new business formation, patent infringement litigation, etc. Similar GMI relationships also enable patent prosecution in foreign (non-US) countries.
Registered Patent Agent