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Is there any website or a forum where I can find patent attorneys or agents who are reliable ? After a lot of searching, I find most of the websites of attorneys very 'spammy looking'.

Answers from people with previous experience on working with an agent or attorney will help the newbies with this dilemma.

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The National Association of Patent Practitioners is an organization that is about 1/2 attorneys and 1/2 agents. Most members are in small firms or work solo. They have a "practitioner finder" napp.org/find-a-practitioner that allows selecting technology areas. I happen to be a member. –  George White Apr 1 at 21:07
    
I just tried the "practitioner finder" for "Software" within 10 miles of New York, NY, and got 2 results: one for Japanese clients, and one for German-speaking clients. In other words, zero useful results for the most densely populated city in the U.S. –  jimmy_joyce Apr 7 at 15:09
    
Actually, it appears the practitioner finder is completely broken. I just tried searching for practitioners in all fields, within 100 miles of New York, and got 4 matches. Not exactly on the cutting edge... –  jimmy_joyce Apr 7 at 15:27

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The USPTO maintains a list of attorneys and agents with licenses to practice before the US Patent and Trademark Office. Currently, there are 10741 active agents and 31669 active attorneys. All searches reflect current information. Information concerning a practitioner's status as an attorney is based on records provided to the Office of Enrollment and Discipline and might not reflect the practitioner's status in a State Bar. Individuals interested in a practitioner's status in a State Bar should contact that State Bar for specific information.

I strongly recommend searching LinkedIN and reading the profiles of and endorsement of many patent attorneys/agents. I have received another inquiries from my site and i and others will often guide an inventor to a specialist.

Other sources include AIPLA-the American Intellectual Property Law Association, the American Bar Association, Section of Intellectual Property Law, Martin-Hubbell Lawyer Locator, and Alllaw.com which contains a number of links on finding a patent lawyer for a variety of patent needs, as well as a listing of IP attorneys by state.

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