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What is the difference between Patent agent and Patent lawyer?

I understand that agent doesn't have a law degree, but can she represent the inventor? I am writing my patent application by myself but want a professional to look it over and make corrections, ...
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Continuation to Divisional

An application is being filed as a continuation application. After filing that can it be changed to a Divisional applicaiton at a later stage?
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Generation of patent ideas

Is there any way to find out if a patent application is connected to results from a hackathon? For example, it has been said that DropBox, Inc. filed two patent applications (password strength meter, ...
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Is a mathematical method an embodiment, or a ramification?

I am applying for a patent on a method to allocate transportation resources (e.g. trucks) among loads. Central to the patent is a (very simple) mathematical formula, into which I plug some variables ...
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Citing art in body of application?

What factors should an inventor consider when deciding whether or not to include references to other art in the background section of their patent application? It no longer seems to be a common ...
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Is it enough to send a scanned copy of the oath as a PDF file?

I am under the impression that online filing of patent applications is paper-free, i.e., I am not required to send any physical document to the USPTO, but sending all documents as PDF files is OK. ...