12. Is a patent attorney needed for a patent application?
No patent attorney is required for an application in Germany, and a patent attorney must be contacted in the relevant country for an application abroad. In Germany too reference is usually made to the specialist advice of a patent attorney, since the wording of patent claims is complicated.
Precise knowledge of patent law is indispensable for optimal property right protection, since the wording of patent claims is of fundamental importance to the patent and rights from such. The patent office often rejects incorrect applications for patents, which could result in the granting of a patent with expert support. On the one hand, valuable time can therefore be lost and, on the other hand, the applicant’s property right might not hold its ground due to poor wording of later citations or in case of disputes.