Fresh Prince wrote:Anybody can litigate patent-related cases without taking the patent bar. You absolutely cannot prosecute patent applications with the PTO without taking the patent bar.
I agree with this. But the problem is that you act like the latter is significant. There are plenty of people who litigate patent-related cases without having taken the patent bar, and whose practice does not involve patent prosecution. In fact, I know many patent lawyers who try to avoid patent prosecution altogether.
It is significant. Patent prosecution is an entire practice area onto itself, and many people make a very good living doing it.
Our point of contention may be your use of the term "patent attorney." Every IP attorney I know uses that term to refer specifically to patent prosecutors. IP litigators are IP litigators.