Virginia Patent Agents
The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) does not recommend individual patent agents, but it does strongly recommend that "all prospective applicants retain the services of a registered patent attorney or patent agent to prepare and prosecute their applications."
While a patent agent is not required to be an attorney at law, patent agents do have to meet other certain requirements in order to become registered by the USPTO. They must pass a required exam and show that they have the necessary legal, and scientific and technical qualifications to work as a patent agent. They must also be of "good moral character and repute."