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    A patent attorney is generally a scientist-type, with their first degree in engineering, and possess some kind of technical know how, meaning that when you consult them they can tell if your idea satisfies the requirements to apply for a patent, i.e. it is novel, involved an inventive step, is capable of industrial application, and is not prohibited from being patented by the legislation (generally things contrary to public policy/ morality, or things to do with medical treatment for humans and animals, such as cloning). They also have legal training to the extent that they know the law I've just quoted, and are certified by some kind of patent attorney governing body.

    An IP solicitor is someone who went to university and did a law degree, or the GDL, qualified as a solicitor, and specialised in IP law, i.e. copyrights, patents and trademarks etc. This is who you go to get a picture of the law, start proceedings against someone for violating your IP rights etc. Generally, they will not have officially recognised technical knowledge (by that I mean they may know plenty about the tech stuff, but won't have an engineering degree etc). When going to court, they will then call experts as witnesses, to make up for their lacking in this area.
 
 
 
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