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I'm gonna throw my two cents worth in here with the understanding that this is all completely new to me.
I think if one is seeking a patent for the first time it may be best to do it through a patent attorney. Getting a patent for an invention can be a very critical step but it is only one of MANY critical steps along the rocky road from "idea" to "commercial product". I've been making the journey for months now operating on a shoestring budget and I can tell you that my patent expenses have made up at least 80% of my total development costs thus far. However, now that most of those costs are behind me, there are others waiting in the wings to consume their share of the cost structure (marketing, distribution, etc.) and it's entirely possible that eventually the patents costs could fall below 50% of the total. In my particular case the invention is so simple that I wanted to make sure I had the best patent protection possible. And because I came into the whole thing with zero experience it just seemed like the prudent thing to do.
Now having said that and having gone through the proof reading process multiple times, I'm fairly certain that if I ever need another patent I probably could write it myself. But I have many years of technical writing experience in highly regulated industries such as biotechnoloy, pharmaceuticals and medical devices all of which are under the authority of the FDA. Someone who has never done anything like that before might be getting themselves in a little deeper than they ever expected. For me at least, once written the entire document seemed pretty straight forward so if you've seen enough of them you could probably pull it off yourself. But I strongly agree with all the others who commented that if your are going to write yourself you should absolutely have it reviewed by an experienced patent attorney.
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