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Patent lawyers are intellectual property lawyers who specialize in securing patents for inventors from the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and prosecuting or defending suits of patent infringements. Patent law is a blending of two fields: applied science and law, and as such, patent lawyers usually have degrees both in law and a technical field, such as engineering. Patent lawyers usually earn more than lawyers in other fields. In May 2013, there were 592,670 lawyers, with a mere 3 percent of lawyers specializing in patent law. In total, there are approximately 40,000 patent lawyers and agents registered with the United States Patent and Trademark Office, but many of these "agents" are not lawyers, which means they can not litigate in court or draw up contracts.