Avi Freeman, a writer for the British Industry News Site Mondaq, recently wrote a piece examining the changing role of patent attorneys worldwide. In contrast to previous decades, patents have evolved into commercial tools and are no longer considered legal ends in themselves. In turn, a patent attorneys role is no longer limited to getting a patent for an inventor to protect his right. His role now includes providing practical commercial advice beyond routine patent prosecution. The role of the modern patent attorney is more broad and commercial than in the past.