Counsel, Patent Salary

Counsel, Patents in the United States pull down an average of $159K annually. Total cash compensation to Counsel, Patents approaches anywhere from $108K on the lower end to $238K on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $46K from bonuses and upwards of $83K from profit sharing. Most Counsel, Patents report high levels of job satisfaction. There are far more male Counsel, Patents survey respondents than women, making up 80 percent. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$105,498 - $198,728
MEDIAN: $158,777

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$105,498 - $198,728  
$0.00 - $45,781  
Profit Sharing
$5,106 - $83,191  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
$107,543 - $238,068  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 104
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Job Description for Counsel, Patent

As technology continues to mature and grow more complex, the necessity to secure patents is an issue as important for inventors and mechanical development teams as it is for technology creators and intellectual property owners. The patent counsel, or patent attorney, is a legal expert who assists rights holders to protect their intellectual property by drafting and filing the necessary legal documents to assert exclusive rights of production if these rights are being violated. Examples of this would be a competitor copying a design element too closely or reverse-engineering a protected product or device schematic. If necessary, the patent counsel will file litigation and represent the rights holder in court to secure damages against an infringing party.


Counsel, Patent Tasks

  • Gather evidence to formulate defense or to initiate legal actions; evaluate findings and develop strategies and arguments for presentation of cases.
  • Analyze and interpret laws, rulings and regulations with probable case outcomes for individuals and businesses.
  • Represent clients in court or before government agencies, present and summarize cases to judges and juries.
  • Advise clients in business transactions, claim liablility, advisability of prosecuting or defending lawsuits or legal rights and obligations.
  • Select jurors, argue motions, meet with judges and question witnesses during the course of a trial.

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Pay by Experience Level for Counsel, Patent

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.

Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $141K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $175K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Counsel, Patents make a median salary of $198K. Counsel, Patents who have racked up more than two decades of experience report lower incomes overall; the average sum for this crowd comes out to only $185K.

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Experience Affects Counsel, Patent Salaries

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National Average

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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 16 votes.


20 %
80 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 98%
dental benefits
Dental: 88%
medical benefits
Vision: 76%
dental benefits