Counsel, Patent Salary

The average Patent Counsel in the United States earns approximately $157K per year. Almost all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a large number collect dental insurance. Most Counsel, Patents report high levels of job satisfaction. The vast majority (84 percent) of Counsel, Patents who answered the questionnaire are male.

$106,578 - $195,177
(Median)
$110K
$160K
$200K
MEDIAN: $156,586
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Salary
$106,578 - $195,177  
   
Bonus
$-0.49 - $49,016  
Profit Sharing
$9,887 - $16,250  
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$108,382 - $233,404  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 97
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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.

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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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Experience Affects Counsel, Patent Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 11%

National Average
$173,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 1%

Entry-Level
up arrow 19%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 15 votes.

Gender

Female
16 %
Male
84 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
16%
5-9 years
45%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 97% dental benefits Dental: 86%
vision benefits Vision: 76% employee benefits None: 1%
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