Counsel, Patent Salary
Counsel, Patents in the United States can expect to earn an average of $152K per year. Most Counsel, Patents survey respondents are men (74 percent). The majority of Counsel, Patents claim high levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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.Read More...
In many ways, the job of a patent counsel is much like other attorney jobs and is conducted in much the same manner. One unique aspect that a patent counsel needs is a working understanding of technology and machinery relevant to the client they represent. The patent counsel may work as a part of a patent legal team, requiring good interpersonal and communications skills, as well as attention to detail.
A patent counsel must complete a full law education in an institute of higher learning, be admitted to the bar in at least one state, and be registered to practice law before the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). The prospective applicant should have between three and ten years of previous experience in the preparation and execution of patent applications, both foreign and domestic.
Counsel, Patent Tasks
- 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.
- Represent clients in court or before government agencies, present and summarize cases to judges and juries.
- 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.
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Pay by Experience Level for Counsel, Patent
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Experience and income seem to be closely related; in general, the survey respondents who had worked for more years reported higher incomes. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $114K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $163K. Counsel, Patents with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $200K. Counsel, Patents who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $210K.