Counsel, Patent Salary

Counsel, Patents in the United States take home an average $159K per year. Generally, women make up less than a third of all Counsel, Patents who answered the questionnnaire. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Counsel, Patents. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$90,809 - $210,464
$91K
$160K
$210K
MEDIAN: $158,552
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Salary
$90,809 - $210,464  
   
Bonus
$204.26 - $48,288  
Profit Sharing
$17,500  
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$90,809 - $250,416  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 43

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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

  • 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 seems to be a major factor in determining the incomes of Counsel, Patents. The average beginner in this position makes around $114K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $188K. Counsel, Patents with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $204K. Counsel, Patents who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $206K on average.

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Key Stats for Counsel, Patent

Gender

Female
29 %
Male
71 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 6 votes.
Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
12%
5-9 years
33%
10-19 years
33%
20 years or more
19%
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Years in Fields/Career:
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Experience Affects Counsel, Patent Salaries

Late-Career
▲16%

Experienced
▲15%

Mid-Career
▲6%

National Average
$178,000

Entry-Level
▼36%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 6 votes.

Gender

Female
29 %
Male
71 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
12%
5-9 years
33%
10-19 years
33%
20 years or more
19%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 100%
dental benefits
Dental: 88%
vision benefits
Vision: 68%
dental benefits
None:
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