Counsel, Patent Salary

The average Patent Counsel in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $173K annually. It's exciting to note that the majority of individuals in this field enjoy their work considerably. Making up 73 percent of those who took the survey, male Counsel, Patents greatly outnumber their female counterparts. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$103,920 - $221,523
$100K
$170K
$220K
MEDIAN: $172,868
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$103,920 - $221,523  
   
Bonus
$206.08 - $48,047  
Profit Sharing
$17,500  
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$103,920 - $258,853  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 40
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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.

Common Career Paths for Counsel, Patent


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For Counsel, Patents, a move to the Patent Attorney role often correlates with a sharp decline in salary. Patent Attorneys typically make $135K.

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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 is an important factor influencing the compensation of Counsel, Patents. New workers enjoy hefty six-figure paychecks when they take on this position — $114K per year is the median for people who claim less than five years' experience. Counsel, Patents who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $205K. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $210K.

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Key Stats for Counsel, Patent

Gender

Female
27 %
Male
73 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 4 votes.
Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
8%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
38%
20 years or more
23%
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Years in Fields/Career:
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Experience Affects Counsel, Patent Salaries

Late-Career
▲8%

Experienced
▲6%

Mid-Career
▲1%

National Average
$193,000

Entry-Level
▼41%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 4 votes.

Gender

Female
27 %
Male
73 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
8%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
38%
20 years or more
23%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 100%
dental benefits
Dental: 93%
vision benefits
Vision: 72%
dental benefits
None:
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