Counsel, Patent Salary

Median pay for Counsel, Patents in the United States is around $158K per year. Overall cash earnings for Counsel, Patents stretch from $110K on the lower end to $236K near the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $49K from bonuses and $84K from profit sharing. There are far more male Counsel, Patents survey respondents than women, making up 85 percent. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all, and a large number earn dental coverage.

$108,229 - $196,678

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$108,229 - $196,678  
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Profit Sharing
$5,034 - $84,430  
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$109,820 - $236,260  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Sep 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 101
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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.

Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $140K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $172K. Counsel, Patents bring in $195K after working for 10 to 20 years. For some reason, Counsel, Patents with more than two decades of experience report lower paychecks overall; the median sum in this group sits near $194K.

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Job Satisfaction

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


15 %
85 %

Years of Experience

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

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 97% dental benefits Dental: 87%
vision benefits Vision: 75% employee benefits None: 1%