Counsel, Patent Salary

Pay for Counsel, Patents in the United States sits in the ballpark of $159K per year. Cash earnings for Counsel, Patents — including $46K in bonuses and $83K in profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $108K to $238K depending on individual performance. Male Counsel, Patents far outnumber their female contemporaries among those who completed the questionnaire. Job satisfaction for Counsel, Patents is high. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

$105,498 - $198,728
(Median)
$110K
$160K
$200K
MEDIAN: $158,777
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Salary
$105,498 - $198,728  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $45,781  
Profit Sharing
$5,106 - $83,191  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$107,543 - $238,068  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 104
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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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Pay by Experience Level for Counsel, Patent

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $141K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $175K. Counsel, Patents who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $198K. For some reason, Counsel, Patents with more than two decades of experience report lower paychecks overall; the median sum in this group sits near $185K.

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Experience Affects Counsel, Patent Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 13%

Late-Career
up arrow 6%

Mid-Career
0%

National Average
$174,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 19%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 16 votes.

Gender

Female
20 %
Male
80 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
16%
5-9 years
42%
10-19 years
29%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 98%
dental benefits
Dental: 88%
medical benefits
Vision: 76%
dental benefits
None:
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