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.

$89,599 - $200,794
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$90K
$150K
$200K
MEDIAN: $152,167
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$89,599 - $200,794  
   
Bonus
$204.26 - $44,042  
Profit Sharing
$15,000  
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$89,599 - $236,345  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 47
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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.


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.

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Experience Affects Counsel, Patent Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 27%

Experienced
up arrow 21%

National Average
$165,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 1%

Entry-Level
up arrow 31%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 7 votes.

Gender

Female
26 %
Male
74 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
13%
5-9 years
36%
10-19 years
32%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 100%
dental benefits
Dental: 86%
medical benefits
Vision: 67%
dental benefits
None:
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