Patent Agent Salary (United States)

A Patent Agent earns an average salary of $92,354 per year. Most people move on to other jobs if they have more than 20 years' experience in this career. Experience has a moderate effect on income for this job.
Patent Agent Total Pay (?
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$52,005 - $131,048
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $92,354
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Patent Agent Total Pay (?
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$17.11 - $173.83
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MEDIAN: $32.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$52,005 - $131,048  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $19,132  
Profit Sharing
$1,208 - $25,342  
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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$51,232 - $141,566  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 5 Aug 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 251
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$60$120$180
Hourly Rate
$17.11 - $173.83  
   
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$120K$240K$360K
Bonus
$0.00 - $19,132  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,208 - $25,342  
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).
)
$51,232 - $141,566  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 5 Aug 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 251
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Job Description for Patent Agent

Inventors looking to obtain protection for their innovations employ patent practitioners, otherwise known as patent agents, for assistance with the patent application process. Certified by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), patent agents help prospective inventors navigate the complex requirements of patent application.
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Patent Agent Tasks
  • Gather evidence to formulate defense or to initiate legal actions; evaluate findings and develop strategies and arguments for presentation of cases.
  • 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.
  • Analyze and interpret laws, rulings and regulations with probable case outcomes for individuals and businesses.
  • Select jurors, argue motions, meet with judges and question witnesses during the course of a trial.

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Pay Difference By Location

San Diego
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Palo Alto
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Seattle
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San Jose
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Atlanta
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San Francisco
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New York
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Washington
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National Average
$95,000
Houston
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Los Angeles
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Boston
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Minneapolis
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St. Louis
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Experience Affects Patent Agent Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 35%
Mid-Career
up arrow 22%
National Average
$95,000

Skills That Affect Patent Agent Salaries

Intellectual Property (IP)
up arrow 4%
National Average
$95,000
Biotechnology
up arrow 2%
Molecular Biology
up arrow 3%

Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 33 votes.

Gender

Female
42%
female alumni
 
Male
58%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 86% dental benefits Dental: 76%
vision benefits Vision: 59% employee benefits None: 13%
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