Patent Agent (Non-Attorney) Salary
A Patent Agent (Non-Attorney) earns an average salary of $95,000 per year. Most people with this job move on to other positions after 20 years in this field.
Job Description for Patent Agent (Non-Attorney)
In the United States, a patent agent is required to pass the patent bar exam. This exam is administered by the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Once a person passes this exam, they then must be officially registered with the same office. This registration entitles a person to prepare, file, and prosecute applications for patents on behalf of a client. It is also required that a patent agent have an educational background in either engineering or science.Read More...
The job of a patent agent does often intersect with the legal field, but law school is not required to become an officially registered patent agent. On the job, a patent agent will often work closely with attorneys and inventors. The patent agent’s goal is to facilitate the interaction between the inventor and legal team. A successful patent agent will be able to identify an invention that might be able to be patented. The patent agent must be able to draft a comprehensive application for the invention, prove the novelty, and distinguish it from already existing inventions. Finally, the patent agent will work closely with a legal team to help move the invention through the legal process. A successful patent agent must have the ability to negotiate with the patent office to make certain that the invention gets the desired legal protection.
Patent Agent (Non-Attorney) Tasks
- Aid inventors and invention owners in obtaining a patent for their invention.
- Respond to U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) actions.
- Draft and prosecute patent application for invention.
- Interview clients and conduct research to understand invention.