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Patent Attorney Salary

A Patent Attorney earns an average salary of $130,451 per year. Most people move on to other jobs if they have more than 20 years' experience in this career. A skill in Intellectual Property (IP) is associated with high pay for this job.
$77,334 - $196,325
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MEDIAN: $130,450
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$20.27 - $194.89
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National Salary Data

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$0$80K$160K$240K
Salary
$77,334 - $196,325  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $36,101  
Profit Sharing
$1,935 - $27,000  
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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$79,072 - $221,927  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 638
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$0$70$140$210
Hourly Rate
$20.27 - $194.89  
   
Overtime
$46.18 - $101.74  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$140K$280K$420K
Bonus
$0.00 - $36,101  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,935 - $27,000  
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).
)
$79,072 - $221,927  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 21
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Job Description for Patent Attorney

A patent attorney works in a company to ensure that its patents adhere to standard protocols and are defended against infringements. The position requires the candidate to have a law degree and to have passed the bar exam in the state in which the company is located. Additionally, certain companies look for lawyers who have studied engineering, biological, or other technology-related fields.

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Patent Attorney Tasks

  • Describe inventions in strict legal terms and drafts patent application; challenge, negotiate, resolve and amend contested patent areas.
  • Analyze scientific and technical documents previously granted patents to determine if invention is new, innovative and does not infringe upon patented items.
  • Works with federal patent examiners to resolve any patent related issues.
  • Discuss invention and research the likelihood of successfully attaining a patent.
  • Litigates patent infringement controversies in court.

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Pay by Experience Level for Patent Attorney

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

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Experience Affects Patent Attorney Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 30%

Late-Career
up arrow 29%

Mid-Career
up arrow 11%

National Average
$137,000


Skills That Affect Patent Attorney Salaries


Prosecution
up arrow 5%

Patent Prosecution
0%

National Average
$137,000

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 102 votes.

Gender

Female
13 %
Male
87 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 87% dental benefits Dental: 65%
vision benefits Vision: 48% employee benefits None: 12%