Patent Attorney Salary

A Patent Attorney earns an average salary of $134,616 per year. Most people move on to other jobs if they have more than 20 years' experience in this career.
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$79,084 - $196,577
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MEDIAN: $133,447
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$29.09 - $103.65
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$70K$140K$210K
Salary
$79,084 - $196,577  
   
Bonus
$1,305 - $39,151  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $14,178  
Commission
$7,500  
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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$79,924 - $208,670  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 377
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Hourly Rate
$29.09 - $103.65  
   
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$1,305 - $39,151  
   
Commission
$7,500  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $14,178  
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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$79,924 - $208,670  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 15

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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

  • Discuss invention and research the likelihood of successfully attaining a patent.
  • Litigates patent infringement controversies in court.
  • Works with federal patent examiners to resolve any patent related issues.
  • 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.

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Pay by Experience Level for Patent Attorney

Pay by Experience for a Patent Attorney has a positive trend. An entry-level Patent Attorney with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $117,000 based on 203 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Patent Attorney with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $158,000 based on 106 salaries. An experienced Patent Attorney which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $178,000 based on 106 salaries. A Patent Attorney with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $190,000 based on 42 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $140,108

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Key Stats for Patent Attorney

Gender

Female
24 %
Male
76 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 33 votes.
Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
11%
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Experience Affects Patent Attorney Salaries

Late-Career
▲35%

▲27%

▲13%

National Average
$140,000

▼17%

Skills That Affect Patent Attorney Salaries

Patent
▲10%


Prosecution
▲3%

National Average
$140,000

Legal Research
▼5%

Patents
▼15%

Patent Prosecution
▼33%

Technical Writing
▼41%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 33 votes.

Gender

Female
24 %
Male
76 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 85%
dental benefits
Dental: 72%
vision benefits
Vision: 56%
no benefits
None: 14%
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