A Patent Attorney earns an average salary of $127,125 per year. Most people move on to other jobs if they have more than 20 years' experience in this career.
Patent Attorney Total Pay (?
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$73,590 - $191,326
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190K
MEDIAN: $127,125
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Patent Attorney Total Pay (?
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$20.27 - $197.27
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MEDIAN: $51.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$80K$160K$240K
Salary
$73,590 - $191,326  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $30,901  
Profit Sharing
$1,002 - $14,899  
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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$76,369 - $212,593  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Apr 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 674
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$70$140$210
Hourly Rate
$20.27 - $197.27  
   
Overtime
$30.00 - $100.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$140K$280K$420K
Bonus
$0.00 - $30,901  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,002 - $14,899  
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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$76,369 - $212,593  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Apr 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 674
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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.
Pay Difference By Location
San Francisco
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Boston
up arrow 30%
Chicago
up arrow 19%
Dallas
up arrow 11%
Washington
up arrow 10%
Austin
up arrow 4%
Indianapolis
up arrow 4%
San Jose
up arrow 3%
San Diego
up arrow 1%
Seattle
0%
National Average
$134,000
New York
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Houston
up arrow 12%
Los Angeles
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Atlanta
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Experience Affects Patent Attorney Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 28%
Late-Career
up arrow 28%
Mid-Career
up arrow 14%
National Average
$134,000

Skills That Affect Patent Attorney Salaries

Prosecution
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Patent Prosecution
0%
National Average
$134,000
Job Satisfaction
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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 114 votes.
Gender
Female
16%
female alumni
 
Male
84%
male alumni
Years of Experience
Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
7%
Common Health Benefits
medical benefits Medical: 86% dental benefits Dental: 63%
vision benefits Vision: 47% employee benefits None: 13%
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