A Patent Attorney earns an average salary of $130,915 per year. Most people move on to other jobs if they have more than 20 years' experience in this career. A skill in Patent is associated with high pay for this job.
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$77,050 - $195,484
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$77K
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MEDIAN: $130,915
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$25.34 - $295.90
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$70K$140K$210K
Salary
$77,050 - $195,484  
   
Bonus
$2,056 - $38,477  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $18,262  
Commission
$1,000  
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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$79,203 - $209,044  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 377
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$100$200$300
Hourly Rate
$25.34 - $295.90  
   
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$200K$400K$600K
Bonus
$2,056 - $38,477  
   
Commission
$1,000  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $18,262  
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).
)
$79,203 - $209,044  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 11
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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

National Average: $138,807

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Experience Affects Patent Attorney Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 31%

Experienced
up arrow 26%


National Average
$139,000


Skills That Affect Patent Attorney Salaries

Patent
up arrow 13%

Prosecution
up arrow 4%

Intellectual Property (IP)
up arrow 1%

National Average
$139,000

Patents
up arrow 10%

Patent Prosecution
up arrow 16%

Technical Writing
up arrow 40%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 34 votes.

Gender

Female
22 %
Male
78 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 86%
dental benefits
Dental: 72%
medical benefits
Vision: 58%
dental benefits
None: 13%
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