Patent Examiner Salary

A Patent Examiner earns an average salary of $92,401 per year. People in this job generally don't have more than 10 years' experience.

$65,553 - $141,663
MEDIAN: $92,401

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$62,865 - $143,480  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Sep 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 81
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Job Description for Patent Examiner

  • Gather evidence to formulate defense or to initiate legal actions; evaluate findings and develop strategies and arguments for presentation of cases.
  • Represent clients in court or before government agencies, present and summarize cases to judges and juries.
  • Advise clients in business transactions, claim liablility, advisability of prosecuting or defending lawsuits or legal rights and obligations.
  • Analyze and interpret laws, rulings and regulations with probable case outcomes for individuals and businesses.
  • Select jurors, argue motions, meet with judges and question witnesses during the course of a trial.

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Years of Experience

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5-9 years
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Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 95% dental benefits Dental: 84%
vision benefits Vision: 70% employee benefits None: 5%