Average Patent Attorney Salary

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The average salary for a Patent Attorney is $137,644.
MEDIAN $137,644
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$82k - $203k
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$2k - $31k
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$82k - $233k

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Job Description for Patent Attorney

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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Popular Skills for Patent Attorney

Skills in Intellectual Property (IP), Prosecution and Biotechnology are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Legal Research and Technical Writing.

Pay by Experience Level for Patent Attorney

An entry-level Patent Attorney with less than 1 year experience can expect to earn an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $96,340 based on 93 salaries. An early career Patent Attorney with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $121,692 based on 245 salaries. A mid-career Patent Attorney with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $150,107 based on 178 salaries. An experienced Patent Attorney with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $160,795 based on 159 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $178,981.
Employees with Patent Attorney in their job title in Minneapolis, Minnesota earn an average of 23.5% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in San Francisco, California (12.9% more) and Chicago, Illinois (9.6% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Los Angeles, California (17.7% less), New York, New York (9.1% less) and San Diego, California (1.7% less).

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