The average salary for a Patent Attorney with Prosecution skills is $136,067.
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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. One responsibility of a patent attorney is to analyze all current company products (either released or i…Read more
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
Intellectual Property (IP)
Skills in Intellectual Property (IP) and Biotechnology are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Technical Analysis, 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 $99,159 based on 7 salaries. An early career Patent Attorney with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $119,243 based on 35 salaries. A mid-career Patent Attorney with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $156,678 based on 40 salaries. An experienced Patent Attorney with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $169,942 based on 22 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $160,000.
Pay Difference by Location
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Employees with Patent Attorney in their job title in San Francisco, California earn an average of 43.3% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Chicago, Illinois (42.2% more) and Seattle, Washington (21.3% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Washington, District of Columbia (16.7% less).
Years of Experience
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