Patent Examiner Salary
A Patent Examiner earns an average salary of $89,965 per year.
|Salary||$58,723 - $129,302|
|Bonus||$1,036 - $12,605|
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|$58,723 - $134,750|
Job Description for Patent Examiner
Patent examiners are tasked with determining the legitimacy of a patent based on a variety of criteria, including determining that the invention described is clear in its presentation and that an average person could use it with basic instructions. Then, the patent examiner examines a design from a technical standpoint to determine if the idea being presented is feasible and not a danger to consumers.Read More...
After analyzing a design, patent examiners search through prior patents to confirm that the item being presented is new and not a modification or "knock-off" of another invention. These examiners may conduct their own investigations into potential legal issues related to the patent, and then present these findings to a patent attorney who will decide whether to proceed.
Patent examiners should have good interpersonal skills to negotiate with applicants and resolve potential issues, and they're also required to maintain up-to-date knowledge of developments among factories, laboratories, and seminars to properly evaluate patents. A bachelor's degree or higher in a relevant field is generally required for this position, and patent examiners typically work full-time with minimal travel. (Copyright 2017 PayScale.com)
Patent Examiner Tasks
- Draft and prosecute patent application for invention
- Respond to U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) actions
- Interview clients and conduct research to understand invention
- Aid inventors and invention owners in obtaining a patent for their invention
- Analyze and interpret laws, rulings and regulations with probable case outcomes for individuals and businesses
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Pay by Experience for a Patent Examiner has a positive trend. An entry-level Patent Examiner with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $76,000 based on 26 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Patent Examiner with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $118,000 based on 20 salaries. An experienced Patent Examiner which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $128,000 based on 8 salaries. A Patent Examiner with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $149,000 based on 8 salaries.
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