Patent Lawyer Career


The career of the patent lawyer revolves around the field of law concerning intellectual property or patents.  The patent lawyer is hired by investors to protect his rightsand handle specific processes in applying fora patent.  He is tasked to ensure that a certain invention is patentable.  He is responsible to drafting and filing a patent application.  The patent lawyer is to represent investors who had applied for patent before the United States Patent and Trademark Office or USPTO.  One is also assigned to handle patent infringement cases.

How to become a Patent Lawyer

An aspiring patent lawyer must earn a bachelor’s degree in engineering, chemistry, biology, computer science or other engineering or science-related field. After successfully earning a degree, one must take and pass the Law School Admission Test or LSAT.  Get into an internship to gain practical skills as well as experience.  Complete law school and earn a JD. Take and pass the bar exam to become licensed to practice as a patent lawyer.  Should one represent clients or investors at the USPTO, he should take the patent bar or USPTO licensing exam.  One must be skilled in public speaking, problem solving, and analysis.  One must be confident and determined to handle various challenges. Take continuing education courses to become updated with the laws concerning patents.

 Patent Lawyer Courses, training, programs

A law degree gives an aspiring patent lawyer the necessary knowledge and skills needed in the practice of law.  The program covers various areas of law such as criminal law, constitutional law, civil law, law of tort, family law, international law, administrative law, criminal procedures and evidence, legal history, criminology, sentencing, penal system, commercial law, public law, labor law, human rights law, medical law and media law.

TOP 5 colleges/Universities

Yale University, Connecticut

Harvard University, Massachusetts

Stanford University, California

Columbia University, New York

University of Chicago, Chicago

Patent Lawyer Jobs, opportunities, salaries/pay

The patent lawyer has the opportunity to earn an average of $188,000 depending on one’s work location, employer, experience, and benefits.  Employment may be secured in various law firms or agencies.

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