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Patent Lawyer

Job Description

Patent lawyers work in the specialty field of law governing intellectual property, specifically patents. Patent lawyers represent inventors during the patent application process and can function as litigators to protect their clients' rights of invention.


Becoming a patent lawyer usually takes seven years of full time study after high school four years of undergraduate study, followed by three years of law school. Law school applicants specializing in patents usually have a bachelor's degree in science or engineering.
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Excellent verbal and written communication skills, detail-oriented work habits, persistence, tough mindedness.

Annual salary or wages

The average salary or wages for this job is 114,970
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Projected job growth

The projected job growth is 7% to 13% in demand.

Companies that hire in this field

Companies that hire in this field are Apple, Intel, and United States Government

Benefits to society

Hire a technical illustrator,Determine if an inventor's formula for an iridescent metallic compound is different enough to qualify for a new patent, Protect a client's intellectual property by filing a patent with the United States Patent and Trademark Office.