Intellectual Property Lawyers

Intellectual property lawyers focus on the protection of creative thought. Intellectual property (IP) lawyers may work with patents to protect their clients' inventions and discoveries; copyrights to protect works their clients have authored, such as music or computer programs; and trademarks to protect brand names and symbols associated with their clients' businesses. IP attorneys may also work with companies to protect their trade secrets. IP lawyers are kept busy during periods of economic productivity, protecting emerging new ideas and creations such as Internet sites and scientific discoveries. According to the Franklin Pierce Law Center, the United States is the largest producer of intellectual property in the world.

Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) None
Salary Range $50,000 to $100,000+
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Education and Training
  • Master's Degree
Related School Subjects
  • English
  • Government
  • Speech
  • Business Management
  • Leadership
  • Writing
Personality Traits
  • Enterprising
  • Problem-Solving
  • Realistic
Licensure/Certification Required