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) Intellectual Property Attorneys
Duties Work with patents, copyrights, and trademarks to protect clients' inventions, authored works, and brands; defend clients from claims of infringement
Salary Range $50,000 to $100,000+
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Metropolitan areas; high demand exists in Washington, D.C., and Silicon Valley in California
Minimum Education Level
  • Law Degree
School Subjects
  • English
  • Government
  • Speech
Experience Internship or clerkship
Personality Traits
  • Problem-Solving
  • Realistic
  • Scientific
Skills
  • Leadership
  • Public Speaking
  • Writing
Certification or Licensing Required
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Good
Outlook Faster than the Average
Career Ladder
  • Partner
  • Intellectual Property Attorney
  • Intellectual Property Associate
  • Clerk

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