Skip to Main Content

Home Explore Careers

Patent Lawyers

Overview
Patent Lawyer—Career Q&A: Professional Advice and Insight

Join Vault Gold to watch these Q&A videos

Patent lawyers are intellectual property lawyers who specialize in securing patents for inventors from the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and prosecuting or defending suits of patent infringements. Patent law is a blending of two fields: applied science and law, and as such, patent lawyers usually have degrees both in law and a technical field, such as engineering. Patent lawyers usually earn more than lawyers in other fields. In May 2015, there were 609,930 lawyers, with a very small percentage specializing in patent law. In total, there are approximately 40,000 patent lawyers and agents registered with the United States Patent and Trademark Office, but many of these "agents" are not lawyers, which means they can not litigate in court or draw up contracts.

Salary Range

$25,000 to $100,000+

Minimum Education Level

Law Degree

Certification/License

Required

Outlook

Faster than the Average
Personality Traits

Problem-Solving

Realistic

Scientific

Career Ladder
Partner in Patent Law Firm

Senior Patent Lawyer

Patent Lawyer

Patent Legal Assistant