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Working As An Intellectual Property Lawyer

  • Getting Information
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Resolving Conflicts and Negotiating with Others
  • Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards
  • Communicating with Persons Outside Organization
  • Mostly Sitting

  • Make Decisions

  • Stressful

  • $155,700

    Average Salary

What Does An Intellectual Property Lawyer Do At Stryker

* Working closely with the IP team for the patent protection of new technology, including the preparation of patent applications, amendments, responses to office actions, declarations, and other submissions to patent offices.
* Interacting with foreign outside counsel on intellectual property matters.
* Preparing patentability assessments and advising on patent filings.
* Performing infringement and validity analyses.
* Assisting with the maintenance of Stryker's intellectual property portfolio and docket.
* Evaluating, devising and implementing strategies to strengthen the therapeutic area patent portfolio.
* Supporting the IP Management Team in the development and maintenance of the intellectual property portfolio

What Does An Intellectual Property Lawyer Do At United Technologies Corporation

* The person will interact directly with Otis technical personnel, specifically engineering, Outside Counsel and the company's business management to meet the following responsibilities:
* Anaqua management, Passport management and assist the IP team in collecting patent data
* Assist in maintaining accurate patent data in Anaqua
* Develop and execute process efficiencies and metrics for a variety of IP processes (executive engineering reports, passport, budget, annuities)
* Responsible for UTC IP metric reports and managing Otis processes to ensure all patent performance metrics are maintained and reported
* Support preparation of the annual budget plan including annuity management and special projects as required by the VP & IP Counsel.
* Process oriented, database management and strategic thinking are key skills

What Does An Intellectual Property Lawyer Do At IBM

* You will work in the innovative and collaborative IBM Patent Center, which prepares and prosecutes patent applications within a broad range of technologies, including, for example, technologies pertaining to cloud, cognitive computing, analytics, mobile, social, and security.
* In addition to writing, filing, and prosecuting patent applications in the USPTO, the role may also comprise assisting in the development of best practices for doing such patent procurement work, and assisting and mentoring others in the Patent Center.
* Communicating directly with IBM inventors, and with IBM Patent Attorneys, Agents, Engineers, and Administrative Professionals both inside and outside of the Patent Center.
* You should have strong organization, writing, and communication skills to both write and prosecute patent applications with high quality and efficiency.
* You should also be timely, dependable, and willing to learn.
* Join IBM.
* Make an Impact

What Does An Intellectual Property Lawyer Do At Polaris Industries

* Maintain a strong knowledge of assigned Polaris product lines
* Integrate with assigned product and project teams
* Implement LEAN operation principles to create optimized and efficient IP processes
* Perform competitive patent searches to identify industry technology trends, develop a strategy to protect key technologies, and assess the competitive patent landscape
* Identify competitive patents that may need further study or formal opinion
* Perform specific competitive patent searches by request
* Provide periodic overview of the competitive patent landscape to the product and project teams
* Conduct product patent mining sessions and assist in the development of a patent filing plan
* Review and approve new patent invention disclosures
* Prepare and present IP updates through the Polaris development process for assigned product and project teams
* Facilitate patent clearance reviews within assigned product and project teams
* Prepare information for rebuttal of infringement accusation by others
* Collaborate with outside patent counsel to prepare and prosecute patent applications
* Liaison between Engineering and Legal on patent agreements, litigation matters and special development projects as required

What Does An Intellectual Property Lawyer Do At Weatherford

* Provide paralegal support to the Associate General Counsel, Intellectual Property and other members of the Intellectual Property Practice Group on a global basis, including trademark prosecution and maintenance, trademark searching, and domain registrations.
* Interface with all product line managers, VP’s and Marketing Managers to address new trademark registration requests and trademark issues.
* Monitor external developments in trademarks, including domestic and international laws and regulations, and industry best practices
* Maintain all data regarding Weatherford’s trademark portfolio in the intellectual property database (FoundationIP), including the docket for all domestic and international pending trademark registration applications and all active trademark registrations.
* Conduct trademark clearance searches and provide trademark advice to Weatherford’s internal business and marketing clients.
* Coordinate the execution of foreign Powers of Attorney, Assignments, Declarations and various other documents.
* Process trademark and domain related invoices and liaise with accounting and finance to resolve any payment issues.
* Review watch notices and report any possible infringement to IP Counsel.
* Work assignments carried out to the highest quality level.
* Perform various other duties and activities as assigned by supervisor within the physical constraints of the job

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How To Become An Intellectual Property Lawyer

All lawyers must have a law degree and must also typically pass a state’s written bar examination.


Becoming a lawyer usually takes 7 years of full-time study after high school—4 years of undergraduate study, followed by 3 years of law school. Most states and jurisdictions require lawyers to complete a juris doctor (J.D.) degree from a law school accredited by the American Bar Association (ABA). ABA accreditation signifies that the law school—particularly its curricula and faculty—meets certain standards.

A bachelor’s degree is required for entry into most law schools, and courses in English, public speaking, government, history, economics, and mathematics are useful.

Almost all law schools, particularly those approved by the ABA, require applicants to take the Law School Admission Test (LSAT). This test measures applicants’ aptitude for the study of law.

A J.D. degree program includes courses such as constitutional law, contracts, property law, civil procedure, and legal writing. Law students may choose specialized courses in areas such as tax, labor, and corporate law.


Prospective lawyers take licensing exams called "bar exams." When a lawyer receives their license to practice law, they are "admitted to the bar."

To practice law in any state, a person must be admitted to the state’s bar under rules established by the jurisdiction’s highest court. The requirements vary by individual states and jurisdictions. For more details on individual state and jurisdiction requirements, visit the National Conference of Bar Examiners.

Most states require that applicants graduate from an ABA-accredited law school, pass one or more written bar exams, and be found by an admitting board to have the character to represent and advise others. Prior felony convictions, academic misconduct, or a history of substance abuse are just some factors that may disqualify an applicant from being admitted to the bar.

Lawyers who want to practice in more than one state often must take the bar exam in each state.

After graduation, lawyers must keep informed about legal developments that affect their practices. Almost all states require lawyers to participate in continuing legal education either every year or every 3 years. 

Many law schools and state and local bar associations provide continuing legal education courses that help lawyers stay current with recent developments. Courses vary by state and generally cover a subject within the practice of law, such as legal ethics, taxes and tax fraud, and healthcare. Some states allow lawyers to take their continuing education credits through online courses. 


Newly hired attorneys usually start as associates and work with more experienced lawyers. After several years, some lawyers may be admitted to partnership of their firm, which means they become partial owners of the firm.

After gaining a few years of work experience, some lawyers go into practice for themselves or move to the legal department of a large corporation. Very few in-house attorneys are hired directly out of law school.

A small number of experienced lawyers are nominated or elected to judgeships. Other lawyers may become full-time law school faculty and administrators. For more information about judges and law school faculty, see the profile on judges and hearing officers and the profile on postsecondary teachers.

Other Experience

Law students often gain practical experience by participating in school-sponsored legal clinics, in a school’s moot court competitions, in practice trials under the supervision of experienced lawyers and judges, and through research and writing on legal issues for a school’s law journals.

Part-time jobs or summer internships in law firms, government agencies, and corporate legal departments also provide valuable experience. Some smaller firms, government agencies, and public interest organizations may hire students as summer associate interns after they have completed their first year at law school. Many larger firms’ summer internship programs are only eligible to law students who have completed their second year. These experiences can help law students decide what kind of legal work they want to focus on in their careers, and these internships may lead directly to a job after graduation.

Important Qualities

Analytical skills. Lawyers help their clients resolve problems and issues. As a result, they must be able to analyze large amounts of information, determine relevant facts, and propose viable solutions.

Interpersonal skills. Lawyers must win the respect and confidence of their clients by building a trusting relationship, so that clients feel comfortable enough to share personal information related to their case.

Problem-solving skills. Lawyers must separate their emotions and prejudice from their clients’ problems and objectively evaluate the matter. Therefore, good problem-solving skills are important for lawyers, to prepare the best defense and recommendation.

Research skills. Preparing legal advice or representation for a client commonly requires substantial research. All lawyers need to be able to find what applicable laws and regulations apply to a specific matter.

Speaking skills. Clients hire lawyers to speak on their behalf. Lawyers must be able to clearly present and explain their case to arbitrators, mediators, opposing parties, judges, or juries. 

Writing skills. Lawyers need to be precise and specific when preparing documents, such as wills, trusts, and powers of attorney.

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Real Intellectual Property Lawyer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Intellectual Property Attorney-Trademark Troutman Sanders LLP San Francisco, CA Sep 26, 2016 $210,000
Attorney, Intellectual Property Transactions Latham & Watkins LLP San Diego, CA Jul 28, 2015 $185,000
Intellectual Property Attorney Kenyon & Kenyon LLP New York, NY Sep 01, 2009 $185,000
Director, Intellectual Property Impax Laboratories, Inc. Hayward, CA Jun 30, 2011 $181,220
Intellectual Property Attorney Kenyon & Kenyon LLP New York, NY Jun 08, 2016 $170,000
Associate, Intellectual Property Baker Botts LLP New York, NY Sep 26, 2010 $170,000
Associate-Patent & Intellectual Property Choate, Hall & Stewart, LLP Boston, MA May 22, 2013 $165,000 -
Intellectual Property Attorney Two Bulls LLC New York, NY Feb 23, 2015 $165,000
Intellectual Property Associate Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough, LLP Boston, MA Mar 01, 2012 $165,000 -
Intellectual Property Engineer Accelogic LLC Weston, FL Feb 11, 2016 $163,842
Intellectual Property Attorney Kenyon & Kenyon LLP New York, NY Jul 29, 2015 $160,000
Intellectual Property Associate Dickstein Shapiro LLP Washington, DC Aug 19, 2014 $160,000
Intellectual Property Associate Foley & Lardner LLP Boston, MA Sep 28, 2012 $160,000
Intellectual Property Attorney Kenyon & Kenyon LLP New York, NY Jun 08, 2016 $160,000
Intellectual Property Attorney-Trademark Troutman Sanders LLP Atlanta, GA May 01, 2015 $153,000
Intellectual Property Attorney Two Bulls LLC New York, NY Feb 18, 2013 $150,000
Intellectual Property Attorney Two Bulls LLC New York, NY Mar 25, 2013 $150,000
Intellectual Property Litigation Advisor Brinks Gilson & Lione Chicago, IL Aug 23, 2016 $145,000
Attorney, Intellectual Property Nixon Peabody LLP Chicago, IL Oct 01, 2012 $145,000
Intellectual Property Litigation Advisor Brinks Gilson & Lione Chicago, IL May 31, 2014 $145,000
Intellectual Property Litigation Advisor Brinks Gilson & Lione Chicago, IL Mar 17, 2016 $145,000
Intellectual Property Litigation Advisor Brinks Gilson & Lione Chicago, IL Apr 08, 2014 $145,000
Attorney-Intellectual Property (IP) McNeely, Hare& War, LLP Princeton, NJ Mar 28, 2016 $127,000 -
Intellectual Property Attorney Two Bulls LLC New York, NY Feb 18, 2013 $125,220
Japanese Intellectual Property Liaison Attorney Harness, Dickey & Pierce, P.L.C. Reston, VA Mar 28, 2011 $122,678
Intellectual Property Counsel 3M Company Saint Paul, MN May 21, 2015 $119,397
Intellectual Property Counsel 3M Company Saint Paul, MN May 21, 2012 $117,210
Intellectual Property Attorney Swanson and Bratschun LLC Littleton, CO Sep 09, 2015 $106,246
Intellectual Property Attorney-Trademark Troutman Sanders LLP Atlanta, GA Nov 19, 2015 $104,645 -
Intellectual Property Associate Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough, LLP Boston, MA Oct 01, 2012 $102,066

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Top Skills for An Intellectual Property Lawyer


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Top Intellectual Property Lawyer Skills

  1. Intellectual Property Matters
  2. Foreign Counsel
  3. PTO
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Represented corporate clients in commercial agreement negotiations relating to intellectual property matters.
  • Prosecuted patent applications under the Patent Cooperation Treaty and managed foreign counsel to successfully acquire foreign patent rights.
  • Prepare standard USPTO transmittal documents, assignments, declarations, issue fees and IDS documents.
  • Drafted trademark applications and renewal affidavits for US trademarks and drafted application and renewal instructions for international trademark counsel.
  • Coordinate monthly review meeting of all Invention Disclosures submitted to Intellectual Property Department.

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