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Working As A Patent Attorney

  • 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

  • $126,563

    Average Salary

What Does A Patent Attorney Do At Techtronic Industries North America, Inc.

* Provide advice to the Business Units' engineering and marketing leadership regarding patentability and infringement risk for new product development
* Evaluate, develop, and implement patent filing and searching strategies for new products
* Serve as a liaison between in-house engineering and marketing teams, global subsidiaries and affiliates, and outside counsel
* Counsel and coach engineering and marketing personnel regarding patent issues
* Present patent risks and updates for new projects to management in a clear and concise manner, with ability to provide practical legal advice upon which effective business decisions may be made
* Participate in recurring new product development meetings to stay informed on changing product design features, assist engineering teams with understanding the patent landscape, and harvest strategic inventions for patent protection
* Monitor competitor portfolios to offer strategic advice to the business
* Chair and prepare necessary materials for IP Review Committee to inform leadership of patent risks, opportunities, and developments
* Analyze offensive and defensive infringement positions, send and respond to patent notice letters, and support IP litigatio

What Does A Patent Attorney Do At Texas Instruments

* Solicit disclosures of inventions and assist inventors in filing timely and accurate disclosures
* Determine patent application filing priorities
* Provide leadership to technical patent committees
* Write and prosecute US and non
* US patent applications
* Analyze issued patents
* Provide counsel to business groups on intellectual property matters
* Protect TI intellectual property worldwide
* Assure TI realizes maximum return on TI’s intellectual property investment
* A BSEE is strongly preferred, and a law degree is required.
* The ideal candidate will have at least 4 years of patent prosecution experience and 3
* years’ experience as a scientist/engineer in a technical role.
* Analog, digital, DSP, or microprocessor circuit design and familiarity with integrated circuit fabrication processes are desirable.
* The person in this position must be a registered U
* S. Patent Attorney and be admitted to a State Legal Bar.
* Patent application and prosecution experience is required.
* If you are interested in this position, please apply to this requisition.
* Texas Instruments is an equal opportunity employer and supports a diverse, inclusive work environment.
* All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to protected characteristics, including race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or age

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How To Become A Patent Attorney

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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Patent Attorney Demographics


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  • White

  • Asian

  • Hispanic or Latino

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  • Black or African American

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Languages Spoken

  • Japanese

  • Chinese

  • Mandarin

  • Spanish

  • German

  • French

  • Russian

  • Turkish

  • Indonesian

  • Vietnamese

  • Hebrew

  • Korean

  • Cantonese

  • Italian

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Real Patent Attorney Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Attorney, Patent Prosecution Greenberg Traurig, LLP Boston, MA Sep 29, 2015 $230,000
Associate Patent Attorney Perkins COIE LLP Palo Alto, CA Jan 29, 2016 $220,000 -
Patent Attorney Perkins COIE LLP Palo Alto, CA Dec 11, 2015 $200,000 -
Associate Patent Attorney Oliff PLC Alexandria, VA Sep 30, 2014 $189,571
Patent Attorney Research In Motion Corporation Redwood City, CA Oct 01, 2012 $181,721
Patent Attorney Ladas & Parry LLP Los Angeles, CA Apr 18, 2016 $171,122
Patent Attorney Research In Motion Corporation Redwood City, CA Aug 01, 2011 $170,000
Patent Attorney Research In Motion Corporation Redwood City, CA Feb 01, 2011 $170,000
Patent Attorney Associate Cantor Colburn LLP Atlanta, GA Jul 15, 2015 $165,000
Patent Attorney Ladas & Parry LLP Los Angeles, CA Jan 08, 2016 $164,632
Patent Attorney Brinks Gilson & Lione Washington, DC Dec 21, 2015 $160,000
Patent Attorney Brinks Gilson & Lione Washington, DC Aug 27, 2016 $160,000
Patent Attorney Brinks Gilson & Lione Chicago, IL Nov 01, 2014 $160,000
Patent Attorney Elmore Patent Law Group, PC Westford, MA Sep 04, 2012 $140,000 -
Associate Patent Attorney Perkins COIE LLP Seattle, WA Jan 01, 2016 $135,000 -
Associate Patent Attorney Perkins COIE LLP Seattle, WA Jul 14, 2016 $135,000 -
Patent Attorney Saliwanchik, Lloyd & Eisenschenk, P.A. Gainesville, FL Oct 25, 2016 $131,061
Patent Attorney Ladas & Parry, LLP Los Angeles, CA Oct 01, 2015 $130,000 -
Patent Attorney (Chinese Language) Lee & Hayes PLLC Seattle, WA Oct 01, 2015 $129,026
Associate Patent Attorney Brundidge & Stanger, P.C. Alexandria, VA Sep 02, 2013 $115,024
Associate Patent Attorney F. Chau & Associates, LLC Woodbury, NY Jan 30, 2015 $115,000
Patent Attorney Hamre Schumann Mueller & Larson PC Minneapolis, MN Sep 30, 2012 $114,347
Patent Attorney Ladas & Parry, LLP Los Angeles, CA Feb 15, 2015 $110,000 -
Patent Prosecution Attorney Munck Wilson Mandala LLP Dallas, TX Mar 09, 2015 $108,930
Patent Attorney Saliwanchik Lloyd and Eisenschenk, Pa Gainesville, FL Nov 20, 2014 $108,035
Patent Attorney Saliwanchik Lloyd and Eisenschenk, Pa Gainesville, FL Aug 01, 2014 $105,000

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Top Skills for A Patent Attorney


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Top Patent Attorney Skills

  1. Intellectual Property Law
  2. Foreign Counsel
  3. Patent Prosecution
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Advised inventors and business groups on all aspects of intellectual property law.
  • Collaborate with litigation counsel and foreign counsel regarding opposition proceedings.
  • Practice primarily involves patent prosecution of U.S. applications for EE/CS related inventions
  • Patent prosecution including drafting applications and office action responses.
  • Counseled corporate and internal clients regarding patent portfolio strategies and legal implications.

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