A patent is an exclusive right granted by the state allowing its owner to control commercial exploitation of an invention. Patent attorneys complete and file patent applications and also work to protect the rights of the inventor or patent holder in courts and with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (PTO).
Tasks of a patent attorney include, but are not limited to, discussing invention and researching the likelihood of successfully attaining a patent, and litigating patent infringement controversies in court. Moreover, they work with federal patent examiners to resolve any patent related issues, describe inventions in strict legal terms and draft patent applications, and analyze scientific and technical documents previously granted patents to determine if the new invention infringes upon any rights or not. Admission to law requires a bachelor's degree and successfully clearing the LSAT. Furthermore, they are required to pass the Bar exam to successfully qualify as a lawyer. Most employers prefer patent attorneys to have prior work experience as well.
The average hourly salary for the position is $43.05, which equates to $89,543 annually. The career is expected to grow in the near future and create new opportunities across the United States.