Many engineers and hard scientists (i.e. biologists, chemists, physicists) are looking for a way to use their expertise and technical backgrounds in unique careers. One such opportunity is to practice patent prosecution, representing inventors and innovators in the patent drafting, submission, and eventual patent issuance process.
Trends show that many law firms, large corporations, and other companies that rely on patent prosecution expertise are increasing their hiring and use of patent agents. Patent agents are non-lawyers, but are approved by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to represent individuals and companies in the patent prosecution process.
Not surprisingly, patent agents are well paid. According to the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA), for patent agents having five or fewer years of experience, the median salary is $95,000 and increases to $145,500 for those having more than 15 years of experience.
This website contains information for prospective students and employers. There is also a page that addresses frequently asked questions and a resources page containing links to additional resources. In addition to the website, webinars are also scheduled to help explain patent agency and the MLS-Patent Practice further.
If the information you seek is not available on the website or if you would like to request additional information, please do not hesitate to contact us.