Law Degree JD:

Intellectual Property/Patent Attorney


Intellectual Property or Patent Attorneys are lawyers who not only help clients obtain patents, but also represent clients in patent cases.  Like patent agents, they must register with the United States Patent and Trademark Office by passing the registration exam. However, unlike patent agents, they must also have a law degree and pass the legal bar exam in order to represent clients in courts of law (please note that the terms "patent agent" and "patent attorney" differ in meaning in countries outside of the US). Patent attorneys generally work for corporations, academic institutions, and law firms.      

myIDP career category: Intellectual property

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Additional Resources:

American Bar Association - Section of Intellectual Property Law