Patent Analyst

Document each part of an invention to help your client get a patent.
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Salary Range
$31,000 – $99,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Patent Analysts do?

When an Inventor creates a new product, the last thing they want to worry about is having that idea or design stolen from them. Applying for a patent from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) ensures that that won’t happen. Patents are a governmental assurance that an invention is owned by its Inventor and no one else. A Patent Analyst’s job is to analyze every diagram, bolt, piece of fabric, and movable part of an invention’s patent.

Patent Analysts commonly work for a law firm or large company, evaluating and summarizing the product’s uses, specifications, and feasibility in the marketplace. After scrutinizing every minute detail of the patent, the Patent Analyst categorizes it based on the subject area, and then creates reports. That way, it will be easy to locate in a searchable database of patents.

In this job, you work with a specific category of patents—one that you specialize in. For example, if you’re a Computer Software Engineer, you focus on inventions in that field, rather than making evaluations about a new type of mouthwash. The documents you handle range in length from one page to encyclopedic volumes. So you may analyze 10 in a day, or one over several weeks.

This is a highly technical field, so you spend a lot of time on the fine details. Is this product too similar to another one already on the market? Did the Inventor create a new method of cooling that should be pinpointed? These are examples of questions that you might have to answer.


Should I be a Patent Analyst?

You should have an associate's degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Calm Under Pressure: You keep your cool when dealing with highly stressful situations.
  • Trustworthy: You are known for your personal integrity and honesty.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.

  • How to become a Patent Analyst

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