Patent Agent

Occupation Information table
Overview: Patent agents prepare and submit patent applications for clients wishing to protect their inventions, ideas & creative innovations. The applications cover wide ranges of equipment, computerware, manufacturing techniques, etc. They advise on descriptions & information to support patent requests.
Duties: They interview persons who wish to protect their ideas, innovations and inventions by means of a legal patent. They advise these clients about the probable protection offered by a patent.

They help prepare the technical descriptions, samples and documentation needed to apply for a patent. They determine what types of graphics or art work is needed.

They submit the patent applications in behalf of their clients to the U.S. Patent Office. They may suggest the need to file an application for trademark names and symbols.

They research the patent files and legal decisions reached by courts regarding the patents for certain types of inventions and innovations. They determine how to protect the client's patents.

Degree(s): A.A.S. Management: Marketing Concentration 
A.S. Business Administration (Accounting and Marketing) 
Job Outlook: Employment in this field is expected have little or no change from 2018 to 2028. For comparison, the average growth rate for all occupations over the same time period is projected to be 5% to 8%.
Salary Range (National Average): $37,000 to $42,000
Education Level: Typically, a Bachelor’s Degree from a 4-year college (some are 5 years) is required to be considered for this occupation.
Additional Training/Education: A bachelor's degree from a 4-year college or university is the typical educational qualification for positions as a patent agent. The program of study should be related to the field the patent agent chooses for specialization; for example, computer software, chemical products, electronic products, etc. Business administration courses are also essential.
Recommended Skills:
  • Actively looking for ways to help people.
  • Paying attention to what other people are saying, and taking time to understand the points being made.
  • Allocating and budgeting your time for different tasks so that things get done when needed.
  • Bringing people together to discuss and resolve differences.
  • Inspecting and testing products or services to assure they meet the desired specifications.
  • The ability to understand complex written paragraphs, instructions, or reports.
  • Using logic to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Composing and communicating your ideas in written form.
Recommended Values:
  • Having a routine job where the duties are very predictable and not likely to change over a long period of time.

* National data collected by the Department of Labor in 2014 with projections through 2024. For New York green job information .

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Understanding acquiring positions in this field may be enhanced through continuing academic study (i.e. earning a baccalaureate or a master's degree) and/or work experience in the field, Queensborough Community College has established transfer agreements with other institutions for students who wish to further pursue their educational goals. Students are highly encouraged to meet with one of our Career Services to fully understand the opportunities available through study in their degree program.