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Career as an Intellectual Property Attorney

Updated: Jun 7, 2020

Who is an Intellectual Property Attorney?

Intellectual Property attorney or lawyer is a person who deals with trademarks, copyright, and trade market issues. They are popularly known as IP lawyers and work as advocates advisors.

What does an Intellectual Property Attorney do?

· Deal with legal issues related to ownership of service

· Act as legal advisors or advocates

· Counsel about the rights and obligations of the clients

· Deal with court issues

· Draft legal documents

· Protect trademarks

Work Environment

IP lawyers work in offices, firms, and courtrooms. They work for long hours about 50 hours a week. IP lawyers who work in firms often work on multiple cases simultaneously.

Knowledge Required

  • Knowledge of legal code, court proceedings, government, and executive laws, etc.

  • Knowledge of the structure of the English language

  • Knowledge of principles related to customer services

  • Knowledge of human resource allocation, business management, etc.

  • Knowledge of personnel selection, training requirements, etc.

Skills and Abilities

  • Ability to convey information effectively

  • Engaging in logical conversations and paying attention to what other person is saying

  • Highlighting the details from a piece of information

  • Ability to present one’s views or information in a written format

  • Complex problem-solving skills

Technological Skills

  • MS Word, MS Excel, etc.

  • Electronic mail


  • Patience and Persistence: Working for long hours to solve a case

  • Thinking differently: They think out-of-the-box and come up with a solution

  • Trustworthy: They handle confidential data and for that, they must be completely trustworthy

Educational Requirements

  • The 4-year undergraduate law school degree

  • Juris Doctor Degree

  • Mater of Laws (LLM) in Intellectual Property law

Job outlook

New job opportunities are available for a career in Intellectual Property Attorney. The average Indian salary is about Rs. 10 lakh per annum. Few openings are available in government organizations. They may either work for a firm or be self-employed.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. What are the best colleges in India to obtain a degree in IPR Law?

· Rajiv Gandhi School of Intellectual Property Law

· Christ College of Law

· Allahabad University

· National Law University

2. What is the career scope for Intellectual Property Attorney?

There are wide openings for IP lawyers. Nowadays, almost every firm appoints an IPR lawyer to settle disputes. The salary distribution is fairly even. They may work in both the private and public sectors.

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