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Patent Scientist / Patent Attorney


Patent scientists (or patent attorneys) serve a unique role in large agricultural organizations that produce new products. Their responsibility is to evaluate patent validity on new products or services from both a legal and scientific perspective.


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What responsibilities will I have?

  • Manage intellectual property matters relating to a company’s products or creations
  • Perform patent assessments and the drafting of patent applications
  • Provide infringement opinions and help to develop patent strategies
  • Prosecute patent applications and conduct opposition proceedings
  • Evaluation and due diligence of patent licensing and acquisition opportunities
  • Control and manage the allocated budget for patent portfolios
  • Perform presentations and become involved in intellectual property review meetings
  • Support business objectives and counseling inventors in line with areas of commercial focus
  • Work closely with and advise scientific researchers, project managers, and heads of business units within the company
  • Remain closely involved in negotiation agreements with third parties


What education and training is required?

A master’s or doctorate degree in your preferred field of work (biology, genetics, etc.) is required to become a patent scientist or attorney. You will also need to possess experience in the patent profession or have some level of legal training; a Juris Doctorate (J.D.) is recommended.


To pursue a career as a Patent Scientist:

The following high school courses are recommended: agricultural education, business courses, a focus on the sciences, computer courses, and mathematics.


Typical Employers:

Patent scientists work for large agricultural companies and organizations that are continually achieving discoveries and creating new products.


Future Job Market/Outlook

The future outlook for a patent scientist will be good over the next five years. 


Suggested Professional Organizations and Associations

  • National Association of Patent Practitioners
  • American Intellectual Property Law Association
  • Other organizations pertaining to field of expertise
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