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Intellectual Property Lawyers

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Intellectual property lawyers focus on the protection of creative thought. They may work with patents to protect their clients' inventions and discoveries; copyrights to protect works their clients have authored, such as music or software programs; and trademarks to protect brand names and symbols associated with their clients' businesses. Intellectual property (IP) attorneys may also work with companies to protect their trade secrets. IP lawyers are kept busy during periods of economic productivity, protecting emerging new ideas and creations such as Internet sites and scientific discoveries. According to the Franklin Pierce Center for Intellectual Property, the United States is the largest producer of intellectual property in the world.

Salary Range

$50,000 to $100,000+

Minimum Education Level

Law Degree




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