Intellectual Property Law Career Guide

(Including Patent, Trademark, and Copyright)

By Paul Hellyer
Updated July 2017



ABA Section of Intellectual Property Law, Careers in IP Law: Avenues and Opportunities (2013). 
Provides an overview of this practice area and explains how law students can prepare for this field.
Publisher's Description
KF3165 .Z9 C375 2013 (STACKS & OCS)

Jennifer L. Dzwonczyk, The Patent Litigator's Job: A Survival Guide (2010).
Practical tips on how to succeed as a patent lawyer.
KF3120 .D99 2010 (STACKS)

Richard L. Hermann, "Soft" Intellectual Property Law: IP Opportunities for Non-STEM Attorneys (2017).
Discusses new job opportunities in intellectual property law, especially for non-STEM attorneys.
Publisher's Description
KF299 .I58 H47 2017 V.5 (OCS)

Institute for Career Research, Career as a Lawyer: Intellectual Property: Protecting Patents, Copyrights and Trademarks (2010).
Explains the work, required qualifications, drawbacks, earnings and opportunities in this field.

Ann. M. Mueting, Starting an IP Law Practice: Critical Questions to Ask Yourself (2012).
Advice on starting an IP practice for solos, small and mid-size firms, and in-house practitioners. Covers both patent and trademark practices.
Publisher's Description
KF3165 .M84 2012 (STACKS)

Edward F. O'Connor, Intellectual Property Law and Litigation: Practical and Irreverent Insights (2009).
An IP lawyer with decades of experience in this field offers interesting tips on IP law and IP practice.
KF 2980 .O36 2009 (STACKS) and Westlaw


Jacqueline Bell, These Law Firms Are Dominating the Federal Circuit in 2016, Law360, Aug. 12, 2016.
Describes some of the leading firms in patent law.

Erin Coe, 5 Tips for Aspiring IP Lawyers, Law360, April 25, 2016.

Erin Coe, IP Slowdown Sets Stage for More Firm Combos, Law360, Feb. 24, 2016.

Erin Coe, Law360 Reveals Largest IP Boutiques, Law360, March 25, 2016.

Matthew Huisman, Making Their Mark in D.C.: A Crop of Small Trademark Firms Taps into New Legal Client Base, National Law Journal, Aug. 29, 2011, at 17.

Annette I. Kahler, Women Joining the Patent Workforce, Landslide, March-April 2013, at 48.

Michael Loney, Women in IP Interview: Daralyn Durie, Managing Intellectual Property, June 5, 2017, at 2.
"An interview with Durie Tangri co-founder Daralyn Durie, one of Silicon Valley's most prominent patent trial lawyers, is presented, about her career path and the unique challenges for a woman litigator."

Lisa Shuchman, "Brave New World" of Patent Law, National Law Journal, Nov. 2, 2015, at 1.

Cristina Violante, IP Boutiques Right the Ship in Choppy Market, Law360, May 30, 2017.

Saurabh Vishnubhakat, Gender Diversity in the Patent Bar, 14 J. Marshall Rev. Intell. Prop. L. 67 (2014).



American Bar Association, Section of Intellectual Property Law



American Bar Association
Section of Intellectual Property Law
321 N. Clark St.
Chicago, IL 60654-7598
tel: (312) 988-5000

American Intellectual Property Law Association
241 18th St. South, Suite 700
Arlington, VA 22202
tel: (703) 415-0780
fax: (703) 415-0786

Copyright Society of the U.S.A.
352 Seventh Avenue, Suite 307
New York, NY 10001
tel: (212) 354-6401

International Trademark Association
655 3rd Ave., 10th Floor 
New York, NY 10017-5617
tel: (212) 642-1700
fax: (212) 768-7796

National Association of Patent Practitioners
3356 Station Court
Lawrenceville, GA 30044-5674
tel: (800) 216-9588

Patent and Trademark Office Society
P.O. Box 2089
Arlington, VA 22202

Virginia State Bar
Intellectual Property Law Section
707 E. Main Street, Ste 1500
Richmond, Virginia 23219-2800
Phone: (804) 775-0500


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