Profession patent engineer

Patent engineers advise companies on different aspects of intellectual property law. They analyse inventions, and research their economic potential. They check if  patent rights have already been given out for an invention and ensure that these rights have not been affected or violated.

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Personality Type

  • Investigative / Realistic
  • Realistic / Investigative


  • Patents

    The exclusive rights granted by a sovereign state to an inventor's invention for a limited period of time in exchange for the public disclosure of the invention.

  • Engineering processes

    The systematic approach to the development and maintenance of engineering systems.

  • Market research

    The processes, techniques, and purposes comprised in the first step for developing marketing strategies such as the collection of information about customers and the definition of segments and targets.

  • Legal terminology

    The special terms and phrases used in the field of law.

  • Engineering principles

    The engineering elements like functionality, replicability, and costs in relation to the design and how they are applied in the completion of engineering projects.

  • Intellectual property law

    The regulations that govern the set of rights protecting products of the intellect from unlawful infringement.

  • Financial analysis

    The process of assessing the financial possibilities, means, and status of an organisation or individual by analysing financial statements and reports in order to make well informed business or financial decisions.

  • Market analysis

    The field of market analysis and research and its particular research methods.


  • Provide legal advice

    Provide advice to clients in order to ensure that their actions are compliant with the law, as well as most beneficial for their situation and specific case, such as providing information, documentation, or advice on the course of action for a client should they want to take legal action or legal action is taken against them.

  • Analyse financial risk

    Identify and analyse risks that could impact an organisation or individual financially, such as credit and market risks, and propose solutions to cover against those risks.

  • Ensure law application

    Ensure the laws are followed, and where they are broken, that the correct measures are taken to ensure compliance to the law and law enforcement.

  • Present arguments persuasively

    Present arguments during a negotiation or debate, or in written form, in a persuasive manner in order to obtain the most support for the case the speaker or writer represents.

  • Provide advice on inventions

    Provide advice to inventors and manufacturers as to whether their inventions will be granted patents by researching if the invention is new, innovative and viable.

  • Create patent draft

    Make a precise description of the invention in legal terms.

Optional knowledge and skills

use a computer coordinate engineering teams design principles provide advice on trademarks communication project management principles handle conflicts act as a company ambassador attention to detail project management apply technical communication skills company policies trademarks provide technical expertise characteristics of products adjust engineering designs collaborate with engineers mechanical engineering apply for patents present legal arguments legal research civil engineering

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