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Intellectual Property Lawyer

Who is an Intellectual Property Lawyer?

Intellectual Property Lawyer deals with legal issues associated with the ownership of service marks or copyright, confidential trade secrets and patents.

What does an Intellectual Property Lawyer do?

Intellectual property Lawyer caters to mainly knowledge or Information Producers like writers, inventors, producers, directors, and producers. They often help clients with protecting their ideas or products from being used by third parties. This includes knowledge of laws governing copyright, patents, trademarks, and trade secrets.


To become an Intellectual Property Lawyer, you need to graduate with a degree in LLB. Hence, anyone with an aptitude for law who has cleared class 12 (any stream) can get in this profession.

What are the skills required?

The role of an Intellectual Property Lawyer requires thorough knowledge in copyright Laws. The skills a candidate should possess to become a successful advocate are:

  • Critical Thinking

  • Analytical Reasoning

  • Negotiation

  • Research

  • Writing and problem-solving skills.

  • Eye for Detail

If you have the above skill set and have an interest in Law, then this should be your inner calling.

Top colleges offering courses on Intellectual Property Lawyer

If you wish to become an Advocate, you need to learn copyright laws and laws associated with it. Additionally, we have listed the top colleges in India offering a course on Intellectual property law:

  • Jindal Global Law School

  • Indian Law Institute, New Delhi

  • The W.B National University of Judicial Sciences, Kolkata

  • Alliance University, Karnataka

  • Symbiosis Law School, Pune

  • National Law University, Jodhpur

Aspirants can pursue undergraduate(UG) as well as postgraduate(PG) from these colleges. You may access 9CC’s 9Rankings for Law to view the best of the best universities.

In undergraduate level education, you might want to pursue combined law courses where after completing a basic graduation degree, if you wish you can practice in the Intellectual property law field and become an advocate. Some popular pg level courses have extensive and in-depth content on copyright laws and career guidance for advocates.

Career scope

Intellectual Property Lawyer is an exponentially widening field. Many major companies are taking an entire shift from hunting down tangible properties such as land and machinery towards intellectual assets such as patent and brand copyright. We have covered intellectual property law thoroughly to give you the right career guidance so that you can make an informed decision and choose your desired higher education in India.

India is becoming a hub of major startups and research and development centers. A lot of companies are hiring advocates to trademark their branding and have ample intellectual assets. Many students are choosing LLB as their preferred education. While every industry requires Intellectual Property support, there are three types whose basis is based on intangible assets. Media and Entertainment, technology Industry and biotechnology are the three biggest fields catering to IP lawyers. The different fields you can work in are:

  • Litigation

  • Filing and Prosecution

  • Teaching and training

  • Technology assessment and marketing

  • Drafting

How much does an Intellectual Property Lawyer make?

An intellectual property lawyer analyst with 1-4 years of experience makes an average of Rs 33,000/mth. While an intellectual property lawyer with around 5-9 years of experience earns an average of Rs 60,000/mth. The estimates given are based on payscale.

What are the books and study materials available?

To become an Intellectual Property Lawyer, you need to have a good grasp of copyright laws. You need thorough preparation to be a Lawyer and we have compiled the books that will help you build a strong base:

  • P.Narayan on Intellectual Property Law

  • G.B Reddy on Intellectual Property Law

  • Law on Intellectual Property, Dr Peter Johnson

  • Foundations of Intellectual Property, Robert P.Merges

  • Internet Law, Eric Goldman

Major recruiters

The recruitment for advocates is taken by both states as well as major multinational companies. The major companies that hire Intellectual Property Lawyer are:

  • Lee Heagy and Company

  • Advanced Clinical Services

  • Harman Finochem Limited

  • Reliance Entertainment

  • Amazon

Interesting fact 

Amazon introduced a 1-click technology in 1998, where buyers can purchase from their shop through just one click. The problem was that this technology would store all the information of the buyer like email id and phone number.

Barnes and Noble also introduced the same technology called "Express Lane" which copied Amazon where buyers could book in one click and Amazon filed a patent infringement lawsuit against them, which was then settled under undisclosed terms.