ANZSCO 271214

Intellectual Property Lawyers

EMPLOYED

820

PART-TIME SHARE

18%

FEMALE SHARE

41%

MEDIAN WEEKLY EARNINGS

N/A

MEDIAN AGE

45

ANNUAL EMPLOYMENT GROWTH

N/A

Intellectual Property Lawyers provide legal advice, prepare and draft legal documents, and conduct negotiations on behalf of clients on matters associated with protecting intellectual capital, utilising patent law, copyright law and licensing.

  • Receives written information in the form of briefs and verbal instructions concerning cases from solicitors, other specialist legal professionals and clients
  • Provides advice and written opinions on points of intellectual property law
  • Confers with clients and witnesses in preparation for court proceedings
  • Draws up pleadings, affidavits and other court documents
  • Researches statutes and previous court decisions relevant to cases
  • Outlines the facts to the court, calls up and questions witnesses and addresses the court to argue a client's case
  • Provides opinion on complex intellectual property issues
  • May draw up or settle documents
  • Interviews clients to determine the nature of problems, then recommends and undertakes appropriate legal action
  • Prepares cases for court by conducting investigations, undertaking research, giving notice of court actions and arranging the preparation and attendance of witnesses
  • Prepares and critically reviews contracts between parties
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    Hours worked

    Source: ABS, 2021 Census of Population and Housing based on place of usual residence.
    Hours worked Intellectual Property Lawyers All Occupations
    Share of workers who work full-time hours 79% 59%
    Average full-time hours worked per week 45 hours 44 hours

    Industries

    Intellectual Property Lawyers work in industries like:

    Source: ABS, 2021 Census of Population and Housing based on place of usual residence.

    States and territories

    New South Wales

    35.5%

    Victoria

    36.4%

    Queensland

    14.1%

    South Australia

    5.3%

    Tasmania

    0.5%

    Northern Territory

    0.0%

    Australian Capital Territory

    1.6%

    Source: ABS, 2021 Census of Population and Housing based on place of usual residence.

    Age and gender

    Age and Gender Profile
    Source: ABS, 2021 Census of Population and Housing based on place of usual residence.
    Age and Gender Intellectual Property Lawyers All Occupations
    Median age 45 years 40 years
    Female share of employment 41% 49%
    Source: ABS, 2021 Census of Population and Housing based on place of usual residence.
    Age Profile (% Share) All Occupations Intellectual Property Lawyers
    15–19 5.2 0.0
    20–24 9.1 0.4
    25–34 22.7 19.1
    35–44 22.3 28.4
    45–54 20.4 28.5
    55–59 8.8 12.5
    60–64 6.5 5.6
    65 and Over 4.9 5.4

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    Source: ABS, 2021 Census of Population and Housing based on place of usual residence. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study).
    Qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
    Note: the sum of the educational attainment categories may not add up to 100% due to the exclusion of non-descriptive categories such as not stated responses.
    Highest Level of Educational Attainment (% Share) All Occupations Intellectual Property Lawyers
    Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate 12.2 70.9
    Bachelor degree 23.2 25.7
    Advanced Diploma/Diploma 11.1 1.1
    Certificate III/IV 19.5 0.0
    Year 12 15.9 0.7
    Year 11 4.0 0.0
    Year 10 and below 9.7 0.0
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