How to List Patent on Resume

When applying for a patent attorney job, it is imperative to list a patent on your resume. Knowing how to put a patent on a resume can be beneficial to show that you have your invention or processes recognized and protected.

However, many people don't know how to list patents on resumes correctly. In this article, we will provide a simplified guide on doing this.

We’ll go over:

  • What is a patent?
  • How to list a patent on your resume?
  • Add as many details as possible about the patent.
  • Match your patent with a role in your experience section.
  • Use an "Achievement" section to highlight patents.

What is a patent?

A patent is a document that gives the inventor exclusive rights to make, use, and sell an invention for a certain number of years. The patent protects the design from being copied or used by someone else without permission. It is different from a trademark because trademarks generally focus on words and phrases, while patents focus on the making and selling of products.

How do I list patents on my resume?

You might be wondering how to list the patent on your resume; well, here's how to do it.

1. Add as Many Details as Possible About the Patent

The most important thing about citing your patent is giving enough information on your resume for the recruiting officer to check and confirm that you are the inventor of the product.

You don't need to go into too much detail, but make sure to list:

  • The patent number
  • What the patent is for
  • When it was filed
  • Where it was filed
  • Name of the creator
  • Type of invention
  • Month and year you earned the patent

If you have a published patent available online, you can provide a link to it on your resume.


Patent #xxx, filed on [date], in the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

The patent is for a new car engine that runs on water.
Filed in 2020.

This will show the employer that you have experience in this field and are qualified for the position.

2. Match your patent with a role in your experience section.

Just listing the patent may not be enough. It would be best to match the patent with a previous position and mention the patent in the description.

For example, suppose you have a patent for a new car engine, and you previously worked as an engineer at a car company. In that case, you can mention the patent in your experience section.

This will show the employer that you have experience in this field and are qualified for the position.


Engineer at XYZ Car

3. Use an "Achievements" section to highlight patents.

Here's what the section in our resume builder looks like:


Patented a new type of car engine that runs on water.
(Description of the patent)

You can also feature a pending patent on your resume. You can check your patent application status on a private pair at the website.

If the patent is still pending, add it to your resume but add "Patent pending" at the end.


Suppose you are interested in patent law and want to list patents on your resume. In that case, it is essential to include the following information. You can find more tips and tricks on what to include and what to skip on your resume here.

  1. Ensure that you have a strong understanding of what patents are and what they entail.
  2. List your experience with patents on your resume in a way that showcases your skillset and highlights your strengths as an applicant.
  3. Be sure to stay up-to-date on changes in the patent industry so that you can continue to improve your resume and increase your chances of being hired!

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