Come work for the USPTO, we have been ranked as one of the Best Places to Work in the Federal Government®! The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has been serving the economic interests of America for more than 200 years. We are responsible for granting US intellectual property rights for patents and trademarks. The USPTO is headquartered in Alexandria, Virginia, and has over 12,000 employees. For more information about the USPTO, please visit the USPTO Careers Website.
Due to COVID-19, the USPTO is operating in a state of maximum telework and most employees are teleworking full-time. Consequently, you will start your work in a temporary telework status and your training will occur in a virtual environment. Accordingly, you will commence work under a temporary telework arrangement that will remain in effect until the Agency informs you that you are no longer subject to its Situational (Ad Hoc) Telework Program. When the time comes, for example, if your original work location is established as the USPTO headquarters in Alexandria, VA, you may be asked to report to campus. The USPTO will provide as much advance notice as possible in the event of this directive and will work with you to allow you a reasonable timeframe to transition.
A patent examiner (PE) reviews applications to determine whether patents can be granted for inventions. Patents give inventors the right to exclude others from making or selling their inventions for a limited time. As a U.S. patent examiner, you will handle these basic patent examining functions:
Search prior art to ensure that an invention is new and unique. Prior art is information that has been disclosed to the public about an invention before a given date – including any related patents, published articles and public demonstrations.
Review patent applications to ensure conformity to formal requirements.
Write legal office actions on patentability and respond to patent applicants.
You must be a U.S. Citizen or National.
Your resume and question responses must demonstrate the job-related KSAs.
You must meet the definition of specialized experience.
Required to pass a background investigation and fingerprint check.
Must be registered for Selective Service, if applicable (www.sss.gov)
Suitable for Federal employment.
You must meet the following United States Office of Personnel Management’s (OPM) qualification requirements for the advertised position. OPM’s prescribed Group Coverage Qualification Standard for Patent Examiner Series,
Vacancy Type: Full Time
Job Location: Hagerstown, MD, US
Application Deadline: N/A