Uspto Careers – Patent Examiner

Website USPTO

Job Description:

Are you looking for a satisfying career where you can use your science, STEM, or engineering degree for an exciting purpose? Do you desire a job that offers you work-life balance, opportunities for career growth, telework options, and meaningful professional relationships?

At the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), we know that it takes skill to recognize ingenuity. As a patent examiner, you will put your STEM skills to work in support of American innovation! The USPTO has ranked as one of the best places to work in the federal government.


Job Responsibilities:

In this role, your efforts will play a critical role in giving inventors exclusive rights over their discoveries. A patent examiner 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 applications.

Job Requirements:

  • Applicants will be accepted from all United States Citizens and Nationals.
  • Your resume and question responses must demonstrate the job-related competencies.
  • 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 (
  • If selected, you may be required to complete a one year probationary period.
  • You must meet all qualification requirements upon the closing date of this announcement.

Job Details:

Company: USPTO

Vacancy Type:  Full Time

Job Location: Richmond, VA, US

Application Deadline: N/A

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