Yearning for a job that harnesses the power of innovation, yet provides work/life balance? As a Patent Examiner with the United States Patent and Trademark Office, you'll be working with the largest Intellectual Property Rights entity in the nation. You'll be supporting economic growth and positioning America as one of the world's top innovators. You'll conduct research and interact with applicants who are working on inventive modern breakthroughs. You'll have access to alternative, flexible schedules, telework, bonuses and paid overtime.
Applications will be accepted from students who expect to complete qualifying education within 9 months from the date of application. USPTO requires verification of successful completion before extending a final offer.
USPTO has been serving the economic interests of America for more than 200 years. Our 10,230 employees are responsible for granting U.S. intellectual property rights for patents and trademarks. Visit our website .
Please read this entire announcement before submitting application materials.
Engneering degree or combination of engineering edu. & tech. experience
Basic Qualifications plus additional Specialized Experience
U.S. Citizen or National
Live near, or be willing to relocate or commute to the D.C. area
Submit a complete application and furnish all required documentation
Enjoy research and work well autonomously
A patent examiner (PE) reviews patent applications to determine if they comply with Federal law and regulation and scientific principle. A PE scrutinizes patent applications, determines the scope of protection claimed by the inventor, researches relevant technologies, and communicates findings and decisions to patent practitioners and/or inventors.
The PE conducts extensive reviews of a large body of technical information, including detailed drawings as represented in electrical schematic, 3-dimensional mechanical portrayed drawings or chemical manufacturing process diagrams.
The position requires the analytical ability to efficiently digest large volumes of scientific information and to use this in making timely decisions regarding the patentability of an application. The PE reviews patent applications and writes office actions in a production-oriented environment. Almost all of the PE's work is performed using a computer and is visually very demanding.
As a PE, you will independently perform patent examining functions and formulate or recommend appropriate action with respect to:
Checking applications for technical accuracy and compliance with formal requirements
Treating disclosure statements and claims of priority
Analyzing disclosure and claims for compliance with 35 USC 112
Planning a field of search
Formulating rejections under 35 USC 102 and 103 with supporting rationale, or determining how claim(s) distinguish over the prior art
Determining whether amendment introduces new matter
Determining whether restriction is proper
Determining whether claimed invention is operable/useful as disclosed
After preliminary instruction, you will perform patent examining functions and formulate or recommend appropriate action with respect to:
Evaluating / applying case law as necessary
Evaluating sufficiency of affidavits / declarations
Determining whether appropriate line of patentable distinction is maintained between application and/or patents
Evaluating sufficiency of reissue oath / declaration
This is a Computer Engineering position for experienced Intellectual Property professionals. If you do not have Intellectual Property work experience, or if Computer Engineering is not your area of expertise, please consult our Careers Website and consider one of our other open Patent Examiner positions. We regularly have openings for Patent Examiner positions in disciplines such as:
You must meet the United States Office of Personnel Management’s (OPM) qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement.
To qualify for this position, you must meet BOTH requirements: I. Basic Qualifications AND II. Specialized Experience. (See details below including how certain graduate level education can substitute for specialized experience.)
I. BASIC QUALIFICATIONS
To meet the Basic Qualification requirements, you must have either : (A) successfully completed a full 4-year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor's or higher degree in Engineering; OR (B) a combination of qualifying education and experience:
A) Successfully completed a full 4-year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor's or higher degree in Engineering (See REQUIRED DOCUMENTS).
The curriculum must:
1. Be accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) as a professional engineering curriculum;
2. Include differential and integral calculus and courses (more advanced than first-year physics and chemistry) in five of the following seven areas:
a) statics, dynamics
b) strength of materials (stress-strain relationships)
c) fluid mechanics, hydraulics
e) electrical fields and circuits
f) nature and properties of materials (relating to particle and aggregate structure to properties)
g) any other comparable area of fundamental engineering science or physics, such as optics, heat transfer, soil mechanics or electronics
B) A combination of Education and Experience.
This combination of college level education, training and/or technical experience must have furnished both:
- A thorough knowledge of the physical and mathematical sciences underlying professional engineering;
This can be demonstrated by one of the following:
- A good understanding, both theoretical and practical, of the engineering sciences and techniques and their application to professional engineering
1. Professional registration -- Current registration as a professional engineer by any State, the District of Columbia, Guam or Puerto Rico.
2. Written test -- Evidence of passing the Engineer-in-Training (EIT) examination or the written test required for professional registration, administered by the Boards of Engineering Examiners in various States, the District of Columbia, Guam and Puerto Rico.
3. Specified academic courses -- Successful completion of at least 60 semester hours in the physical, mathematical and engineering sciences and including the courses specified in the basic requirements. The courses must be fully acceptable toward meeting the requirements of a professional engineering curriculum as described in paragraph A.
4. Related curriculum -- Successful completion of a curriculum leading to a bachelor's degree in engineering technology or in an appropriate professional field, e.g., physics, chemistry, architecture, computer science, mathematics, hydrology, or geology, may be accepted in lieu of an Engineering degree, provided the applicant has had at least 1 year of professional engineering experience with professional engineering supervision and guidance.
II. SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE
In addition to the BASIC QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS, you must meet SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE requirements. You must have either: (A) At least 52 weeks of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-9 grade level in the Federal Service; or (B) Qualifying graduate level education leading to a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree; or (C) A combination of "A" qualifying specialized experience and "B" qualifying graduate level education:
A) At least 52 weeks of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-9 grade level in the Federal service, including BOTH :
1. TECHNICAL EXPERIENCE - Interpreting and applying advanced computer engineering and/or scientific principles, theories, concepts and methodologies for computer application of complex scientific data. Technical areas of experience may include:
2. PATENT PROSECUTION EXPERIENCE - Evaluating patent applications using appropriate knowledge of computer engineering. In addition to the Technical Experience above, you must have experience in BOTH :
- Memory access / control
- System error or fault handling (e.g. error detection and correction, system reliability and availability, logic testing, arithmetic processing)
- Software development or configuration and initialization, operating systems
- Artificial intelligence (e.g. robotic control, fuzzy logic, neural networks, statistics)
- Systems architecture (e.g. multi-processors, parallel or distributed)
- Security (e.g. computers, networks, cryptography, information)
- Computer graphics and visualization
- Database management (e.g. data structure, file management)
- Computer control (e.g. simulation, modeling, emulation, human machine interface)
- Networking / Communications (e.g. digital signal processing)
- Semiconductor and digital logic testing
a. Determining or arguing whether patent claims distinguish from the prior art
b. Planning and conducting prior art searches related to patent applications
In addition, some combination of the following activities can supplement items #a and #b above to represent qualifying patent prosecution experience.
- Writing or responding to rejections under 35 USC 102 and 103
- Drafting or amending disclosure and claims for compliance with 35 USC 112
- Drafting or reviewing patent applications to ensure technical accuracy and compliance with formal requirements
- Verifying that specification and claim amendments do not introduce new matter
- Treating disclosure statements and claims of priority
B) Three years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D., or equivalent doctoral degree as stated in the Basic Qualification Requirements. One year of full-time graduate education is considered to be the number of credit hours that the school attended has determined to represent one year of full-time study. If that number cannot be obtained from the school, 18 semester hours will be considered an academic year of graduate study.
C) Less than the full amount of graduate education as described in "B" above and less than the amount of experience described in "A" above, but have a combination of the type of graduate education and experience described above.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
Your resume, supporting documentation and self-assessment answers will be evaluated for required competencies and experience.
The self-assessment questions cover the following competencies:
Your application will then be evaluated and rated under Category Rating and Selection procedures.
- Knowledge of patent examining functions and experience in the preparation/ prosecution of patent applications
- Knowledge of scientific and technical matters associated with the patent process in a designated art area (professional scientific or engineering field)
- Knowledge of legal matters associated with patent examination practices, processes and procedures
- Ability to effectively communicate orally and in writing
Qualified applicants are assigned to one of these two categories :
Veterans’ Preference For information and eligibility requirements, please visit the VetGuide . If you are eligible, please indicate on your resume the type of Veterans' Preference you are claiming and provide the appropriate documentation described under REQUIRED DOCUMENTS .
- Best Qualified – Applicant has exceptional experience and can demonstrate a superior degree of proficiency in the required competencies
- Well Qualified – Applicant has good experience and can demonstrate a satisfactory degree of proficiency in the required competencies
Click here for details on Category Rating, including how Veterans’ Preference is applied.
To preview questions please click here .
USPTO offers great benefits including paid vacation, sick leave, paid holidays, life insurance, health benefits and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. Alternative Work Schedule (AWS), telework, bonuses and paid overtime are also available to eligible employees.
For more information about USPTO benefits, click here .
Visit the USPTO Careers site for information about working for USPTO.
You may be contacted for an interview within three weeks of the closing date of this announcement.
If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System . If you are exempt from registration under Selective Service Law, you must provide appropriate proof of exemption. Visit the Selective Service System website for details.
This position is covered by a USPTO labor union.
This is a Public Trust position and has a risk level designation of “moderate.”
Financial Disclosure - You may be required to file a Confidential Financial Disclosure Report to avoid involvement in a real or apparent conflict of interest.
Background Investigation - If invited for an interview, you may be required to complete a Declaration for Federal Employment (OF-306) to determine your suitability for Federal employment by authorizing fingerprinting, a credit check and a background investigation. You may be required to sign and certify the accuracy of all the information in your application. If you make a false statement in any part of your application, you may not be hired, you may be fired after you begin work, or you may be fined.
Probationary Period - If selected, you may be required to complete a one-year probationary period.
All Federal employees must receive salary payments by direct deposit.
Relocation expenses will not be paid .
Individuals who have special priority selection rights under the Agency Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) will be eligible if they exceed the minimum qualifications with a rating of 80 to 100. For information about CTAP/ICTAP eligibility, click here . See “REQUIRED DOCUMENTS” for CTAP/ICTAP documentation requirements.
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