|Job Announcement: IPEX|
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
Alexandria, VA 22314
Full Time -- Employee
Open Period: February 13, 2012 to Friday, March 30, 2012
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 gain experience, training and mentorship you won't get anywhere else. 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. You'll be doing something great for your country and for yourself.
USPTO has been serving the economic interests of America for more than 200 years. Our 9,500 employees are responsible for granting U.S. intellectual property rights for patents and trademarks. Visit our website: www.USPTO.gov.
A Patent Examiner (PE) reviews patent applications to determine if they comply with Federal law and regulations 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 a Patent Examiner'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
Evaluating appropriateness of grounds for reexamination
We Are Seeking:
experienced IP professionals for all patent technology centers;
knowledgeable IP professionals in administrative and legal matters associated with the patents process;
IP professionals with the ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing.
Whats In It for You?
receive a four (4) week period of formal training in the Patent Training Academy;
opportunities to use the sum of your valuable IP experience and knowledge to contribute to a strong global economy;
an attractive and competitive compensation/benefits package.
Complete details and specific job application requirements are included in the job posting on www.USPTOcareers.gov. To be considered for this position, you must apply online.
Engineering degree or combination of engineering education and experience
Basic Qualifications and additional Specialized Experience
US Citizen or National
Live near, or be willing to relocate or commute to the DC area
Submit a complete application and furnish all required documentation
Enjoy research and work well autonomously
Successful completion of a full 4-year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelors or higher degree that included a major field of study or specific course requirements in one of the following disciplines: Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Biomedical Engineering.
In addition of the Basic Qualification Requirements, you must have had one year of specialized experience in Patent Prosecution.
This position is being advertised at the General Schedule (GS) 11 grade level ($69,899.00 $90,866.00 USD/year) with promotion potential to the GS 13 grade levels ($95,326.00 123,923.00 USD/year). To find out more about this exciting opportunity and the qualifications requirements (specialized experience); please visit our vacancy announcements at: www.USPTOcareers.gov.
USPTO is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
How to Apply:
To be considered for this position, you must apply online: