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Breakthroughs and innovations in science and technology continually inspire applicants to file for patent applications, which translate into important opportunities for Patent Examiners. Basic qualifications for Patent Examiners include United States citizenship and a minimum of a bachelor's degree in physical science, life science, engineering discipline or computer science. Complete information on Qualifications and Evaluations can be located on the Job Announcement.

Check out the links below to find your best match, then go ahead and apply for the positions for which you are qualified. Your salary will be dependent on your individual knowledge and experience. Click here to view the current salaries for each GS grade level.

Currently, we have no available vacancies for Patent Examiner positions. Please check back frequently. When a new vacancy announcement opens for Patent Examiners, it will be posted to this page.

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From the time a job opportunity announcement closes to the time we extend an official offer, this timeline will give you a clear idea of how our hiring process works - and what you can expect at different times.

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