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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.

Electrical & Computer Engineers

Learn about Patent Examiner Careers at the USPTO

It Takes Skill to Recognize Ingenuity

March 6, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
March 7, 10:00 am - 2:30 pm
CCNY, New York City

Register Today for an Information Session:

Patent Examiners who work for the USPTO have granted patents for some of the world's biggest game-changing innovations. Think iPhone, the electric guitar, wearable cameras and…the Super Soaker!

Are you an Electrical or Computer Engineer looking to launch your career? Join us for a Patent Examiner Recruitment Open House on Friday, March 6 or Saturday, March 7 at The City College of New York to learn about exciting job opportunities at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Positions are located in Alexandria, VA – relocation to the metropolitan Washington, D.C. area will be required.

Patent Examiners with the USPTO:

  • Support economic growth in the United States and work with cutting-edge, modern innovations
  • Work with the largest intellectual property rights entity in the nation
  • Gain experience, training and mentorship in patent examination
  • Conduct research and interact with inventors working on inventive, modern breakthroughs
  • Enjoy competitive pay, performance-based awards, flexible schedules and telework opportunities!

Registration closes on Thursday, March 5 at 12:00 noon. Don't miss this unique opportunity to learn how your work as a Patent Examiner could make a global impact. Visit http://bit.ly/USPTO_PE15CCNY to register for an Information Session at our Recruitment Open House.

Click here to view all USPTO available positions on USAJOBS.

Patent Examiner Hiring Process Timeline

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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