DutiesThe physical worksite for this position is located in Alexandria, Virginia
.This position is telework eligible per agency and business unit discretion/policy.Major Duties for this position include:
RequirementsConditions of Employment
- Provides complete and accurate advice to the Office of Petitions (OPET) management and the Deputy Commissioner for Patents on the technicalities of the procedures of the Patent Corps as related to petitions practice.
- Prepares decisions granting, dismissing or denying relief in accordance with the appropriate statutes and regulations.
- Investigates and prepares reports on issues of concerns, ensuring that such matters are timely and thoroughly addressed.
- Represents the Office of Petitions internally and in meetings with high-level officials from the Department of Commerce, other agencies, vendors, and members of external organizations. Drafts responses to controlled and non-controlled correspondences.
- Develops and presents petitions-related training to various internal and external stakeholders. Additionally, assists with the OPET help desk by assisting callers with questions relating to petitions practice and other patent examination procedural matters.
- Applicants will only be accepted from 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 (www.sss.gov).
- 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.
- Time-in-grade/band requirements must be met by the closing date of the announcement.
- Suitable for Federal Employment
You must meet the United States Office of Personnel Management's (OPM) qualification requirements (including specialized experience and/or educational requirements) for the advertised position. You must meet all eligibility and qualifications requirements by the closing date of the job announcement. OPM Qualifications Standards are available at Group Coverage Qualification Standards for Professional and Scientific Positions .
Specialized Experienceis experience that has equipped applicants with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the position to be filled. To be creditable, specialized experience must have been equivalent to at least the next lower grade level in the federal service. For this position, the next lower grade level is a GS-14.Specialized experience for this position includes:
Implementing advanced engineering, scientific, and/or real-world processes, principles, concepts, and/or methodologies that are used in the examination of petitions.
Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.Education
Education may not be substituted for specialized experience at this grade level.Additional information
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. Please visit the Selective Service System website for more information.
This is a Bargaining Unit position and represented by The Patent Office Professional Association (POPA).
This is a Public Trust position and has a risk level designation of "moderate."
Background Investigation - If selected for this position, you may be required to complete a Declaration for Federal Employment (OF-306), which includes a fingerprint and credit check, to determine your suitability for Federal employment and to authorize a background investigation.
The USPTO participates in E-Verify. For more information on E-Verify, please visit the Department of Homeland Security Website .
All Federal employees are required to have Federal salary payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of their choice.
Relocation Expenses are not authorized and will not be paid.
CTAP candidates will be eligible for selection priority if it is determined that they have exceeded the minimum qualifications for the position by attaining at least a "well qualified" rating of 85 out of 100. Information about CTAP eligibility is on the Office of Personnel Management's Career Transition Resources website at: OPM CTAP/ICTAP .
CTAP documentation requirements are listed in the 'Required Documents' section of this announcement.More than one selection may be made from this announcement
if additional identical vacancies in the same title, series, grade, and unit occur within 90 days from the date the certificate was issued.
All application materials become the property of the United States Patent and Trademark Office.
USPTO Job Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should request accommodation(s) from the USPTO at http://www.uspto.gov/accommodation .
The United States Patent and Trademark Office is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factors. If you believe that you have been discriminated against and would like to file an EEO complaint, you must do so within 45 days of the date of the alleged discriminatory act. Claims of employment discrimination must be submitted to the attention of the USPTO's Office of Equal Employment Opportunity & Diversity via email ( firstname.lastname@example.org ) or phone (571-272-8292).