Vice Chief Administrative Patent Judge

Alexandria, Virginia
May 23, 2017
Jul 11, 2017
Full Time

About the Agency

The USPTO has been serving the economic interests of America for more than 225 years. We are responsible for granting US intellectual property rights for patents and trademarks. Our efforts have provided inventors exclusive rights over their discoveries. It is an effort that continues to contribute to a strong global economy, to encourage investment in innovation and to cultivate an entrepreneurial spirit for the 21st century. The USPTO is headquartered in Alexandria, Virginia, and has over 13,000 employees, including engineers, scientists, attorneys, analysts, IT specialists, etc. all dedicated to accomplishing the USPTO's mission, vision, strategic goals and guiding principles. For more information about the USPTO, please visit our websites at

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  • Business travel 1 to 5 days a month.

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  • You must be a U.S. Citizen.
  • Must be registered for Selective Service, if applicable (
  • Required to pass a background investigation and fingerprint check.
  • Your resume and responses to PTQs and ECQs (8,000 character limit each).
  • You must submit technical and law degree transcripts.
  • You must submit proof of Bar Membership.
  • Applicants must possess senior level management and technical experience in the areas of patent law and management which have equipped the applicant with the knowledge and skills required for effective performance of other specific duties of the position.

    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.

    Due to the complexity of this position, the Vice Chief Judge must possess a technical degree and a law degree.

    Additionally, the Vice Chief Judge must be a member in good standing of the Bar of any state, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, or any territorial court under the Constitution. Furthermore, the Vice Chief Judge must possess significant work experience in the field of patent law and management.

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