Director of the Office of Patent Quality Assurance
This position is located in the Office of the Associate Commissioner for Patent Quality (ACPQ). The ACPQ serves as a key advisor to the Deputy Commissioner for Patent Quality (DCPQ), Commissioner for Patents, and the Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO.
This position serves as the Director of the Office of Patent Quality Assurance (OPQA), Office of the ACPQ. The Director oversees a professional staff of Review Quality Assurance Specialists (RQAS), Supervisory Quality Assurance Specialists (SQAS), statisticians, program analysts, administrative staff and Technical Support Staff Quality Assurance Specialists. The RQAS and SQAS staff consists of experienced Primary Patent Examiners and former Supervisory Patent Examiners who have been delegated as generalists knowledgeable in a broad scope of art and examination activities due to demonstrated capacities superior to most experienced examiners.
Experience must have been at a sufficiently high level of difficulty to clearly show that the candidate possesses the required professional and technical qualifications and executive core qualifications set forth below.
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.
You must be a U.S. citizen to qualify for this position. You will need to successfully complete a background security investigation before you can be appointed into this position. You may be required to serve on a one year probationary period. You will be required to submit a Financial Disclosure Report (SF-278) upon appointment.
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