Patent Examiner (Engineering, Science, Technology) – Government – Remote

Do you aspire to use your science and patent knowledge to serve on the cutting edge of innovation?  Now you can, by being the first to examine new inventions to determine and grant patents as a Patent Examiner at the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), America's Innovation Agency!

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We currently have several open vacancies for Patent Examiners specializing in:

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science*
  • Physics
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Computer Engineering*
  • Electrical Engineering*
  • Mechanical Engineering

* The Computer Engineering, Computer Science, and Electrical Engineering patent examiner positions include a $20,000 recruitment bonus (with a 20-month service commitment).


As a patent examiner, you will spend your time:

  • Searching prior art using specialized technology systems to ensure that an invention is new and unique. Prior art is information that has been disclosed to the public about an invention before a given date including related patents, published articles and public demonstrations.
  • Reviewing patent applications for potentially new inventions and innovations to ensure they meet the agency requirements.
  • Writing legal office actions on patentability and respond to patent applications.

New patent examiners receive top-notch training during the first months on the job that will give you the tools you need to be successful in your role.
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  • You must have either (A) successfully completed a full 4-year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor's or higher STEM degree OR (B) a combination of qualifying education and experience: courses equivalent to a major, as shown in (1), plus
    appropriate experience or additional education.

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Conditions of Employment:

  • Applications will only be accepted from United States Citizens and Nationals and your resume and question responses must demonstrate the job-related competencies. If selected, you will be required to pass a background investigation and fingerprint check.
  • The duties of the position will depend on the level of the role, and the level a selectee is selected for will depend on a vary of factors, including education and experience.
  • The full list of duties, qualifications, and conditions of employment can be found on the USAJOBS
  • We value our diverse, inclusive, and collaborative team members at the USPTO.
  • We know the talents of each colleague enrich our vibrant workplace. The United States government does not discriminate in employment 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 factor.

Additional Info
Employer Type: Government
Job Location: Remote