USPTO Jobs

The USPTO is hiring.  In addition to a number of patent examiner positions, the office is also hiring new executive-level leaders.

  • Chief Administrative Patent Judge: The Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences (BPAI) is charged with managing and deciding internal patent appeals as well as interference proceedings.  Former Chief Judge Mike Fleming recently moved to a PTO management position working directly under Director Kappos and opened a new position.  The new Chief Judge will move into a role that has become increasingly public. An increasing percentage of rejections are being appealed and the Board has a rapidly growing backlog.  An additional new challenge/potential of the position Director Kappos has recently shifted the organizational chart so that the BPAI Chief Judge reports directly to the PTO Director rather than being part of the Office of the General Counsel. [JOB POSTING]
  • Associate Commissioner for Innovation Development: The  Associate Commissioner would work with Commissioner Robert Stoll in an outreach-role to work with inventors, entrepreneurs, non-profits, and the US innovation community to help ensure that the US intellectual property protection system continues to work well with these groups. [JOB POSTING]
  • IPR Commercial Officer for the International Trade Administration in Bangkok Thailand (Not a USPTO Job): The ITA is a branch of the department of commerce that is designed to help US firms compete globally. This position would be situated at the US Embassy in Bangkok and would focus helping US companies protect their intellectual property rights. [JOB POSTING

PatentLawImage014In an e-mail, Hal Wegner highlighted other organizational changes in PTO management. The former public relations office has been revitalized under Peter Pappas in his role as the “Chief Communications Officer and Senior Advisor to the Under Secretary.” [Org Chart] [Pappas Bio] [Management Bios]

Professor Arti Rai recently left her role as Administrator for External Affairs and returned to teaching at Duke Law School.  Paul Salmon has stepped-in to fill her role as the Acting Administrator. However, the Office is looking to fill that position on a more permanent basis.

Recent Patently-O Job Postings:

  • Marjama Muldoon Blasiak & Sullivan LLP is looking to hire an experienced patent attorney for its Syracuse office.
  • A Charlotte, N.C. firm is looking to hire a docket administrator.
  • Holland & Hart is seeking an experienced transactional attorney to work in one of its mountain-west offices. 
  • Lee & Hays is looking for an experienced patent attorney with some portable business to join one of its Washington-state offices.
  • Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney is seeking a patent agent or patent attorney for its Alexandria office.
  • Dorsey & Whitney is seeking an experienced patent attorney for its Seattle office.
  • Design IP is looking for a patent attorney for its Allentown office.
  • Morgan Lewis is seeking an entry or junior level associate for its patent litigation practice in Houston.
  • Frost Brown LLC is seeking a Mechanical Engineering focused Patent Prosecution Associate with at least 3 years of experience for its Cincinnati office.

22 thoughts on “USPTO Jobs

  1. 21

    If thoughts is a wisp of smoke, let wind to you, let you know how much I miss you, If you are a drop of caring, let the rain on your head down and let you know how much I miss you.

  2. 20

    IANAE,

    I’m not willing to wait the 21-22 years (avg) that that solution will require to in order to take effect.

  3. 19

    I’m perfectly happy to remain ignorant of the procreative status of PTO staffers.

    Sooner or later, you’ll have to come to terms with the inevitable reality that we need more examiners, and the PTO doesn’t have the budget to hire from outside.

  4. 18

    Lulz 2x of them told us that’s why they were leaving. Look dood, just because you’re ignorant doesn’t mean you need to talk sht.

    The accuracy of your reporting was not really the point. I’m perfectly happy to remain ignorant of the procreative status of PTO staffers.

  5. 17

    “Ok back to reality, yeah 6, talking about other people’s maternity leave on a public blog is not the brightest thing to do. But then again, I guess we wouldn’t expect anything less than that from you.”

    Oh is that a secrit? MY BAD. Maybe she shouldn’t have told everyone that she was having a baby in a publicly broadcast program a little while back.

    Btw, I don’t think it’s “maternity leave” if you leave your job for another job.

    She was a public official that just left, I’m pretty sure that it is quite ok to say whatever the f I want to. Especially when someone was inquiring about it up thread.

    If any of them are all that worried about it, they can get D to erase all my posts in this thread. I don’t mind a bit. Or if D just wants to, np. Go ahead.

    Patentlyo is the place you go for all the good patent dirt guys, come on.

  6. 16

    “I’m sure all of these women appreciate your public speculations on their personal lives, 6.”

    Lulz 2x of them told us that’s why they were leaving. Look dood, just because you’re ignorant doesn’t mean you need to talk sht.

  7. 15

    Okay, this thread is funny. I especially enjoyed seeing Mooney whine to Daddy D about some bully stealing his lunch money, name or something like that..lol

    And while, as an Actual Inventor, I wouldn’t want anyone on my payroll wasting such time, it still nice to know members of the patent community have a sense of humor :-)

  8. 14

    Is there room at the PTO for a Minister of Science in charge of advancing ape knowledge, and/or Chief Defender of the Faith?

  9. 13

    Whatever, 6 is going to make the big bucks with his uncle. Then we will all envy him.

    Ok back to reality, yeah 6, talking about other people’s maternity leave on a public blog is not the brightest thing to do. But then again, I guess we wouldn’t expect anything less than that from you.

    Dennis,
    I remember reading the comments and finding actual patent discussions before mixed with some entertaining commentary. When did the comments start to focus on gossip within the PTO (don’t get me wrong, I like both, but perhaps you can start a PTO gossip blog). It worked for ATL, why can’t patent law have an underworld blog as well?

    Oh I forgot, here’s my method patent for the above:
    1) come up with an idea
    2) apply it to the internet using one or more of the following methods:
    a) an internet domain dedicated to a topic of interest
    b) a blog dedicated to a topic of interest
    c) a combination of a and b or
    d) any other possible way to accomplish step 2
    3) Apply said idea in step 1 to the process in step 2 then continue with step one to revise content via step 2.

  10. 12

    “I’m sure all of these women appreciate your public speculations on their personal lives, 6. You are a class act.”

    6 is a class act and he exemplifies the best at the USPTO — that is why I nominate him for Chief Administrative Patent Judge.

  11. 11

    She left no doubt to take care of her baby, or maybe to have it, I’m not sure if the baby was born yet at that time or not. In other words, the same reason Peterson left, and the same reason NAL left the boards.

    I’m sure all of these women appreciate your public speculations on their personal lives, 6. You are a class act.

  12. 10

    lulz pingerdoodle. She left no doubt to take care of her baby, or maybe to have it, I’m not sure if the baby was born yet at that time or not. In other words, the same reason Peterson left, and the same reason NAL left the boards.

  13. 9

    fish,

    I don’t know if it’s connected, but a few days before she left 6 was posting how he had run into her and it was obvious how enamored of her he had become.

    I can definitely tell you that I do not know if it was true or not that restraining orders had been issued.

  14. 8

    Namestealing… such delicious issues to consider.

    link to zabasearch.com

    How has our dearly beloved Malcolm Mooney obtained exclusive rights to this name? It’s certainly not novel or nonobvious. Is it original and expressive? Does it have acquired distinctiveness? Is the right specific to Patently-O, or to a field such as IP blogs, or to the medium of the Internet? What do we do if that Malcolm Mooney born in 1927 shows up and complains that acquaintences are suddenly yelling “GIANT COMPUTER BRAIN!” at him when his back is turned?

    Malcolm, since essentially every other post of yours trashes someone else’s claim to an intellectual property right, you’ll forgive me for asking you to justify your allegedly exclusive right.

  15. 4

    Not that I encourage namestealing…

    but selective editing, big D?

    First Baffoon, now this?

    Gee, if I whine long enough can I have my way too? Doncha know that parody is a legit form of expression? i don’t think anyone’s gonna be confused by the namestealer – the views are like totally polar.

  16. 3

    Malcolm — now is your chance. We need you as the Chief Administrative Patent Judge. You’ll whip that Board into shape and have it stop reversing rejections on those crap software patents. Your MASSIVE COMPUTER BRAIN can make it be so.

    Fixed.

    What better way to actually do something with your Quixote crusade. If you are serious, then take your quest off of these mere blog message boards and do something.

    And while you are there, ya can do somethin bouts your 15 year crusade with Beauregard too.

    ‘course, if you only want to be otch about it – please continue your windmill chasing here.

  17. 2

    “6 — now is your chance. We need you as the Chief Administrative Patent Judge. You’ll whip that Board into shape and have it stop reversing rejections on those crap software patents. My MASSIVE COMPUTER BRAIN demands that it be so.”

    Lulz, ur right. I think it req’s a lawl deg tho.

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