Job Overview


About the Agency

Applications will be accepted from students who expect to complete qualifying education within 9 months from the date of application. USPTO requires verification of successful completion before extending a final offer.  THIS VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT IS FOR POSITIONS LOCATED IN DENVER, CO AREA ONLY. YOUR APPLICATION TO THIS VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT WILL ONLY ALLOW CONSIDERATION FOR THIS ANNOUNCEMENT AND THIS DUTY STATION.

Come work for the USPTO, we have been ranked as one of the Best Places to Work in the Federal Government®!
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has been serving the economic interests of America for more than 200 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's 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 12,000 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 the USPTO Careers Website.

Please read this entire announcement before submitting application materials.


A patent examiner (PE) reviews patent applications to determine if they comply with Federal law and regulation and scientific principle. A PE scrutinizes patent applications, determines the scope of protection claimed by the inventor, researches relevant technologies, and communicates findings and decisions to patent practitioners and/or inventors.  The PE conducts extensive reviews of a large body of technical information, including detailed drawings as represented in electrical schematic, 3-dimensional mechanical portrayed drawings or chemical manufacturing process diagrams.
The position requires the analytical ability to efficiently digest large volumes of scientific information and to use this in making timely decisions regarding the patentability of an application. The PE reviews patent applications and writes office actions in a production-oriented environment. Almost all of the PE's work is performed using a computer and is visually very demanding.
As a PE, you will independently perform patent examining functions and formulate or recommend appropriate action with respect to:

  • Checking applications for technical accuracy and compliance with formal requirements
  • Treating disclosure statements and claims of priority
  • Analyzing disclosure and claims for compliance with 35 USC 112
  • Planning a field of search
  • Conducting search
  • Formulating rejections under 35 USC 102 and 103 with supporting rationale, or determining how claim(s) distinguish over the prior art
  • Determining whether amendment introduces new matter
  • Determining whether restriction is proper
  • Determining whether claimed invention is operable/useful as disclosed
After preliminary instruction, you will perform patent examining functions and formulate or recommend appropriate action with respect to:
  • Evaluating / applying case law as necessary
  • Evaluating sufficiency of affidavits / declarations
  • Determining whether appropriate line of patentable distinction is maintained between application and/or patents
  • Evaluating sufficiency of reissue oath / declaration
This is a Computer Engineering position for experienced Intellectual Property professionals. If you do not have Intellectual Property work experience, or if Computer Engineering is not your area of expertise, please consult our Careers Website and consider one of our other open Patent Examiner positions. We regularly have openings for Patent Examiner positions in disciplines such as:
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering

Travel Required

  • Not Required

Relocation Authorized

  • No