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Job Title:  Deputy Chief Administrative Patent Judge
Department:  Department Of Commerce
Agency:  Patent and Trademark Office
Job Announcement Number:  PTAB-2014-0018

This position is closed and no longer accepting online applications through USAJOBS.

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$120,749.00 to $181,500.00 / Per Year
Monday, February 24, 2014 to Monday, April 14, 2014
Full Time - Permanent
1 vacancy in the following location:
Alexandria, VA View Map
Applications will be accepted from all United States citizens.
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About the Agency

Come work for the #1 Best Place to Work ™ in the Federal Government! The 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 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 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 our websites at


  • You must be a U.S. Citizen.
  • 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.


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The Deputy Chief Administrative Patent Judge (Deputy Chief Judge) serves under the administrative direction of the Chief Administrative Patent Judge (Chief Judge), is a full voting member of the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (Board) as provided by Title 35 U.S. Code, Section 6, and is the immediate supervisor of the Vice Chief Judges and Board Executive, and the second-line supervisor of all Lead Administrative Patent Judges (Lead Judges) assigned to the Board. The Director, the Deputy Director, the Commissioner for Patents, the Commissioner for Trademarks, and the several administrative patent judges (including the Chief Judge, Deputy Chief Judge, Vice Chief Judges, and Lead Judges) constitute the membership of the Board; but any three or more of these individuals may constitute a legal panel of the Board to render a decision in a patent appeal, an interference proceeding, a post grant review proceeding, an inter partes review proceeding, a derivation proceeding, or a proceeding under the Transitional Program for Covered Business Methods Patents (Covered business method review proceeding). The Board has the sole authority to hear and adjudicate patent appeals from decisions of Primary Patent Examiners. The Board also holds oral hearings when requested, and has the authority to grant rehearings.

The Deputy Chief Judge is responsible for assisting the Chief Judge in developing and implementing the USPTO rules associated with patent appeals, interferences, post grant reviews, inter partes reviews, derivations, and covered business method reviews.  They include Title 37 of the Code of Federal Regulations, Part 41: Subpart A provides the General Provisions; Subpart B involves Ex Parte Patent Appeals; Subpart C involves Inter Partes Appeals; Subpart D is directed to Contested Cases; and Subpart E involves Patent Interferences and Title 37 of the Code of Federal Regulations, Part 42: Subpart A provides Trial Practice and Procedure; Subpart B involves Inter Partes Review, Subpart C involves Post-Grant Review, Subpart D involves Transition Program for Covered Business Method Patents.  The Deputy Chief Judge is also responsible for developing and implementing the Standard Operating Procedures necessary for the internal operation of the Board.  Furthermore, the Deputy Chief Judge is responsible for adjudicating petitions for the Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO.

The Deputy Chief Judge serves as the Acting Chief Judge during the absence of the Chief Judge.  The Deputy Chief Judge also assists the Chief Judge in the comprehensive executive management, strategic planning, and financial functions essential to effective Board operations; the assignment of panels of administrative patent judges to adjudicate all patent appeals, interference proceedings and AIA trials; and periodically serves on such panels.  The Deputy Chief Judge further assists the Chief Judge in the development and implementation of quality, timeliness, productivity, and customer service performance standards for the Judges.

The Deputy Chief Judge interacts with the legal community, including the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, bar associations, etc.; actively participates in public conferences and meetings; and makes presentations to foreign dignitaries regarding the Board.


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Applicants must possess senior level management and technical experience in the area 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.

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

Additionally, the Deputy 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 Deputy Chief Judge must possess significant work experience in the field of patent law and management


Your eligibility for consideration and qualifications for the position will be determined based upon a review of your detailed resume and your responses to job specific self-assessment questions. Your resume will be evaluated based on evidence of your ability to demonstrate the professional/technical qualifications (PTQs) and executive core qualifications (ECQs) for this position, possession of any specialized experience, and how well your background and experience relates to the self-assessment questions in the job announcement.

The self-assessment questions relate to the following professional/technical qualifications that must be answered in order to be considered for the position: PTQ 1- Expert knowledge of the legal principles and technical subject matter associated with patent appeals, interferences, post grant reviews, inter partes reviews, derivations, and covered business method reviews. Demonstrated ability to understand technical subject matter; apply relevant patent law and legal principles involved in patent appeals, interferences, post grant reviews, inter partes reviews, derivations, and covered business method reviews; and effectively work in groups to resolve complex technical and legal issues. PTQ 2- Demonstrated executive level experience in directing, supervising, and evaluating the activities of a professional, technical and legal organizational unit. Demonstrated ability to develop and achieve organizational goals; prepare and execute organizational budgets; delegate assignments; motivate subordinate groups and individuals; establish and execute programs to implement policies; and establish and maintain a positive working environment. PTQ 3- Executive level experience in effectively communicating orally and in writing complex technical and legal issues; the ability to fully comprehend the complex technical and legal issues discussed in a work group; the ability to lead said work group(s); and the demonstrated experience to effectively interact with the legal community and other internal and external stakeholders.

The self-assessment questions relate to the following executive core qualifications (ECQs) that must be answered in order to be considered for the position: ECQ 1- Leading Change, ECQ 2- Leading People, ECQ 3- Results Driven, ECQ 4- Business Acumen, ECQ 5- Building Coalitions. For the following five Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs), you are required to submit a narrative response addressing your specific knowledge, skills, and abilities that demonstrate your possession of these qualifications. Be sure to provide specific examples of what you've done that demonstrates your possession of each ECQ. For more information about the Executive Core Qualifications please visit this site:

To preview questions please click here.


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Probationary Period: You will be required to serve a one-year probationary period unless you previously completed the probationary period in the SES.
You must be a graduate from a law school accredited by the American Bar Association AND be an active member and maintain good standing of a state, territory of the United States, District of Columbia, or Commonwealth of Puerto Rico bar

The incumbent may be required to submit to a drug test to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment and, if appointed, the incumbent will be subjected to random drug testing procedures.
Veteran preference does not apply to the Senior Executive Service.

Mobility: Organizational and geographical mobility is essential in developing and managing SES leaders and generally is a key to advancement. Therefore, applicants are expected to be mobile and once appointed SES members may be reassigned at the discretion of the appointing authority.

Before entering on duty, you will be required to complete a Confidential Financial Disclosure Report, OGE-278. You will need to provide the information annually.
If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System. If you are exempt from registration under Selective Service Law, you must provide appropriate proof of exemption. Please visit the Selective Service System website for more information

The USPTO participates in E-Verify. For more information on E-Verify, please visit
This is a Non Bargaining Unit position. If selected for this position, you will be required to complete a Declaration for Federal Employment (OF-306), which includes a fingerprint and credit check, to determine your suitability for Federal employment and to authorize a background investigation.

All Federal employees are required to have Federal salary payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of their choice.
Relocation Expenses are not authorized and will not be paid.

More than one selection may be made from this announcement if additional identical vacancies in the same title, series, grade, and unit occur within 90 days from the date the certificate was issued.

All application materials become the property of the United States Patent and Trademark Office. 

The United States Patent and Trademark Office is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate 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 factors.  If you believe that you have been discriminated against and would like to file an EEO complaint, you must do so within 45 days of the date of the alleged discriminatory act.  Claims of employment discrimination must be submitted to the attention of the USPTO’s Office of Equal Employment Opportunity & Diversity via email ( or phone (571-272-8292).


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All applicants must apply online. You can choose ONE of the following methods to submit Supporting Documents: 1) You can upload your documents when you register or update your information on the Department of Commerce application site which you access through the USAJobs site. OR 2) You can fax your documents to 571-258-4052 using the system generated fax cover sheet. Your application and all required documentation must be received by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on the closing date of this job announcement. Review your resume and responses carefully. Responses to job questions that are not fully supported by the information in your application package may result in adjustments to your rating. Any experience claimed in a cover letter should be substantiated by information contained in your resume. A Human Resources Representative will validate the qualifications of those candidates eligible to be referred to the hiring official.
If you experience difficulties with the application process or do not have access to a computer, it is your responsibility to contact the HR Specialist listed in the "Contact Information" before the closing date of this job announcement. If you are a new user to the USAJobs Site and have never registered for an account; you will first need to create an account profile with your basic contact information and a resume to begin applying. You must be a registered USAJobs user AND you must be signed-in to your account in order to apply for this position. For help setting up an account or for general help using USAJobs, go to USAJobs Help Page. Once you have gathered all of the required information and are ready to begin the application process, click the "APPLY ONLINE" button at the right side of the page. You will then be directed away from USAJobs to the Department of Commerce application site for USPTO. NEED HELP? If you experience any difficulties with the application site, help is available! If you have problems completing your on-line application, contact the Monster Hiring Management Help Desk at 1-866-656-6831 or by e-mail at The help desk is available Monday - Friday 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Eastern Time. You may call and leave a voice mail message at all other times. All required supporting documents will be collected electronically via the USAJobs "Saved Documents" feature.


Your required documents must be received in the Office of Human Resources by the vacancy announcement closing date. Please include the following documents in your application packet:

1) A resume or any other written format you choose to describe your job-related qualifications; optional cover letter: Your resume should indicate your citizenship and should list your educational and work experience. Please Note: Responses to job questions that are not fully supported by the information in your resume may result in adjustments to your rating.

2) Your narrative responses to the Professional Technical Qualification (PTQs) and Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) questions. Do not write see attachment. Input responses when prompted.

3) Proof of active bar membership in good standing.

4) Technical and Law school transcripts. Unofficial copies are acceptable, however, if selected you will be required to furnish official transcripts. It is your responsibility to provide adequate proof that you meet the above educational requirements. Inadequate or illegible information could result in non-qualification and loss of consideration.

If you are a current or previous Senior Executive Service career member you must submit a copy of your Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50) to show proof. NOTE: Submit only the documents requested. Additional documents will not be reviewed by the rating panel.


Isis Thomas
Phone: 571-272-4363
Fax: 571-258-4052
Agency Information:
550 Elizabeth Lane
Alexandria, VA
Fax: 571-258-4052


You will receive a notice generated by the USAJobs System when you have successfully submitted your application. After all application packages have been received, we will review and evaluate each applicant who meets the basic qualifications on the information provided and you may be contacted for follow-up supplemental documentation. It is the applicant's responsibility to provide any supplemental documents or information requested by the Office of Human Resources within the allocated timeframes. Failure to submit requested documents or information within 5 business days of receiving the request may result in your application not receiving further consideration. You can check the status of your application by logging into USAJobs. You may also sign up to receive automatic emails anytime the status of your application has changed by logging into your USAJobs Account, editing your profile and changing the 'Notification Settings' to indicate that you want to be notified by email when the status changes. Information regarding the status of your application should be updated in the system within 2 weeks after the closing date of this job announcement.

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