Job Overview

Summary

About the Agency

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), a cutting-edge organization dealing with intellectual property issues around the world, is seeking a high performing professional to join as a Deputy Chief Administrative Trademark Judge.

The USPTO has been serving the economic interests of America for more than 200 years. The Office is responsible for granting or recognizing US intellectual property rights for patents and trademarks. USPTO efforts have provided inventors exclusive rights over their discoveries and recognized the rights of mark owners in their trademarks. These efforts continue 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 10,000 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 website at http://usptocareers.gov/

Duties

The Deputy Chief Administrative Trademark Judge (Deputy CATJ) serves as a full voting member of the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (Board) as provided by Title 15 U.S.C. § 6, and exercises full administrative, legal, and technical authority over the Board, as supervised by the Chief Administrative Trademark Judge (CATJ). The Deputy CATJ also is responsible for working with the CATJ to develop and deploy the strategic and policy initiatives of the Board, as needs may be identified by the Board or as strategic initiatives may be required by the Office of the Under Secretary and Director of the USPTO, to which the Board reports.

The Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO (Director), the Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Deputy Director of the USPTO, the Commissioner for Patents, the Commissioner for Trademarks, and the several administrative trademark judges, including the CATJ and Deputy CATJ, constitute the membership of the Board; but any three or more of those individuals may constitute a legal panel of the Board to render a decision in a trademark appeal or an opposition, cancellation, concurrent use or interference proceeding. The Board has the sole authority to hear and adjudicate trademark appeals from final decisions of the USPTO's Trademark Examining Attorneys. The Board also holds oral hearings, when requested, in appeals and trial cases, has the authority to grant rehearings, and will consider or reconsider, as necessary, issues in cases remanded to the Board from appellate proceedings in the Board's reviewing courts.

With respect to trademark appeals from decisions of Examining Attorneys, final decisions of the Board, if unfavorable to an applicant, may be appealed to the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in accordance with 15 U.S.C. § 1071(a). Alternatively, dissatisfied applicants may elect to bring a civil action in accordance with 15 U.S.C. § 1071(b). With respect to opposition, cancellation, concurrent use, and interference proceedings, final decisions of the Board, if unfavorable to a party, also may be appealed to the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in accordance with 15 U.S.C. § 1071(a). Alternatively, dissatisfied parties also may elect to bring a civil action in accordance with 15 U.S.C. § 1071(b).

The Deputy CATJ is responsible for developing and implementing the USPTO’s rules of practice governing trademark appeals and trademark opposition, cancellation, concurrent use, and interference proceedings. These are included in Title 37 of the Code of Federal Regulations, Part 2, §§ 2.91-2.145. The Deputy CATJ is also responsible for developing and implementing the Standard Operating Procedures necessary for the internal operation of the Board. Furthermore, the CATJ is responsible, by delegation, for adjudicating certain petitions to the Director of the USPTO; which responsibility may be further delegated to and shared with the Deputy CATJ, Board Senior Level attorney, or individual ATJs.
 

The Deputy CATJ serves under the administrative direction of the CATJ who reports to the Office of the Under Secretary and Director of the USPTO. The Deputy CATJ is also responsible for the comprehensive executive management, strategic planning, policy development, and financial functions essential to effective Board operations. The Deputy CATJ assigns panels of administrative trademark judges to adjudicate all trademark appeals and trademark opposition, cancellation, concurrent use and interference proceedings and periodically serves on such panels. The Deputy CATJ also develops and maintains quality, timeliness, and productivity performance standards for the administrative trademark judges, attorneys and support staff. The Deputy CATJ serves as the Acting Chief Administrative Trademark Judge during the absence of the CATJ and serves on a variety of USPTO's enterprise-level committees.  

The Deputy CATJ officially 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 or officials regarding the Board and its operations.

Relocation Authorized

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