Job Overview


About the Agency

As an Administrative Patent Judge, you will be working within the largest IP Rights governing body in the nation. You will be supporting economic growth and positioning America as the hub of critical thinking on patent-related matters in the world.

The USPTO has been serving the economic interests of America for more than 200 years. Headquartered in Alexandria, Virginia with over 10,000 employees, the USPTO is responsible for granting U.S. intellectual property rights for patents and trademarks. Our engineers, scientists, attorneys, analysts, IT specialists, etc. all are dedicated to accomplishing the USPTO's mission, vision, strategic goals and guiding principles. As a successful USPTO employee you will have eventual access to alternative, flexible schedules and telework. For more information about the USPTO, please visit our websites at


An Administrative Patent Judge (APJ) serves as a member of the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). The PTAB has authority to:

• Hear and adjudicate appeals from decisions of Primary Examiners as to Patentability in patent applications and reissue and re-examination of patents

• Conduct post-grant review proceedings, inter partes review proceedings, derivation proceedings, and Transitional Program for Covered Business Method Patent proceedings, and declare and conduct proceedings in legacy interferences.

As and APJ, you will be expected to:

• Formulate ideas and communicate them effectively to various stakeholders; and

• Draft decisions regarding patentability. 

Though not required, PTAB prefers candidates with 10-15 years of patent experience, including those who have prosecuted and/or litigated patent cases and supervised professional IP teams and/or attorneys. Though not required, PTAB prefers candidates with experience prosecuting and/or litigating electrical, computer, mechanical or data processing patents and patent applications.