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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 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 websites at


This position is located in the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (“Board”). The Patent Trial and Appeal Board Executive (Board Executive) is responsible for executive level management and direction of all functions of the Board and is directly involved in supporting the Board’s statutory judicial duties. The incumbent is responsible for planning and directing a broad range of legal, judicial, administrative, and support services. The incumbent will work closely with the Chief Administrative Patent Judge (Chief Judge) and Deputy Chief Administrative Patent Judge (Deputy Chief Judge) to develop and map the long-term strategic direction of the Board and be relied upon to be involved and provide advice to the Chief Judge and Deputy Chief Judge on all day-to-day management decisions.

The Board Executive is an executive-level position that directly oversees the operation and administration of the Board. The Board Executive serves as the focal point through which all programs and projects/actions of the office receive effective central coordination and review. Decisions made by the Board Executive include determining resources to be expended, the timing of major events, the priority of projects and plans, and deciding which projects should be initiated, dropped, or postponed. The Board Executive ensures that appropriate long-range planning is coordinated and accomplished, and that there is maximum and efficient utilization of available resources. An understanding of the nature of the Patent Trial and Appeal Board’s mission and the matters that come before it is preferred.

The Board Executive shares responsibilities for carrying out the full range of management responsibilities and acts with full authority over the office functions and activities. The Board Executive recommends courses of action to the Chief Judge and the Deputy Chief Judge providing legal advice with respects to questions regulations, practices or other matters falling within the purview of the Board and has full responsibility and authority to determine policies, plans, goals, organization, and administrative courses of action. The Board Executive also manages and directs major program functions and activities to achieve consistency of operations reviewing legislation and/or policies for consideration and adoption by agency officials and makes substantive recommendations as needed.

More specifically the incumbent will:

  • Speak authoritatively in meetings with top USPTO officials, representatives of other government agencies and other outside groups. Acts as a liaison between Federal Circuit Court and attorneys, bar associations, and the public. Advises attorneys and judges on procedural matters related to filings.
  • Effectively oversee and direct case management, including intake of matters before the Board, docketing, data system updates, administratively preparing matters for decision, and mailing of final decisions.
  • Provide judicial support, including paralegal operations and all types of support to the various Lead Judges and other management of the Board.
  • Coordinate oral hearing operations, including docketing, scheduling, notification, requests for relief, court reporter management, and transcript management.
  • Be responsible for providing advice on the full range of administrative and human resources functions including, but not limited to, strategic human capital planning, labor relations management, contracts, agreements, workforce planning and financial management.
  • Be responsible for conducting studies relating to the business and administration of the Board and preparing appropriate recommendations and reports to the Chief Judge and Deputy Chief Judge.
  • Be responsible for collecting, compiling, and analyzing statistical data with a view to the preparation and presentation of reports based on such data as may be directed by the Chief Judge and Deputy Chief Judge.
  • Attend Lead Judge meetings, providing guidance and advice when necessary.