Job Overview

Summary

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 website at www.uspto.gov/

Duties

The Regional Director will be responsible for general oversight of the Detroit satellite office as the most senior ranking official representing the USPTO.  Duties may include, but not limited to, regular status updates on space management issues, budget items, personnel concerns, and community outreach occurring in the satellite office.  The Regional Director will coordinate with other USPTO Business Units regarding issues that may affect satellite offices, including Trademarks, Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB), the Office of the Chief Administrative Officer (CAO), the Office of the Chief Communication Officer (OCCO), and other satellite office Regional Directors. 

Specifically the incumbent will:

  • Develop a short and long-range strategic plan consistent with the USPTO’s Strategic Plan and the priorities of the Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property, and implementing the same. 
  • Serve as the primary channel of outreach with USPTO stakeholders in the greater Detroit, Michigan, and Midwest region, including the intellectual property bar, businesses, and the education community and will be responsible for tailoring outreach efforts to the satellite office community and seek input, gather feedback and incorporate suggestions from the satellite office community on its unique needs.
  • Create and execute an outreach and communication plan consistent with and in support of the Agency’s goals of increasing community engagement, enhancing goodwill within the USPTO’s stakeholder community, obtaining support for USPTO programs and initiatives and providing education and information to applicants regarding intellectual property rights and laws.
  • Identify recurring challenges or impediments to the success of a satellite office and Agency goals.  The Regional Director shall recommend solutions that are obtainable and workable within current and future budget limits.  
  • Be responsible for coordinating budget projections and requirements in coordination with the Commissioner for Patents, Deputy Commissioner for Patent Administration and the Office of Patent Financial Management (OPFM).
  • Communicate policies and procedures to the relevant team members in the satellite office as well as communicating issues from the satellite office team members to relevant persons within the Agency residing outside the satellite office.  The Regional Director is responsible for ensuring practices are consistent and in compliance with the policies and procedures of the USPTO.   
  • Evaluate and justify staff resource changes to support the mission and goals of the USPTO and the local satellite office.
  • Be responsible for the performance of support staff and supervisors as assigned, and reviews performance ratings for those staff members. The Regional Director is also responsible for taking necessary disciplinary actions, approving superior performance awards, hearing employee grievances, etc., for any staff as assigned.
  • Be responsible for facilities management oversight of the satellite office, including coordinating with the Chief Administrative Officer on issues relating to closure of the satellite office due to an unscheduled event (e.g., extreme weather, natural disaster, IT systems non-operational, etc.). 
  • Be responsible for notifying internal and external stakeholders of any decision relating to facility events or closures and ensuring proper emergency-related information is maintained, and providing required emergency-related training information to employees.
  • Be responsible for communicating and coordinating with Labor Relations staff in the Office of the Chief Administration Officer and the Office of the Commissioner for Patents on issues regarding labor relations.  The Regional Director will also coordinate and communicate, as needed, with leadership in the respective bargaining units.
  • Be responsible for implementing the policies and procedures outlined by the Commissioner for Patents regarding any patent examining-related matters within the satellite office, as needed, and working with the Chief Judge of the PTAB to support the accomplishment of the goals of the PTAB for the satellite office.
  • Be responsible for ensuring that the satellite office operates in a manner consistent with the Agency as a whole including on matters of examination policies and procedures.