About the Agency
Serving the economic interests of America for more than 200 years. The US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is responsible for granting US intellectual property rights for patents and trademarks and providing inventors exclusive rights over their discoveries. It's an effort that contributes to a strong global economy, encourages investment in innovation, and cultivates an entrepreneurial spirit in the 21st century. The USPTO is seeking applications for the unpaid Patent Experience Externship Program (PEEP). PEEP offers opportunities in the areas of engineering, science, and law. Examples of positions within PEEP include: * Deputy Commissioner for Patent Operations:Provides administrative oversight to nine Patent Technology Centers and coordinates the activities of the examination of applications for patents; and is responsible for all patent examining functions in the Technology Centers and all operational aspects of patent application, initial examination, patent publications, and international applications processing.* Office of Patent Information Management: plays a critical role in providing automation technologies, e-commerce products, information resources, and customer support to patent business area employees and to global members of the Intellectual Property community. * Office of Patent Legal Administration: The mission of the Office of Patent Legal Administration (OPLA) is to assist in the development and administration of U.S. patent law, advise the USPTO on patent examination policy and formulate new regulations, policies, and procedures regarding patents. The program is intended to give students an opportunity to experience what it's like to work at PTO, as well as interact with experts in several disciplines, explore opportunities and develop or enhance personal and professional skills. **This is an 10-week program with two sessions. The first session will begin on May 22, 2017 and will end on July 28, 2017. The second session will begin on June 05, 2017 and will end on August 11, 2017. For both sessions there is a mandatory 8 day (8:00AM-4:30PM) training that will commence on the second day of each session. Once the training is completed, you may be allowed a more flexible work schedule at the discretion of your supervisor.**
Duties may include research and review of patent applications, brief management officials on technology content, devise search strategies, draft non-final office actions, conduct prior art searches, propose an engineering position based on findings, and formulate a written legal position dealing with a range of issues from intellectual property to drafting positions on petition decisions.