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    Since 1790, the basic role of the United States intellectual property system has remained the same: to promote the progress of science and the useful arts by securing for limited times to inventors the exclusive right to their respective discoveries (Article I, Section 8 of the United States Constitution).
    Today, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is a federal agency in the Department of Commerce, headquartered in Alexandria, Virginia. Through the issuance of patents, the USPTO encourages technological advancement by providing incentives to invent, invest in, and disclose new technology worldwide. Through the registration of trademarks, the agency assists businesses in protecting their investments, promoting goods and services, and safeguarding consumers against confusion and deception in the marketplace. By disseminating both patent and trademark information, the USPTO promotes an understanding of intellectual property protection and facilitates the development and sharing of new technologies worldwide.
    Budget: $3 billion
    Employees: over 12,000
    Patent applications: over 500,000 a year
    Patents issued: over 220,000 a year
    Trademark applications: over 400,000 a year

    This volunteer service offers opportunities to work with the Enforcement Team in the Office of Policy and International Affairs (OPIA). The program is intended to give students an opportunity to experience what it is like to work at PTO, as well as interact with experts, explore opportunities and develop or enhance personal and professional skills.

    Applications will be accepted from the first 250 applicants.

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    In this role you you will perform the following duties to include, but not limited to:

    • Identifying English language versions of intellectual property laws from other countries and then assemblying these laws into a small library for future use.
    • Developing charts with summaries on foreign countries and their intellectual property laws and regulations.
    • Developing charts, papers, and/or infographics on the structure of foreign government entities responsible for intellectual property laws in other countries and how these organizations interact with one another.
    • Creating SharePoint folders and sub-folders for each country and populating it with the above information, as well as developing a protocol to keep the information up-to-date.
    This is a 10-12 week summer program. If selected to participate, you will be expected to begin work on May 21, unless other arrangements are made with the Selecting Official. You will be expected to work 36-40 hours per week.

    Travel Required

    Not required

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


    Who May Apply

    This job is open to…

    Individuals currently accepted for enrollment OR currently enrolled in a qualifying educational institution, as defined by 5 CFR 362.102, on a full or half-time basis for the Fall 2018 semester.

    In order to have a complete application package, you must submit a writing sample, transcripts, a resume, and proof of enrollment in a qualifying educational institution for the Fall 2018 semester.

    Questions? This job is open to 1 group.

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This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/488635400. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.