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The paralegal speciaists assigned to PTAB are responsible for providing legal assistance in support of Administrative Patent Judges and patent attorneys of the Board.
- A probationary period may be required.
This vacancy is also being announced under the USPTO’s Merit Promotion Program, the Job Announcement Number is PTAB-2018-0020. Please review that announcement to determine if you are eligible for consideration under the Merit Promotion Program.Learn more about this agency
The following links provide information on various hiring authorities that do not fall under competitive examining procedures as this announcement; however, they may enable you to apply through merit assignment procedures, or be eligible for a non-competitive appointment.
The individual selected for this position...
- Serves as a paralegal specialist providing substantive legal assistance to Administrative Patent Judges and patent attorneys performing PTAB's trial and appeals functions. Duties involve providing assistance in handling the full spectrum of PTAB cases, including ex parte cases, petitions, and cases processed under the AIA.
- Prepares and reviews appeal decisions, providing administrative support and technical assistance to the Board, and responding to inquiries on Board functions.
- Responds to a variety of inquiries from the public (i.e., e-mail, written requests, telephone calls, etc.) to support accomplishment of the Board's goals. Informs customers of the status of inquiries and when to expect resolution.
- Performs thorough research and analysis necessary to locate applicable legal references and precedents and to ensure that legal citations, decisions, publications, and quotations are current and accurate in terms of presentation and relevance to case issues.
- Searches databases and other sources such as LexisNexis, WESTLAW, PACER, Shepard's Citation Service, Patent Application Locating and Monitoring (PALM), Image File Wrapper (IFW), and CD-ROMs. When necessary, searches additional information sources and locations, such as repositories maintained by other USPTO offices, Departmental offices, and other governmental libraries.
- Conducts comprehensive reviews of files and documents relayed to ex parte and inter-partes matters, including ex parte examiner appeals, ex parte and inter-parte reexamination appeals, interferences, and AIA trials. Examines documents to ensure that they comply with statutes, rules, and policies applicable to PTAB functions.
- Schedules conference calls in response to inquiries from the general public received via telephonic, e-mail, written, and in-person inquiries.
- Uses a variety of scheduling tools to schedule conference calls and other matters in proceedings before the Board. Enters data into a number of USPTO systems, to include ACTS, PTAB E2E, PALM, eFOIA, and the IFW.
Who May Apply
This job is open to…Applications will be accepted from all United States Citizens and Nationals.
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