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    The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), a progressive organization at the forefront of intellectual property issues around the world, is seeking a high performing professional to join its Senior Executive Team as Chief Administrative Patent Judge (Chief Judge).

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    Responsibilities

    The Chief Administrative Patent Judge (Chief Judge) is a full voting member of the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (Board) as provided by Title 35 U.S. Code, Section 6, and is the immediate supervisor of the Deputy Chief Administrative Patent Judge and second-line supervisor for the Board Executive and all of the Vice Chief Administrative Patent Judges (Judges) assigned to the Board. The Director, the Deputy Director, the Commissioner for Patents, the Commissioner for Trademarks, and the several Administrative Patent Judges (including the Chief Judge, Deputy Chief Judge, Vice Chief Judges, and Lead Judges) constitute the membership of the Board. Any three or more of these individuals may constitute a 3-judge panel of the Board to render a decision in a patent appeal, an interference proceeding, a post grant review proceeding, an inter partes review proceeding, a derivation proceeding, or a proceeding under the Transitional Program for Covered Business Methods Patents (CBM). The Board also hears and adjudicates ex parte patent appeals from decisions of the Patent Examiners in the Patent Examination Corps. The Board also holds oral hearings when requested, and has the authority to grant rehearings.

    With respect to patent appeals, final decisions of the Board, if unfavorable to an applicant, may be appealed to the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in accordance with 35 U.S.C. § 141. Alternatively, dissatisfied applicants may elect to bring a civil action in accordance with 35 U.S.C. § 145. With respect to interferences, final decisions of the Board, if unfavorable to a party, may be appealed to the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in accordance with 35 U.S.C. § 141. Alternatively, dissatisfied parties may elect to bring a civil action in accordance with 35 U.S.C. § 146. With respect to inter partes reviews, post grant reviews, and CBM proceedings, final decisions of the Board, if unfavorable to a party, may be appealed only to the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in accordance with 35 U.S.C. § 141. With respect to derivation proceedings, final decisions of the Board, if unfavorable to a party, may be appealed to the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in accordance with 35 U.S.C. § 141. Alternatively, dissatisfied parties may elect to bring a civil action in accordance with 35 U.S.C. § 146.

    Subject to the direction of the Director, the Chief Judge is responsible for implementing USPTO rules and policies associated with patent appeals, interferences, post grant reviews, inter partes reviews, derivations, and CBM proceedings. These rules include Title 37 of the Code of Federal Regulations, Part 41: Subparts A through E, and Title 37 of the Code of Federal Regulations, Part 42: Subparts through D. Subject to the direction of the Director, and in coordination with other Agency leadership (such as the Commissioner for Patents, General Counsel, and Solicitor), the Chief Judge is also responsible for developing rules and regulations governing Board procedure, and periodically updating the same as circumstances warrant. Subject to the direction of the Director, the Chief Judge is also responsible for developing and implementing the Standard Operating Procedures necessary for the internal operation of the Board. In addition, the Chief Judge is charged with adhering to Agency policy (including but not limited to patent policy) and ensuring adherence to Agency policy by all Board Judges. Furthermore, the Chief Judge is charged with ensuring predictability, reliability, and consistency across the thousands of decisions issued every year by the several hundred Board judged that he or she oversees. Furthermore, the Chief Judge is responsible for adjudicating petitions for the Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO. 

    The Chief Judge performs the comprehensive executive management, strategic planning, and financial functions essential to effective Board operation. Under authority that may be delegated by the Director, the Chief Judge may be responsible for the assignment of panels of administrative patent judges to adjudicate all patent appeals, interference and derivation proceedings, and AIA trial proceedings, on which panels the Chief Judge periodically serves. The Chief Judge further develops and implements quality, timeliness, and productivity performance standards for the Judges.

    The Chief Judge interacts with the legal community, including the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, bar associations, etc., actively participates in public conferences and meetings, and makes presentations to foreign dignitaries regarding the Board.

    Travel Required

    25% or less - Business travel 1 to 5 days a month.

    Supervisory status

    Yes

    Promotion Potential

    00

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    1222 Patent Attorney

This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/509462600. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.