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    The USPTO is a fully user fee-funded organization with an annual budget in excess of $3 billion and approximately 13,000 employees comprised largely of engineers, scientists, and attorneys.  The 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 Director of the Office of Patent Quality Assurance.

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    The Director of  the Office of Patent Quality Assurance (OPQA) provides strategic vision, guidance, and direction to ensure that OPQA provides the monitoring, assessment, and recommendations necessary to instill confidence in patent examination work products among internal and external stakeholders. The Director makes managerial and technical decisions required for successful program development, administration, and management. The Director of OPQA performs the following duties:

    • Supervises Supervisory Review Quality Assurance Specialists (SRQAS) who oversee review quality assurance specialists (RQAS) in their performance of work product reviews and provide staff assistance on special projects or studies as may be assigned by the Director of OPQA, the Associate Commissioner for Patent Quality (ACPQ), Deputy Commissioner for Patent Quality (DCPQ), the Commissioner for Patents, and other business units
    • Collaborates with statisticians and program analyst staff who administer surveys, conduct analyses, and generate reports on quality-related items
    • Oversees work product review error resolution process and represents OPQA position in discussions of errors with Technology Center Directors
    • Leads ad-hoc teams and studies assembled to explore quality-related impacts of USPTO policies and programs
    • Assists in the development and recommendation of data-driven quality initiatives, including training, to be applied to patent examining corps
    • Coordinates and recommends enhancements/updates to data collection tools such as IT systems, review forms and surveys
    • Identifies and secures resources necessary to fulfill quality assurance activities and monitors services conducted by non-OPQA entities (contractors)
    • Coordinates and oversees OPQA resources being used by Technology Centers for purposes of meeting TC-specific quality initiatives
    • Assists the public with patent examination quality questions
    • Assists in efforts to harmonize patent quality metrics and other international matters
    • Oversees technical support staff quality review program
    • Provides briefings to ACPQ, DCPQ, Commissioner for Patents, and the Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO on current examination quality metrics
    • Provides briefings to internal/external stakeholders and foreign patent offices on topics related to quality measurement, quality management systems, and quality assurance techniques
    • Stays abreast of changes to patent rules and policy changes and recommends modifications in measurement/tracking protocols to properly evaluate quality impacts of any such changes in policy or rules
    • Represents the USPTO and explains USPTO quality policies and procedures in letters, phone calls, lectures and other contacts with members of the public and the patent bar

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  • Job family (Series)

    1220 Patent Administration

This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/538189300. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.