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    Come work for the USPTO, we have been ranked as one of the best places to work in the federal government! The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has been serving the economic interests of America for more than 200 years. We are responsible for granting US intellectual property rights for patents and trademarks. The USPTO is headquartered in Alexandria, Virginia, and has over 12,000 employees. For more information about the USPTO, please visit the USPTO Jobs Website.

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    This vacancy is limited to the first 500 applications received.  All applications received prior to midnight (11:59 ET) of the day the application limit is reached will be accepted and considered. If the application limit is not reached by the closing date of the announcement, all applications received during the open period will be considered. Any required documents must be submitted at the time that you apply as documents will not be accepted past the day the application limit is reached, if applicable.

    The USPTO is seeking outstanding candidates for a Summer Externship Program to assist in our mission. .  As a Student Extern, you will receive practical experience by engaging in a variety of diverse and challenging activities.  Exciting opportunities await you!  Come join us and contribute to the accomplishment of organizational goals in an intellectual property environment.  Your extern experience will be further enhanced by participating in sessions with agency executives and other USPTO leadership where you will gain insight into USPTO programs. The program is scheduled to begin on June 1, 2021, and end no later than August 27, 2021. Please note that this program may be held in a virtual work environment. We ask that our externs commit to at least 12 weeks of service.

    Office of the Commissioner for Patents (Patent Examiner Externs Only)

    Primary duties may include, but are not limited to:

    • Researching and reviewing of patent applications
    • Conducting prior art searches
    • Briefing management officials on technology content
    • Drafting non-final office actions
    • Proposing an engineering position based on findings
    • Formulating written legal position dealing with a range of issues from intellectual property to drafting positions on petition decisions
    • Drafting policy, proposing outreach strategies
    • Participating in outreach activities

    All other USPTO Business Offices:  The Office of the Under Secretary (OUS), Office of the Commissioner for Patent (Patent – all other positions), Office of the Commissioner for Trademarks (Trademarks), Office of the Chief Financial Officer (OCFO), Office of the Chief Administrative Officer (OCAO), Office of Policy and International Affairs (OPIA), Office of the Chief Communications Officer (OCCO), Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB), Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB), and the Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO).

    Primary duties may include, but are not limited to:

    • Researching materials and preparing information
    • Benchmarking other agencies and private industry companies
    • Participating in group/team assignments
    • Assisting with special projects and new initiatives
    • Managing databases and inputting information
    • Review and analyzing information
    • Drafting various documents and reports
    • Creating electronic and hard copy case files, maintaining files
    • Communicating with customers via phone, e-mail and/or face- to-face
    • Assisting in preparing for a variety of training classes
    • Designing various strategies and presentations
    • Assisting with redesigning business process improvement activities
    • Testing various software and systems
    • Creating spreadsheets/charts, etc. using a variety of data sources and information
    • Assisting in preparing for and observing hearings, cases, panels, interviews, and documenting results
    • Assisting with researching and contributing toward analysis of IP protection and enforcement policies of U.S. and of selected foreign countries        
    • Assisting in outreach to Members of Congress, state and local elected officials
    • Assisting economists and technical staff in conducting groundbreaking economic research on innovation and intellectual property

    Travel Required

    Not required

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential

    00 - No promotion potential.

  • Job family (Series)

    0099 General Student Trainee

This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/585121400. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.