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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 200 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 Legal Externship Program to assist in our mission. The program is scheduled to begin on or after June 1, 2021, and end no later than August 20, 2021. Please note that this program is completely virtual and will be done in a remote work environment. We ask that our externs commit to at least eight weeks of service.

    A law student externship with the USPTO offers a unique and challenging experience with an opportunity to work on some of the most significant, complex, and challenging legal matters facing the USPTO and the intellectual property community.

    The USPTO Trademark Law Student Extern Program is tailored for law students with an interest in trademark law and the U.S. trademark registration process, although some research may touch upon international trademark law issues and related intellectual property issues. The program is intended to give students an opportunity to experience what it is like to work at the PTO, as well as interact with experts, explore opportunities and develop or enhance personal and professional skills. Opportunities may be in offered in all or some of the following offices: Trademark Examination, Trademark Examination Policy, Office of the Solicitor, and/or the Trademark Trial & Appeal Board.

    As an extern you may be responsible for providing the following legal and administrative support activities, among others: handling research requests from examination to help determine the registrability of trademarks under the Trademark Act (Lanham Act), researching and drafting legal memos on questions arising from new case law, participating in examining attorney training activities, and researching issues presented in cases before the administrative board or other courts. 

    Travel Required

    Not required

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential

    00 - No promotion potential.

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    0099 General Student Trainee

This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/592881900. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.