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    This position is a full-time, temporary appointment, with a one year term that will typically start around 1 October 2022.

    The incumbent of this position will be a Patent Attorney serving as a Law Clerk.

    The Patent Attorney (Law Clerk) will be responsible for assisting Administrative Patent Judges in the following:

    • Adjudicating Inter Partes Review proceedings, Post-Grant Review proceedings, Covered Business Method Review proceedings, and Derivation proceedings; addressing appeals from adverse decisions of Examiners regarding patent applications, reissuing applications, and reexamination requests; conducting interference proceedings; and other projects critical to the Board's mission.
    • Researching and writing tasks to assist the Administrative Patent Judges in the disposition of cases from the various jurisdictions of the Board, including assisting in the preparation of decisions on appeal, decisions to institute Inter Partes Review, Post-Grant Review, Covered Business Method Review, and Derivation proceedings, declarations of interference, orders, decisions on motions, final written decisions, and judgments.
    • Assisting Administrative Patent Judges in comprehensively reviewing and analyzing appeal briefs, answers, reply briefs, and evidence of record in each appeal to identify all relevant factual and legal issues raised by patent applicants, patent owners, and/or third party requesters en route to ultimate adjudication of the appeal.
    • Researching statutes, legislative history, relevant case law, applicable USPTO rules, regulations, standards, and procedures, as needed to analyze issues and points of law for particular matters or germane to the Board’s overall mission; prepares written work product including legal memoranda, bench briefs, orders, and decisions and assist in proofreading orders and decisions, verifying citations, and ensuring procedural requirements; assisting with docket management, scheduling and conducting of conference calls, and scheduling of filing due dates and time periods with the parties; and assisting with other projects critical to the Board’s mission.
    • Researching and drafting memorandum for special projects and initiatives concerning patent laws, statutes, and USPTO policy at the direction of and under the supervision of PTAB and USPTO management.

    Travel Required

    Not required

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


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    1222 Patent Attorney

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