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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 operates as a performance-based organization; has received an unqualified audit opinion for thirteen consecutive years; formulates a performance-based budget; and is transitioning to electronic end-to-end processing of both patent and trademark applications.

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    This position is located in the Office of the Commissioner for Patents, Office of International Patent Cooperation.  The Chief Patent Classification Official (CPCO) reports to the Assistant Commissioner for Patents.  

    The CPCO provides strategic vision, guidance, and direction in order to maintain and improve world-class patent classification schemes. Makes high-level managerial decisions required for successful development, administration, and management of USPTO’s patent classification schemes.

    The CPCO performs the following duties:

    • Oversees the development and implementation of global patent classification schemes, including CPC and IPC.

    • Makes recommendations on business process and system improvements within the Patents business unit based on stakeholder feedback or the Patents business unit’s strategic goals for classification; facilitates or leads the implementation of these recommended improvements.

    • Ensures the development and implementation of training, guidance, and resource support for end users of USPTO patent classification schemes, whether the end users are internal or external to the USPTO

    • Represents and negotiates on behalf of the United States on patent classification scheme matters at bilateral and multilateral meetings of offices, such as USPTO/EPO Joint Board, IP5, and WIPO.

    • Advises on the resolution of critical or unusual problems for a broad range of complex, frequently long-term, international patent classification scheme projects.

    • Oversees a professional staff of patent classification experts and publication specialists.

    • Works with other areas in the Patent business unit, as appropriate, on classification matters.

    The physical worksite for this position is located in Alexandria, VA. However, the USPTO is currently under a maximum telework posture due to the COVID-19 pandemic; therefore, this position is currently under a 100 percent telework schedule. The position’s telework schedule will likely change in the future when USPTO moves away from its maximum telework posture. At that time, the incumbent will be expected to report to the physical work site in accordance with the updated status requirements of their supervisor. The nature and scope of future telework opportunities will be subject to the unit’s telework policy, any applicable bargaining unit agreements, and supervisory approval. Payment of relocation expenses, as applicable, will be paid in accordance with this Job Opportunity Announcement. Non-compliance with the supervisor's telework-schedule requirement could result in adverse action, including separation.

    Travel Required

    Occasional travel - Occasional Travel may be required.

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


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    1220 Patent Administration

This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/611857000. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.