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Supervisory Patent Examiner

Job Type: Temp
Company/Firm: Patent and Trademark Office
Location: Alexandria, VA
Date posted: 11/13/10
Salary: From $132,505 to $155,500
Job Description:
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Job Title: Supervisory Patent Examiner Department: Department Of Commerce Agency: Commerce, Patent and Trademark Office Job Announcement Number: TCB-11-0026-MP
Salary Range: $132,505.00 - $155,500.00 /year

Series & Grade: GS-1224-15/15

Promotion Potential: 15

Open Period: Friday, November 12, 2010 to Monday, November 29, 2010

Position Information: This is a Full-Time, Non Bargaining Unit position in the Competitive Service. It is Temporary NTE 5 Years (May be made Permanent). The positions are in Technology Center 2800.

Duty Locations: Many vacancies - Alexandria, VA

Who May Be Considered:

Applications will be accepted from current USPTO Federal employees serving on career or career-conditional appointments in the Competitive Service, and CTAP eligible candidates in the local commuting area.

Job Summary:

The incumbent exercises full signatory authority and final authority for the United States Patent and Trademark Office, Department of Commerce, and the Executive Branch of the government to determine the approval/disapproval of patent applications. In addition, the incumbent performs the full range of supervisory duties, (Supervisory Patent Examiner (SPE)) reviewing the performance of all patent examiners in the Art Unit for compliance with standards, recommendation for the initiation of major projects, and the allocation of unit staff to these projects. SPEs serve as advisors to the Group Director and other higher level management officials on proposed changes to Patent Examining practices and procedures. The incumbent is expected to work on patent examining issues with their subordinates, Group Directors, senior level managers, patent attorneys, inventors, corporate officers, and other high-ranking officials of Federal, State, Municipal, and/or foreign governments to negotiate, justify, and resolve highly controversial/complex matters involving diverse viewpoints and goals.

The Office of Human Resources strongly encourages applicants applying for positions to read the vacancy announcement in its entirety before submitting application materials for this position. If you have any questions or concerns about the application procedure or processes, please contact the individual listed under "Contact Information." Failure to follow instructions in the announcement may result in your application not receiving consideration.

Key Requirements:
.US Citizenship is required.
.Your resume must reflect your ability to demonstrate the job-related KSAs.
.Social Security Number is required.

Major Duties:

The incumbent serves as head of a Patent Examining Art Unit under the general administrative direction of the Group Director. Incumbent is responsible for the authoritative interpretation of legal precedents for making a wide variety of decisions involving the subject matter of Technology Center 2800, such as semiconductors and electronic circuits; optical systems and elements; image recording; and, measuring and testing. The incumbent will be performing a number of related duties such as determining whether two or more applications contain interfering subject matter. Incumbent exercises the full range of supervisory and managerial duties associated with the direction of work in the art unit, developing and training employees, reviewing and evaluating the work and performance of subordinates, and determining the staffing needs of the unit. Selectee(s) may be required to perform an initial 4-month rotational assignment at the Patent Training Academy prior to assignment in the Technology Center.


Applicants must meet the following United States Office of Personnel Management's (OPM) qualifications requirements for the advertised position. OPM's prescribed Group Coverage Qualifications Standards for Professional and Scientific Positions can be found at: and the Individual Occupational Requirements (IOR) for GS-1224, Patent Examining Series: Applicants must meet all eligibility requirements, including 52 weeks time-in-grade in grade GS-14, by the closing date of the vacancy announcement.

Specialized Experience Required:

Specialized experience is experience that equipped you with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the position to be filled. To be creditable, specialized experience must have been equivalent to at least the next lower grade level.

Applicants must have at least 52 weeks of specialized experience which has equipped them with particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position, which is typical to the work of the position to be filled, and is equivalent to the next lower grade (GS-14) in the Federal Service. Examples of specialized experience include examining patents in art areas involving semiconductors and electronic circuits; optical systems and elements; image recording; and, measuring and testing. Status applicants considered under Merit Program Procedures are subject to time-in-grade requirements in accordance with 5 CFR 300.604.

How You Will Be Evaluated:

Your resume will be reviewed to determine if you are eligible and if you are qualified for the position. Your eligibility for consideration and qualifications for the position will be determined based upon a review of your detailed resume and the supporting documentation required.

Please note that a resume is required for consideration (please review the "Required Documents" section of this vacancy announcement to see what should be included in a complete resume). Your resume will be evaluated based on evidence of your ability to demonstrate the following knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSAs):

1. Ability to supervise and perform administrative duties, including effectively motivating, leading and training patent examiners and other employees.

2. Knowledge of the scientific and technical matters associated with the patent process in the designated art areas.

3. Knowledge of legal matters associated with the patent process in the designated art area which includes demonstrated competence in examination practice and procedure or comparable experience in the patent field.

4. Knowledge of Patent and Trademark Office strategic direction, short and long term goals, policies, and programs and their impact on the organization.

5. Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing.

SELECTIVE FACTOR(S): Candidates must possess the following for consideration:

1. Applicant must have full signatory authority.
2. Applicant must have passed the Patent Manager Candidate Examination, the certification examination, or have passed the agent's examination.

Your resume will be reviewed to determine if (1) You possess specialized experience as defined in the "Qualifications and Evaluations" section of this announcement and (2) Your experience directly relates to the KSAs listed above. Applicants who meet the minimum eligibility and qualification requirements will be evaluated against your overall background as it relates to the position being filled, and the specific Knowledge, Skills, or Abilities (KSAs) identified above.

You will be rated and may receive a numerical score based on evidence of your ability to demonstrate the KSAs identified above. When appropriate, a cut-off score may be used to determine the group of best qualified candidates. If you are determined to be in the group of best qualified candidates, you will be referred to the selecting official. If you are qualified and eligible for consideration for non-competitive assignment at your current or former grade level, you may be referred directly to the selecting official. All resume materials and interviews, if conducted, will be used in the final evaluation and selection process. Interviews are at the discretion of the selecting official.


The United States Patent and Trademark Office offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, paid holidays, life insurance, health benefits, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. Alternative Work Schedule (AWS) and Telework Program are available to eligible employees.

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Other Information:

Applicants applying for this position must be a United States Citizen.

Social Security Number: Your Social Security Number (SSN) is requested under the authority of Executive Order 9397 to uniquely identify your records from those applicants who may have the same name. This law requires that persons doing business with the Federal government furnish an SSN or tax identification number.

This is a Non-Bargaining Unit position.

This is a Public Trust position and has a risk level designation of "High".

Background Investigation- If selected, you will be subject to a background investigation which also includes fingerprinting and possible credit check.

Supervisory Probationary Period- Unless previously completed, the selectee(s) must satisfactorily complete a one-year supervisory probationary period.

All Federal employees are required to have Federal salary payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of their choice.

Relocation Expenses are not authorized and will not be paid.

Individuals who have special priority selection rights under the Agency Career Transaction Assistance Program (CTAP) will be eligible if it is determined that they have exceeded the minimum qualifications for the position by attaining at least a rating of 85 out of 100. Information about CTAP eligibility is on the Office of Personnel Management's Career Transition Resources website at: CTAP documentation requirements are listed in the ‘Required Documents' section of this announcement.

More than one selection may be made from this announcement if additional identical vacancies in the same title, series, grade, and unit occur within 90 days from the date the certificate was issued.

All application materials become the property of the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

How To Apply:

Use ONE of the following methods to apply: 1) Apply on-line; 2) Email your application; 3) Fax your application; 4) Mail your application or 5) Hand deliver your application.

Your application package will include:
1. Your resume;
2. Optional cover letter; and
3. Initial supporting documentation (if applicable)

If you are applying on-line, email or by fax, your application MUST be received by 11:59 p.m. eastern standard time (EST) on the closing date of this announcement. If you are applying by mail or hand delivery, your application must be received by 5:00 p.m. eastern standard time (EST) on the closing date of this announcement.

Apply On-line: To apply on-line you must complete and submit an application by accessing the USAJobs website at To begin, click the Apply Online button at the right side of the page. If you are a new user on USAJobs and have never registered for an account; you will first need to create an account profile with your basic contact information and an application to begin applying. You must be a registered USAJobs user AND you must be signed-in to your account in order to apply for this vacancy. For help setting up an account or for general help using USAJobs, please click on the "Contact Us" link.

Before you apply, please make sure you have read the entire vacancy announcement and understand the requirements. If you have ANY questions, please contact the HR Specialist listed on the vacancy announcement before the closing date.

To upload a document in USAJOBS:

If you choose this method, it is important that you add documents to be submitted BEFORE you start the application process. You may also want to check PRIOR to applying that you have the most current version of your documents uploaded to your USAJobs "Saved Documents" list. To submit documents from your USAJobs profile: Log-in at My USAJobs. Click on the "Saved Documents" link to open a list of your currently uploaded documents (if any). You may have up to 5 documents in your "Saved Documents" list. To upload a document: select the appropriate document type in the drop down menu, then click "Browse" to select a file stored on your computer. Type in a name to refer to your document (such as "Graduate Transcript" or "My 2009 SF-50"), then click "Upload" to transfer your selected document into your USAJobs "Saved Documents" list. After you have successfully uploaded a document, you can review or delete any of your documents by returning to the "My Account" page and again clicking the "Saved Documents" heading.

NOTE: Files must be less than 2 MB and should be in one of the following formats: 1) JPEG document image, 2) Word 97-2003 .doc format, or 3) Adobe Portable Document Format (.pdf). After you have successfully uploaded a document, you can review or delete any of your documents by returning to your "My Account" page and again clicking the "Saved Documents" heading.

By Email: Please email your application materials to or . Your application materials must be in these supportable formats, MS Word, Adobe (pdf), or JPEG.

By Fax: Please fax your application materials to (571) 273-0055. Please limit your application package to no more than 25 pages.

By Mail: If you do not have access to the Internet, and would like to mail your resume along with the required documentation, please send to:

United States Patent and Trademark Office
Office of Human Resources,
Mail Stop 171
P.O. Box 1450
Alexandria, VA 22313-1450
Attn: Ted Berry, TCB-11-0026-MP

Hand Deliver:

United States Patent and Trademark Office
Office of Human Resources, Customer Service Center
HOURS: Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
550 Elizabeth Lane, Room 1a72a or 1a72b - Elizabeth Townhouse Complex
Alexandria, VA 22314
Attn: Ted Berry, TCB-11-0026-MP

Required Documents:

A complete application consists of:

1. A resume or any other written format you choose to describe your job-related qualifications; optional cover letter: Information for applications for Federal employment and the OF-612 may be found at: Your resume should indicate your citizenship and should list your educational and work experience including job titles, salary, employment dates, duties and accomplishments, experience and how it relates to the KSAs in the job announcement. Any experience claimed in a cover letter should be substantiated by information contained in your resume.

2. An official letter from the USPTO certifying that you have passed the Patent Manager Candidate examination, the certification examination, or have passed the agent's examination.

Supporting Documentation:

PLEASE NOTE: Applicants who meet the minimum eligibility and qualification requirements for this position may be contacted via email within 7 business days of the closing date of this announcement to submit follow-up supporting documentation if applicable. Applicants who fail to submit supporting documentation within 5 business days of receiving the email request will lose further consideration for this position. Applicants claiming CTAP or Schedule A eligibility who fail to submit supporting documentation within 5 business days of receiving the email request will not lose consideration for this position, however they will not be entitled to special or priority consideration. Supporting documents that may be requested of applicants after the closing date of this announcement are:

Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) documentation: Applicants will be asked to submit:

(1) A copy of your specific RIF notice, written notice of your expected separation or other documentation of priority consideration status;

(2) A copy of your latest SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty location;

(3) A copy of your last performance appraisal; and

(4) Any documentation from your agency that shows your current promotion potential.

Please Note: The preceding documentation requirements are based on vacancy requirements and individual applicant eligibility. Not all documents are applicable to all applicants--if you are unsure which documents apply to you, contact the HR Specialist listed on this vacancy.

These documents may be submitted through any of the following methods:

Attachment of any document you have uploaded to your USAJobs "Saved Documents"
Email to .
Hand deliver

Problems Completing Your Application:

If you are experiencing technical difficulties (computer-related, email or fax) in applying for this position, you should contact the HR Representative listed in the announcement for instructions on submitting your application. Otherwise, you should use one of the alternative methods, i.e. by mail or hand deliver to submit your complete application package.

Status of Your Application:

If you apply online, you will receive a notice generated by the USAJobs System that you have successfully transmitted your application. You can check the status of your application by logging into your USAJobs account at and Click on "Application Status."

If you apply via email, fax, mail or hand delivery, you will receive an email notification regarding the status of your application.

Contact Information: Ted Berry
Phone: 571-272-0592
Agency Information:
US Patent and Trademark Office
Office of Human Resources
550 Elizabeth Lane, Rm 1a72a
Alexandria, VA 22313-1450

What To Expect Next:

You will be sent notice that your application has been received. After all application packages have been received, we will review your application and transcript(s) (if you are qualifying based on education) to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements. We will evaluate each applicant who meets the basic qualifications on the information provided and you may be contacted for follow-up supplemental documentation. It is the applicant's responsibility to provide any supplemental documents or information requested by the Office of Human Resources within the allocated timeframes. Failure to submit requested documents within 5 business days of receiving the request may result in your application not receiving further consideration.

You will be required to submit official documentation prior to appointment. USPTO will then verify the information provided on your application (i.e., degree, veterans' preference, disability, etc.).

Note: If your personal information changes after the closing date of this vacancy announcement, please contact the servicing HR Specialist to update your information to ensure you can be contacted throughout the hiring process.

EEO Policy Statement:

Reasonable Accommodation Policy Statement:

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Control Number: 2079792

Necessary Experience: N/A
Contact: Ted Berry
Phone: 571-272-0592

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