Patent and Trademark Office Patent Experience Externship Program (Non-Paid) in MANY vacancies San Jose, California

Patent and Trademark Office
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Work Schedule is Part-Time (20 hours a week) - 14 week volunteer spring program (unpaid).

Opened Wednesday 10/12/2016 (8 day(s) ago)

** Closes Wednesday 10/26/2016 (6 day(s) away)

Job Overview

About the Agency

Serving the economic interests of America for more than 200 years. The US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is responsible for granting US intellectual property rights for patents and trademarks and providing inventors exclusive rights over their discoveries. It's an effort that contributes to a strong global economy, encourages investment in innovation, and cultivates an entrepreneurial spirit in the 21st century.

The USPTO is seeking applications for the unpaid Patent Experience Externship Program (PEEP). PEEP offers opportunities in the areas of engineering, science, and law.

Examples of positions within PEEP include:

  • Deputy Commissioner for Patent Operations:Provides administrative oversight to nine Patent Technology Centers and coordinates the activities of the examination of applications for patents; and is responsible for all patent examining functions in the Technology Centers and all operational aspects of patent application, initial examination, patent publications, and international applications processing.

  • Office of Patent Information Management: plays a critical role in providing automation technologies, e-commerce products, information resources, and customer support to patent business area employees and to global members of the Intellectual Property community.

  • Office of Patent Legal Administration: The mission of the Office of Patent Legal Administration (OPLA) is to assist in the development and administration of U.S. patent law, advise the USPTO on patent examination policy and formulate new regulations, policies, and procedures regarding patents.

The program is intended to give students an opportunity to experience what it's like to work at PTO, as well as interact with experts in several disciplines, explore opportunities and develop or enhance personal and professional skills.

This is a 14 week program from January 23, 2017 - April 28, 2017. There is a mandatory Computer Based Training thatMUST* be completed within 8 days of your start date.*


Duties may include research and review of patent applications, brief management officials on technology content, devise search strategies, draft non-final office actions, conduct prior art searches, propose an engineering position based on findings, and formulate a written legal position dealing with a range of issues from intellectual property to drafting positions on petition decisions.

Travel Required
  • Not Required
Relocation Authorized
  • No
Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • Must be a United States Citizen or National
  • Responses to the job specific self assessment questions are required
  • You must meet the education requirements for this position

All applicants applying to participate in the Patent Experience Externship Program must meet the following requirements:

  1. Must be enrolled or accepted for enrollment as a degree-seeking student at an accredited university (either an undergraduate, graduate, or post-graduate). * At least half of an undergraduate's academic course load must be in engineering, computer science, or other general sciences; * Or you must be enrolled in a law degree program at an accredited university, with an undergraduate degree in engineering, computer science, or other general sciences. * Or be a Master's or PhD candidate enrolled at an accredited university seeking a degree in engineering, computer science, or other general sciences.

  2. Must be in good academic standing.

  3. If you are an undergraduate student, you must have completed at least 60 hours of credit prior to your first day of work.

In addition to meeting the basic qualifications required, applicants must also: 1. Work well in a team environment. 2. Have a working knowledge of computer applications such as Microsoft Word or Microsoft Excel. 3. Have excellent writing, reading, and interpersonal skills.

Security Clearance

Not Applicable

Additional Information
What To Expect Next

You will receive a notice generated by the USAJobs System that you have successfully submitted your application. After all application packages have been received, we will review your application and transcript(s) to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements. We will evaluate each applicant who meets the 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 or information within 5 business days of receiving the request may result in your application not receiving further consideration. You can check the status of your application by logging into USAJobs. You may also sign up to receive automatic emails anytime the status of your application has changed by logging into your USAJobs Account, edit your profile and change the 'Notification Settings' to indicate that you want to be notified by email when the status changes. Information regarding the status of your application should be updated in the system within two weeks after the cut-off dates or the closing date of this vacancy announcement.


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Other Information

Applicants applying for this position must be a United States Citizen. Background Investigation - If selected, you may be required to complete a Declaration for Federal Employment (OF-306) to determine your suitability for Federal employment and to authorize a background investigation which also includes fingerprinting and credit check. You may be required to sign and certify the accuracy of all the information in your application. If you make a false statement in any part of your application, you may be disqualified from consideration; or you may be removed from the program after you begin work; or you may be fined.

The USPTO participates in E-Verify.For more information on E-Verify, please visit Relocation Expenses are not authorized and will not be paid.

NOTE: USPTO does not provide rooming and accommodation for this program. All application materials become the property of the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

Salary Range: $0.00 to $0.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GS-0099-00/00

Promotion Potential: 00

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: Applications will be accepted from United States Citizens or National. Applications will be accepted from degree seeking students enrolled at least half-time in accredited institutions.

Control Number: 453150600

Job Announcement Number: PEEP-2017-0001