USPTO Seeking ELECTRICAL, COMPUTER & MECHANICAL Engineers in Silicon Valley!

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At the U. S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) -- America's Innovation Agency --, we have a rich legacy of identifying the pioneering work of America's greatest inventors and entrepreneurs. We're currently hiring skilled Computer, Electrical and Mechanical engineers to become patent examiners who will work at our Silicon Valley Regional Office in San Jose, CA and use their expertise to help protect this country's game-changing innovations. In this role, your efforts give inventors exclusive rights over their discoveries.

What does a patent examiner do? A patent examiner reviews applications to determine whether patents can be granted for inventions. Patents give inventors the right to exclude others from making or selling their inventions for a limited time. As a U.S. patent examiner, you will handle these basic patent examining functions:
  • Search prior art to ensure that an invention is new and unique. Prior art is information that has been disclosed to the public about an invention before a given date - including any related patents, published articles and public demonstrations.
  • Review patent applications to ensure conformity to formal requirements.
  • Write legal office actions on patentability and respond to patent applications.

View our recent Facebook Live Q&A to learn details about our job opportunities and to get a sense of a "day in the life" of a patent examiner including:
  • How the work of patent examiners supports economic growth and maintains America's status as one of the world's top innovators;
  • How a career as a patent examiner means getting to work with cutting-edge technologies that enable inventive, modern breakthroughs; and
  • Why the USPTO is consistently ranked as one of the best places to work in the federal government with unmatched benefits, job security, competitive pay, flexible schedules , telework opportunities and a rich, diverse culture.

Apply to our current job openings via USAJobs today!
  • Patent Examiner (Computer Engineering) - GS 7/9
  • Patent Examiner (Electrical Engineering) - GS 7/9
  • Patent Examiner (Mechanical Engineering) - GS 7/9

Candidates must live near, or be willing to relocate or commute to the Bay Area.


HIRING EVENT at USPTO Silicon Valley 5/10 - 5/11: Register TODAY while space is still available!

Join us for a patent examiner recruitment open house on Friday, May 10, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. or Saturday, May 11, from from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the USPTO's Silicon Valley Regional Office in San Jose, California.

There will be consecutive information sessions offered each day. All sessions will take place in the California Conference Room.

After attending an info session, you can meet directly afterwards with recruiters to learn more about the unique technical qualifications we are looking for in engineers who will be hired to become patent examiners. You'll also receive information about our competitive salary, benefits, work-life balance and why the USPTO is consistently ranked one of the best places to work in the federal government.

You will also have the opportunity to speak to USPTO recruiters about our current job openings and how to apply via There will be no on-site interviews at this event. Those who qualify will be encouraged to apply (candidates cannot be officially considered for open positions without submitting a completed application within


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