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United States Patent and Trademark Office

One of the Best Places to Work in the Federal Government

A job with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) means joining one of the best places to work in the federal government and protecting our nation's intellectual property rights at home and abroad.

We’re proud to offer employment that brings innovation to life. We are often hiring hundreds of patent examiners, a career that allows professionals with STEM, engineering, or design backgrounds to use their skillset toward important, mission-driven work. We also often hire law, IT, communications, and finance professionals.

We lead the world in intellectual property protection and policy. We hire on the cutting edge of American innovation. The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is the trusted source for inventors, innovators and IP stakeholders; and a top employer of choice among subject matter experts with a passion for public service.

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People with Disabilities: Important to our Talent Pool

We depend on thousands of talented and highly skilled individuals to help us protect intellectual property and promote innovation in the United States. People with disabilities are an important talent pool to help further our goals. We are committed to using special hiring authorities, including Schedule A, to recruit individuals with disabilities.

We train and educate our hiring managers to about Schedule A as a way to ensure that they recognize this special hiring authority as an available, and valuable, gateway to employment for top talent.

The Schedule A hiring authority for people with disabilities (Schedule A) is an exception to the traditional hiring process. You can learn more on our Schedule A webpage: https://www.uspto.gov/jobs/schedule-applicants

The special placement program coordinator (SPPC) acts as a primary point of contact and facilitator for all potential candidates with disabilities. For questions on disability hiring at the USPTO, contact the SPPC at disabilityhiring@uspto.gov.

For general information regarding employment at the USPTO, visit our How to apply page.

Video: USPTO Celebrates National Disability Awareness Month

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“I get to learn more about different subject matter every week. I get to discover what’s new in medicinal chemistry for the 1600 examiners to they can have new cases to work on.”

Edward W. - Patent Classifier

Hiring People with Disabilities in the following areas:

  • Administrative Services
  • Business Analytics & Consulting
  • Clinical
  • Compliance
  • Engineering
  • Finance
  • Global Comms & Corp Marketing
  • Gov Affairs
  • Office Support

Locations

  • Headquarters : Alexandria, VA
  • Regional office locations include:
    • Dallas, TX;
    • Denver, CO
    • Detroit, MI
    • San Jose, CA

For more information about applying to the USPTO if you are person with a disability, visit:  Hiring People with Disabilities

We hire on the cutting edge of American innovation.

USPTO Benefits

  • Medical insurance
  • Vision insurance
  • Dental insurance
  • 401(k)
  • Pension plan
  • Childcare support
  • Paid maternity leave
  • Paid paternity leave
  • Commuter benefits
  • Student loan assistance
  • Tuition assistance
  • Disability insurance
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We Are America's Innovation Agency

We fuel the global economy one invention at a time. By granting patents and registering trademarks, we safeguard intellectual property for commerce. We deliver intellectual property information and education worldwide. We provide training, education, and capacity-building programs designed to empower inventors, small business owners, and large corporations alike.

We hire a tapestry of talent from across the nation including Puerto Rico. Meet some of our talented professionals on our Who We Are page.