United States Patent and Trademark Office
Join America's Innovation Agency -- most team members work from home nationwide!
A job with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) means joining a great place to work in the federal government and protecting our nation's intellectual property rights at home and abroad. The USPTO has been a leader in federal telework for over two decades, and nearly all of us work from home nationwide.
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.
The opportunity to be on the cutting edge of industry, knowing that I help drive the economy by protecting the intellectual property rights of American inventors, is especially rewarding.
Supervisory Patent Examiner
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
For general information regarding employment at the USPTO, visit our How to apply page.
Being at the USPTO is a blessing and a dream career. After pursuing a B.S. in Fine Arts and an M.A. in Design Management, I was thrilled to learn that my arts education positioned me to become a patent examiner. I feel a true sense of inclusion and community working alongside a dynamic team of diverse employees and artists
Design Patent Examiner
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Hiring People with Disabilities in the following areas:
- Administrative Services
- Business Analytics & Consulting
- Global Comms & Corp Marketing
- Gov Affairs
- Office Support
“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
- Headquarters : Alexandria, VA
- Regional office locations include:
- Dallas, TX;
- Denver, CO
- Detroit, MI
- San Jose, CA
- Remote Opportunities
Working for the USPTO has allowed me to be present for my family in ways that would have been unimaginable otherwise.
Midwest Regional Office Detailee
We hire on the cutting edge of American innovation.
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.