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1 The next question will require you to select the response that best describes your legal background. Answer to this question is required
  • I have a Law Degree from an accredited University or College by the American Bar Association. I also am an active member of the Bar in good standing.
  • I have a Law Degree, including course work focused on Intellectual Property, from an accredited University or College by the American Bar Association. I also am an active member of the Bar in good standing.
  • I possess a law degree from an accredited University or College by the American Bar Association. I am not an active member of the Bar in good standing.
  • I do not possess a law degree from an accredited University or College by the American Bar Association.
2 The next question requires you to select the response that best describes your experience within the electrical, computer, data processing or biotechnology. Answer to this question is required
  • I have 10 plus years practicing complex legal issues (participating in legal proceedings from initial filings to final judgments) surrounding electrical, computer, data processing or biotechnology and have experience addressing legal and technology issues pertaining to electrical, computer, data processing or biotechnology.
  • I have 10 plus years practicing complex legal issues (participating in legal proceedings from initial filings to final judgments) surrounding electrical, computer, data processing or biotechnology.
  • I have 10 plus years practicing complex legal issues (participating in legal proceedings from initial filings to final judgments). I do not have substantive experience with electrical, computer, data processing or biotechnology.
  • I have 5-9 years practicing complex legal issues (participating in legal proceedings from initial filings to final judgments) surrounding electrical, computer, data processing or biotechnology and have experience addressing legal and technology issues pertaining to electrical, computer, data processing or biotechnology.
  • I have 5-9 years practicing complex legal issues (participating in legal proceedings from initial filings to final judgments) surrounding electrical, computer, data processing or biotechnology.
  • I have 5-9 years practicing complex legal issues (participating in legal proceedings from initial filings to final judgments). I do not have substantive experience with electrical, computer, data processing or biotechnology.
  • I have less than 5 years practicing complex legal issues (participating in legal proceedings from initial filings to final judgments) surrounding electrical, computer, data processing or biotechnology and have experience addressing legal and technology issues pertaining to electrical, computer, data processing or biotechnology.
  • I have less than 5 years practicing complex legal issues (participating in legal proceedings from initial filings to final judgments) surrounding electrical, computer, data processing or biotechnology.
  • I have less than 5 years practicing complex legal issues (participating in legal proceedings from initial filings to final judgments). I do not have substantive experience with electrical, computer, data processing or biotechnology.
  • I do not have any of the experience presented above.
3 Select the response that best describes your experience in patent prosecution, examination, litigation or administration which demonstrates extensive knowledge and application of patent laws and rules of practice. Answer to this question is required
  • I have at least 15 years' experience in patent prosecution, examination, litigation or administration which demonstrates extensive knowledge and application of patent laws and rules of practice which included supervising an attorney staff. At least 3 years of this experience falls within the last 5 years.
  • I have at least 15 years' experience in patent prosecution, examination, litigation or administration which demonstrates extensive knowledge and application of patent laws and rules of practice. At least 3 years of this experience falls within the last 5 years.
  • I have more than 10 years' experience in patent prosecution, examination, litigation or administration which demonstrates extensive knowledge and application of patent laws and rules of practice. At least 3 years of this experience falls within the last 5 years.
  • I have more than 10 years' experience in patent prosecution, examination, litigation or administration which demonstrates extensive knowledge and application of patent laws and rules of practice which included supervising an attorney staff. At least 3 years of this experience falls within the last 5 years.
  • I have between 5-9 years of experience in patent prosecution, examination, litigation or administration which demonstrates extensive knowledge and application of patent laws and rules of practice which included supervising an attorney staff. At least 2 years of this experience falls within the last 4 years.
  • I have between 5-9 years' experience in patent prosecution, examination, litigation or administration which demonstrates extensive knowledge and application of patent laws and rules of practice. At least 2 years of this experience falls within the last 4 years.
  • I have at least 1-4 years of experience in patent prosecution, examination, litigation or administration which demonstrates extensive knowledge and application of patent laws and rules of practice.
  • I do not have experience in patent prosecution, examination, litigation or administration which demonstrates extensive knowledge and application of patent laws and rules of practice.
4 Please describe how your education and/or work experience demonstrates your ability to successfully perform the duties of an Administrative Patent Judge, including addressing legal and technology issues pertaining to electrical, computer, data processing or biotechnology. Maximum length of 8000 characters.
5 Select all of the responses that best describe your experience in applying and interpreting patent laws. Answer to this question is required
  • I have drafted briefs, motions and petitions on more than 10 appeal cases.
  • I have drafted briefs, motions and requests for interferences in at least five cases.
  • I have lectured on patent laws and patent procedures to groups either internally or externally to the USPTO.
  • I have drafted documents for hearings or trials on more than five patent litigation cases.
  • I have answered inquiries about patent law matters from high level U.S. agency officials on more than five occasions.
  • I have drafted legal opinions or court opinions on the application and interpretation of patent laws on more than three occasions.
  • Experience representing clients in litigation before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (formerly the Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences), U.S. District Courts or the Federal Circuit.
  • Served as a counsel in a significant number of cases (more than 10) involving complex litigation issues in the field of patent law.
  • Served as the deciding official (or drafted decisions for signature) in patent cases.
  • I do not have any of the experience presented above.
6 Select the statement that best describes your experience and/or training in evaluating/applying patent law as necessary. Answer to this question is required
  • I have 15 or more years of experience evaluating/applying patent laws as necessary. At least 3 years of this experience falls within the last 5 years.
  • I have 15 or more years of experience evaluating/applying patent laws as necessary. Less than 3 years of this experience falls within the last 5 years.
  • I have 10 - 14 years of experience evaluating/applying patent laws as necessary. At least 3 years of this experience falls within the last 5 years.
  • I have 10-14 years of experience evaluating/applying patent laws as necessary. Less than 3 years of this experience falls within the last 5 years.
  • I have 5-9 years of experience evaluating/applying patent laws as necessary. At least 3 years of this experience falls within the last 5 years.
  • I have 5-9 years of experience evaluating/applying patent laws as necessary. Less than 3 years of experience falls within the last 5 years.
  • I have at least 3 years of experience evaluating/applying patent laws as necessary. This experience falls within the last 5 years.
  • I have at least 3 years of experience evaluating/applying patent laws as necessary. Not all of this experience falls within the last 5 years.
  • I have at least one year of experience evaluating/applying patent laws as necessary. I often consult with others to perform this task or my work is closely reviewed by others. This experience falls within the last 3 years.
  • I have at least one year of training evaluating/applying patent laws as necessary.
  • I do not have at least one year of experience or training evaluating/applying patent laws as necessary.
7 Select the statement that best describes your experience motivating team members or subordinate staff towards future goals and encouraging innovation (process improvements that promote efficiency, timeliness and quality of work products). Answer to this question is required
  • I have no experience, education or training motivating subordinates toward future goals and encouraging innovation.
  • I have completed formal education or training in motivating subordinates toward future goals and encouraging innovation, but have not applied this knowledge to the job.
  • I have occasionally encouraged subordinates to set goals. I actively monitored goal setting and encouraged innovation.
  • I have regularly and routinely motivated subordinates toward future goals. I actively monitored goal setting and encouraged innovation.
  • I have regularly and routinely motivated subordinates toward future goals and encouraged innovation. I actively motivated subordinates to ensure future goals were set and met. I was solely responsible for motivating subordinates and encouraged innovation individually and as a group.
8

Select the responses that best describe your experience communicating in writing to develop documents related to Electrical Engineering, Computers, and/or Biotechnology principles and concepts.

Answer to this question is required
  • I have written amendments to documents related to patent applications.
  • I have prepared appeals in response to adverse decisions on patent applications.
  • I have prepared legal documents for members of the intellectual property community.
  • I have written technical or legal documents related to electrical and/or computer engineering principles and concepts, and/or biotechnology principles and concepts.
  • I have written technical or legal documents that were published in scientific and technical journals.
  • I have prepared summary reports on organizational data that included both analysis and recommendations.
  • I have developed briefing materials, including program goals/objectives, performance measures, evaluations and recommendations.
  • I do not have experience communicating in writing to develop work products related to electrical, computers, and/or biotechnology principles and concepts.
9 Select the response that best demonstrates your ability in leading a staff to meet the collective operational and strategic goals set forth by senior leadership. Answer to this question is required
  • I have no experience, education or training in leading a staff to meet the collective operational and strategic goals set forth by senior leadership.
  • I have completed formal education or training in leading a staff to meet the collective operational and strategic goals set forth by senior leadership, but have not applied this knowledge to the job.
  • I have occasionally (through details and “Acting” roles) lead a staff to meet the collective operational and strategic goals set forth by senior leadership.
  • I have regularly and routinely lead a staff to meet the collective operational and strategic goals set forth by senior leadership.
  • I have regularly and routinely lead a staff to meet the collective operational and strategic goals set forth by senior leadership. In addition, I am held accountable to continuously monitor the progress of these goals and often make recommendations to senior leadership on needed changes throughout the year to meet these goals.
10 Select the choice that describes your highest level of experience practicing before the PTAB. Answer to this question is required
  • I have actively participated in proceedings before the PTAB in each of its areas of jurisdiction (i.e.,appeals, interferences, and AIA trial proceedings).
  • I have actively participated in proceedings before the PTAB in at least two of its areas of jurisdiction (i.e.,appeals, interferences, and AIA trial proceedings).
  • I have actively participated in proceedings before the PTAB in at least one of its areas of jurisdiction (i.e.,appeals, interferences, and AIA trial proceedings).
  • I have not actively participated in proceedings before the PTAB.
11 Now that we stand more than ten years after the Supreme Court?s decision in KSR Int?l Co. v. Teleflex Inc., 550 U.S. 398 (2007), please address (a) what you see as the strengths and weaknesses of the Supreme Court?s decision, and why; and (b) what the impact of this decision has been, generally and personally experienced. You must include your reasoning in answering this question. Please spend no more than 1 hour on your response. Maximum length of 8000 characters. Answer to this question is required
12 Please address why you want to become an Administrative Patent Judge. Maximum length of 4000 characters. Answer to this question is required
13 How did you hear about this vacancy? Answer to this question is required
  • USAJobs
  • USPTO employee
  • State Bar Association
  • University Alumni Office
  • USPTO/PTAB website
  • USPTO Career website
  • PTAB Presentation
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