USPTO hiring hundreds of new examiners in 2020

Agency hosting two job fairs in February to meet qualified candidates

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is hosting two job fairs for engineers in February.

These Patent Examiner Recruitment Open House events are designed to attract soon-to-be graduates and professionals with backgrounds in biomedical, computer, electrical, and mechanical engineering by offering actionable information about job opportunities, salary, benefits, and how to apply to hundreds of open USPTO positions currently available in Alexandria, Virginia; San Jose, California; and Detroit. Additional positions will be opening up at the agency’s Rocky Mountain Regional Office in Denver later in the year.

Patent examination is a mission-critical component of the intellectual property ecosystem and the USPTO's efforts to safeguard American ingenuity. Our examiners work closely with entrepreneurs to process their patent applications and determine whether or not a patent can be granted.

This translates into endless job possibilities for engineers who have a passion for public service and understand that this work is important to humanity. By granting exclusivity rights for cutting-edge inventions that improve—or save—lives, innovations can equitably enter the global market and make the world a better place.

In addition to learning about the work of patent examination and hearing directly from those who love what they do, attendees will get a chance to speak one-on-one with recruiters who will review resumes and discuss qualifications.

The first job fair this month will take place at the Patent and Trademark Resource Center at the Georgia Institute of Technology (GA Tech) Library on Friday, February 21, and Saturday, February 22, in Crosland Tower, Room 2130.

One week later on Friday, February 28, and Saturday, February 29, the second event will be held in the Madison Building at our headquarters in Alexandria. Day one will take place in the Global IP Academy (GIPA) and day two in the Clara Barton Auditorium.

Walk-ins are welcome at both events.

For more information and to register to attend a patent examiner job fair in a city near you, visit