Become a design patent examiner

Would you like to be at the forefront of innovation, reviewing applications to determine whether a product's design can be considered one of a kind? Are you skilled at analyzing drawings, solid work, drafting, computer-aided design (CAD), and other design-related work? Are you interested in examining design patent applications, with the opportunity to work from home with a flexible schedule? Are you a U.S. citizen or national with a degree in any of these fields? (Or close to obtaining one!)

  • industrial design
  • product design
  • architecture 
  • applied arts
  • graphic design 
  • fine/studio arts or equivalency 

If you answered yes to any of these questions, then apply to be a Design Patent Examiner today! Your dream job may be with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), America’s Innovation Agency.

New design patent examiners receive top-notch training during the first months on the job that give them the tools to be successful in their role. This includes how to:

  • Search prior art to ensure that a design is new and unique 
  • Review the design patent application for conformity with formal requirements 
  • Write office actions communicating your findings on patentability to the applicants 

Interested in learning more? 

We encourage you to take the first step forward in your journey today by joining us for an informational webinar on becoming a design patent examiner at noon ET on April 12. 

By attending this event you will learn more about the agency and the design patent examiner position, meet with the USPTO team, and hear about our tremendous benefits and why employees love to work here. You do not need to register for this event. We hope to see you there! 

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