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Patent examiners are skilled engineers and scientists who work closely with entrepreneurs to process their patent applications and determine whether a patent can be granted. This work facilitates the United States Patent and Trademark Office's mission to protect intellectual property and help businesses quickly move their innovations to market, creating new jobs and expanding commerce. Learn more about our mission.

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