Why choose us

USPTO logo and text, "Global Top 100 Inspiring Workplaces," over photo of USPTO leadership and assembled affinity groups during USPTO Community Day, May 2023.

It takes skill to recognize ingenuity

We lead the world in intellectual property protection and policy. We hire on the cutting edge of American innovation.

We recognize choosing your next job is one of the most important decisions you can make. We don’t take it lightly, and neither should you. Job selection can catapult your career in new and exciting ways. It can bring you the kind of job satisfaction that can only come with the right fit.

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has extraordinary opportunities waiting for you. We offer unparalleled work-life balance and unmatched career growth and opportunities to a global workforce of more than 13,000 highly skilled and motivated professionals including engineers, scientists, attorneys, strategists, and computer specialists — all dedicated to protecting U.S. intellectual property rights.

What matters most

  • Work-life balance
  • You can work from home nationwide! We have award-winning telework programs that offer maximum flexibility.
  • Highly competitive salaries, benefits packages, promotion potential, and job stability.
  • The best flexible work schedules in the federal government.
  • Culture of diversity, inclusion, community and fun — featuring sports clubs, affinity groups, employee volunteer groups, mentorship and more.
  • Comprehensive professional training and mentorship.

If you are a highly motivated self-starter looking to apply your unique skillsets to harness the power of innovation, search and apply for a position today.

To learn more about us, visit our benefits, student programsveteran employment and disability hiring program pages.

Work from home nationwide

We are pioneers in the telework industry, administering a robust work-at-home program for more than 25 years with more than 10,000 employees in Patents and Trademarks currently teleworking. Employees who telework report enhanced work/life balance, greater morale, increased flexibility, and a reduction in personal expenses including meals, clothing, and transportation.

We are considered a model for telework in the federal government and have won numerous awards for our exemplary telework programs including those from the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments, the Telework Exchange, the Alliance for Work-Life Progress, the Mid-Atlantic Telework Advisory Council, the Telework Coalition, and the Potomac Forum.

USPTO employees can work from home nationwide. Read our telework brochure, "Geographic Flexibilities with Unlimited Career Possibilities," for more information.

Our commitment to diversity

The USPTO’s Equal Employment Opportunity and Diversity Program is among the best in the federal government. We see diversity as instrumental to the high quality and efficient examination of patent and trademark applications. Here are a few reasons the USPTO stands out in the diversity realm:

  • We are a diverse workforce. Get to know our employees on our Who We Are page or explore our Hispanic Voices page.
  • We include collaborative relationships with the agency's affinity groups as a way to support our diverse workforce.
  • We host a wide network of voluntary employee organizations, which provide employees with various peer-support networks. These groups host cultural, social, and career development events and programs for their members and the greater USPTO community. 
  • We host an annual Community Day attended by thousands of employees and their families and friends. Filled with fun activities, cultural awareness, and informative presentations, the day showcases the talent and diversity of our workforce. All agency leaders attend and interact with employees throughout the event.