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The next question will require you to select the response that best describes your experience and/or education related to the basic qualification requirements of a Patent Examiner (Professional Engineering). Refer to the "Qualifications and Evaluations" section of the job announcement for a detailed explanation of the basic qualification requirements for this position.

* 1.Select the response that best describes your experience and/or education related to the Basic Qualification Requirements for a Patent Examiner (Professional Engineering), GS-1224. Refer to the "Qualifications and Evaluations" section of the job announcement for a detailed description of the basic qualification requirements.
  1. I possess at least a bachelor's degree in professional engineering. This degree was obtained in a school of engineering with at least one curriculum accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) as a professional engineering curriculum.
  2. I possess at least a bachelor's degree in professional engineering. The curriculum included differential and integral calculus and courses (more advanced than first-year physics and chemistry) in at least five of the following seven areas of engineering science or physics: (1) statics, dynamics; (2) strength of materials (stress-strain relationships); (3) fluid mechanics, hydraulics; (4) thermodynamics; (5) electrical fields and circuits; (6) nature and properties of materials (relating particle and aggregate structure to properties); and (7) any other comparable area of fundamental engineering science or physics, such as optics, heat transfer, soil mechanics, or electronics.
  3. I have a combination of education and experience. I have completed college-level education, training, and/or technical experience that furnished a thorough knowledge of the physical and mathematical sciences underlying professional engineering AND a good understanding, both theoretical and practical, of the engineering sciences and techniques and their applications to engineering. (Refer to the "Qualifications and Evaluations" section of the job announcement for specific examples demonstrating the adequacy of your background in this area).
  4. I do not possess the education and/or experience described above.


Specialized experience for this position includes: (1) Experience interpreting and applying advanced mechanical engineering and/or scientific principles, theories, concepts, and methodologies related to mechanical engineering applications in systems and subsystems, their components, and devices (for example, amusement devices, medical devices, static structures, heating, ventilation, air conditioning systems, manufacturing and packaging systems, agricultural systems, and transportation systems); AND (2) Patent prosecution experience - Evaluating patent applications using appropriate knowledge of mechanical engineering (Determining or arguing whether patent claims distinguish from the prior art AND planning and conducting prior art searches related to patent applications.). Refer to *Qualifications and Evaluations* section of the job announcement for a detailed description of the basic qualification requirements.

* 2.Select the response which best describes your possession of the specialized experience requirements defined in the statement above.
  1. I have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-9 grade level in the Federal service as defined in the statement above.
  2. I have three years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree or Ph.D., or equivalent doctoral degree as stated in the Basic Qualification Requirements.
  3. I have less than the full amount of graduate education as described in choice 2 above and less than the amount of experience described in choice 1 above, but have a combination of the type of graduate education and experience described above.
  4. I do not have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-9 grade level in the Federal service as defined in the statement above.


* 3.How did you hear about USPTO job possibilities?
  1. Facebook/Twitter
  2. Friend
  3. Job Fair
  4. Journal/Magazine
  5. Monster
  6. Newspaper
  7. Online Blog/Bulletin Board
  8. Professional Society/Organization
  9. University Career Fair
  10. University Career Placement Office
  11. USAJobs
  12. USPTO employee
  13. USPTO Web Page
  14. Virtual Job Fair
  15. Other


* 4.Have you previously served or currently serving In the United States Armed Forces?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 5.Are you the spouse of a service member with permanent relocation orders?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 6.Is your spouse (service member) relocating /permanent change of station (PCS) outside your current geographical area?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 7.Have you received a permanent position under the authority for military spouse relocation or PCS move non-competitive appointment?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 8.Are you a current or former Patent Examiner at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)?
  1. Yes

        BRANCHED: * 1.Please list your dates of employment at the USPTO.

       Maximum length of 250 characters.
  2. No


* 9.Have you passed the Patent Bar Exam?
  1. Yes

        BRANCHED: * 1.Please provide the date you passed the Patent Bar Exam.

       Maximum length of 250 characters.
  2. No


* 10.Select the statement that best describes your experience and/or training in planning and conducting field of search for patent applications.
  1. I have 5 or more years of experience planning and conducting field of search for patent applications. At least 3 years of this experience falls within the last 5 years.
  2. I have 3 or more years of experience planning and conducting field of search for patent applications. At least 2 years of this experience falls within the last 5 years.
  3. I have at least one year of experience planning and conducting field of search for patent applications. This experience falls within the last 5 years.
  4. I have at least one year of experience planning and conducting field of search for patent applications. This experience was more than 5 years ago.
  5. I have at least one year of experience planning and conducting field of search for patent applications. I often consult with others to perform this task or my work is closely reviewed by others. This experience falls within the last 5 years.
  6. I have at least one year of training planning and conducting field of search for patent applications.
  7. I do not have at least one year of experience or training planning and conducting field of search for patent applications.


* 11.Select the statement that best describes your experience and/or training in reviewing patent applications for compliance with formal requirements of patent statutes and rules for formal matters and technological accuracy.
  1. I have 5 or more years of experience reviewing patent applications to determine whether they comply with formal requirements of patent statutes and rules and technological accuracy. At least 3 years of this experience falls within the last 5 years.
  2. I have 3 or more years of experience reviewing patent applications to determine whether they comply with formal requirements of patent statutes and rules and technological accuracy. At least 2 years of this experience falls within the last 5 years.
  3. I have at least one year of experience reviewing patent applications to determine whether they comply with formal requirements of patent statutes and rules and technological accuracy. This experience falls within the last 5 years.
  4. I have at least one year of experience reviewing patent applications to determine whether they comply with formal requirements of patent statutes and rules and technological accuracy. This experience was more than 5 years ago.
  5. I have at least one year of experience reviewing patent applications to determine whether they comply with formal requirements of patent statutes and rules and technological accuracy. I often consult with others to perform this task or my work is closely reviewed by others. This experience falls within the last 5 years.
  6. I have at least one year of training reviewing patent applications to determine whether they comply with formal requirements of patent statutes and rules and technology accuracy.
  7. I do not have at least one year of experience or training reviewing patent applications to determine whether they comply with formal requirements of patent statutes and rules and technological accuracy.


* 12.Select the statement that best describes your experience and/or training in analyzing disclosure and claims for compliance with 35 USC 112.
  1. I have 5 or more years of experience analyzing disclosure and claims for compliance with 35 USC 112. At least 3 years of this experience falls within the last 5 years.
  2. I have 3 or more years of experience analyzing disclosure and claims for compliance with 35 USC 112. At least 2 years of this experience falls within the last 5 years.
  3. I have at least one year of experience analyzing disclosure and claims for compliance with 35 USC 112. This experience falls within the last 5 years.
  4. I have at least one year of experience analyzing disclosure and claims for compliance with 35 USC 112. This experience was more than 5 years ago.
  5. I have at least one year of experience analyzing disclosure and claims for compliance with 35 USC 112. I often consult with others to perform this task or my work is closely reviewed by others. This experience falls within the last 5 years.
  6. I have at least one year of training analyzing disclosure and claims for compliance with 35 USC 112.
  7. I do not have at least one year of experience or training analyzing disclosure and claims for compliance with 35 USC 112.


* 13.Select the statement that best describes your experience and/or training in evaluating rejections under 35 USC 102 and 103 with supporting rationale, or determining how claims distinguish over prior art.
  1. I have 5 or more years of experience evaluating rejections under 35 USC 102 and 103 with supporting rationale, or determining how claims distinguish over prior art. At least 3 years of this experience falls within the last 5 years.
  2. I have 3 or more years of experience evaluating rejections under 35 USC 102 and 103 with supporting rationale, or determining how claims distinguish over prior art. At least 2 years of this experience falls within the last 5 years.
  3. I have at least one year of experience evaluating rejections under 35 USC 102 and 103 with supporting rationale, or determining how claims distinguish over prior art. This experience falls within the last 5 years.
  4. I have at least one year of experience evaluating rejections under 35 USC 102 and 103 with supporting rationale, or determining how claims distinguish over prior art. This experience was more than 5 years ago.
  5. I have at least one year of experience evaluating rejections under 35 USC 102 and 103 with supporting rationale, or determining how claims distinguish over prior art. I often consult with others to perform this task or my work is closely reviewed by others. This experience falls within the last 5 years.
  6. I have at least one year of training evaluating rejections under 35 USC 102 and 103 with supporting rationale, or determining how claims distinguish over prior art.
  7. I do not have at least one year of experience or training evaluating rejections under 35 USC 102 and 103 with supporting rationale, or determining how claims distinguish over prior art.


* 14.Select the statement that best describes your experience and/or training in determining whether the claimed invention is in compliance with 35 USC 101.
  1. I have 5 or more years of experience determining whether a claimed invention is in compliance with 35 USC 101. At least 3 years of this experience falls within the last 5 years.
  2. I have 3 or more years of experience determining whether a claimed invention is in compliance with 35 USC 101. At least 2 years of this experience falls within the last 5 years.
  3. I have at least one year of experience determining whether a claimed invention is in compliance with 35 USC 101. This experience falls within the last 5 years
  4. I have at least one year of experience determining whether a claimed invention is in compliance with 35 USC 101. This experience was more than 5 years ago.
  5. I have at least one year of experience determining whether a claimed invention is in compliance with 35 USC 101. I often consult with others to perform this task or my work is closely reviewed by others. This experience falls within the last 5 years.
  6. I have at least one year of training determining whether a claimed inventions is in compliance with 35 USC 101 .
  7. I do not have at least one year of experience or training determining whether a claimed invention is in compliance with 35 USC 101.


* 15.Select the statement that best describes your experience and/or training in evaluating/applying case law as necessary.
  1. I have 5 or more years of experience evaluating/applying case law as necessary. At least 3 years of this experience falls within the last 5 years.
  2. I have 3 or more years of experience evaluating/applying case law as necessary. At least 2 years of this experience falls within the last 5 years.
  3. I have at least one year of experience evaluating/applying case law as necessary. This experience falls within the last 5 years.
  4. I have at least one year of experience evaluating/applying case law as necessary. This experience was more than 5 years ago.
  5. I have at least one year of experience evaluating/applying case law 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 5 years.
  6. I have at least one year of training evaluating/applying case law as necessary.
  7. I do not have at least one year of experience or training evaluating/applying case law as necessary.


* 16.Select the response that represents your experience and/or training conducting research, analysis and application of scientific and technical matters associated with mechanical engineering.
  1. I have 5 or more years of experience performing this task.

        BRANCHED: * 1.From the choices below, select the specific specialties that represent your regular and recurring experience (for example, for at least one year in duration) conducting research, analysis and application of scientific and technical matters associated with mechanical engineering. Check all that apply.
    1. Simulations (for example, amusement devices, video games, educational games)
    2. Static structure systems (for example, frames, braces, cabinets, furniture, machine tools)
    3. Heating and air conditioning systems
    4. Ventilation systems
    5. Medical devices (for example, diagnostic or therapeutic equipment and instruments)
    6. Manufacturing Systems
    7. Packaging Systems
    8. Agricultural Systems
    9. Transportation Systems (for example, engines, pumps, brakes, transmission systems, catalytic converters)
    10. Robotic Systems
    11. Fluid Handling Systems (for example, sprinklers, toilets, nozzles, fire spraying equipment)
    12. Mechanical Testing
    13. I do not have regular and recurring experience performing the tasks above.
  2. I have at least 3 years, but less than 5 years of experience performing this task.

        BRANCHED: * 1.From the choices below, select the specific specialties that represent your regular and recurring experience (for example, for at least one year in duration) conducting research, analysis and application of scientific and technical matters associated with mechanical engineering. Check all that apply.
    1. Simulations (for example, amusement devices, video games, educational games)
    2. Static structure systems (for example, frames, braces, cabinets, furniture, machine tools)
    3. Heating and air conditioning systems
    4. Ventilation systems
    5. Medical devices (for example, diagnostic or therapeutic equipment and instruments)
    6. Manufacturing Systems
    7. Packaging Systems
    8. Agricultural Systems
    9. Transportation Systems (for example, engines, pumps, brakes, transmission systems, catalytic converters)
    10. Robotic Systems
    11. Fluid Handling Systems (for example, sprinklers, toilets, nozzles, fire spraying equipment)
    12. Mechanical Testing
    13. I do not have regular and recurring experience performing the tasks above.
  3. I have at least 1 year, but less than 3 years of experience performing this task.

        BRANCHED: * 1.From the choices below, select the specific specialties that represent your regular and recurring experience (for example, for at least one year in duration) conducting research, analysis and application of scientific and technical matters associated with mechanical engineering. Check all that apply.
    1. Simulations (for example, amusement devices, video games, educational games)
    2. Static structure systems (for example, frames, braces, cabinets, furniture, machine tools)
    3. Heating and air conditioning systems
    4. Ventilation systems
    5. Medical devices (for example, diagnostic or therapeutic equipment and instruments)
    6. Manufacturing Systems
    7. Packaging Systems
    8. Agricultural Systems
    9. Transportation Systems (for example, engines, pumps, brakes, transmission systems, catalytic converters)
    10. Robotic Systems
    11. Fluid Handling Systems (for example, sprinklers, toilets, nozzles, fire spraying equipment)
    12. Mechanical Testing
    13. I do not have regular and recurring experience performing the tasks above.
  4. I have less than one year of experience performing this task
  5. I do not have experience performing this task.


* 17.Select the choice that describes your highest level of experience orally communicating with a wide variety of audiences (for example, professors, clients, patent professionals, peers, superiors, or subordinates) on applying advanced mechanical engineering principles and concepts.
  1. I have responded to requests of information from a variety of audiences in the advancement of mechanical engineering principles and concepts.
  2. I have actively participated in/conducted interviews to collect or disseminate technical information from a variety of audiences in the advancement of mechanical engineering principles and concepts.
  3. I have independently conducted interviews to collect or disseminate technical information from a variety of audiences in the advancement of mechanical engineering principles and concepts.
  4. I have presented technical and/or legal information to a variety of audiences by conveying the results of research findings, analysis, rationale, and evaluations/conclusions of fact in the advancement of mechanical engineering principles and concepts.

        BRANCHED: * 1.Tell us where in your resume this level of experience is described. To receive full credit, be sure to include specific information/examples of the systems subsystems, components, and devices that were researched and evaluated, and how this information was presented.

       Maximum length of 8000 characters.
  5. I do not have experience orally communicating with a wide variety of audiences on applying advanced mechanical engineering principles and concepts.


* 18.Select the responses that best describe your experience communicating in writing to develop documents related to mechanical engineering principles and concepts.
  1. I have written patent applications for clients or professionals in the intellectual property community.
  2. I have written amendments to documents related to patent applications.
  3. I have prepared appeals in response to adverse decisions on patent applications.
  4. I have translated technical language into plain language for presentation to members of the general public.
  5. I have prepared legal documents for members of the intellectual property community.
  6. I have written technical or legal documents related to mechanical engineering principles and concepts.
  7. I have written technical or legal documents that were published in scientific and technical journals.
  8. I do not have experience communicating in writing to develop work products related to mechanical engineering principles and concepts.