Human Resources and Security Specialists should use this tool to determine the correct investigation level for any covered position within the U.S. Federal Government.
Evaluation of Experience: Professional patent work
experience that involved either the examination or the preparation
and prosecution of applications for U.S. Patents; or experience
gained as a Patent Attorney, Patent Adviser, Patent Examiner,
Patent Classifier, Patent Interference Examiner, Patent Research
and Development Examiner, Patent Examiner Specialist, or Law
Examiner (Patents) is accept-able for any of the professional
experience as required above.
Certain types of training and/or other experience may be
substituted for specialized experience in patent work. At GS-11 and
above, such substitutions may be made, however, only if the
substituted training or experience involved was in the
same area of science or technology as the position for
which application is made.
Work experience: Applicants meeting the basic
requirements may substitute either of the following types of
experience for specialized experience:
One year of employment as a patent searcher for registered
patent attorneys or agents may be substituted for the 1 year of
specialized experience required for GS-7;
Professional experience in a field of engineering, chemistry,
physics, or biological science (or in an applied physical science
closely related to the appropriate field of engineering and that
required a knowledge of engineering, scientific, or technical
principles and techniques, and their application) may be
substituted for specialized experience up to GS-9.
Legal training: Applicants who, in addition to meeting
the basic requirements for GS-5, also possess a law degree from a
recognized school of law, or membership in the bar of any State,
territory, or the District of Columbia, should be evaluated in
accordance with the provisions in the table of education and
experience requirements for GS-7 and above in the "Group Coverage
Qualification Standard for Professional and Scientific
Use the Group Coverage Qualification Standard for Technical and Medical Support Positions for this series in conjunction with the Individual Occupational Requirements described below.