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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.
Applicants for positions in this series must meet the basic requirements for the scientific, technological, or engineering occupational series related to the area for which they are examining patents. Those requirements are described in the individual occupational requirements for the particular series, e.g., Chemistry, GS-1320; Food Technology, GS-1382; etc.
Evaluation of Specialized Experience: Positions at GS-12 and above require a year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level that demonstrated:
In addition to the above, positions at grades GS-13 and above require thorough knowledge of patent classification principles, procedures, and practices.
Use the Group Coverage Qualification Standard for Professional and Scientific Positions for this series in conjunction with the Individual Occupational Requirements described below.