It takes SKILL to recognize INGENUITY...

Are you ready to protect what’s next in American ingenuity?

Join the United States Patent and Trademark Office, America’s Innovation Agency, at UTA for a 50-minute informational presentation on Monday, October 24th to learn about careers in protecting American intellectual property as a patent examiner! You have the option to attend either the morning session at 10 a.m. (in Life Sciences Building Room 124) or the afternoon session at 1 p.m. (in Nedderman Hall Room 100).

Why Attend?

The USPTO has hundreds of positions open for entry-level patent examiners and they want to meet recent or soon-to-be graduates and professionals in physics, biomedical engineering and chemical engineering who are looking to embark on an exciting, new career path. They are currently hiring scientists and engineers nationwide who will use their specialized expertise to serve the public and promote what our Founders called “the progress of science and the useful arts by granting patents.

What You’ll Learn

Come to one of the two USPTO sessions on 10/24 to learn about how a career as a patent examiner aligns directly with your interests and your passion for public service. At the event, you will also learn:

  • How the work of patent examiners supports economic growth and maintains America’s status as one of the world’s top innovators;
  • How your background in science can be fully leveraged in an exciting, challenging career path;
  • How you can do the kind of work that you love from your home without relocating;
  • That a career as a patent examiner means getting to work with cutting-edge technologies that enable inventive, modern breakthroughs and solve world problems;
  • Why the USPTO is consistently ranked as one of the best places to work in the federal government with unmatched benefits, competitive pay, flexible schedules, telework opportunities and a rich, diverse culture; and
  • How to apply to USPTO’s current job openings via USAJOBS.

Who You’ll Meet

  • Supervisory Patent Examiner from USPTO’s Alexandria, VA headquarters:
    - Cynthia Kelly - General Chemistry/ Chemical Engineering
  • Supervisory Patent Examiners from USPTO’s TX Regional Office in Dallas:
    - Jeffrey Burke - Computer Science
    - Peter Choi - Industrial Engineering and senior member of the Patents Hiring Team; and
  • Regional Outreach Officer Reynaldo (Rey) Vasquez from the TX Regional Office in Dallas.

They’re excited to meet you, to hear about your interests, and to answer all of your questions!

Who Can Attend?

This event is open to undergraduates and graduate students from across the College of Science (Biology, Chemistry, Geology, Math, Physics and Psychology). No RSVP is required!


Interested but can’t make either information session? Here are three ways to get informed:

1. Come speak to a USPTO recruiter one-on-one at the UTA Planetarium in the Chemistry and Physics Building from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.;
2. Visit to learn about how to Become a Patent Examiner; and
3. Visit USAJOBS to view their current open vacancies and apply!