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1202 — Patent Technician Series

This series covers positions that have responsibility for supervising or performing technical work in support of professional evaluation and examination of patent applications, including searching for, selecting, evaluating and presenting pertinent background data and documents. The duties of positions in this series require the application of: (1) an understanding of the basic principles and practices in a narrow field of physical science or engineering; and (2) quasi-legal knowledge of precedents, practices and procedures under patent laws governing the processing of patent applications. They do not require full professional competence equivalent to that represented by completion of a full 4-year accredited college curriculum leading to a bachelor's degree in engineering or one of the physical sciences.