As a new patent examiner, you will be in a formal development program for the first three months to learn about the components of a patent application, the classification of patents, the Patent Act and Rules, examination practices and how to write an examiner's report. During the next 9 months you'll work with an on-the-job trainer. In the the thirteenth month, you'll learn about complex patent prosecution practices and jurisprudence. Trainees continue to be under the guidance and tutelage of their on-the-job trainer.
As a patent examiner you analyze patent applications, examine written descriptions of inventions, search relevant technologies to compare with similar, prior inventions, using various databases and the CIPO library. You will determine if a patent application complies with the Patent Act and Patent Rules. You will also advise applicants on whether or not their applications comply with the act and the rules, assess their responses and then recommend the granting or refusal of a patent. (View Current Opportunities)
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Canadian Intellectual Property Office
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