Senior Examiner Of Patents

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Tenure: Ongoing/Non-ongoing
Location: Flexible Location
Categories: Science, Engineering, Technical
Division: Customer Services Div
Business Group: Patents Chem, PBR & Elec
Section: Electrical

About our Patents, Chemical, Plant Breeder’s Rights & Electrical Group

Patents, Chemical, Plant Breeder's Rights & Electrical Group (PCPEG) help ensure that Australians benefit from the effective use of intellectual property by examining and granting patents and plant breeders rights. We also provide information and technical support to other groups through input into policy and legislative development and assisting in the provision of advice to government on intellectual property issues.

We are responsible for:

  • examination and granting of patents in the Chemical and Electrical technologies
  • examination and registration of Plant Breeders Rights
  • maintaining high standards of quality and identifying improvements in our practices and in the Manual of Practice and Procedure
  • delivering quality training and on-going support for examiners
  • supporting the agency's development and promotion of the IP system and international harmonisation for the benefit of Australian innovators

About our Section

The Senior Examiner is part of the section management team and holds a key leadership position in the Section. The Senior Examiner leads a sub-section that is responsible for:

  • examination of patent applications
  • delivering high level quality services aligned to the Customer Service Charter and Quality Practice guidelines

The Position

A Senior Examiner actively contributes to the management and leadership of an examination section under limited direction from the Supervising Examiner of Patents (EL2). The typical structure of an examination section may comprise 30 staff including a Supervising Examiner, 4 Senior Examiners and 25 Examiners with/without Acceptance Delegation. Each Senior Examiner will typically lead and directly manage a small team of staff, some of whom may require supervision through the relevant Competency Based Training program. Senior Examiners are expected to support senior management to execute and drive initiatives and projects, in order to deliver on strategic and operational priorities.

The Person

We are looking for an enthusiastic person with good understanding of Patent law and Patent Examination process. You will have highly developed leadership, interpersonal and people management skills and an unwavering commitment to work with your team in their drive to meet their goals and objectives for the agency.

To be successful in this role, you must have:

  • a degree in relevant area of Engineering and/or Science
  • Strong understanding of the legal, procedural and technical concepts in Patent Examination;
  • Strong leadership and team management skills
  • Strong focus on outcomes with excellent problem-solving skills and a strong communicator.
  • Applicants must be or be prepared to train to become Hearing Officers.

For additional information, please refer to the position profile below:

Download File Position Profile - EL1 - Senior Examiner of Patents- Various.pdf

For further information pertaining to this job please contact Lexie Press on (02) 6283 2677.

To apply for this position, you are asked to:

Frame your responses around the position specific duties and position specific capabilities of the role (as set out in the position profile), and provide:

  1. An explanation of how your skills, knowledge and experience will be relevant to the EL1 role and suggest which Electrical section/s you would be suited to and discuss why (limit your response to 500 words).
  2. Details of no more than two (2) professional achievements, within the last 5 years, that demonstrate your suitability for this role (limit your response to 500 words)
  3. Provide a current CV detailing recent employment history which is relevant to the advertised position.
  4. Provide the name and contact details of two referees.

Please note - A merit pool of suitable candidates may be established to fill future non-ongoing/ongoing positions.

You MUST be an Australian Citizen to be engaged in the APS and to meet IP Australia’s security clearance requirements.


Interested? We’d love to hear from you.


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