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Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO)

Patent Examiners (Mechanical and Electrical Engineers)

Canada-Quebec-Hull

National Capital Region (NCR)1520518

Company Information

Who we are

The Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO) is a special operating agency of Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada. As the Canadian authority on IP, we are responsible for administering Canada's system of intellectual property rights, including patents, trademarks, copyright, industrial designs and integrated circuit topographies.

Our expertise and robust IP system stimulate an innovative and creative Canada, one that benefits from the advancement and protection of new knowledge, technology and design. CIPO is roughly 1000 employees strong, and is located in Gatineau, Quebec, within sight of the Parliament buildings.

We are an organization that is focused on its people. To this effect, CIPO supports its staff through competitive salaries and benefits, flexible work schedules, ongoing training, and a culture of respect and continuous improvement.

Within the Patent Branch, we have approximately 375 patent examiners specializing in disciplines relating to biotechnology, general and organic chemistry, and mechanical and electrical engineering. We read and analyze inventions described in patent applications. We search technical databases to ascertain how the invention improves upon the state of the art. We communicate with the applicant, or their patent agent, outlining our analysis and whatever defects need to be corrected before the patent can be approved.


Job Description

Is this for you?

If you are an autonomous worker with a capacity for understanding how inventions work, strong technical writing skills, and a willingness to learn about intellectual property regulations, then please consider joining us!

Patent examiner responsibilities 

  • Patent examiners read and analyze patent applications.
  • They examine the written descriptions of the inventions.They search relevant technologies to compare with similar prior inventions using various databases (example: 3D printer).
  • They determine if the patent applications comply with the Patent Act and Patent Rules.
  • They communicate with the applicant or the applicant's patent agent if their application does not comply with the Patent Act and Patent Rules.
  • They consider responses from the applicant or the applicant's patent agent.

The SG-PAT-03 level (salary from $67,854 to $83,427) is a training level in preparation for advancement to the SG-PAT-04 working level for Patent Examiners (salary from 78 767 $ to 96 476$) within a 2 year period. You will learn both the technical and legal aspects of patent examination in a comprehensive training program comprising a formal lectures course and on-the-job practical training. You will have the chance to be guided by a Senior Patent Examiner in order to perfectly master patent examination. If you are an autonomous worker with a capacity for understanding how inventions work, strong technical writing skills, and a willingness to learn about intellectual property regulations, this opportunity is for you!

Job Requirements:

For the Electrical Divison positions: Bachelor's degree from a recognized post-secondary institution in electrical, computer or software engineering. Apply through employer’s website at: https://emploisfp-psjobs.cfp-psc.gc.ca/psrs-srfp/applicant/page1800?poster=1036111 

For the Mechanical Divison positions: Bachelor's degree from a recognized post-secondary institution in mechanical engineering or some other acceptable degree with a strong foundation in mechanical engineering principles. For example, degrees in civil, aerospace, biomedical and mining engineering may be considered. Apply through employer’s website at: https://emploisfp-psjobs.cfp-psc.gc.ca/psrs-srfp/applicant/page1800?poster=1012159&toggleLanguage=en



Contact Information

Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO)
Eric Lafontaine
Section Head
819-635-3356
http://www.cipo.gc.ca
Posting Date: 27-Jun-2017Engineering Permanent, Full-Time $67,854 - $83,427/yr 20 + 01-Sep-2017
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